My Brother and Me
My Brother and Me is an American sitcom, which ran on Nickelodeon from October 15, 1994 through January 15, 1995 with reruns until early 2000. 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, Milton "Goo" Berry.
|My Brother and Me|
|Created by||Ilunga Adell|
Calvin Brown Jr
|Written by||Ilunga Adell|
Demetrius A. Bady
Calvin Brown Jr
Donelle Q. Buck
J. Stanford Parker
|Directed by||Arlando Smith|
|Starring||Arthur Reggie III|
Ralph Woolfolk IV
Jimmy Lee Newman, Jr.
Karen E. Fraction
Jim R. Coleman
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Calvin Brown Jr|
|Production location(s)||Nickelodeon Studios, Orlando, Florida|
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Burns & Burns|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||October 15, 1994 –|
January 15, 1995
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 in region 1.
- 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 Bernie.
- 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 and his older brother Lawrence (Melanie, Alfie and Dee-Dee's uncle) to his family, which they often run away from.
- 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 which sometimes involves her crush name Tim that even annoy Melanie. She is also antagonistic towards Goo whenever he insults her.
- 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 Janey, 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
- Tony Delana as Cool Dr. Money
- Lee Hastings
- Ana Palmas
- Sunny Raskin
- Katrina Webster
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".
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.
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). In a couple of episodes, whenever the family goes upstairs to avoid listening to one of Roger's boring stories, Roger says "You gotta come down sometime."
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.
|No.||Title||Directed By||Written By||Original Air Date|
|1||"Dee-Dee Runs Away"||Arlando Smith||Donnelle Buck||October 15, 1994|
|Dee-Dee has been dying to want to go to a monster truck show for quite a while. However, when Alfie and Goo's 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 Weissman||Donnelle Buck||October 23, 1994|
|3||"Donnell's Birthday Party"||Adam Weissman||Ilunga Adell||October 30, 1994|
|4||"Where's The Snake"||Susan Dansby||Fred Johnson||November 6, 1994|
|5||"The Big Bully"||Arlando Smith||Fred Johnson||November 13, 1994|
|6||"The Candy Sale"||Arlando Smith||Demetrius A. Bady and Calvin Brown, Jr.||November 20, 1994|
|7||"The Basketball Tryouts"||Arlando Smith||J. Stanford Parker||December 4, 1994|
|8||"The Robin Hood Play"||Arlando Smith||Bobby Crawford and Fred Johnson||December 11, 1994|
|9||"The Surprise"||Arlando Smith||Ilunga Adell and Angela Harris||December 18, 1994|
|10||"The Charity"||Arlando Smith||Calvin Brown Jr.||December 31, 1994|
|11||"The Weekend Aunt Helen Came"||Adam Weissman||Donnelle Buck and Merrie Dudley||January 1, 1995|
|12||"The Practical Joke War"||Adam Weissman||Demetrius A. Bady and Calvin Brown, Jr.||January 8, 1995|
|13||"Dee-Dee's Haircut"||Adam Weissman||Ilunga Adell and Calvin Brown, Jr.||January 15, 1995|
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 IV 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.
After the series
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. In 2019, after switching back to her original name, she debuted an HBO Comedy Special I Be Knowin', and was chosen as the emcee for NBC's comedy competition, Bring the Funny.
Ralph Woolfolk IV 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.
On October 30, 2007, Karen Fraction died after a 5-year battle with breast cancer.
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. All of the My Brother and Me episodes can be found on iTunes.
Awards and nominations
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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