The Brothers (1956 TV series)

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The Brothers
Starring Gale Gordon
Bob Sweeney
Barbara Billingsley
Ann Morriss
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 24
Running time 30 minutes
Original network CBS
Original release October 2, 1956 – September 7, 1957

The Brothers is an American television sitcom broadcast by CBS during its 1956-57 season. Reruns of The Brothers were also broadcast by CBS during the summer of 1958 on an alternate-week basis, alternating with repeats of Bachelor Father.


The Brothers was about the small adventures of the Box brothers, Gil and Harvey, who owned a photography studio in San Francisco. Harvey was the more aggressive, overbearing brother while Gil was a reserved, shy man who happily allowed his big brother to run things. Both of them had steady girlfriends who were matched to their personalities, Harvey's being the strong-willed, aggressive Dr. Margaret Kleeb and Gil's being the quiet, unassuming Marilee Dorf.

It was one of the first shows to have an unseen character. Andy, the darkroom person, was always heard but never seen.

The series ran opposite Noah's Ark, a Jack Webb production starring Paul Burke on NBC and Hugh O'Brian's The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp on ABC.


Actor Role
Gale Gordon Harvey Box
Bob Sweeney Gilmore "Gilly" Box
Barbara Billingsley Barbara
Ann Morriss Dr. Margaret Kleeb
Nancy Hadley Marilee Dorf
Oliver Blake Carl Dorf
Robin Hughes Barrington Steel
Howard McNear Captain Sam Box


Ep # Title Airdate
1 "Gilly's Birthday" October 2, 1956
2 "Dorf's Photo Machine" October 9, 1956
3 "Renting the Attic" October 16, 1956
4 "The Social Climber" October 23, 1956
5 "The Class Reunion" October 30, 1956
6 "The Quadrangle" November 6, 1956
7 "Girls, Girls, Girls" November 13, 1956
8 "Captain Sam's Testimonial Dinner" November 20, 1956
9 "The Babies" November 27, 1956
10 "The Other Harvey" December 4, 1956
11 "Box Park" December 18, 1956
12 "The Christmas Story" December 25, 1956
13 "Gilly's Adventure" January 1, 1957
14 "The Brave One" January 8, 1957
15 "The Crush" January 15, 1957
16 "Prisoners of Love" January 22, 1957
17 "The Social Club" January 29, 1957
18 "Gilly's Investment" February 5, 1957
19 "Gilly and the Movie Star" February 12, 1957
20 "Unwelcome Guest" February 26, 1957
21 "Stop That Bookmaking Up Three" March 5, 1957
22 "Picnic" March 12, 1957
23 "A Muscle for Harvey" March 19, 1957
24 "The Runaways" March 26, 1957


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