My Brother and Me

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My Brother and Me
My Brother and Me TV Show Title Card.JPG
Created by Ilunga Adell
Calvin Brown Jr
Written by Ilunga Adell
Demetrius 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 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Calvin Brown Jr
Ilunga Adell
Bonnie Burns
Production location(s) Nickelodeon Studios, Orlando, Florida
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 24 minutes
Production company(s) Burns & Burns
Distributor Viacom International
Release
Original network Nickelodeon
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release October 15, 1994 – January 15, 1995

My Brother and Me is an American sitcom, which ran on Nickelodeon from October 15, 1994 through January 15, 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 Dee-Dee, 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. He is 11 years old. He turns 12 in "The Surprise."
  • 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 as the cut wasn't age appropriate. He gave Alfie good advice in "The Robin Hood Play" in not getting worked up in wearing tights and let it distract form his performance on TV. 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. He is 11 years old. His sweet talk often fools Jennifer, but Roger and the others see past it. Although he picks on Dee-Dee, Harry, Donnell and Dionne constantly, he has shown to consider them as friends. Goo is insulted in "The Basketball Tryouts" when the coach kept calling him "Glue" instead of Goo
  • 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 Dionne. She is 15 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. She is 36 years old.
  • Jim Coleman as Roger Parker: The kids' father. He is 33 years old. 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.

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Stefan J. Wernli as Donnell Wilburn: Dee-Dee's best friend besides Harry and Dionne's little brother. He is 8 years old. He turns 9 in "Donnell's Birthday Party."
  • Amanda Seales as Dionne Wilburn: Melanie's best friend and Donnell's older sister. She is 13 years old. Dionne 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. She's sometimes bossy towards Dee Dee, Donnell, and Harry by kicking them out of her store if they did something wrong or don't have any money to pay. Pinckney was also supportive of Dee-Dee when he suggested that Kendall Gill attend the charity carnival She's 33 years old.
  • Willie Brunson as Moo Berry: Goo's cousin, a classmate of Dee-Dee's.
  • Florence Anthony as Aunt Helen: Jennifer's sister, Roger's sister-in-law and the children's aunt.
  • Vanessa Baden as Janaya, age 8.
  • Kendall Gill as Himself, age 26.
  • Mekia Cox
  • Anais Adell
  • Kenny Layne, age 13.
  • Misty Lee Gentle
  • Micah Cox
  • Patricia Kizzie
  • Art Dohany
  • Avis Marie Barnes as Mrs. Wilburn: Dionne and Donnell's mother.
  • Dennis Scott as Coach Hancock

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".

It would also feature Kenny Layne, the kid who had his hair cut similar to Cool Doctor Money. Layne is a professional wrestler formally signed to TNA Wrestling, where he is a two-time X Division Champion, and currently signed to Ring Of Honor. He uses the ring name of "Kenny King".

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, Dionne, 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 quiz 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 and that she is the younger sister to their classmates, Toya and Trisha.

Episodes (1994–95)[edit]

No. Title Directed By Written By Original Air Date
1"Dee-Dee Runs Away"Arlando SmithDonnelle BuckOctober 15, 1994 (1994-10-15)
Dee-Dee has been dying to want to go to a monster truck show for quite a while. However, when Alfie and Goo baseball team make it to the big finals, they forget about the monster truck show. Dee-Dee gets angry and decides to run away feeling like he doesn't matter to anyone. It's up to Alfie and Goo to convince Dee-Dee to come home.
2"Dee-Dee's Girlfriend"Adam WeissmanDonnelle BuckOctober 23, 1994 (1994-10-23)
A cute girl named Janea who has a crush on Dee-Dee kisses him in front of his two friends. They promise that they won't tell a soul, but soon everyone finds out about it, due to Donnell and Harry's accidental slip up. Betrayed, Dee-Dee ends his friendship with Donnell and Harry. Alfie and Goo must have the boys make amends by telling them of their own experiences of what the other did. Dee-Dee is convinced to make up with Donnell and Harry, while Goo is angry over Alfie's slip up in mentioning his involvement in accidentally setting fire in the school's gym.
3"Donnell's Birthday Party"Adam WeissmanIlunga AdellOctober 30, 1994 (1994-10-30)
Donnell announces that he is going to have a "cool" birthday party with dancing and all. Dee Dee and Harry admit they can't dance and they take lessons from Alfie. Meanwhile, Alfie gets an F on his pop quiz for math and is grounded for planning to cheat on his quiz with Goo. He must get help from Melanie to get his grades up, who will only agree if he helps teach Dee-Dee how to dance. Jennifer eventually lets Alfie off his punishment after Roger bored the family to tears about his life stories.
4"Where's The Snake"Susan DansbyFred JohnsonNovember 6, 1994 (1994-11-06)
Dee-Dee is happy that he finally got a pet snake, but is afraid his parents will find out. He then he loses the snake in his house. It's the least of the boys' problems when Melanie and Dionne look for their teacher's pet rabbit, Duchess, whom also goes missing. To cover it up, Alfie and Dee-Dee give Goo their money to buy a replacement rabbit to pose as Duchess. After Dee-Dee finds the snake in his father's office, Alfie blames Goo for the mess and tells him to take the snake back. He will agree if Alfie gives up his Kendall Gill jersey and Dee-Dee must give up the hat. When Melanie and Dionne finally find Duchess, Jennifer demands to know who the rabbit in her cage belongs to.
5"The Big Bully"Arlando SmithFred JohnsonNovember 13, 1994 (1994-11-13)
Alfie gets a new crush on girl named Toya. Meanwhile, Dee-Dee gets beat up at school by a fourth grader named Big Lou. Dee-Dee asks Alfie to teach him how to fight, but when that seems hopeless, Goo teaches him how to bluff. However when Dee-Dee is further beaten up, Alfie decides to talk to Lou himself. He and Goo discover that Lou is not only a girl, but also she is the younger sister of Toya and Trisha in their class.
6"The Candy Sale"Arlando SmithDemetrius A. Bady and Calvin Brown, Jr.November 20, 1994 (1994-11-20)
Alfie and Goo want to buy new jackets. Goo's uncle agrees to front them candy bars to sell. They plan to buy their jackets with the profits, but are having a hard time. However when they notice Dee-Dee using his cute charm to get Roger and Jennifer's closest friends to buy the candy bars, the two take advantage of it. When Harry and Donnell notice Dee-Dee isn't getting his cut, they tell on Alfie and Goo to Melanie and Dionne who confront the boys. However, they're in for a surprise when they learned that Alfie and Goo bought themselves and Dee-Dee new jackets of their own as a token of their appreciation. Melanie, Dionne, Harry and Donnell apologize to the two boys for their assumptions.
7"The Basketball Tryouts"Arlando SmithJ. Stanford ParkerDecember 4, 1994 (1994-12-04)
The school basketball tryout are on for Coach Hancock (Dennis Scott) at the gym. Dee-Dee, Harry, Donnell and Goo make it on their respective teams, but Alfie is cut. When he asks why he was cut, Hancock points out to Alfie that basketball is a team sport. Instead of being a team player, he knew Alfie's showing off and ball hogging nature would be bad for morale. When he comes home, Goo tells everyone at the party that Alfie didn't make the team. Despite Melanie promising him to be nice to Goo, he refuses to come out and even his parents doesn't fare well. Goo and Dee-Dee go upstairs to his room to talk to him. Alfie tries to blame Hancock for not picking skill over being a team player, but Goo disagrees. He tells Alfie off that he had no one else to blame but himself for being cut. He is shocked when Goo mentions that Coach Hancock was in the right to cut Alfie because he was focused more on showing off his basketball skills that he ended up being a ball hog and wasn't a team player for it. When Dee-Dee attempts to defend his brother and will sit out for the games, Alfie refuses to let him do so. He tells Dee-Dee that he's the one who messed up and that his brother shouldn't miss out on playing for it. When he tries out on the basketball team again, Alfie will do a lot less showing off and more being a team player.
8"The Robin Hood Play"Arlando SmithBobby Crawford and Fred JohnsonDecember 11, 1994 (1994-12-11)
Alfie is excited that he got the part of Robin Hood in his school play, but then backs out at the last moment because he find out that he needs to wear tights, which he thinks are for girls. However, Dee-Dee wisely tells him not to let it bother him and this leads to Alfie regaining the role of Robin Hood from Goo. Afterwards, he admitted to Dee-Dee that it was easy to get back the role of Robin Hood from Goo when he was shown embarrassing alterations Melanie did to fit the latter's frame.
9"The Surprise"Arlando SmithIlunga Adell and Angela HarrisDecember 18, 1994 (1994-12-18)
Alfie can't understand why Melanie and Goo are constantly hanging around together, especially since Melanie hates Goo. But when the two confess that they are "dating", he faints and is forced to hang out with Dee-Dee and his friends. However, Alfie is in for a surprise when he learns that Melanie and Goo along with Roger and Jennifer had been planning his surprise birthday party. Goo mentioned that Dee-Dee and his friends couldn't know about it because they would've spilled the beans.
10"The Charity"Arlando SmithCalvin Brown Jr.December 31, 1994 (1994-12-31)
Alfie and Dee-Dee are supposed to be working the dunking booth at the carnival, but then Goo arrives to inform them that Kendall Gill is at the comic book store for autograph signing so the boys abandon their position to get their basketball cards signed. This leaves Melanie and Jennifer to run the booth. However in the comic book store, the boys soon learn their father is there to do an interview with him and are caught. Despite Goo trying to lie his way out of trouble, Dionne exposes his culpability in it and humiliates him. Roger tells Alfie and Dee-Dee that he will discuss their punishment later, even informing Goo that he will talk to his own parents. Dee-Dee comes up with a great idea to have Kendall Gill come to the charity carnival and his idea works well for everyone. At the carnival, Dee-Dee is seen helping Mrs. Pinckney and his friends run the autograph booth. Alfie and Goo must work the dunking booth wearing monster masks, which Dionne takes advantage of by promoting the two as such. Even Moo (Goo's cousin) gets revenge by dunking the older boys.
11"The Weekend Aunt Helen Came"Adam WeissmanDonnelle Buck and Merrie DudleyJanuary 1, 1995 (1995-01-01)
Jennifer's sister and the children's aunt, Helen, comes to visit and keep an eye on the children when Roger proves ineffective. Meanwhile, Goo develops amnesia from an accidental baseball thrown in the head. He is nice to Dee-Dee and Dionne, but is very rude to Melanie. The only cure is another hit on the head.
12"The Practical Joke War"Adam WeissmanDemetrius A. Bady and Calvin Brown, Jr.January 8, 1995 (1995-01-08)
Alfie and Goo began a series of prank wars with Dee-Dee and his friends after the younger boys' trick gum prank (as an earlier pay back for Alfie dunking water balloons at them). When Melanie discovers Alfie and Goo's latest prank on their chili dogs by making them extra spicy, she and Dionne get involve and pay the two older boys by throwing pies in their faces. Alfie and Goo declare war on Melanie and Dionne for their involvement. The older boys get them back by replacing their can for their school's fundraiser with one that says "Stinky, Smelly Feet". Dee-Dee, Harry and Donnell pay Alfie and Goo back for humiliating Melanie and Dionne by squirting them with water guns. Meanwhile, Roger and Jennifer wins Best Family of the Year award, but are humiliated by the children's prank war. They let Melanie, Alfie and Dee-Dee along with their friends know their disappointment. This includes explaining their behavior to Miss Honeycutt when she was presenting the award. Roger mentions that he will discuss proper punishment for Melanie, Alfie and Dee-Dee. Jennifer agrees and even informs Donnell, Dionne, Harry and Goo that they're not getting out of their own punishments because she will have a personal talk with their own parents. The kids are soon arguing amongst themselves about whose to blame for the prank war, which Melanie, Dionne, Dee-Dee, Donnell and Harry agreeing that Alfie and Goo started it.
13"Dee-Dee's Haircut"Adam WeissmanIlunga Adell and Calvin Brown, Jr.January 15, 1995 (1995-01-15)
Despite having his parents and Alfie refusing to let Dee-Dee get his haircut similar to Cool Dr. Money as they know the cut isn't age appropriate for school, he gets one from Goo for $2. However when Goo messes up the hairstyle, Alfie tells on him and Dee-Dee to Roger and Jennifer. Angered by this, Roger forces Dee-Dee to get his hair shaved as punishment for disobeying them and Goo must pay him back. When Dee-Dee is laughed at by his friends, the three get into a fight. Soon, Alfie and Goo get into one of their own, which the teachers break up the fight. Alfie and Dee-Dee are sent home with Roger, who informs them that Jennifer will know about it. Despite Alfie trying to bribe him, Roger refuses and tells him that if she finds out from someone else, Jennifer will punish him for it. Dee-Dee then apologize for disobeying both him and Jennifer by getting the haircut.

Cancellation[edit]

The show made history as the network's first show featuring a predominantly 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]

The rest of the cast, with the exception of Karen Fraction, Jim Coleman and Amanda Seales, 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.

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 as well as played shows such as Insecure in 2016.

Ralph Woolfolk studied English at Morehouse College in Atlanta, while also 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. As of December 2014 he is a police officer for the city of Atlanta.[2]

On October 30, 2007, Karen Fraction died after a 5-year battle with breast cancer.

DVD release[edit]

My Brother and Me: The Complete Series was released on June 23, 2014 exclusively at Amazon.com. This release contains 2 discs. It is published on demand onto DVD-Rs.[3] All of the My Brother and Me episodes can be found on iTunes.

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).

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