|My Brother and Me|
Title card from the show "My Brother and Me"
|Created by||Calvin Brown Jr.
|Starring||Arthur Reggie III
Ralph Woolfolk IV
Jimmy Lee Newman Jr.
Karen E. Fraction
Jim R. Coleman
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer(s)||Calvin Brown Jr.
|Camera setup||Multi-camera setup|
|Running time||30 minutes (incl. commercials)|
|Original run||October 15, 1994 – February 2, 1995|
My Brother and Me is a sitcom on Nickelodeon that premiered on October 15, 1994, and ran until February 2, 1995. The show was about an African American family living in the West Side of Charlotte, North Carolina, who experience the highs and lows of everyday life. Jennifer and Roger Parker had two sons, Alfie and Dee Dee. Alfie was the cool elder brother and Dee Dee was the younger brother, who always followed Alfie around. The family also had a smarter, older daughter named Melanie. Another main character of the show was Alfie's best friend Milton 'Goo' Berry. It was the first African-American show that played on Nick.
A common (though unofficial) catchphrase used in the show by multiple characters was "Don't hold your breath!" This was a typical response to an outlandish suggestion by another character (for example, Goo asking Melanie for a kiss). Another common catchphrase would occur when Dee Dee would interrupt Goo in whatever story he was telling, and promptly after Goo telling Dee Dee off, he would say, "Now as I was saying, before I was so rudely interrupted...." and would continue onward with his story. This occurrence happened quite a lot on the show.
There was also the use of the phrase "you didn't say Fuzzy Wuzzy" when Dee Dee would convince Alfie to play the Fuzzy Wuzzy Bear Game.
One memorable phrase, said by Dee Dee, was "Hit me! Hit me!" He was being bullied at school, so his brother Alfie and Goo taught him how to fight. After saying that phrase, Dee Dee came home with a black eye. They came to find out, it was a girl that was bullying him.
In 1996 and 1997, My Brother and Me was nominated for the NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Youth or Children's Series/Special).
The show extensively used interior monologues. Almost every episode featured the character's "thoughts," usually overreacted responses to something another character said. This was especially prevalent in scenes revolving around the boys' father (Jim Coleman), who frequently told painfully boring stories about his brother, the kids' uncle Lawrence, and forced the kids to endure his favorite dish, Mumbo-jumbo gumbo.
In a fantasy sequence during one episode the character Milton "Goo" Berry (Jimmy Lee Newman Jr.) performed the famous "Goo Punch Rap." The following are the lyrics:
One plus one is always two,
I'm the Goo!
With a treat for you
My Goo Punch goes with any snack,
So get back Shaq,
'cause it's the Goo attack!
Melanie Parker: "Oh Goo, you're all that"
"I am ain't I, and so is my Goo Punch."
Come on everybody
Goo Punch (Alright now)
Goo Punch (Hey!)
Goo Punch (Oohh)
Goo Punch (All the fellas)
Goo Punch (All the ladies)
Goo Punch (7x)
Get "Goo"-ing with Goo Punch!
Although the ingredients of Goo Punch remained secret throughout the series' history, it was later revealed that the primary ingredients in Goo Punch included water, high-fructose corn syrup, and unfiltered imagination.
In the first episode of the show, Charlotte Hornets all-star Kendall Gill made a guest appearance. The young shooting guard came to the comic book store to impart wisdom to the children. It was here that Alfie famously remarked "Oh my God, it's Kendall Gill!"
The show never caught on and only lasted 13 episodes. Ralph Woolfolk explained in an interview that the show was canceled due to disagreements between the producers and creators of the show; a second season was planned but the two parties had different visions for the show that caused a major fallout.  Reruns continued to air regularly on the network for several years after the cancellation. This has caused many viewers to erroneously believe that the show continued for multiple seasons.