Series / My Brother And Me

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My Brother and Me is a Kid Com that ran for only one season (1994-1995) on Nickelodeon. The star is Alfred "Alfie" Parker, the Straight Man older brother, Derek "Dee Dee" Parker, the Annoying Younger Sibling, and their bored sister Melanie. Alfie's best friend is Milton "Goo" Berry, an Ace who often tries to sweet-talk the uninterested Melanie. Their parents, Roger and Jennifer Parker, are your typical sitcom parents.

It is a typical slice of life show, with the main conflicts being Alfie and Goo's struggle with Dee Dee and his friends, Goo's unrequited love for Melanie and disdain for her friend Deonne, and the brothers' attempts to keep out of trouble with their parents.


This work provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Goo to Melanie, although they did pretend to be going steady during one episode, so they could plan a surprise birthday party for Alfie without him catching on.
  • Accidental Misnaming: The coach in the "Basketball Tryouts" episode had a habit of misnaming the three main characters. He referred to Alfie as "Ralphie", Goo as "Glue", and Dee Dee as "Zee Zee". Oddly enough, he doesn't misname other characters.
  • Adults Are Useless: Surprisingly averted; Roger and Jennifer are very involved with their kids. Teachers and coaches are refreshingly useful as well.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parent/Bumbling Dad: The kids and even his wife consider Roger to be this at times.
  • And a Diet Coke: Contained a variant. Roger once made a comically large submarine sandwich for lunch that he prepared to eat all by himself and wash down with root beer. Then, after judging the sandwich's weight, Roger decides to settle on diet root beer, instead.
  • Arch Enemies: Goo and Deonne, except in the case of his Easy Amnesia.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Dee Dee was the annoying sibling to Alfie, and Alfie and Dee Dee were the annoying siblings to oldest child Melanie.
  • Artistic License – Geography: In "Dee Dee's Haircut," Melanie quizzes Alfie on what the state capital of Tennessee is. He incorrectly guesses Cleveland, instead of Nashville, to which Melanie responds upon telling him the right answer: "Cleveland isn't even in Tennessee". Clearly, the writers didn't know that a Cleveland, Tennessee actually does exist. It's 163 miles southeast of Nashville, and is much smaller than the more well known Cleveland in Ohio.
  • Big Brother Bully: Alfie could be this to Dee Dee at times.
    • Big Brother Instinct: Otherwise, Alfie can be this to Dee Dee as well, such as in "The Big Bully" episode where Alfie shows a protective and concerned side towards his younger brother whenever he was getting bullied.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: All three of the Parker children. Melanie puts mustard on a cheese sandwich, Alfie puts mayonnaise on raisin bread, and Dee Dee puts ketchup on a PB&J sandwich.
  • Break the Haughty: Alfie gets this in "Basketball Tryouts" when he gets cut from the senior basketball team for being a showboating ball hog even though he's a fairly talented player.
  • But Not Too Black: Melanie is much lighter skinned than the rest of her family.
    • Inverted with Goo, who was noticeably darker than the rest of the main cast.
  • California Doubling: The show is set in Charlotte, North Carolina, but was filmed at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • Donnell's "Don't hold your breath!"
    • "It must run in the family."
    • "You're a JERK, Goo!"
    • Alfie frequently says, "Aww, man!" when he gets into trouble with his parents.
    • From Roger: "Now that's what I'm talkin' about!"
    • Mrs. Pinkney, the owner of the comic book store, has a variant. She loves making sure that her customers have money before selling them anything.
  • Comical Overreacting: Deonne's shtick.
  • Completely Missing the Point: When Alfie gets cut from the basketball team for his ball hogging antics, his dad tried to cheer him up with an analogy of Michael Jordan:
    Dad: Michael Jordan got cut from his high school basketball team, and look at him now!
    Alfie: (in his head) Yeah? He's playing minor league baseball!
  • Deadpan Snarker: Melanie, especially towards Alfie and Goo. It fits her personality as a bored and somewhat snobby teenage girl. Goo is this sometimes as well.
    Goo: Heyyy, Melanie. Your prayers have been answered!
    Melanie: Then why are you here?
  • Easy Amnesia: Goo gets hit in the head by a failed basketball pass by Alfie, which alters his personality for the weekend. Instead of being called Goo, he wanted Alfie to call him Milton, his real name. Instead of crushing on Melanie, he goes for Deonne. The biggest irritation to Alfie, beside calling him Alfred constantly, is that he prefers not to procrastinate with his homework, and prefers to work all weekend rather than enjoy the weekend festivities. Of course, Goo gets better by episode's end, courtesy of another bonk to the head.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Goo's real name is Milton.
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: The B plot of one episode involved Alfie being grounded because he failed a math quiz, but not so much because he failed as because Roger found out he and Goo were planning to cheat off a smart girl who stayed home sick that day.
  • Fat Best Friend: Goo.
  • The Ghost:
    • Uncle Lawrence.
    • Deonne's "boyfriend", Tim.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Goo for Melanie.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In one episode, while Goo and Alfie are looking for Dee Dee, Ms. Pigney, the owner of the comic shop, asks, "Does he have two friends?" to which Goo replies, "Yeah, and only two friends." Given that Goo's only apparent friend is Alfie...
  • Imagine Spot:
    • The "Goo Punch" scene.
    • Alfie retorts with one of his own: "Space Alfies."
  • Insistent Terminology: In "The Practical Joke War", Roger said he hates reporters. Melanie tells him he's a reporter, but Roger says he's actually a sports columnist.
  • Jerk Ass: Goo. Melanie was this along the lines of being an Insufferable Genius. Alfie and Donnell were this on occasion, as well. Come to think of it, almost every main character (and Ms. Pigney) were this in varying degrees.
  • "Jump Off a Bridge" Rebuttal
  • Local Hangout: The comic shop "Books & Comics".
  • Mouthy Kid: Donnell
  • Narcissist:
    • Goo.
    • Melanie to an extent.
  • Noodle Incident: From the "A Stranger Among Us" teaser, whatever the ending was to Aunt Helen's story about when Alfie was two and pulled his pants down in church.
  • One Season Wonder: A fondly remembered series mostly by Generation Y kids who, even as adults of today, still ponder the kind of series it would've been considering it started off so good.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname:
    • Goo hates being called by his real name.
    • This also must run in his family, as his cousins are named Moo and Boo.
  • Preppy Name: Most of the actors, in real life.
  • Real Person Cameo: Several basketball players appeared on the show.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: This is the format the kids' school production of Robin Hood took, with pretty good results.
  • Running Gag:
    • Ms. Pigney occasionally kicks out Dee Dee and his two friends out of the comic shop. She also expects her costumers to have money.
    • Roger has a habit of telling his life stories, and the family will run off so they won't hear them:
    "You gotta come down sometime!"
    • Deonne's tendency to over-exaggerate the potential consequences of anything, usually involving her boyfriend "Tim".
    • Goo making fun of Deonne, especially her "fake" hair:
    "Zero, one, two, three, sure looks like a weave to me. It's phony. Yeah, yeah, it's phony!"
  • Sassy Black Woman: Ms. Pigney.
  • School Play: Robin Hood.
  • Short Runners: Sadly, this is a classic case of a show not outlasting its original thirteen episode order.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Alfie and Goo. Granted they're both 11.
  • Special Guest: NBA player Kendall Gill.
  • This Means War!: Alfie says this in "The Practical Joke War" after Melanie and Deonne threw pies at them as revenge for tricking Dee Dee and his friends with extra chili hot dogs, and being forced to clean up the mess.
  • ˇThree Amigos!: Dee Dee, Donnell, and Harry.
  • Token White: Harry.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Roger has a craving for gumbo.
  • When I Was Your Age: Roger is a huge fan of this.
  • With Friends Like These...: At times, Harry and Donnell fall into this category.

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