My Brother and Me

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My Brother and Me
My Brother and Me TV Show Title Card.JPG
Intertitle
Created by Ilunga Adell
Calvin Brown, Jr.
Written by Ilunga Adell
Demtrius A. Bady
Bootsie
Calvin Brown, Jr.
Donelle Q. Buck
Bobby Crawford
Merrie Dudley
Angella Harris
Fred Johnson
J. Stanford Parker
Directed by Arlando Smith
Adam Weissman
Starring Arthur Reggie III
Ralph Woolfolk IV
Jimmy Lee Newman, Jr.
Aisling Sistrunk
Karen E. Fraction
Jim R. Coleman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) Calvin Brown, Jr.
Ilunga Adell
Bonnie Burns
Location(s) Nickelodeon Studios, Orlando, Florida
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time approx. 22-24 minutes
Production company(s) Burns & Burns Productions
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run October 15, 1994  – February 2, 1995

My Brother and Me is an American sitcom, which ran on Nickelodeon from October 15, 1994 through February 2, 1995. The show centers on the Parkers, a family living in the west side of Charlotte, North Carolina, who experience the highs and lows of everyday life. The series starred Arthur Reggie III as pre-teen son Alfie, Ralph Woolfolk IV as his younger brother DeeDee, Aisling Sistrunk as older sister Melanie, Karen E. Fraction as mother Jennifer Parker, Jim R. Coleman as father Roger Parker, and Jimmy Lee Newman Jr. as Alfie's troublesome best friend, "Goo".

Reruns of the program aired during The '90s Are All That block on TeenNick on December 24, 26, and 28, 2013, marking the first time the series has aired on television since 2000. In June 2014, Nickelodeon released My Brother & Me: The Complete Series as a two-disc manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release through Amazon.com.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Arthur Reggie III as Alfred "Alfie" Parker: Dee Dee's older brother and younger brother to Melanie. Best friends with Goo.
  • Ralph Woolfolk IV as Derek "Dee Dee" Parker: Alfie and Melanie's youngest brother. He looks up to Alfie. Best friends with Donnell and Harry.
  • Jimmy Lee Newman, Jr. as Milton "Goo" Berry: Alfie's best friend who is in love with Melanie. His sweet talk often fools Jennifer, but Roger and the others see past it.
  • Aisling Sistrunk as Melanie Parker: Alfie and Dee Dee's older sister and the object of Goo's affections. She is also best friends with Deonne.
  • Karen E. Fraction as Jennifer Parker: The kids' mother who often falls for Goo's sweet talk. She has an older sister, Helen.
  • Jim R. Coleman as Roger Parker: The kids' father. Unlike Jennifer, Roger is more wary of Goo's sweet talk.

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Stefan J. Wernli as Donnell Wilburn: Dee Dee's best friend besides Harry and Deonne's little brother.
  • Amanda Seales as Deonne Wilburn: Melanie's best friend and Donnell's older sister.
  • Christopher Guerriero as Milton Garcia
  • Keith "Bubba" Naylor as Harry White: Dee Dee's best friend besides Donnell.
  • Renaldo Ferguson as Himself
  • Kym Whitley as Mrs. Pinckney: The owner of the comic book store.
  • Willie Brunson as Moo Berry: Goo's cousin, a classmate of Dee Dee's.
  • Florence Anthony as Aunt Helen: Jennifer's sister.
  • Vanessa Baden as Janey
  • Kendall Gill as Himself
  • Mekia Cox
  • Anais Adell
  • Kenny Layne
  • Misty Lee Gentle
  • Micah Cox
  • Patricia Kizzie
  • Art Dohany
  • Avis Marie Barnes as Mrs. Wilburn
  • Dennis Scott as Coach

Cool Dr. Money & The Money Girls[edit]

  • Tony Delana as Cool Dr. Money
  • Lee Hastings
  • Ana Palmas
  • Sunny Raskin
  • Katrina Webster

Celebrity cameos[edit]

In the first episode of the series, Charlotte Hornets starter Kendall Gill made a guest appearance. Gill was a member of the Seattle SuperSonics at the time.

The show also featured former Orlando Magic small forward Dennis Scott as a coach. In the episode "Basketball Tryouts", he serves as the coach who picks the final teams for the juniors and seniors.

Episodes[edit]

Series # Season # Title Notes Original air date
1 1 " Pilot" Alfie, Dee Dee, and Melanie are supposed to be helping their parents at a carnival by working the dunking booth. When Goo arrives and announces their favorite basketball player, Kendall Gill, is at the Comic Book Store signing autographs, the boys decide to ditch the carnival. This leaves Melanie and Jennifer to work the booth and both end up soaked. But the Comic Book Store is packed and much to Alfie and Dee Dee's surprise their father has to interview Kendall Gill. Goo comes up with a plan to get Alfie and Dee Dee, Gill's signature before getting them back at the local carnival, but are caught by Roger. All ends well for everyone except Alfie and Goo, who must endure being soaked at the dunking booth. October 15, 1994
2 1 "The Practical Joke War" Alfie and Goo unleash harsh practical jokes on Dee Dee and his friends. Dee Dee, Harry and Donnel retaliate by pulling a practical joke on Alfie with the trick gum. After Alfie and Goo get even with Dee Dee and his friends, Melanie and Deonne help them get even. Soon, Alfie and Goo declare a practical joke war on Melanie, Dee Dee and their friends. This eventually stops when Roger and Jennifer end up on the wrong end of the practical joke war after being announced as the winner of a magazine contest for Best Family Of The Year. They set their children straight for their behavior and will have a talk with their friends' parents as well. October 22, 1994
3 1 "The Weekend Aunt Helen Came" The boy's mother, Jennifer, leaves for the weekend and she leaves the father, Roger, in charge. However, he lets the kids run wild. Jenifer's older sister and Alfie and Dee Dee's Aunt Helen then comes to oversee the house until Jennifer gets back. Meanwhile, Alfie throws a basketball at Goo, which hits him in the head, giving him temporary amnesia. In this case of memory loss, Goo acts like a nerd, does homework on a weekend, wants to be called Milton instead of Goo, and he even calls Alfie Alfred. He is much nicer to Deonne and Dee Dee, but is somewhat rude to Melanie. The only thing that will reverse this is another hit in the head. November 1, 1994
4 1 "Robin Hood Play" Alfie's school is performing the play Robin Hood and Alfie is chosen to play the part of Robin Hood. Alfie is excited at this prospect, but he does not want to wear tights because he feels that tights are for girls. However, he reconsiders his stance on tights when Dee Dee wisely tells him not to let that affect his performance as Robin Hood. November 9, 1994
5 1 "Basketball Tryouts" Alfie tries out for the basketball team and doesn't make it even after showing off his basketball skills. However, Harry, Dee Dee and Donnell make the team. Alfie is depressed and doesn't want to attend the celebration party. However, Goo sets him straight by telling him it was his own fault for not being a team player and kept the ball to himself. November 30, 1994
6 1 "Where's The Snake" Dee Dee gets a snake, but he doesn't want his parents to know about it. However, things get complicated when he loses the snake in the house. Meanwhile, Melanie and Deonne are assigned by their teacher to take care of her beloved pet rabbit, Duchess for the weekend. This causes both Alfie and Dee Dee to be concerned for Duchess when they learn from Goo that snakes eat rabbits. December 6, 1994
7 1 "Dee Dee's Girlfriend" A girl kisses Dee Dee in front of Harry and Donnell. They promise not to tell, but it slips and everyone laughs at Dee Dee. Dee Dee ends his friendship with Harry and Donnell and hangs out with Alfie and Goo. Soon, Alfie and Goo finally get the three to talk to each other. December 15, 1994
8 1 "Dee Dee's Haircut" Dee Dee wants to get a hair cut by Cool Doctor Money and have his name shaved in his head. His parents will not let him do this, but Goo offers to do it for five dollars. However, when Goo messes up Dee Dee's hair and spells his name wrong, his parents find out the truth thanks to Alfie snitching on Goo and Dee Dee is forced to have his hair shaved off. In addition to that, his friends tease him about his bald head, causing a fight between the boys along with Goo and Alfie. In a b-story, Alfie and Goo try to play a practical joke on Dee Dee involving a jalapeño lollipop. It backfires when Roger is the unwitting victim and it leads to him chasing the boys around. December 20, 1994
9 1 "Dee Dee Runs Away" Dee Dee has been waiting to go to a monster truck show all week. But Alfie and Goo's baseball team makes it to the tournament and everyone forgets about the monster truck show. Dee Dee feels ignored and runs away from home with Harry and Donnell. It's up to Alfie and Goo to try and convince him to come home. December 28, 1994
10 1 '"Donnel's Birthday Party" Donnell is having a birthday party and brags about all the dancing and cool people who will be there. Harry says that he knows how to dance so Dee Dee feels left out because he doesn't know how to dance. Later on, Harry admits to Dee Dee alone that he can't dance either and only lied so he doesn't get teased by Donnell. So, they ask Alfie to help them learn how to dance. He refuses to help because Dee Dee previously told on him to Roger about his and Goo's plans to cheat on their math quiz. Alfie eventually agrees, after Melanie threatens to refuse to help him with his math homework. Soon Dee Dee and Harry learn Donnell's secret and were forced to teach him how to dance. After the party, Dee Dee tells Alfie about it and finds out that he knew Donnell was a liar. January 5, 1995
11 1 "Alfie's Birthday Party" Goo and Melanie pretend they are dating and they leave Alfie out of everything. He ends up bored and starts hanging out with Dee Dee and his friends. However, it just isn't the same without Goo. Later on, Alfie learns about the surprise birthday party that Goo and Melanie had been planning with everyone else (except for Dee Dee, who couldn't know since he would've told). January 19, 1995
12 1 "Candy Sale" Alfie and Goo are selling candy to make money for some expensive jackets, but they are not having any luck. However, when Dee Dee start helping them sell candy, they start to make money and asks him to help them out. Soon Goo and Alfie finds themselves confronted by Melanie, Deonne, Harry and Donnell for Dee Dee's share of the money. They soon learn the boys have used the money to buy three expensive jackets for themselves and Dee Dee as a token of their gratitude. They quickly apologize to Alfie and Goo for their quick judgment. January 26, 1995
13 1 "The Big Bully" Dee Dee gets beat up at school and his friends try to teach him how to fight back. Goo, however, tells him to bluff, but the plan backfires and Dee Dee gets hit because of it. When Alfie confronts the bully, he learns that Dee Dee was picked on by a girl. Alfie and Goo decide to confront her. However, when some of their classmates, who happen to be the girls' siblings, learn they are bullying their sister, they intervene. February 2, 1995

Interior monologues[edit]

The show extensively uses interior monologues. Almost every episode features the characters' "thoughts," usually overreacted responses to something another character says. This is especially prevalent in scenes revolving around the boys' father (Jim Coleman), who frequently tells painfully boring stories about his brother, the kids' uncle Lawrence, and forces the kids to endure his favorite dish, Mumbo-jumbo gumbo.

Catchphrases[edit]

A common (though unofficial) catchphrase used in the show by multiple characters (usually Donnell) was "Don't hold your breath!" This was a typical response to an outlandish suggestion by another character (for example, Goo asking Melanie for a kiss). Another common catchphrase would occur when Dee Dee would interrupt Goo in whatever story he was telling, and promptly after Goo telling Dee Dee off, he would say, "Now as I was saying, before I was so rudely interrupted...." and would continue onward with his story. This occurrence happened quite often on the show.

There was also the use of the phrase "you didn't say Fuzzy Wuzzy" when Dee Dee would convince Alfie to play the Fuzzy Wuzzy Bear Game.

One phrase, said by Dee Dee and memorable for its unorthodox inflection, was "Hit me! Hit me!" He was being bullied at school, so his brother Alfie and Goo taught him how to fight. After saying that phrase, Dee Dee came home with a black eye. They came to find out, it was a girl that was bullying him.

Cancellation[edit]

The show made history as the network's first show featuring a predominately black cast. Despite its popularity during its premiere, the series only lasted 13 episodes. Ralph Woolfolk explained in an interview that the show was canceled due to disagreements between the producers and creators of the show; a second season was planned but the two parties had different visions for the show that caused a major fallout.[1]

After the series[edit]

Arthur Reggie III made a few more appearances on television, before turning to rapping. He raps under the name Show Bizness. Amanda Seales went on in the industry as a musician known as Amanda Diva. The rest of the cast, with the exception of Karen Fraction and Jim Coleman, fell into obscurity. Some fan sites found the cast on Facebook and reported that most have graduated from college and pursued careers in the private sector. Ralph Woolfolk studied English at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and seeking Law School at either Harvard University or William and Mary Law School in Virginia. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the first historically black fraternity on a collegiate level. On October 30, 2007, Karen Fraction died after a 5 year battle with breast cancer.

DVD Release[edit]

As of June 2014, My Brother And Me has finally been released on DVD by Nickelodeon. The DVDs are now available only at Amazon.com.

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 1996 and 1997, My Brother and Me was nominated for the NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Youth or Children's Series/Special).

References[edit]

  1. ^ My Brother and Me Actor Attends Morehouse: Tells What Happened To Show in the "CAU Panther Student newspaper" Nov. 2007

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