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Brotherly Love

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by Russell Wodell

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aired from: Sep 1995 to: May 1997 40 eps NBC 30 min stereo closed captioned


  • Joey Lawrence as Joe Roman
  • Matthew Lawrence as Matt Roman
  • Andrew Lawrence as Andy Roman
  • Melinda Culea as Claire
  • Liz Vassey as Lou
  • Michael McShane as Lloyd

    recurring characters:

  • Jonathan Charles Kaplan as Ira Stolzer
  • Rebecca Herbst as Kristin
  • Laura Woodland as Julia Gibbs

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      1st Season 1995

      Production credits:
      Created by Jim Vallely, Jonathan Schmock
      Executive producers: Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas, Gary Levine, Jonathan Schmock, Jim Vallely
      Supervising produce: Pamela Eells
      Producers: Michele Wolff, Craig Hoffman
      Co-executive producer: Nina Feinberg
      Co-producers: Eddie Gorodetsky, Donna Lawrence, Joe Lawrence
      Consultant: Rob LaZebnik
      Associate producer: Denise Porter
      Associate Director: Mark Cendrowski

    1. "Pilot"
      gs: Melissa Clayton [ Andrea ]

      Matt and Andy mix like oil and water with Joe, who means to collect his share of their late father's garage.

      b: 16 Sep 95 pc: 001 w: Jim Vallely & Jonathan Schmock d: Terry Hughes
    2. "Such a Bargain"
      gs: Bryan Cranston [ Russell ], Mike Starr [ Gus ], Chuck Bailey [ Limo Driver ]

      Matt goes overboard trying to impress a girl; Joe warns Lou about an art dealer with connections who has convinced her he's interested in her junk sculpture.

      b: 17 Sep 95 pc: 003 w: Jim Halkett d: Terry Hughes
    3. "The Liberty Bell Show"
      gs: Tyler Layton [ Debbie ], Hiram Kaster [ Tour Guide ]

      Matt and Joe get into a heated debate over which of them should date Matt's forensics teacher after a field trip, Andy blames himself for the crack in the Liberty Bell.

      b: 24 Sep 95 pc: 005 w: Craig Hoffman d: Terry Hughes
    4. "A Midsummer's Nightmare"
      gs: Shiri Appleby [ Fairy #1 ], Shana Smith [ Fairy #2 ], Dustin Voigt [ Oberon ], Justine Johnston [ Mrs. Maguire ]

      rc: Ira

      Joe's merciless teasing destroys Matt's confidence for his role in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" -- as a sprite. Joe could use a confidence-builder himself after agreeing to a nude-modeling gig for Lou's art class.

      b: 1 Oct 95 pc: 006 w: Michele J. Wolff d: Terry Hughes
    5. "Uptown Girl"
      gs: Mathea Webb [ Christy ], Terry Bradshaw [ Unknown ], Victor Raider-Wexler [ Mr. Levenstein ], Ann Marie Lee [ Mrs. Ford ], Joel Jordan [ Johnny Romano ]

      rc: Ira

      Taking Joe's advice nets Andy a new friend, but leaves Matt uncool at school; and Joe is anything but cool when he shirks his responsibilities for a free-spirited woman of independent means.

      b: 8 Oct 95 pc: 002 w: Michele J. Wolff d: Terry Hughes
    6. "The Comic Con"
      gs: George Takei [ Himself ], Tressa Gobel [ Nancy ], Lisa Hyman [ Helga ], Dana Kaminsky [ Comic Con Patron ], Megan Cavanagh [ Lotus ]

      Lies and deceptions multiply "like tribbles" when Lloyd meets a potential sweetheart on the Internet, and Matt tries to hid a blemish in anticipation of a first date.

      b: 25 Oct 95 pc: 008 w: __________ d: Terry Hughes
    7. "The Sleep Over Show"

      An old girlfriend from high school visits Joe and he invites to spend the night. Matt accidentally sees the girl get out of the shower, causing Claire to tell Joe he is setting a bad example for the younger boys. Andy, meanwhile, can't face telling Claire that he isn't ready to go to a sleepover birthday party at a neighbor's house and winds up sneaking downstairs to Joe's room to avoid his mother, ending up spending the evening with Joe's girlfriend instead.

      b: 29 Oct 95 pc: 004 w: ______________ d: ______________
    8. "Witchcraft"
      gs: Tommy Bertelson [ Tin Woodsman ], Derk Cheetwood [ College Kid ], Melanie Hutsell [ Wilma ], Laura Summer [ Julie ], Brent Van Hoffman [ Missing Sock ], John Kassir [ Voice of The Cryptkeeper ]

      A fortuneteller gives Joe a Halloween scare, as does Andy's "disappearance"; Claire goes solo to a party; and Matt endures the taunts of college-age trick-or-treaters.

      b: 30 Oct 95 pc: 007 w: Jonathan Schmock d: Terry Hughes
    9. "Bait and Switch"
      gs: Joey Herman [ Bill Fody ], Randy Herman [ Buck Fody ]

      A conspiratorial Lloyd locks up Joe and Lou in the storeroom on a day that Lou has arranged a blind date and Joe has promised to aid Matt in a date with destiny -- a fight with a school bully.

      b: 12 Nov 95 pc: 010 w: John Levenstein d: Terry Hughes
    10. "Outbreak!"
      gs: Michael Lowry [ Josh ], Sid Melton [ Messenger ]

      Joe makes an executive decision to expand Roman Customizing by signing a new account -- one that Claire had turned down before she and others in the house came down with chicken pox.

      b: 19 Nov 95 pc: 011 w: Craig Hoffman d: Terry Hughes
    11. "A Roman Holiday"

      Christmas morning promises to be a big disappointment for Andy, who entrusted Lloyd to relay his gift wish to Santa -- but now wonders if his brother really delivered it.

      b: 18 Dec 95 pc: 013 w: Jim Vallely d: Terry Hughes
    12. "Once Around the Block"
      gs: David Byrd [ Alfred ], Stephen Lee [ Cop ], Gina Gallego [ Lupe ]

      rc: Ira

      Matt hopes to shed his boring image by catching the action at a salsa dance club, where his mom and Lou suddenly show up; and so do Joe and Andy, who swing by in a Batmobile-style cruiser.

      b: 4 Mar 96 pc: 012 w: ______________ d: Terry Hughes
    13. "Remember"
      gs: Tom Kenny [ Doug ], Nestor Carbonell [ Eduardo ], Adam Consolo [ Lance ]

      rc: Ira

      Matt wants to play Philadelphia's Lucky Burger clown -- for the money; Joey wants to join the motorcycle-racing circuit and follow in his father's footsteps, which worries Claire.

      b: 11 Mar 96 pc: 016 w: Pamela Eells d: Terry Hughes
    14. "Big Brotherly Love"
      gs: Tom Arnold [ Jack ], Jimmy Briscoe [ Jimmy ], Billy West [ Billy ]

      The younger Roman brothers consider their Designated Dad Jack a delightful companion, but to Joe he's an interloper in the family.

      b: 18 Mar 96 pc: 018 w: Jonathan Schmock & Jim Vallely d: Terry Hughes
    15. "Bride and Prejudice"
      gs: Michael Lowry [ John ], J.R. Ross [ Jeff ], Jeremy Linson [ Dave ], Melody Kay [ Robin ]

      Lou weighs a heavy decision after accepting an engagement ring from her boyfriend; Matt's sarcastic new friends rib Lloyd.

      b: 25 Mar 96 pc: 015 w: Michele J. Wolff d: Terry Hughes
    16. "Double Date"
      gs: Lisa Rieffel [ Amy ], Peter Krause [ Tom ], Adam Consolo [ Lance ]

      Dissatisfied with their respective dates, Joe and Lou introduce the two on a double date -- and wait for nature to take its course.

      b: 1 Apr 96 pc: 014 w: John Levenstein d: Jonathan Schmock

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      2nd Season 1996

      Production credits:
      Witt-Thomas Productions in association with Touchstone Television
      Created by Jim Vallely & Jonathan Schmock
      Executive producers: Jim Vallely & Jonathan Schmock, Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas, Gary Levin
      Supervising producer: Craig Hoffman
      Producer: Eddie Gorodetsky
      Co-producers: Joe Lawrence & Donna Lawrence

      "Television's most popular brothers -- Joe, Matthew and Andrew Lawrence -- are back for a second season of "Brotherly Love," the family comedy series from the enormously successful team of Witt-Thomas Productions. Joe plays an independent, 20-year-old motorcycle racer who becomes an unlikely role model when he agrees to help raise his younger half brothers.

      "Joe Roman has come by his self-reliance naturally. His parents divorced when he was little, and his dad -- a race car driver -- remarried and focused primarily on his new family with his young wife, Claire. Joe spent his childhood on the move with his mother, venturing out on his own when he was just 15. A year after his father's fatal accident, Joe returns to Philadelphia to collect his share of his Dad's estate, a car customizing business. His reunion with Claire and his half brothers is a little rocky. Despite her best efforts, Claire is struggling to keep the business afloat. Fifteen-year-old Matt, tormented by a number of teen crises both real and imagined, harbors a lot of resentment toward Joe. And Andy, a wildly imaginative seven-year-old, can't quite hide his need for a father figure.

      "It doesn't take long for Joe to realize how much he's needed, so he accepts Claire's offer to move in and work in the family business. Downstairs in the garage, Joe works alongside his father's pit-crew chief, the slightly scrambled Lloyd [ McShane ], and Lou [ Vassey ], a feisty mechanic/conceptual artist. This season, the romantic tension between Lou and Joe will grow as the two try to maintain a working relationship. Upstairs, Joe is becoming a part of the family he never knew, with all the responsibilities, adjustments, joys and heartaches that every family has. In the second season, the family will face new challenges as they continue to grow together. Claire starts dating again, much to the dismay of her two younger sons. As a single mom raising two boys, she'll need Joe's help more than ever this season to act as a father figure for Andy and Matt.

      "Creators Jim Vallely The John Larroquette Show and Jonathan Schmock Blossom are the executive producers, along with Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas The John Larroquette Show, Blossom, The Golden Girls and Gary S. Levine The John Larroquette Show. The show is produced by Witt-Thomas Productions in association with Touchstone Television."

      (Warner Bros. press materials)
    17. "Lord of the Guys"
      gs: Myra Turley, Jonathan Schmock

      The boys fend for themselves when Claire goes to a spa for the weekend.

      b: 15 Sep 96 pc: 020202 w: Bill Vallely and Mark McClennan d: Art Dielhenn
    18. "Joe at 21"
      gs: Blake Clark [ Mickey ], Raci Alexander [ Coco ]

      Perched at a bar on his 21st birthday, Joe reminisces about his dad and about turning 16, while at home Claire and the gang plan what they hope will be a nifty surprise party -- but Joe ruins the surprise by coming home drunk.

      b: 22 Sep 96 pc: 019201 w: Eddie Gorodetsky d: Art Dielhenn
    19. "Claire's First Date"
      gs: Sid Melton [ Unknown ], Jonathan Schmock [ Unknown ]

      Claire has butterflies as she prepares for a first date. So do Matt and Andy, who fear that a newcomer will replace their dad.

      b: 29 Sep 96 pc: 022204 w: John Levenstein d: Art Dielhenn
    20. "Other People"
      gs: Jennifer Aspen [ Mel ], Marc Weiner [ Himself ]

      Joe and Lou agree to be "just friends" and date others, but Joe fumes when Lou's "other person" is someone he doesn't know -- and then he unwittingly asks out Lou's best friend. Puppeteer Marc Weiner appears as himself.

      b: 6 Oct 96 pc: 030212 w: Jim Vallely d: Art Dielhenn
    21. "Viva la fraternite"

      Both Joey and Matt ask Andy's new baby sitter for a date.

      b: 13 Oct 96 pc: 023205 w: Jonathan Schmock d: Jonathan Schmock
    22. "Big Mike"
      gs: Gil Gerard [ Big Mike ], Blaire Baron [ Millie ]

      The boys' lovable grandpa Big Mike rolls into town in a big rig and for a time endears himself to Joe---with some promises he can't keep.

      b: 20 Oct 96 pc: 021203 w: Craig Hoffman d: Art Dielhenn
    23. "Motherly Love"
      gs: Estelle Getty [ Myrna ], Lee Arenberg [ Pasternack ], Aron Eisenberg [ Little Ricky ]

      Lloyd's RV-driving mom visits as Joe is pushing to enter Andy in a pine-box derby -- to prevent a smarmy business rival's son from beating Matt's previous winning record.

      b: 3 Nov 96 pc: 024206 w: Bill Vallely & Mark McClennan d: Art Dielhenn
    24. "Kernel of Truth"
      gs: Tony Carreiro [ Unknown ], Tricia Leigh Fisher [ Unknown ], Eddie Gorodetsky [ Unknown ]

      Andy figures he won't get into any more trouble in school if Joe dates his teacher, Claire meets a potential date at the supermarket; and psychology student Matt fears he may have obsessive-compulsive disorder.

      b: 10 Nov 96 pc: 025207 w: Ricky Blitt d: Art Dielhenn
    25. "Downtown Girl"
      gs: Jodie Sweetin [ Lydia Llump ], F.J. O'Neil [ Mr. Willis ], Andrea Bendewald [ Unknown ]

      Joe regrets the path his life has taken after running into a once-unpopular classmate who's now headed for rock stardom.

      b: 17 Nov 96 pc: 026208 w: Nicole Avril & Sue Kolinsky d: Art Dielhenn
    26. "The Great Indoors"
      gs: Portia Dawson [ Suzie ], Jennifer Lyons [ Patty ]

      Andy's excited about wearing his wilderness badge from the Young Pioneers, but his enthusiasm is dampened when a storm cancels his planned camping trip -- which winds up being staged in the garage.

      b: 24 Nov 96 pc: 026209 w: Nicole Avril & Sue Kolinsky d: Art Dielhenn
    27. "The Driving Lesson"
      gs: Keene Curtis [ Mr. Hangarter ]

      A merciless driver's-ed teacher may have Matt's future in mind when he passes out grades, but Joe has only revenge in mind when he rallies Matt, Lloyd and Lou in a pay-back prank on the man.

      b: 8 Dec 96 pc: 009 w: Eddie Gorodetsky d: Terry Hughes
    28. "Power of Love"

      Lloyd quits the garage to fulfill his dreams after he sees a self-help video.

      b: 8 Dec 96 pc: 029211 w: Michele J. Wolff d: Art Dielhenn
    29. "Party Girl"
      gs: Phil Proctor [ Art Dealer ]

      rc: Kristin

      Even Joe agrees with Claire that the new girl in Matt's life seems to be out of his league, frequenting after-hour rave parties -- and drinking.

      b: 12 Jan 97 pc: 032214 w: Jim Vallely d: Jonathan Schmock
    30. "Skin Deep"
      gs: Elisabeth Harnois [ Carly ]

      rc: Kristin

      Matt's new girlfriend wants him to get a tattoo.

      b: 19 Jan 97 pc: 033215 w: Ricky Blitt d: Paul Miller
    31. "Paging Nell"
      gs: Nell Carter [ Nell Bascombe ]

      Joe is reunited with old friend Nell Bascombe, who needs a new kidney.

      b: 2 Feb 97 pc: 031213 w: Matt Schmidt & Anita Michetti & Liz Sagal d: Jonathan Schmock
    32. "The Comet"
      gs: Al Ruscio [ Unknown ]

      rc: Julia

      Matt hopes to reinvent himself for a newcomer visiting her grandfather in the neighborhood; Andy fears getting hit by a comet.

      b: 9 Feb 97 pc: 028210 w: Jim Vallely & Jonathan Schmock d: Joey Lawrence
    33. "Stealing Beauty"
      gs: T.E. Russell [ Damon ], Jonathan Schmock [ Chip ]

      rc: Kristin

      Kristin gets Matt a job at a music store, but his future there looks bleak when the manager collars a shoplifter.

      b: 16 Feb 97 pc: 035217 w: Nicole Avril & Sue Kolinsky d: Paul Kreppe
    34. "Art Attack"
      gs: Holly Gagnier [ Unknown ], Chuck E. Weiss [ Leo ]

      Joe searches for inspiration after a gallery owner's daughter (Holly Gagnier), who believes he's an artist, asks to see his work.

      b: 23 Feb 97 pc: 036218 w: Craig Hoffman d: Jonathan Schmock
    35. "Pizza Girl"
      gs: Sarah Silverman [ Unknown ], Daniella Garcia-Lorida [ Unknown ], Vincent Guastaferro [ Dominick ], Rodney Kageyama [ Mr. Woo ], Emmy Yu [ Little Girl ]

      Romance is in the air at the pizza parlor as Matt's co-worker falls for Joe and Andy falls for a young girl who doesn't think his jokes are funny.

      b: 30 Mar 97 pc: 032219 w: Jim Vallely d: Terry Hughes
    36. "Easy Come, Easy Go"
      gs: Rip Taylor [ Himself ]

      rc: Kristin

      Andy becomes Joe's good luck charm on a trip to Atlantic City -- for a while. Meanwhile, bad luck crashes the scene when Matt throws his first big party.

      b: 20 Apr 97 pc: 032216 w: Eddie Gorodetsky d: Mark Cendrowski
    37. "I Scream, You Scream (1)"
      gs: Kevin Meaney [ Unknown ]

      rc: Kristin

      Joe moves in for the kill after Matt claims he's "just friends" with Kristin; an ice-cream vendor is a real treat for Andy and for Claire.

      b: 27 Apr 97 pc: 038220 w: Arthur F. Montmorency d: Joey Lawrence
    38. "We All Scream (2)"
      rc: Kristen

      Matt and Joe nearly come to fisticuffs over Kristin, who's unable to handle the truth when she hears it; and Lou receives an e-mail message from an admirer.

      b: 4 May 97 pc: 039221 w: Michael Rowe & David Wolf David d: Rich Correll
    39. "Mother's Day"
      gs: Jane Fleiss [ Joe's Mother ], Tom Kenny [ Her Husband ]

      Mother's Day brings a surprise visit from Joe's hippie mom, who's pregnant and married to an "aura-photographer".

      b: 11 May 97 pc: 040222 w: Craig Hoffman d: Mark Cendrowski
    40. "Girl Crazy"
      gs: Karl David-Djerf [ Silent Jim ]

      rc: Julia, Kristin

      Julia returns hoping to strike up a relationship with Matt again, but his friends aren't part of her plans. Meanwhile, Andy "sells his childhood" at a garage sale.

      b: 18 May 97 pc: 037219 w: Eddie Gorodetsky d: Joey Lawrence

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