Brotherly Love (1995 TV series)

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Brotherly Love
Brotherly Love title.jpg
Created by Jim Vallely
Jonathan Schmock
Starring Joey Lawrence
Matthew Lawrence
Andrew Lawrence
Liz Vassey
Melinda Culea
Michael McShane
Theme music composer Joey Lawrence, Michael Price, Steve LaGassick, Steve Barri
Opening theme "No Matter Where You Are", performed by Joey Lawrence
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 40 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jonathan Schmock
Jim Vallely
Paul Junger Witt
Tony Thomas
Gary S. Levine
Camera setup Videotape; Multi-camera
Running time approx. 22 minutes (without commercials)
30 minutes (with commercials)
Production company(s) Witt/Thomas Productions
Touchstone Television
(1995-1996)
(season 1)
Walt Disney Television
(1996-1997)
(season 2)
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Release
Original network NBC (1995–1996)
The WB (1996–1997)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release September 16, 1995 (1995-09-16) – May 18, 1997 (1997-05-18)

Brotherly Love is an American sitcom that ran from September 16, 1995, to April 1, 1996, on NBC, and then moved to The WB, where it aired from September 15, 1996, until May 18, 1997. The series was created by Jonathan Schmock and Jim Vallely, and produced by Witt/Thomas Productions in association with Touchstone Television (season 1) & Walt Disney Television (season 2). The primary focus of the series is on the relationship of three brothers, played by real-life brothers Joey Lawrence, Matthew Lawrence, and Andrew Lawrence.

Characters

Main

  • Joseph "Joe" Roman (played by Joey Lawrence) — He is the oldest of the three brothers. He is a half-brother to Matt and Andy. Claire is his stepmother. He is vain, cocky and arrogant at times, and thinks highly of himself, though he is a good person at heart. He is constantly fighting for the affection of Lou Davis. His brothers really look up to him as a role model and as a father-figure. He was born on November 10, 1975 as revealed in the episode "Once Around The Block" making him 20 years old at the start of the series. Joe was 5 when his father left him and his mother. His father eventually re-married Claire. Together they had Matt and Andy. Joe's father later died in a racing accident. Joe's mother lives in California. Joe is an avid motorcycle fan and works as a mechanic.
  • Matthew "Matt" Roman (played by Matthew Lawrence) — He is 15–16 and is the middle child. He bows to peer pressure easily. He is also put down by his family with some of his doings as well. Matt was an absolute neat freak and germaphobe; at the age of one, he could change his own diaper, and he went through his entire childhood without ever catching the chickenpox. He loved washing the dishes and was known for other odd habits like making "Matt water", folding his socks. Unlike Joe and Andy, he never did well with girls. He has a crush on Kristin and is said in the episode, "I scream, You scream", that Matt is in love with Kristen. He sang twice, once in an angel costume singing the last two bars of "Silent Night" (A Roman Holiday), the other (Art Attack) when he played his mother's guitar and sang a song called "Pigeon On Your Car" which was written by Matt Lawrence himself.
  • Andrew "Andy" Roman (played by Andrew Lawrence) — He is the youngest. He is seen wearing a variety of costumes (including Wolverine and Spider-Man). He is a bundle of mischief and has a vivid imagination. In one of the episodes, he is "in love" with Lou Davis, and writes her an email. Andy was only 5 when his father died in a racing accident.
  • Louise "Lou" Davis (played by Liz Vassey) — She is a female mechanic who is seen going out with different men in a few episodes. She is an artist, even having crafted a ring for one of her suitors. She is always making sarcastic remarks to Joe from what he says about her. In later episodes it is shown that she may have love interests in Joe Roman. Joe and Lou kiss under the mistletoe in an episode called, "A Roman Holiday" and in an episode, "Other people". Andy is said to be in love with her, and receives an email from him, signed, A Roman who loves you. She automatically believes it was Joe.
  • Claire Roman (played by Melinda Culea) — She is Joe's stepmother, and Matt and Andy's mother. She is a take charge kind of woman and sometimes thinks Joe is a bad influence on Matt and Andy.
  • Lloyd Burwell (played by Mike McShane) — A former Coast Guard for six years and mechanic. He is overweight and is sometimes needy, but under his gruff exterior lies a sensitive, intelligent man. He used to go by the alias "The Masked Avenger", an alias he used to play pranks on Mr. Hangarter, a cruel drivers' education teacher. Lloyd is known to be somewhat stupid and ignorant, but in some episodes has surprised everyone and shown to be very intelligent.

Recurring

  • Kristin (played by Rebecca Herbst) — She used to attend house parties often, but now has cleaned up her act. She is one of Matt's best friends. She used to have a crush on Joe. Matt has a crush on her, but she sees him more of a brother than a boyfriend. She was a badgirl and got drunk, but changed after she and Matt started hanging out.
  • Silent Jim (played by Karl David-Djerf) — He rarely speaks but when he does, Matt describes it as "something special". Instead of speaking he usually communicates with a laugh. He is a recurring cast member, although, he doesn't appear in many episodes.
  • Lloyd's Mother (played by Estelle Getty, seen only in season two's "Motherly Love") — She lives in a trailer, and is part of the reason why Lloyd is so needy. She can do cartwheels despite her age. She also teaches the mambo and is said to clip Lloyd's toenails.

Episodes

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 16 September 16, 1995 (1995-09-16) April 1, 1996 (1996-04-01)
2 24 September 15, 1996 (1996-09-15) May 18, 1997 (1997-05-18)

Season 1 (1995–96)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
1 1 "Pilot" Terry Hughes Jim Vallely & Jonathan Schmock September 16, 1995 (1995-09-16) 001

Joe's parents are divorced and he moves away with his mom and his dad starts a new life with his new wife Claire. His dad and Claire have two sons named Matt and Andy, and after their dad dies in a racing accident, Joe goes to them to collect his share of his dad's garage.


Guest stars: Melissa Clayton as Andrea and Jerry Lambert as Mitch
2 2 "Such A Bargain" Terry Hughes Jim Halkett September 17, 1995 (1995-09-17) 003

Lou makes an art sculpture that catches the interest of Russell Winslow (Bryan Cranston), an art dealer who comes by, but Joe does not trust the man. Meanwhile, Matt becomes so interested in a female classmate that he does everything in his power to impress her, including ordering a limo for the school dance.


Guest star: Mike Starr as Gus
3 3 "The Liberty Bell Show" Terry Hughes Craig Hoffman September 24, 1995 (1995-09-24) 005

Matt has a crush on his forensics teacher, Debbie (Tyler Layton), and arranges to have her busted car fixed for free at the garage. But, when Joe meets Matt's teacher, Matt and Joe end up having a thing for Debbie and the half-brothers fight over which one should take the teacher out for a date. Meanwhile, Andy visits the Liberty Bell and fears that he accidentally "damaged" the Liberty Bell.


Guest star: Hiram Kasten as Tour Guide
4 4 "A Midsummer's Nightmare" Terry Hughes Pamela Eells October 1, 1995 (1995-10-01) 006

Matt gets a part in a school play and Joe keeps teasing Matt about his role in the school's production of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". This ends up hurting Matt's confidence, but Joe needs to build confidence himself when he agrees to be a nude model for Lou's art class.


Guest stars: Justine Johnston as Mrs. Maguire and Jonathan Charles Kaplan as Ira Stoltzer
5 5 "Uptown Girl" Terry Hughes Michelle J. Wolff October 8, 1995 (1995-10-08) 002

Joe deserts his responsibilities when he meets a free-spirited woman. Andy makes a new friend after taking Joe's advice. Matt also takes Joe's advice but this makes him uncool at school.


Guest stars: Terry Bradshaw as Himself, Mathea Webb as Christy, Jonathan Charles Kaplan as Ira Stoltzer, Victor Raider-Wexler as Mr. Levenstein
6 6 "The Comic Con" Terry Hughes John Levenstein October 25, 1995 (1995-10-25) 008

Lloyd meets Lotus (Megan Cavanaugh), a woman on the internet and he is so interested in her, that he lies about his appearance to make the woman like him. Meanwhile, Matt gets a pimple and tries everything to hide it in time for his first date.


Guest star: George Takei as Himself
7 7 "The Sleepover Show" Terry Hughes Eddie Gorodetsky October 29, 1995 (1995-10-29) 004

Bridget (Wendy Benson) an old friend from high school visits Joe and he invites her 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 tell his mom that he isn't ready to go to a sleepover 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 and Wendy instead.


Guest star: Jonathan Charles Kaplan as Ira Stoltzer
8 8 "Witchcraft" Terry Hughes Jonathan Schmock October 30, 1995 (1995-10-30) 007

A fortuneteller gives Joe a Halloween scare, as well as Andy's "disappearance"; Claire goes to a party on her own, while Matt endures the taunts of college-age trick-or-treaters. And Lloyd watches the "scariest movie ever made": The Sound of Music.


Special guest star: John Kassir as The Crypt-Keeper

Guest stars: Laura Summer as Julie, Brandt Van Hoffman as Missing Sock and Melanie Hutsell as Wilma

Note: Rondell Sheridan and Camille Winbush (of the fellow NBC and Witt/Thomas Productions sitcom Minor Adjustments) guest starred in this episode, however they are not credited for their appearance. Minor Adjustments followed Brotherly Love on NBC's Sunday night Fall lineup at the time.
9 9 "Bait and Switch" Terry Hughes John Levenstein November 12, 1995 (1995-11-12) 010
A conspiratorial Lloyd locks up Joe and Lou in the storeroom on a day that Lou has arranged a blind date to get them to fall in love. But he couldn't have chosen a worse day because Joe has promised to aid Matt in a date with destiny – a fight with a school bully.
10 10 "Outbreak!" Terry Hughes Craig Hoffman November 19, 1995 (1995-11-19) 011
Claire, Andy, and Lloyd have the chicken pox, because of this Claire can't do her work leaving Joe in charge. Joe makes an executive decision to expand Roman Customizing by signing a new account – one that Claire had turned down.
11 11 "A Roman Holiday" Terry Hughes Jim Vallely December 18, 1995 (1995-12-18) 013
Christmas morning is coming and Andy told Lloyd to tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas. Lloyd promised Andy that Santa would come through for him but finds himself in a bind when he is unable to pull it off.
12 12 "Once Around the Block" Terry Hughes Jonathan Schmock March 4, 1996 (1996-03-04) 012

Matt hopes to shed his boring image by catching the action at a salsa dance club. When his mom and Lou suddenly show up, as does Lloyd, he doesn't know what to do. Andy is thrilled when Joe works on a car that is oddly similar to the Batmobile.


Guest stars: Jonathan Charles Kaplan as Ira Stoltzer, Gina Gallego as Lupe and Stephen Lee as Cop
13 13 "Remember" Terry Hughes Pamela Eells March 11, 1996 (1996-03-11) 016

Claire becomes worried about Joe, when he decides that he wants to race just like his dad. Meanwhile, Matt gets a job at Lucky Burger as the restaurant's mascot, he then auditions to for a promotion to be the restaurant's mascot.


Guest stars: Nestor Carbonell as Eduardo Vega, Tom Kenny as Doug and Jonathan Charles Kaplan as Ira Stoltzer
14 14 "Big Brotherly Love" Terry Hughes Jonathan Schmock & Jim Vallely March 18, 1996 (1996-03-18) 018

Matt and Andy think that Jack (Tom Arnold), a man who Claire enlisted to be a mentor to Matt and Andy as part of the Big Brothers program, is great but to Joe, Jack is trying to replace their dad.


Guest stars: Billy West as Billy and Jimmy Briscoe as Jimmy
15 15 "Bride and Prejudice" Terry Hughes Michelle J. Wolff March 25, 1996 (1996-03-25) 015
Lou's boyfriend Josh proposes to her and now she has to make a difficult decision: accept or try to make it work with Joe. Matt's new friends make fun of Lloyd.
16 16 "Double Date" Jonathan Schmock John Levenstein April 1, 1996 (1996-04-01) 014
Joe is annoyed is with his latest squeeze Amy (Lisa Rieffel), Lou feels the same way about her latest fling Tom (Peter Krause), They suggest to double date and they hope their dates will fall for each other. Matt grows out of spending time with childhood best friend Lance.

Season 2 (1996–97)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
17 1 "Lord of the Guys" Art Dielhenn Bill Vallely & Mark McClennan September 15, 1996 (1996-09-15) 020202

Lou takes Claire away from the house for a girl's weekend at a spa and the boys have to look after themselves. Luckily for Joe and Andy, Matt knows what to do.


Guest star: Maya Turley as Annica

Note: Starting with this episode, the series moved to The WB.
18 2 "Joe at 21" Art Dielhenn Eddie Gorodetsky September 22, 1996 (1996-09-22) 019201

It's Joe's 21st birthday, he spends the night in a bar thinking about his dad. The rest are planning a surprise party for him, when Joe gets home he is drunk.


Guest star: Blake Clark as Mickey
19 3 "Claire's First Date" Art Dielhenn John Levenstein September 29, 1996 (1996-09-29) 022204

Claire prepares for her first real date since her husband's death. Ed, a pool buddy of Joe's. Matt and Andy dislike him because they think it's a replacement of their father.


Guest star: Sid Melton as Delivery Man
20 4 "Other People" Art Dielhenn Jim Vallely October 6, 1996 (1996-10-06) 30212
Joe and Lou agree to be "just friends" and date other people, but Joe fumes when Lou's "other person" is someone named Mel, he doesn't know – and then he unwittingly asks out Lou's best friend Melanie Marcos (Jennifer Aspen), the Mel that Lou was referring to. Marc Weiner stops by the shop, to have his puppet truck customized.
21 5 "Viva la Fraternite" Jonathan Schmock Jonathan Schmock October 13, 1996 (1996-10-13) 023205

Both Joey and Matt ask Andy's new baby sitter for a date. Meanwhile, Lloyd gets a really big toupee which everyone is scared of. Meanwhile, Lou looks forward to seeing her father but once again he does not show up – or would he come after all?


Guest stars: Veena Bidasha as Ava, Neena Bidasha as Eva and Linden Chiles as Chuck
22 6 "Big Mike" Art Dielhenn Craig Hoffman October 20, 1996 (1996-10-20) 021203

The boys are really excited when their grandfather Big Mike (Gil Gerard) comes by for a visit, they all have a great time, but Mike makes some promises he can't keep.


Guest star: Blaire Baron as Millie
23 7 "Motherly Love" Art Dielhenn Bill Vallely & Mark McClennan November 3, 1996 (1996-11-03) 024206

Lloyd's RV-driving mom Myrna (Estelle Getty) visits the garage. At the same time, Joe is pushing Andy to enter in a pine-box derby – to prevent a business rival's son from beating Matt's previous winning record.


Guest stars: Lee Arenberg as Pasternack and Aron Eisenberg as Little Ricky
24 8 "Kernel of Truth" Art Dielhenn Ricky Blitt November 10, 1996 (1996-11-10) 025207
Andy figures he won't get into any more trouble in school if Joe dates his stern but attractive teacher Miss Harper (Tricia Leigh Fisher). Claire dates Jimmy (Tony Carreiro), a guy she met at the supermarket, who has serious mommy issues. Psychology student Matt fears he may have obsessive-compulsive disorder.
25 9 "Downtown Girl" Art Dielhenn Nicole Avril & Sue Kolinsky November 17, 1996 (1996-11-17) 025208

Joe meets Phoebe D. (Andrea Bendewald), an old classmate who is heading towards stardom in her music career, this makes him think about the decisions he has made. Matt is stuck doing a science assignment with Lydia Lump (Jodie Sweetin), a nerdy classmate.


Note: During the closing credits, the song "Class Act", performed by guest star Andrea Bendewald as Phoebe D. is played.
26 10 "The Great Indoors" Art Dielhenn Nicole Avril & Sue Kolinsky November 24, 1996 (1996-11-24) 025209

Andy is proud of getting his wilderness badge, he wants to wear this on the camping trip that his pioneers group was planning. Thanks to a storm the trip would be cancelled, but they end up having the camping trip in the garage. Meanwhile, Claire and Lou have a girls movie night and end up bawling in tears with every movie they watch.


Guest stars: Jennifer Lyons as Patty and Portia Dawson as Suzie
27 11 "The Driving Lesson" Terry Hughes Eddie Gorodetsky December 8, 1996 (1996-12-08) 009

A merciless driver's-ed teacher Mr. Hangarter (Keene Curtis) 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 playing a prank on the man in order to get back at him.


Note: This episode was originally produced for the first season, but its original broadcast was held over until the second season.
28 12 "Power of Love" Art Dielhenn Michelle J. Wolff December 8, 1996 (1996-12-08) 029211

Eduardo returns to turn to town sweeping Lou off her feet romantically, much to Joe's chagrin. Getting advice from Eduardo, Matt says meaningless "I Love You"'s to date attractive girls. After listening to numerous self-help tapes, Lloyd decides to quit his job at the garage to try and fulfill his dreams. Claire is worried that Andy is emulating Joe's lack of affection for other people.


Guest stars: Luigi Amodeo as Eduardo Vega (previously played by Nestor Carbonell in season one) and Sid Melton as Captain Speedy
29 13 "Party Girl" Jonathan Schmock Jim Vallely January 12, 1997 (1997-01-12) 029214

Kristin (Rebecca Herbst) is a new girl in Matt's life. Everyone around him agrees that Kristin is out of his league because the girl drinks and goes to rave parties, but Matt protests.


Guest star: Phil Proctor as Art Dealer
30 14 "Skin Deep" Paul Miller Ricky Blitt January 19, 1997 (1997-01-19) 029215
Matt and Kristen are still hanging out together, Kristen then sets Matt up with Carly (Elisabeth Harnois) a depressive girl who wants him to get a tattoo. Meanwhile, Joe and Lou think that Lloyd has developed romantic feelings for Claire.
31 15 "Paging Nell" Jonathan Schmock Story by : Liz Sagal
Teleplay by : Matt Schmidt & Anita Michetti
February 2, 1997 (1997-02-02) 029213

Joe is reunited with his old friend next door neighbor Nell Bascombe (Nell Carter), who needs a new kidney.


Guest star: Ivory Ocean as Lenny

Note: Nell Carter previously co-starred with Joey Lawrence and Matthew Lawrence in the 1980s NBC sitcom Gimme a Break!.
32 16 "The Comet" Joey Lawrence Jim Vallely & Jonathan Schmock February 9, 1997 (1997-02-09) 029210

Matt decides to reinvent himself when a new girl, Julia (Lauren Woodland), comes to town to visit her grumpy Grandfather, Harry "Old Man" Gibbs (Al Ruscio). Andy is frightened that they will get hit by the comet.


Note: This episode marked Joey Lawrence's directorial debut.
33 17 "Stealing Beauty" Paul Kreppel Nicole Avril & Sue Kolinsky February 16, 1997 (1997-02-16) 029217

Kristin gets Matt a job at a music store, but his future there looks bleak when the manager collars a shoplifter. Matt later finds out that Kristin stole CDs and stuck them into his backpack. Matt is afraid to tell on her because she could get arrested. In the end, Kristin confesses and Claire pays to bail her out. Joe and Lloyd try their best to the bathroom in the shop clean.


Guest star: Jonathan Schmock (series co-creator and executive producer) as Chip "The Can-Do Plumber"
34 18 "Art Attack" Jonathan Schmock Craig Hoffman February 23, 1997 (1997-02-23) 029218
Lou has some modern art she wants to take to the museum. So Joe helps her carry her work. Fiona Kensington (Holly Gagnier), the daughter of the woman of the art gallery, sees the artwork and thinks Joe did it. So he impresses her by doing some last minute art with help from Andy. Also, Matt takes up playing the guitar and wants to write a song. Matt tries to find inspiration by his surroundings. When their garbageman Leo (Chuck E. Weiss) pays a visit, Andy tells him he's got a pigeon on his car, Matt then comes up with a very bad song.
35 19 "Pizza Girl" Terry Hughes Jim Vallely March 30, 1997 (1997-03-30) 017

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


Guest star: Vincent Guastaferro as Uncle Dom

Note: This episode was originally produced for the first season, but its original broadcast was held over until the second season.
36 20 "Easy Come, Easy Go" Mark Cendrowski Eddie Gorodetsky April 20, 1997 (1997-04-20) 029216

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.


Guest star: Rip Taylor as Himself
37 21 "I Scream, You Scream" (Part 1) Joey Lawrence Arthur F. Montmorency April 27, 1997 (1997-04-27) 029220

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.


Guest stars: Kevin Meaney as Ken and Karl David-Djerf as Silent Jim
38 22 "We All Scream" (Part 2) Rich Correll Story by : David Wolf
Teleplay by : Michael Rowe
May 4, 1997 (1997-05-04) 029221
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.
39 23 "Mother's Day" Mark Cendrowski Craig Hoffman May 11, 1997 (1997-05-11) 029222

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


Guest stars: Jane Fleiss as Amber and Tom Kenny as Lucien

Note: Tom Kenny previously guest starred as Doug in the season one episode "Remember".
40 24 "Girl Crazy" Joey Lawrence Eddie Gorodetsky May 18, 1997 (1997-05-18) 029219
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 to earn cash.

Broadcast

The show was first aired on NBC as part of its 1995–96 schedule and then switched to The WB for the beginning of its 1996–97 lineup. The show also aired in syndication on Disney Channel from 1998 until 2002. It has also previously aired on Family in Canada.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1996 Young Artist Award Best Performance by a Young Actor Matthew Lawrence Nominated
Best Performance by a Young Actress – Guest Starring Role Lisa Rieffel Nominated
Best Performance by an Actor Under Ten Andrew Lawrence Nominated
1997 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Comedy – Leading Young Actor Andrew Lawrence Nominated

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