Two conservative men support their younger brother when he comes out as gay, and help him navigate being openly homosexual in 1980s Philadelphia.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Robert Walden ...  Joe Waters 115 episodes, 1984-1989
Paul Regina ...  Cliff Waters 115 episodes, 1984-1989
Brandon Maggart ...  Lou Waters 115 episodes, 1984-1989
Hallie Todd ...  Penny Waters 115 episodes, 1984-1989
Philip Charles MacKenzie ...  Donald Maltby 115 episodes, 1984-1989
Robin Riker ...  Kelly Hall 81 episodes, 1984-1989
Mary Ann Pascal Mary Ann Pascal ...  Sam Waters / ... 54 episodes, 1984-1989
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Storyline

Joe Waters is an ex-place kicker for the Philadelphia Eagles. Now retired, he's opened up a restaurant. Lou is his older brother, a gruff construction worker. Both Joe and Lou receive the shock of their lives when their kid brother Cliff reveals that he's gay. Humorous situations follow as Joe and Lou alternately try to accept Cliff's homosexuality or cure him of it. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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13 July 1984 (USA) See more »

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(115 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the show's early seasons contained strong adult language and themes, but the creators later toned down the material, in hopes of selling the series to syndication. See more »

Quotes

Donald Maltby: You big wet spot!
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Connections

Referenced in Your Alcohol I.Q. (1988) See more »

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Brothers
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Music and Lyrics by Marcus Barone, Joe Diamond and Gloria Nissenson
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Great series!
16 June 1999 | by EsprixSee all my reviews

Originally aired on Showtime, then syndicated, it ran for 8 (?) seasons, and was ground-breaking for having the first openly gay *proud* character (Cliff) from the premiere episode, albeit not the main character (Joe). Played with sensitivity and great humor, Cliff was a real gay man - not a stereotype, not hung up about being gay, and never "redeemed" by seeming to be straight. His foils were his construction worker brother, Lou (not too bright, but deep down loved his baby brother) and his best friend, Donald Maltby, who *verged* on stereotype, but because of extraordinary acting always managed to turn the character on its ear and show you something more than just a caricature (notably his brilliant speech about blame and AIDS in one episode, which was very knowledgeable and forthright anyway, despite it being so very early in the epidemic). I'm sure the show will never air again, and it might not even ever be available as a Columbia House collectible series, but if you ever get the chance, watch those old episodes! (And, being from Philadelphia, where the show is supposedly set, maybe someone will be able to explain to me how very good-looking Cliff ever went for 8 years with only two boyfriends for four episodes!)


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