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Brothers: Season 1 (2009)

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Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 13

Lackluster and brash, Brothers is a predictable, cringe-worthy sitcom.

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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 7

Lackluster and brash, Brothers is a predictable, cringe-worthy sitcom.

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Season Info

A recently retired NFL player strapped for cash moves in with his parents and younger brother. With his father (Carl Weathers) beginning to have memory issues, and his wheelchair-bound brother (Darryl "Chill" Mitchell) struggling to keep his sports-bar running, Mike (Michael Strahan) returns to his home in Houston, Sibling rivalry becomes a primary issue, but adding to the family dynamic is his mother (CCH Pounder), who has definite ideas about keeping her reunited family in line.

Network: FOX

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 25, 2009

Pilot

Mike comes home because his Mother has told him that Coach, his Dad, had a stroke. Chill is not happy as he still holds a grudge against Mike for his car accident that left him partially paralyzed even though his brother had nothing to do with it. Getting Mike home turns out to be a ruse to get he and his brother speaking and saving Chill's restaurant.

2
Air date: Sep 25, 2009

House Rules Anniversary

Mom keeps betting the boys that she and Coach can beat them bowling. The only problem is she won't pay up when she loses each time. She uses her position as their Mother to sway the situation to her side. Coach forgets their wedding anniversary and of co

3
Air date: Oct 2, 2009

Mom at the Bar; Train Buddy

The brothers bickering reaches the point where they have lost five bartenders in the space of the last month. Mom comes up with a plan to get the boys working together. She volunteers to be the new bartender. She figures they will have to get together to

4
Air date: Oct 9, 2009

Snoop; Fat Kid

Mike wants to find the money his agent stole so he hires a relative who use to be an ex-con played by Snoop Dog names Kenny who's now an attorney. Chill explains that Kenny is family so he will do the work for free upfront. Kenny meets with Mike and want

5
Air date: Oct 11, 2009

Lenny

Adele's sister, Cynthia, and her husband, Lenny, come to visit. Meanwhile, boxer Mike Tyson stops by Trainor's.

6
Air date: Oct 18, 2009

Commercial; Coach DMV

A former rival and Mike get together to do post-game commentary.

7
Air date: Oct 23, 2009

Meet Mike Trainor; Assistant Coach

Coach's High School football team is on a big losing streak so he fires his current assistant Chill and hires Mike to help with the team. At the bar the boys have a new hostess who gossips to attract new customers. Nancy O'Dell and Kim Kardashian appear

8
Air date: Nov 8, 2009

Mike's Comeback

Mike has another shot at playing in the NFL and his financial crisis may be coming to an end. The only problem is he has to pass a physical in two weeks and gets Coach and Chill to help him get in shape. Meanwhile Mom in her role as Principal is meddling

9
Air date: Nov 22, 2009

Week in the Chair

Mike makes some surprising discoveries about himself and his brother after the two make a bet that Mike can't spend a week in a wheelchair.

10
Air date: Dec 13, 2009

Snoop Returns

Coach's bother Maurice is released from jail after Cousin Kenny helps him. Maurice has been a problem in the past but has turned into a pretty good guy. Mike makes a play for a new waitress at the restaurant and Jimmy Johnson makes a cameo appearance.

11
Air date: Dec 13, 2009

Christmas

When Adele's sister Cynthia ends up in Mexico because of a fight with her husband, Coach and Adele have to try to figure out a way to get them back together. Meanwhile Mike and Chill are trying to figure out how to get into a special Christmas party.

12
Air date: Dec 27, 2009

Girls, Girls, Girls

Adele sets her son Chill up on a blind date with a Social Worker acquaintance. In the meantime when she brings a different female friend from work home Mike asks her out specifically against Adele's wishes. Coach's team is on a winning streak and he has

13
Air date: Dec 27, 2009

Follow the Story

Mike is approached by a national sports magazine to be interviewed for a cover story about life after football. When the reporter starts speaking to his family he is surprised by the final outcome of the article.

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The cast is for the most part wasted on this sophomoric material.

September 29, 2009 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

While the jokes aren't always home runs, many of them are, and you have to give them credit for the subject matter.

September 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

Brothers manages to be fairly amusing, with Pounder showing off her range by shifting from the very serious business of The Shield to playing a sharp-tongued but nurturing matriarch in a house full of childish squabblers.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

Brothers is yet another sitcom where you'll see all of the jokes coming, where you'll be able to exactly predict everything from the story points to the tone of certain scenes, where nothing actually makes you laugh.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: AV Club

It becomes abundantly clear the show has nothing to say and the writers are already spinning their wheels.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It's merely another average, laugh-track-addled sitcom.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

Based on the caliber of the jokes tonight, we shouldn't be overly optimistic.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

"I know he's an ass, but he's my son and I love him," says Mom at one point. You, of course, have no such obligation.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

The show's humor doesn't live up to Fox comedy standards or its own good sense.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

If only the laugh lines in the show's playbook yielded an actual laugh.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

The best thing about Brothers is the mother who gives this amiable but lightweight family comedy a little heft, CCH Pounder.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

There is much to like; the family dynamic is both spiky and affectionate, without being absurdly dysfunctional or overly sentimental.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

And on it goes, one widdlydoo joke and stabbing-my-leg joke after another. Only if you can feel it.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

You've got to love sibling rivalry jokes to tolerate Brothers. I mean, really, really love them. Because this new Fox sitcom is a dripping faucet of sibling rivalry jokes.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

It's just bad.

September 24, 2009 Full Review Source: HitFix
HitFix

Brothers is not a good show, and it's a shame, because the sum of its parts should add up to a lot more than the whole that will hit your TV screens on Friday.

September 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

The fact that the writers stooped to mining the various disabilities of its cast for humor just screams scraping the bottom of the barrel for laughs.

July 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

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