2 conservative men support their younger brother when he comes out as gay. The brothers help him navigate being openly gay 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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Joe Waters and his older brother, Lou, find our their kid brother, Cliff is 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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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

13 July 1984 (USA) See more »

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Unter Brüdern 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

This was the first original sitcom to air on cable television. See more »

Quotes

Joe Waters: Take your hands off your hips. You look like a faggot.
Cliff Waters: I AM a faggot.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Robin Williams/James Taylor (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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A great first step
19 October 1999 | by mermattSee all my reviews

Showtime took a great first step with this series based on the coming out of a gay character. He has two brothers (hence the title) and they live in Philadelphia (city of brotherly love).

Long before ELLEN and WILL AND GRACE, this series tackled the thorny issues of a gay character struggling with himself and society. The situations are played for comedy, but there are serious issues of prejudice, self-acceptance, and AIDS, among others, interwoven into the plots.

The two sides of the gay spectrum are represented by the straight-acting character who comes out at his own wedding (a la IN & OUT) in the first episode, and the flamboyant queen who also has a more serious side as he offers advice and help to the young man who is coming out. It is an enjoyable and ground-breaking series.


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