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What About Brian is an Americanmarker dramedy 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 midseason replacement and concluded on March 26, 2007. The show regularly aired on Monday at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT in the United Statesmarker. On May 16, 2006, ABC renewed the series for its second season, 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. The second season order was subsequently scaled back to 19 episodes by the network.

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

Main cast

Actor Role
Barry Watson Brian Davis
Matthew Davis Adam Hillman
Sarah Lancaster Marjorie Seaver (Season 1–2 [Episodes 1–18])
Rick Gomez Dave Greco
Amanda Detmer Deena Greco
Krista Allen Bridget Keller
Rosanna Arquette Nicole Varzi
Raoul Bova Angelo Varzi (Season 1)
Jason George Jimmy (Season 2+ [Episode 6–])
Amanda Foreman Ivy (Season 2+ [Episode 6–])
Tiffani Thiessen Natasha Drew (Episodes 20–)
Jessica Szohr Laura (Episodes 19–)
Stacy Keibler Stephanie (Episodes 19–)

Other characters

Actor Role
Amy Jo Johnson Karen (Car Girl)
Rachelle Lefevre Heather
Payton Spencer Geneva Greco
Mikaila Baumel Larissa Greco
Olivia and Ava White Carrie Greco


Thirty-two-year-old Brian Davis is living the life of a single guy in Los Angelesmarker. 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 has secretly long had a crush on and whom Adam was planning to break up with. His other best 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 "Nic" Varzi, has recently married and is pregnant with a girl she names Bella, even though she is in her forties. 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.


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.

International broadcasts

Country TV Network(s) Date of Premiere Weekly Schedule
Seven Network

February 18 2007

November 4 2009
Sundays, 9.30pm

Wednesdays, 10:30pm (repeats)
bTV 2008 Monday–Thursday, 9.00pm (first run)

Monday–Friday, 3.30pm (second run)
Nelonen 2008 Sundays, 4.30pm
TF1marker May 2007 Saturdays, 4.00pm
Xtra HOT

December 24, 2006

Sundays, 10.00pm

Sunday–Thursday, 7.10pm
Rai Due June 3, 2008 Monday–Friday, 4.15pm
WOWOW April 2008 Sundays
Latin America Sony November 2006 Mondays, 9.00pm
NET 5 2007 Tuesdays. 9.30pm
TV2 2007 Fridays, 8.30pm
TV2 2008 Tuesdays, 11.25pm
STAR World September 2008 Sundays, 9.00pm
RTP2 February 2007 Thursdays, 10.40pm
La Sexta July 19, 2007 Thursdays, 12.00am

Channel 4
May 2007

Tuesdays, 9.00pm

Fridays after midnight
ABC April 16, 2006 Mondays, 10.00pm


Season 1: 6.3 million viewers
Season 2: 5.9 million viewers

DVD release

DVD name Release date Ep # Additional information
The Complete Series September 25 2007 24 Featurette: What About Season 3, Cast interviews, Bloopers.


  • Howie Days' "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:
    • His song "Waiting For My Real Life To Begin" ended the episode "Two In Twenty-Four" 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.


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