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Played By: Brendon SmallThe star of the show and writer/director/lead actor in most of his movies. Brendon acts out his anxieties and problems through his movies. He has had his trusty camcorder since just after toddlerhood, and has been making films incessantly ever since, perhaps because he started around the time his parents got divorced. Though well-meaning, logical, and surprisingly witty, he is consistently dogged by apathy, oversight, and occasional egotism; he is usually surprised, confused or hurt when his work is criticized. Despite his questionable wisdom and intelligence in other parts of life, he is surprisingly knowledgeable about films and filmmaking; his first film was an homage to Easy Rider called Eazy Trikers. Brendon is apathetic toward his schoolwork and consistently gets bad grades, most likely because he is preoccupied with making movies.
Played By: Melissa Bardin GalskyBrendon's friend and co-star, who is often more sensible than Brendon or Jason. However, when it comes to very personal issues (such as her mother's whereabouts, family history and boyfriends), she becomes very frantic and overly sensitive. Melissa is also the daughter of a single father, Erik. At the beginning of season three she is shown to be a bit of a tomboy, but throughout season four she appears much more feminine. Melissa suffers from allergic bronchoconstriction if she eats kiwi, and carries an Epi Pen as such. She was also, at one point, aquaphobic, but she overcame the fear when she rescued Coach Mc Guirk from drowning. She is a straight A student and often feels left out when she is not told about what the boys are planning.
Played By: H Jon BenjaminBrendon's friend and co-star who is noticeably more emotionally stunted, but can be much more aware of his surroundings and situations than others. Subtle irony throughout the series suggests that, while his parents are never introduced, they are wealthy, but never around or aware of Jason's pastimes, including the fact that he is always hanging out with Brendon and Melissa making films, though he himself is at least partially unaware that they tape them and while being friends with Brendon and Melissa, he never once told his parents about them. He has suffered dangerous and extreme attacks of sugar addiction on several occasions that Melissa usually helps him overcome. Jason also has numerous infections and diseases such as pinkeye, urinary tract infection, and eczema. His feelings for Melissa are often very mixed—at one time, he told Brendon his view that she's a good person, but a terrible actress; at another time, he was more than eager to participate when Brendon suggested he and Melissa kiss.
Other Main Characters
Played By: H Jon BenjaminBrendon and Melissa's incompetent, acerbic soccer coach; an overweight, alcoholic Scottish-American who constantly gives Brendon bad advice. Mc Guirk considers Brendon, Melissa and Jason his friends and will usually help them out or stick up for them even though he is often rude to them (especially Melissa).
Played By: Paula Poundstone & Janine DitulloBrendon's single mother, a (temporarily unemployed) creative writing teacher (apparently having taught in her younger days, as mentioned in Method of Acting) and author. She is usually supportive of Brendon's filmmaking, but sometimes sees it as a nuisance or unhealthy. She talks very frankly with Brendon about life issues, and they both make age-inappropriate jokes, thereby creating much more of a friendship between them than is usual.
Played By: Ron LynchBrendon and Melissa's teacher.
Walter & Perry
Walter & Perry
Played By: Brendon SmallA metalhead of few words, whose band Scäb writes and performs the music for most of Brendon's movies.
Played By: Sam SederA spoiled, annoying classmate with the tendency to call Brendon "Bren-Bren," and ask to be in one of his "video-films."
Played By: Jonathan KatzMelissa's father, a real estate agent. Erik is one of Paula's few close friends, and occasionally hints at being attracted to her.
Played By: Loren BouchardBrendon's baby sister.
Played By: Louis C.K.Brendon's estranged father, a lawyer. He is 11 years older than his second wife, Linda.
Played By: Laura SilvermanBrendon's attractive, snippy stepmother. She often does volunteer work, but most likely for a sense of superiority.
Played By: Jen KirkmanChoreographer for Duane's band on whom Brendon has a crush.
Played By: Jen KirkmanThe attractive new school nurse who Coach Mc Guirk tries unsuccessfully to court. Jason is infatuated with her, and attacks Mc Guirk after he mentions the latter's advances.
Played By: Andy KindlerPaula's expressive and oddly energetic boss. He is quite tactless; he laughingly denied Paula when she asked for a raise, and assumed she would try to kill him when he fired her. Apathetic and carefree, but is oblivious about how rude he is being to others. He initially mistook Brendon for being Paula's daughter rather than her son for reasons unknown. He has a good side, however, and offered Paula her job back on the day of her ex-husband's wedding (which she accepted).
Played By: Emo PhillipsA strangely friendly bully who initially beats up Brendon, but later befriends him. He shows contempt for teachers and authority figures in general, such as breaking into Mr. Lynch's car and stealing all of his Frank Sinatra music.