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What About Brian

What About Brian
The Season 1 cast
Created by Dana Stevens
Starring Barry Watson
Sarah Lancaster
Rosanna Arquette
Matthew Davis
Rick Gomez
Amanda Detmer
Raoul Bova
Krista Allen
Jason George
Amanda Foreman
Rachelle Lefevre
Tiffani Thiessen
Jessica Szohr
Stacy Keibler
Amy Jo Johnson
Jon Hamm
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 25 (List of episodes)
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Bad Robot Productions
Touchstone Television
Original channel ABC
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Original run April 16, 2006 (2006-04-16) – March 26, 2007 (2007-03-26)

What About Brian is an American comedy-drama television series created by Dana Stevens and co-produced by J. J. Abrams' company Bad Robot Productions. The series premiered on April 16, 2006, on ABC, as a mid-season replacement and concluded on March 26, 2007. On May 16, 2006, ABC renewed the series for its second and final season,[1] notably making it the only new series to be picked up by the network from the 2005–2006 television season, despite it being the final new series introduced by ABC during the season. The series returned October 9, 2006, with a full 22-episode season confirmed by November 10, 2006.[2] The second season order was subsequently scaled back to 19 episodes by the network.[3]

What About Brian ended its run after two seasons on March 26, 2007.[4]


  • Plot 1
  • Cast and characters 2
  • Episodes 3
  • Unaired pilot 4
  • International broadcasts 5
  • DVD releases 6
  • Music 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


32-year-old Brian Davis is living the life of a single guy in Venice Beach, California. However, he is the only bachelor left in his group of friends. His best friend, lawyer Adam Hillman, recently got engaged to his long-time girlfriend Marjorie, a girl Brian is secretly in love with and whom Adam was planning to break up with. Another friend, Dave Greco, who is co-founder with Brian of Zap Monkey, a company that designs and produces video games, cannot wait to welcome Brian into the marriage club, as Dave has been married to Deena for thirteen years and has three daughters. His older sister, record executive Nicole, has recently married Italian model Angelo Varzi and is pregnant with a girl she names Bella. Brian's journey to find romance leads him down a road where the picture-perfect relationships of his friends are tested and revealed for what they truly are.

Cast and characters


Unaired pilot

The cast of What About Brian's unaired pilot with Polly Shannon as Marjorie.

An unaired pilot with a completely different structure from the first episode was created, with Polly Shannon portraying Marjorie instead of Sarah Lancaster.[5][6]

International broadcasts

Country TV Network(s) Date of Premiere Weekly Schedule
 Australia Seven Network
February 18, 2007[7]
November 4, 2009
Sundays, 9.30pm
Wednesdays, 10:30pm (repeats)
 Austria ORF eins December 2007
 Bulgaria bTV 2008 Monday–Thursday, 9.00pm (first run)
Monday–Friday, 3.30pm (second run)
 Finland Nelonen 2008 Sundays, 4.30pm
 France TF1 May 2007 Saturdays, 4.00pm
 Greece Fox Life Greece January 7, 2011 Fridays, 9.50pm
 Israel Xtra HOT
December 24, 2006
Sundays, 10.00pm
Sunday–Thursday, 7.10pm
 Canada CTV June 3, 2008 Monday–Friday, 4.15pm
 Japan WOWOW April 2008 Sundays
Latin America Sony November 2006 Mondays, 9.00pm
 Netherlands NET 5 2007 Tuesdays. 9.30pm
 New Zealand TV2 2007 Fridays, 8.30pm
 New Zealand Vibe 2009 Saturday, 7.30pm
 Indonesia Global TV 2008 Tuesdays, 11.25pm
 Pakistan Pakistan Television September 2008 Sundays, 9.00pm
 Portugal RTP2 February 2007 Thursdays, 10.40pm
 Slovenia Kanal A February 2007 Thursdays, 10.40pm
 Spain Nitro January 2009 Saturdays, 14:40
 United Kingdom E4
Channel 4
May 2007
Tuesdays, 9.00pm
Fridays after midnight
 United States ABC April 16, 2006 Mondays, 10.00pm

DVD releases

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released the entire series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.

DVD name Ep # Release date Additional information
The Complete Series 24 September 25, 2007
  • What About Season 3 featurette
  • Cast interviews & Bloopers


  • Howie Day's "Collide" is the song used in the announcement commercials.
  • The theme song that appears at the beginning of each episode is "Calling All Friends" by Low Stars.
  • The 1970 song "Hey Hey What Can I Do" by Led Zeppelin inspired the theme song and also has lyrics that parallel the show's plot. The lyrics of the song tell of a man's love for a woman that he will never have all to himself; a woman who 'wants to ball all day', 'stays drunk all the time', and who 'won't be true.' The first verse is a declaration of his love and his desire to tell her that she is the only one for him. The second verse describes her infidelity and his jealousy and frustration. In the third verse he comes to the conclusion that he must leave her 'where the guitars play', a sentiment reinforced by the vamp in which the lead singer, Robert Plant, is backed by the rest of the band repeating the two lines; 'Hey hey what can I do' and 'Oh Lord what can I say.'
  • Colin Hay's music has been used in several episodes of What About Brian:[8]
  • Hay's song "Waiting for My Real Life to Begin" ended the episode "Two in 24" and was also used in the episode "Sex, Lies and Videotape."
  • "Beautiful World" ended the episode "Moving Day."
  • "Don't Wait Up" ended the episode "The Importance of Being Brian" and was also in the episode "Sex, Lies and Videotape."
  • Keith Varon has provided songs for the show.[9]


  1. ^ What About Brian renewed for a second season - Link
  2. ^ Justice pulled, Brian pumped
  3. ^ What About Brian: Aren't There Any More Episodes?, TV Series Finale, March 28, 2007
  4. ^ ABC Unveils 14 Early Series Pick-Ups, Broadcasting & Cable, March 21, 2007
  5. ^ "TV: The Life of Brian ABC kicks around a great show with rescheduling and retooling". Archived from the original on 2007-01-27. Retrieved 2006-12-06. 
  6. ^ "¿Qué hacemos con Brian? (Spanish)". Retrieved 2006-12-06. 
  7. ^ Knox, David (February 7, 2007). "Seven shakes up Sundays". Retrieved November 5, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Colin Hay songs from TV and Movies at Tunefind". Retrieved 2006-12-06. 
  9. ^ "mTraks article". Retrieved 2009-07-20. 

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