My Brother and Me
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|My Brother and Me|
|Created by||Ilunga Adell
Calvin Brown, Jr.
|Written by||Ilunga Adell
Demtrius A. Bady
Calvin Brown, Jr.
Donelle Q. Buck
J. Stanford Parker
|Directed by||Arlando Smith
|Starring||Arthur Reggie III
Ralph Woolfolk IV
Jimmy Lee Newman, Jr.
Karen E. Fraction
Jim R. Coleman
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer(s)||Calvin Brown, Jr.
|Location(s)||Nickelodeon Studios, Orlando, Florida|
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Running time||approx. 22-24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Burns & Burns Productions|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||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.
- Arthur Reggie III as Alfred "Alfie" Parker: Dee Dee's older brother and younger brother to Melanie. Best friends with Goo. He is 11 years old. He turns 12 in "Alfie's Birthday Party."
- 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. He is 8 years old and hasn't built common sense, explored in one episode when he went against his parents and Alfie's wishes not to get a hair cut similar to Cool Dr. Money. Dee Dee has a stuff dog named Barney.
- 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. Although he picks on Dee Dee, Harry, Donnell and Deonne constantly, he has shown to consider them as friends..
- Aisling Sistrunk as Melanie Parker: Alfie and Dee Dee's older sister and the object of Goo's affections, however she is repulsed by him. She is also best friends with Deonne. She is 14 years old.
- 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. He also has a habit of telling boring stories about his childhood to his family, which they often run away from.
- Stefan J. Wernli as Donnell Wilburn: Dee Dee's best friend besides Harry and Deonne's little brother. He is 8 years old. He turns 9 in "Donnell's Birthday Party."
- Amanda Seales as Deonne Wilburn: Melanie's best friend and Donnell's older sister. She is 13 years old. Deonne has a habit of being pessimistic and comes up with negative scenarios that even annoy Melanie.
- Christopher Guerriero as Milton Garcia
- Keith "Bubba" Naylor as Harry White: Dee Dee's best friend besides Donnell. He is 8 years old.
- 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
- Tony Delana as Cool Dr. Money
- Lee Hastings
- Ana Palmas
- Sunny Raskin
- Katrina Webster
It would also feature Kenny Layne, the kid who had his hair cut similar to Cool Doctor Money. Layne is a professional wrestler signed to TNA Wrestling, where he is a two-time X Division Champion.
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.
A common (though unofficial) catchphrase used in the show by multiple characters (usually Donnell, Deonne, and their mother) 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, or Harry asking Donnell's mom to play country music at Donnell's birthday party). 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. Alfie said in most episodes "Aw, man!" when faced with a situation or outcome that troubled him (ex, his father caught wind of his plans to cheat on a math test he ended up failing).
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 bluff. After saying that phrase, Dee Dee came home with a black eye and covered in mud. They came to find out, it was a girl that was bullying him.
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.
After the series
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.
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
In 1996 and 1997, My Brother and Me was nominated for the NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Youth or Children's Series/Special).
|#||Episode title||Original air date|
|1||"The Charity"||October 15, 1994|
|2||"The Practical Joke War"||October 22, 1994|
|3||"The Weekend Aunt Helen Came"||November 1, 1994|
|4||"Robin Hood Play"||November 9, 1994|
|5||"Basketball Tryouts"||November 30, 1994|
|6||"Where's the Snake?"||December 6, 1994|
|7||"Dee Dee's Girlfriend"||December 15, 1994|
|8||"Dee Dee's Haircut"||December 20, 1994|
|9||"Dee Dee Runs Away"||December 28, 1994|
|10||'"Donnel's Birthday Party"||January 5, 1995|
|11||"Alfie's Birthday Party"||January 19, 1995|
|12||"Candy Sale"||January 26, 1995|
|13||"The Big Bully"||February 2, 1995|
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