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Brothers...that old HBO series

Does it hold up well? I vaguely remember it but I was very young and hitting the club scene when it was airing. Was it groundbreaking at the time?

Can you watch it on the net?

by Anonymousreply 1511/30/2012

It was Showtime.

Paul Regina, who played the gay brother, died at age 49 from liver cancer. I knew him as a kid. He wasn't gay. btw. He was a pretty nice guy. He was in Grease on Broadway and had been in the national touring company. He was hot in Hollywood TV for about three years. He did lead parts in 2 tv series that were quickly cancelled. After Brothers, he didn't get much work.

by Anonymousreply 111/29/2012

Last thing I recall seeing Regina in was a beer commercial 10-15 years ago. He was so gorgeous when he was young. I watched syndicated reruns of Brothers in the early 90s right when I was coming out. It's corny but I did find comfort watching a silly sitcom featuring gay characters.

I doubt it would hold up very well today. The references were very 80s and it was a cheap-looking production. Think Mama's Family with gay characters. I would say I'm surprised LOGO never reran it but they never could figure out how to program actual gay content.

by Anonymousreply 211/29/2012

Brandon Maggart, who played the eldest brother, is the father of Fiona Apple and Maude Maggart.

by Anonymousreply 311/29/2012

Loved Brothers and remember it well. They made the flamboyant gay guy the smartest and most sane of all the characters, which was a nice touch.

by Anonymousreply 411/29/2012

Phillip Charles Mckenzie, the actor who played the flamobyant friend Donald was also straight, and usualy played brash businessman types on TV. He went on to a career as a sitcom director.

by Anonymousreply 511/29/2012

I used to watch this and the Wayland Flowers and Madame program. They were like comfort food.

by Anonymousreply 611/29/2012

Never saw this show but remember Robert Walden from Lou Grant. Is he the actual gay in the cast?

by Anonymousreply 711/29/2012

Several episodes are on youtube.

by Anonymousreply 811/29/2012

It's a shame all the male nudity was on First and Ten and Dream On.

by Anonymousreply 911/29/2012

The straight brother (the one without the beard, Robert Walden) was gay. He was in the 2001 film about the porn business called The Fluffer. I saw online in the imdb that he was in a series last year so he's still acting.

by Anonymousreply 1011/30/2012

I loved Brothers, but I remembered it being on Showtime. Maybe I'm wrong.

I was shocked to hear that Paul Regina died. And Robert Walden plays the Fran Drescher's dad on Happily Divorced.

I was a kid during its run so alot of things went over my head. I remembered loving Philip Charles Mackenzie and Brandon Maggart's yin and yang relationship.

And the theme song.

by Anonymousreply 1111/30/2012

Wasn't it set in Philly? I seem to recall one episode where Donald remarked that he had been cruising Rittenhouse Square.

by Anonymousreply 1211/30/2012

I was a kid when this came on and I always found Brandon Maggart the most attractive of them all.

by Anonymousreply 1311/30/2012

I used to know Paul in school, he was an ass hole.

He used to say "I'm Paul Regina and I get all the vagina."

He was really an egomaniac when he got his first series which was a TV clone of Saturday Night Fever, called Joe and Valarie.

He was such a cry baby because the show Brothers was supposed to be about a gay man. But then AIDS came along and rather than cancel it, they changed to the focus to the bar owning brother and Donald the flaming queen. Even the daughter and the older brother were more interesting characters than Regina_Vagina.

He was a total jerk. I'm not glad he's dead but it's no loss.

by Anonymousreply 1411/30/2012

It was set in Philly; the straight brother was a retired kicker for the Eagles. I saw it in second run on UHF. There is nothing in the series that can't be shown on regular network TV. It was only on cable originally because of the two gay characters. That is how ridiculous censorship used to be. No nudity or even love scenes. It was a funny show.

by Anonymousreply 1511/30/2012
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