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What About Brian - The Complete Series (2006)

Barry Watson , Matthew Davis  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Barry Watson, Matthew Davis, Sarah Lancaster
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 1024 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P6YNT8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,758 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "What About Brian - The Complete Series" on IMDb

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Exclusive Unaired Episode: "What Happens In Vegas" -- With Introduction By Show Creator Dana Stevens

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They are people you know, juggling life and love just as you do. From the producers of LOST and ALIAS comes the witty and seductive drama THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE calls "breezy, bittersweet and infectious." Step into the middle of a circle of friends who experience the world from the inside out. Trying to find your way in the cut-throat city of Los Angeles can break the strongest soul. However, Brian (Barry Watson, 7TH HEAVEN) and his friends lean on one another as their relationships become more intense and they discover that the truth that stings can, sometimes, be your salvation. Find out what you've been missing as you join the journey from the very beginning with all 24 episodes of the complete two-season series in this five-disc box set. And uncover even more about Brian with behind-the-scenes bonus features available only on DVD.

Sharing more in common with the chatty feel of Felicity than the action-driven Lost or Alias, the ubiquitous J.J. Abrams has another gem with the witty and bittersweet (but short-lived) drama What About Brian. Both seasons are included in this five-disc set, though the first year produced just five episodes. Airing from 2006-2007 on ABC, What About Brian stars Barry Watson (7th Heaven) as the only single person in his group of friends. Over the course of 24 episodes, he pines for his best friend's girlfriend Marjorie (Sarah Lancaster), one of his friends comes out, and they all mourn the loss of one of their own. While not as melodramatic as nighttime soaps such as Melrose Place, What About Brian maintains a soap opera feel in the way the characters' lives are intertwined, regardless of whether they should be or not. As Brian's older sister Nicole, Rosanna Arquette is a scene stealer who hits all the right notes. Married to a younger man and desperately wanting a baby, Nicole shares some poignant moments with her husband as they navigate a challenging journey. The theme of "the grass is always greener on the other side" runs rampant here. Brian, who his friends correctly see as afraid of commitment, wants to be married or at least part of a couple, while many of his married friends long for the freedom to date whomever they want again without having to return home to the same person. The show's strongest episodes are at the beginning of its run when Brian finds out his best friend has proposed to Marjorie and that she may have unresolved feelings for him as well. Listening to his answering machine, he hears her say, "It's hard not to imagine 'what if'..." His girlfriend at the time hears it, too, and understands the implications of what Marjorie says better than Brian does. Unrequited love can only propel a show for so long, and other subplots run rampant--a pastry business for two of the main characters, a potentially life-threatening illness for the child of another couple, and friendship that often seems on the verge of a breakup. But when all's said and done, What About Brian could also have been called What About Love. --Jae-Ha Kim

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What about Brian? August 13, 2007
This series initially started two different ways: J.J. Abrams (creator of "Lost" and "Alias") trying to go back to his roots of simple relationship drama (year ago he created the WB hit "Felicity"); as well as Jeff Judah and Jason Katism (of "Life as We Know It" and "Freaks and Geeks" fame) trying to produce a show with their signature quirks, yet one with a premise appealing enough were they wouldn't get cancelled after 13 episodes. And so "What about Brian" was born.

The show was simple enough: Brian (Barry Watson from "7th Heaven") is a serial-dater that has never been able to keep a girlfriend around longer than several weeks. Upon the engagement of his best-friend he finds himself as a 7th-wheel among his closest friends (including his college roommate/business partner and his much-older sister). The series follows as Brian tries to search out love, as well as the various romantic entanglements/problems that his various friends find themselves in such as: affairs, new business ventures, single-parenthood, engagement, etc.. Essentially the show was about a group of early thirty-something's trying to not only make their mark on the world, but trying to share their success with "that someone special" and all the hilarity and heartache that comes with the territory.

Unfortunately for the creators and ABC, while the premise was interesting, the actors/characters likable, their was always something missing from the series. That special SPARK that a series needs in order to find itself on the lineup for the better part of a decade was missing. After airing 6 our of the produced 8 for its first season the network pulled the show, re-staffed a majority of the producers/writers, fired an actors/hired three additional actors...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What was ABC thinking???? September 8, 2007
HELLLOOOOOO! This was a great show!!!ABC had it in the wrong time slot and should have re aired it from the begining during off season (at a better time slot, similar to how they do shows like wife swap) to show more viewers what they were missing!This was a more real "today" type show. They could of took the whole show alot further, boy did I have some good ideas for where they could have gone. This could have been the next Better Melrose Place. What are they thinking???? Anyhow for those of U who missed the first two seasons - the DVD's are something to check out...Only problem is you'll want more....ALOT more and if they have truly cancelled it we all are missing out!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underappreciated Best New Show November 4, 2007
This show deserved a lot better than what it got. The writing was both heartfelt and funny. Serious when it needed to be but lighthearted when appropriate. The show was about a group of friends which meant different stories but the center of it was their bond to each other.

I was a big fan of those show and very sad when it was officially cancelled. I recorded the episode every week and always looked forward to the next.

This set has pretty cool extras with behind-the-scenes and an unaired episode. If you were a fan of "What About Brian?" you won't be disappointed. And if you are looking for a show to make you laugh, cry, and think...this is definitely one of those.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YESSSSSSSS!!! May 30, 2007
I am SO HAPPY that this DVD is being released! I absolutely LOVED this show and was so sad when it was cancelled. ABC never gave the show a chance ... they gave it a terrible time slot and never advertised it. I will really enjoy having this DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't have the DVD set... yet October 2, 2007
By Brian
I was a fan of the show, perhaps because I can relate to a guy who sees his friends pair off into relationships and he's left wondering why he can't seem to find that special someone. I was disheartened to see it canceled so soon and thought that the story-lines could have been further developed as the series progressed into new seasons. It will be interesting to see how well the DVD sells, perhaps if there is enough interest they may revive the show.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites ever June 17, 2007
That this show was cancelled after 2 seasons is a serious crime. Ever episode was fabulous and had the ability to be comical and endearing but also dramatic and frustrating. I often found myself screaming at the TV because you get so wrapped up in every characters storyline and you really will fight for each character. I believe there is no such thing as a bad JJ Abrams show and Brian clearly illustrates that. Every single main character is likable and different. I loved everything involving Dave and Deena. Those two are magical and great actors. The whole Marjorie, Adam and Brian triangle is edge of your seat great as well. Every show has some blunders and the Heather/Summer stripper storyline could have been left out, but this is a show that you will root for all the characters. It is thoughtful and I am positive that if you give this show a chance its impossible not to love it. I will miss it so much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars love this show! February 3, 2013
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cannot get enough of this show and had to purchase the disc so i can watch over and over! show is a must see!
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5.0 out of 5 stars At least we have the DVD! November 16, 2007
By Paige
What About Brian was my favourite show and ended way too soon. So glad that they put out the DVD and I completely recommend it to everyone... especially those of us in our early 30's looking for love and tired of watching everyone else in love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thank you
Published 3 months ago by Merrie
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT ABOUT BRIAN
Great series, comical at times, showing how family, friends, reacting to a series of ups and downs in peoples lives. Great series for good entertainment.
Published 20 months ago by maryann
5.0 out of 5 stars I missed Brian!
It was so great to see this show again! I forgot how much I missed it. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoyed the series "Felicity". Read more
Published 23 months ago by Linda Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show
I loved this show and was bummed when it got cancelled. When I found out I could buy the DVD I did.
Published on August 5, 2011 by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show!
Love, love, love it! Highly recommend purchasing What About Brian- The Complete Series. The only bad part about this purchase was that the series ended after Season 2!
Published on December 27, 2010 by Peeps
4.0 out of 5 stars What about...
First season was great (though short)- it was funny and about common day life. The second season became a bit depressing. It is worth a watch if you like TV dramas. Read more
Published on December 2, 2010 by Kelly R. Foster
4.0 out of 5 stars Good series but left us hanging....
This is a pretty good series about lives of a group of friends. The storyline features very human aspects of life such as love, friendship, and trust, among many other things. Read more
Published on September 18, 2010 by Kathrina R. Teo
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute awesome!
What a show! Always finish an episode wanting more, such a shame they didn't continue the series but glad to have it on my shelf.
Published on May 3, 2010 by Henry Brown
2.0 out of 5 stars Just plods along without much to show for it.
Since I got into Lost and loved the last couple of movies, I had been lulled into a trust for JJ Abrams productions. Read more
Published on November 24, 2009 by Tim Lieder
5.0 out of 5 stars T.V. at it's best
I loved this show.Sad to see it go.At least I have the box set to watch whenever I want to relive it.
Published on January 12, 2009 by Ariel View
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