Brotherhood Of Poland, The (CBS, 2003, Randy Quaid, Brian Haley)

The Brotherhood Of Poland, from Emmy Award-winning producer David E. Kelley (“The Practice,” “Chicago Hope”), stars Academy Award-nominee Randy Quaid (“The Last Detail”), Brian Haley (“Pearl Harbor”) and John Carroll Lynch (“The Good Girl”) in a drama that celebrates small town life and follows three inseparable brothers as they face challenges in their families and careers in the town of Poland, N.H.

Hank Shaw (Quaid), the police captain, Garrett Shaw (Lynch), the mayor, and Waylon Shaw (Haley), unemployed, were born and raised in Poland and are former high school hockey stars. Now, as grown men, they are struggling with big city problems. On the job, Hank is known for his explosive personality and tendency to communicate with his fists, while his home life is far from wild with his sexually repressed wife, Dottie (Academy Award-nominee and Emmy Award-winner Mare Winningham).

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Garrett, the town’s pillar of strength, finds his own world beginning to crumble when he’s forced to hide a secret from his wife, Helen (Academy Award-nominee and Emmy Award-winner Elizabeth McGovern), that could jeopardize his marriage and his relationship with his daughter, Monica (Megan Henning). Waylon, out of work and feeling a little paranoid, is convinced that his wife, Julie (Ann Cusack, “Stigmata”), is having an affair.

He enlists Hank to help, who in turn assigns outspoken police officer Francine Hill (Cleo King, “Boston Public”) to spy on Julie’s potential suitor. Waylon also learns that his teenage daughter, Katie (Angela Goethals), is sleeping with her high school teacher. As they confront their personal and professional dilemmas, the one constant in their lives is their family bond and their unconditional love for each other.

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Randy Quaid as Hank Shaw
John Carroll Lynch as Garrett Shaw
Brian Haley as Waylon Shaw
Elizabeth McGovern as Helen
Megan Henning as Monica
Angela Goethals as Katie

key behind the scenes crew
David E. Kelley as Executive Producer
Michael Pressman as Executive Producer

show type

broadcast from
September 24, 2003 – October 22, 2003
1 Season of 9 episodes (four of which never made it to air)

network and production companies
CBS – David E. Kelley Productions – Twentieth Century Fox Television

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