I’m posting way earlier than usual today because I had a thought occur to me.
Quit snickering. I think about things all the time, but you all just don’t hear about most of it, mostly because it’s a) boring and b) kind of obsessive. But I do wish to explain how I got to this particular post.
I was checking my email (and was rather alarmed to notice that I hadn’t checked it since Sunday; that happens occasionally). Our cable company had sent an email offering free Showtime for 6 months as a thank you for being such nice people. (Okay, it was probably sent out to all paying customers as a way to deflect the anger when we find out they’ve raised the rates again, but I digress.) I asked Dad if he wanted it; he didn’t care, so I signed us up. They were advertising all of Showtimes terrific shows in the email, and that got me thinking about the first cable TV series I ever watched.
When I was a teenager, living with my mom when my parents first split up, we had Showtime on our cable, and they aired a show called Brothers. I think I watched it because it had Robert Walden, and I still liked him from his Lou Grant days. It was an okay sitcom, about three very different brothers in Philadelphia, PA. The twist was that they were all coming to terms with the youngest brother, Cliff, coming out as gay.
This was pretty groundbreaking stuff in 1984. Soap in the 70s had a gay character, Jodie (played by Billy Crystal, who for some reason doesn’t talk about the role). But Jodie spent most of his time sleeping with women, so he was really only gay in theory. Brothers’ Cliff, on the other hand, dated men. And his two older brothers had to learn how to deal with it, as well as Cliff’s every-stereotype-in-the-book-and-then-some gay best friend Donald (Phillip Charles Mackenzie became famous because of his fabulous portrayal of the fabulous Donald). It was a pretty good show, and I’m pretty sure it’s one of the reasons I’m an ally of the LGBTQ community today.
And it had a great theme song. (The sound quality in this vid is not great, but it’s good enough.)
I don’t think about Brothers very often anymore. I’d like to see it again. So, Viacom, if you’re listening, there’s at least one person out here who would be willing to shell out some precious dollars for a complete series DVD collection.