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)
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 (season 1)
Walt Disney Television (season 2)
Original channel 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) and Walt Disney Television (season 2). The primary focus of the series is on the relationship of three brothers, played by Joey Lawrence, Matthew Lawrence, and Andrew Lawrence.


Main characters[edit]

  • 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 Louise 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.
  • 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 Matthew 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.
  • Louise 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 the other two boys' birth mother. She is a take-charge kind of woman and sometimes thinks Joe is a bad influence to Matt.
  • Lloyd Burwell (played by Mike McShane) — A former Coast Guard for six years and occasional 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.

Minor characters[edit]

  • 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 Matt and her started hanging out with her.
  • 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.


Season 1 (1995–96)[edit]

No. in
Title  Directed by  Written by  Original air date  Production
1 1 "Pilot" Terry Hughes Jonathan Schmock & Jim Vallely 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 starring: Melissa Clayton as Andrea, 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 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 starring: Bryan Cranston as Russell, Mike Starr as Gus

Co-starring: Chuck Bailey as Limo Driver
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, 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 starring: Hiram Kasten as Tour Guide, Tyler Layton as Debbie
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 starring: Justine Johnston as Mrs. Maguire, Jonathan Charles Kaplan as Ira Stoltzer

Co-starring: Dustin Voigt as Oberon, Shiri Appleby as Fairy #1, Shana Smith as Fairy #2
5 5 "Uptown Girl" Terry Hughes Michelle J. Wolff October 8, 1995 (1995-10-08) 002

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

Guest starring: Terry Bradshaw as Himself, Mathea Webb as Christy, Jonathan Charles Kaplan as Ira Stoltzer, Victor Raider-Wexler as Mr. Levenstein

Co-starring: Ann Marie Lee as Mrs. Ford, Joel Jordan as Johnny Romano
6 6 "The Comic Con" Terry Hughes John Levenstein October 25, 1995 (1995-10-25) 008

Lloyd meets 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 starring: George Takei as Himself, Megan Cavanaugh as Lotus

Co-starring: Dana Kaminsky as Comic Con Patron, Lisa Hyman as Helga, Tressa Gobel as Nancy
7 7 "The Sleepover Show" Terry Hughes Eddie Gorodetsky October 29, 1995 (1995-10-29) 004

An old girlfriend 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's old girlfriend instead.

Guest starring: Wendy Benson as Bridget, 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 Cryptkeeper
Guest starring: Laura Summer as Julie, Brandt Van Hoffman as Missing Sock, Melanie Hutsell as Wilma
Co-starring: Derk Cheetwood as College Kid, Tommy Bertlesen as Tin Woodsman, Camille Winbush as Emma Aimes, Rondell Sheridan as Emma's Father

Note: While Camille Winbush and Rondell Sheridan guest star in this episode, they are not credited for their appearance in this episode.
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.

Co-starring: Joey Herman as Bill Fody, Randy Herman as Buck Fody
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.

Co-starring: Sid Melton as Messenger, Michael Lowry as Josh, Dustin Voigt
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.

Note: There are no guest stars in this episode.
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 Bat-Mobile.

Guest starring: Jonathan Charles Kaplan as Ira, Gina Gallego as Lupe, Stephen Lee as Cop

Co-starring: David Byrd as Alfred
13 13 "Remember" Terry Hughes Pamela Eells March 11, 1996 (1996-03-11) 016

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

Guest starring: Nestor Carbonell as Eduardo, Tom Kenny as Doug, Jonathan Charles Kaplan as Ira

Co-starring: Adam Consolo as Lance
14 14 "Big Brotherly Love" Terry Hughes Jonathan Schmock & Jim Vallely March 18, 1996 (1996-03-18) 018

Matt and Andy think that Jack, 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 starring: Tom Arnold as Jack, Billy West as Billy, Jimmy Briscoe as Jimmy
15 15 "Bride and Prejudice" Terry Hughes Michelle J. Wolff March 25, 1996 (1996-03-25) 015

Lou's boyfriend 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.

Co-starring: Melody Kay as Robin, Jeremy Linson as Dave, J.R. Ross as Jeff, Michael Lowry as Josh
16 16 "Double Date" Jonathan Schmock John Levenstein April 1, 1996 (1996-04-01) 014

Joe and Lou are both dating other people when they dislike their dates, they suggest to double date and they hope their dates will fall for each other.

Guest starring: Adam Consolo as Lance, Peter Krause as Tom, Lisa Rieffel as Amy

Season 2 (1996–97)[edit]

No. in
Title  Directed by  Written by  Original air date  Production
17 1 "Lord of the Guys" Art Dielhenn Mark McClennan & Bill Vallely 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 starring: 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 party for him, when Joe gets home he is drunk.

Guest starring: Blake Clark as Mickey

Co-starring: Raci Alexander as Coco
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. Matt and Andy dislike him because they think it's a replacement of their father.

Guest starring: 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 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.

Guest starring: Marc Weiner as Himself, Jennifer Aspen as Melanie Marcos
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 wig which everone is scared of. Meanwhile, Lou looks forward too seeing her father but once again he does not show up – or would he come after all?

Guest starring: Veena Bidasha as Ava, Neena Bidasha as Eva, 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 comes by for a visit, they all have a great time, but Grandpa Mike makes some promises he can't keep.

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

Lloyd's RV-driving mom 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.

Special guest star: Estelle Getty as Myrna Burwell

Guest starring: Aron Eisenberg as Little Ricky, Lee Arenberg as Pasternack
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 teacher. Claire meets a potential date at the supermarket and psychology student Matt fears he may have obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Guest starring: Tricia Leigh Fisher as Miss Harper, Tony Carreiro as Jimmy
Co-starring: Eddie Gorodetsky as the Butcher

Note: Guest star Eddie Gorodetsky (Butcher) was a writer and producer on the series at the time of this episode.
25 9 "Downtown Girl" Art Dielhenn Nicole Avril & Sue Kolinsky November 17, 1996 (1996-11-17) 025208

Joe meets an old classmate who is heading towards stardom, this makes him think about the decisions he has made.

Guest starring: Jodie Sweetin as Lydia Lump, Andrea Bendewald as Phoebe D.
Co-starring: F.J. O'Neil as Mr. Willis

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.

Guest starring: Jennifer Lyons as Patty, 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 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.

Guest starring: Keene Curtis as Mr. Hangarter

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

Lloyd sees a self-help video and decides to quit his job at the garage to try and fulfill his dream.

Guest starring: Luigi Amodeo as Eduardo, Sid Melton as Captain Speedy

Co-starring: Ara Maxwell as Gwen, Christine Wilson as Sue
29 13 "Party Girl" Jonathan Schmock Jim Vallely January 12, 1997 (1997-01-12) 029214

There is a new girl in Matt's life. Everyone around him agrees that the girl is out of his league because the girl drinks and goes to rave parties, but Matt protests. While she is drunk, Kristin and Matt kiss on the couch. Awe.

Guest starring: Rebecca Herbst as Kristin, Phil Proctor as Art Dealer
30 14 "Skin Deep" Paul Miller Ricky Blitt January 19, 1997 (1997-01-19) 029215

Matt and Kirsten are still hanging out together. Matt starts hanging out with a depressive girl who wants Matt to get a tattoo.

Guest starring: Rebecca Herbst as Kristin, Elisabeth Harnois as Carly

Co-starring: Suzanne Kent as Sheila, Mike Grief as Tattoo Guy
31 15 "Paging Nell" Jonathan Schmock Anita Michetti & Matt Schmidt (Teleplay)
Liz Sagal (Story)
February 2, 1997 (1997-02-02) 029213

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

Special guest star: Nell Carter as Nell Bascombe
Guest starring: Ivory Ocean as Lenny
Co-starring: André Carthen as Lucien

Note: Guest star 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 Jonathan Schmock & Jim Vallely February 9, 1997 (1997-02-09) 029210

Matt decides to reinvent himself when a new girl, Julia, comes to town to visit her grumpy Grandfather, "Old Man Gibbs". Andy is frightened that they will get hit by the comet. Matt and Julia kiss. EEEK!!!

Guest starring: Al Ruscio as Harry Gibbs, Lauren Woodland as Julia

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.

Guest starring: Jonathan Schmock as Chip, Rebecca Herbst as Kristen
Co-starring: Terri Colombino as Girl in Music Store, T.E. Russell as Damon

Note: Guest star Terri Columbino is credited as Terri Conn. Series co-creator and executive producer Jonathan Schmock guest stars 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. A woman sees the artwork and thinks Joe did it. So he impresses her by doing some last minute art with help from Andy. Then Joe confesses that the artwork's Lou and not his and that all of these masterpieces were nothing at all. 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 pays a visit, Andy tells him he's got a pigeon on his car. Then Matt comes up with a very bad song.

Guest starring: Holly Gagnier as Fiona, Chuck E. Weiss as Leo
35 19 "Pizza Girl" Terry Hughes Jim Vallely March 30, 1997 (1997-03-30) 029219

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.

Guest starring: Sarah Silverman as Rosa, Daniella Garcia-Lorida as Marissa
Co-starring: Emmy Yu as Little Girl, Rodney Kageyama as Mr. Woo, Vincent Guastaferro as Dominick

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 starring: Rip Taylor as Himself, Rebecca Herbst as Kristen

Co-starring: Tara Boger as Jeneane, Michael Keenan as the Announcer
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 starring: Rebecca Herbst as Kristen, Kevin Meaney as Ken, Karl David-Djerf as Silent Jim
38 22 "We All Scream (Part 2)" Rich Correll Michael Rowe (Teleplay)
David Wolf (Story)
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.

Guest starring: Rebecca Herbst as Kristen

Co-starring: Karl David-Djerf as Silent Jim
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 starring: Tom Kenny as Lucien, Jane Fleiss as Amber

Co-starring: Suzanne Kent as Sheila, Chuck E. Weiss as Leo, Dana Kaminsky as Pastor Selover
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.

Guest starring: Rebecca Herbst as Kristen, Lauren Woodland as Julia

Co-starring: Karl David-Djerf as Silent Jim

Cancellation and syndication[edit]

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[edit]

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

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