Brothers is an American television sitcom created by Don Reo starring former NFL star Michael Strahan and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell as estranged brothers who are pressured to get along by their parents after Strahan's character moves back to his home town of Houston.
Strahan's character is retired from the NFL, while Mitchell's character, a paraplegic using a wheelchair after a car wreck, runs a restaurant.
The series aired in the USA on Fox from 25 September to 27 December, 2009. There are 13 half-hour episodes in one season.
The series originally aired in South Africa on SABC1 from 2 December, 2011 to 24 February, 2012, on Fridays at 19h00. New episodes broadcast weekly. The series later aired on DStv's Vuzu channel. See Seasons below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Brothers premiered on Vuzu on Monday 12 May 2014, at 17h30. New episodes broadcast daily, on weekdays.
Starring Michael Strahan (FOX NFL Sunday) and Daryl Chill Mitchell (Ed, Veronica's Closet), Brothers is a half-hour comedy about a former NFL hot shot who learns that even though you can always go home again, the trip back might be tougher than you think.
Mike Trainor (Strahan) seemingly has it all he's a good-looking, wealthy and recently retired NFL player living the high-life in New York City, but he's about to get sidelined.
When Mike gets a phone call from his mom (CCH Pounder, The Shield) who orders him home to Houston, he quickly realises the more his life has changed, the more his family has stayed the same.
His brother Chill (Daryl "Chill" Mitchell), whose life was altered drastically after a car accident left him in a wheelchair, is struggling to keep his restaurant afloat with the help of his loudmouth associate, Roscoe (Colton Dunn, MADtv).
The dynamics between Mike and Chill are the same as when they were kids, and their sibling rivalry hasn't lessened with age. If they can stop their bickering, put aside their differences and learn to be teammates, the brothers might just turn out to be each other's biggest asset.
Wedged between Mike and Chill are their parents. Their father, whom everyone refers to as Coach (Carl Weathers, Rocky), is the local high school football coach and the conservative, opinionated alpha male of his clan.
Coach thinks he runs the show, but really it's Mom who calls the shots. Saucy, stern and a schemer, she is the mastermind of the family.
And when she learns that Mike's business manager took off with all his money, she orchestrates a plan to keep Mike in Houston, save Chill's restaurant and bring the family back together under one roof again all without anyone realizing what she's up to.
Mom's plan helps Mike realise that his family however dysfunctional they may be is the only family he's got. And although he may not have a penny to his name, as long as he's surrounded by people who love him, he'll always be a rich man.
Brothers was produced by Sony Pictures Television, Tantamount Studios and Impact Zone Productions, Inc. with executive producers Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, Mitch Hurwitz and Don Reo. The director was Ted Wass.
Season 1 (13 episodes)
Channel: SABC1 | Premiere: 2 Dec 2011 | Finale: 24 Feb 2012 | Fri, 19h00
Channel: Vuzu | Premiere: 12 May 2014 | Finale: 28 May 2014 | Weekdays, 17h30