• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 25, 2009
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. 40
    Watching this show was the worst kind of sitcom experience--mediocre material, piercing laugh track noise, wasted talent, and a memory-impaired father who is fascinated by the fact that some men shave their “wiggly-dos.’’
  2. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    25
    I suppose you could say that the show has admiral goals--to pay homage to the art of the insult, and to break new ground in paralysis humor--but it's uncomfortable to watch
  3. Brothers really is not that bad a show.
  4. In most other respects, it is a standard three-camera sitcom, in which two bickering siblings in their mid-30s (Mitchell and Strahan) find themselves back living with their parents (Weathers and Pounder). Which is not to call it run-of-the-mill--it has some charm and personality and keeps its focus unusually tight on the four principals.
  5. 80
    Everybody in Brothers is funny, but the unquestioned star of the show is Pounder, a rapturous mix of menace and guile in the struggle to keep her men in line.
  6. Brothers starts with a noble idea: Bring two estranged adult brothers together by forcing them to live in their parents' house again. It just doesn't quite achieve either poignance or real comedy.
  7. Brothers is not anything you might classify as "good."
  8. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    58
    Neither offensive nor particularly funny, it's merely another average, laugh-track-addled sitcom. The four leads are fine; they just need better material.
  9. Strahan's not yet up to his cast mates' level and the writing's uneven in tonight's back-to-back episodes--producers need, for instance, to figure out just how serious Weathers' character's forgetfulness is meant to be--but there are a few great moments.
  10. Brothers is funnier than many African American sitcoms before it, and much better (what isn't?) than 'Til Death, with which it will be awkwardly paired beginning next week.
  11. By the 8:30 episode, the novelty of Pounder as a funny mother is gone, and it becomes abundantly clear the show has nothing to say and the writers are already spinning their wheels.
  12. Reviewed by: Randee Dawn
    80
    What is surprising, though, is just how watchable and amusing Brothers is, even if it doesn't break new ground.
  13. The balance between humor and pathos is a hard one, and this show teeters on the edge and occasionally falls flat.
  14. 63
    Those writers would be wise to boost her material and cut the jokes about Carl Weathers' dad's early Alzheimer's. But on the plus side, they do make good use of Mitchell. As for the show's personable star, he's not yet an actor, and Brothers wisely refrains from pushing him past the limits of his talents. But the show's not quite using all of his talents, either.
  15. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    While the idea doubtless looked good on the chalkboard, Brothers turns out to be all game plan, and no game.
  16. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    50
    A peppy but mediocre sitcom.

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