Picks and Pans Review: Brother's Keeper
This new sitcom is surprisingly easy to like if you can overlook its farfetched premise. Bobby (Sean O'Bryan), a trouble-prone pro football player, is traded from New York to San Francisco and given a multimillion-dollar, multi-year contract on the condition that he live with a responsible party. So, without so much as a warning phone call, he turns up on the doorstep of older brother Porter (William Ragsdale, Herman's Head), a college professor and widower with an 8-year-old son, Oscar (Justin Cooper). Be not amazed at how Porter could have kept himself almost entirely ignorant of Bobby's career. (Pretend that "I don't read the sports section" is a convincing explanation.) Just accept the idea that uptight Porter and impish Bobby will spend the series arguing about whether it's better to raise Oscar on apples and education or Popsicles and recreation. O'Bryan and Ragsdale demonstrate big-league comic teamwork, and the writers of this family-friendly show even throw in a few lines for adults who read the sports section: "Congratulations, you're a father," Porter says sarcastically when his brother horns in on the parenting. "Never say that to a pro athlete," Bobby replies. "Not even as a joke."
Bottom Line: Tough to believe but not to enjoy