What About Brian
What About Brian
TV-PG | 16 April 2006 (USA)

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    Just what I expected

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    If the ambition is to provide two hours of instantly forgettable, popcorn-munching escapism, it succeeds.

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    A film with more than the usual spoiler issues. Talking about it in any detail feels akin to handing you a gift-wrapped present and saying, "I hope you like it -- It's a thriller about a diabolical secret experiment."

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    It's funny, it's tense, it features two great performances from two actors and the director expertly creates a web of odd tension where you actually don't know what is happening for the majority of the run time.

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    i think this show is one of the best things on T.V now and probably for quite a while into the future. its so good because you see all these things like the O.C and One Tree Hill which are aimed at the younger viewer but What About Brian is aimed at all ages. with its quirky and subtle humour What About Brian is a fabulous show.I've heard that they are going to axe it but i don't think they should. just by reading the comments that have been left on this site and on others its hard to see how the ratings are apparently low. i think that people should write to who's in charge at the company who makes it and complain about them not making another series.Thanks for reading ChrisP.S Bring back Brian!!!

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    Network: ABC; Genre: Drama; Romance; Content Rating: TV-14 (some sexual content); Perspective: Contemporary (star range: 1 - 4); Seasons Reviewed: Season 2 Picking up with the 2nd and final season of Dana Stevens' "What About Brian", the show starts to make a switch from being about a group of couples and the one guy who just won't settle down to a show about several relationships spiraling out of control. It is a smart and welcome change to say the least. Our hero Brian (Barry Watson, "7th Heaven") returns from a sabbatical and near-death experience in time to suffer through the wedding of his best friend, lawyer Adam (Matthew Davis) and his love Marjorie (Sarah Lancaster). Meanwhile, his video game business partner Dave (Rick Gomez, the highlight of the series) and his adorable wife Deena (Amanda Detmer)'s marriage is falling apart. His sister, Nicole (Rosanna Arquette) is still pregnant and about ready to pop."Brian" is not my cup of tea as it isn't the cup of tea of most people given how viciously maligned the show has been by what I can only describe as "the Family Guy crowd". As that rare breed of relationship drama, this is a slick, sophisticated adult series. Once the show gets past the done-to-death disrupted wedding episode, the show starts branching out. Brian is the least interesting character in this crowd, played like he doesn't know what to do next by Watson, and the further the show goes into the rest of the ensemble, the better it gets.Stevens and powerhouse producer J.J. Abrams work to keep the show distinct. There is a richness to it, a depth and realism to the characters and situations. Some of the women are annoying and some of the men are idiots, but it really doesn't feel contrived. Stevens has clearly poured her heart into it and it comes through. Abrams seems to be keeping everything on track. There is some stunt casting toward the end to get the ratings up, but how can you complain with the addition of Krista Allen, Rachelle Lefevre, Stacy Kiebler and Tiffani Amber-Theissan to the cast.The more entangled the love and work lives of these characters become, the juicer the show gets. A lot is laid out in this final season, and yes we've seen it all before - "Brian" is not entirely immune to it's criticism - but that doesn't mean that it can't be done well no matter how many wedding episodes, birthing episodes, buddies-in-jail episodes, and secret-affair episodes we've seen. There isn't a lot you can say about it, but "Brian" isn't the disaster people wanted it to be. It looks good and it sounds good. I don't like this type of series and I liked it. That says something.* * * / 4

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    I love this show and enjoy watching this every week. I really want this show to come back next season. I love the characters! Each of the characters are likable and I enjoy the twists and turns this show gives the viewer. Rarely do we get to see a show where all the characters are likable and different age groups can relate to them. This show definitely deserves a 10/10! Barry Watson does a great job along with the cast. I hope next year he definitely chooses the little black haired girl! I think Tiffani Amber Theissen should be booted off the show though because she is the one who ruined Beverly Hills 90210 for me. I still like her character, but I do hope she does not stay long with the series!

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    I think "What About Brian" is such a great show. In fact, my husband (who wouldn't have normally considered watching it, but did b/c I was cracking up so much) loves it too. It caters to men and women alike. It's one of the few shows we actually watch together, relate to and learn from. When the men on "Brian" get together, my husband CRACKS up b/c he and his buddies joke around about the SAME kinda guy stuff. I love Nic's role also - too much time in the house around the baby/wants to hear all the latest "gossip" from her brother. The episode about forgetting the 'third child' - hilarious! Couldn't be a better show around! My only constructive criticism would be for Rick Gomez to speak up a little - sometimes we just canNOT make out what he is saying! Great actor, though... sooo funny and cute! Kudos to the creators and actors. I'm not real crazy about the NAME of the show... but I'm definitely still going to watch it!

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