• Publication date: August 5, 2009

The Single Man Out Everybody Has Somebody. . . Except Brian

�What About Brian� (2006-2007) was crafted by �Lost� and �Alias� creator J.J. Abrams and targets the Generation X demographic. The romantic comedy, much in the same vein as Abrams� first hit, �Felicity� features a superb cast with an astounding level of natural chemistry. Set in Los Angeles, the program follows Brian Davis (Barry Watson), a thirty-something searching for the �right� woman. Brian�s search is given more urgency partially due to peer pressure as he witnesses each of his friends and family members tie the knot, or at the very least become engaged.

�What About Brian� (2006-2007) was crafted by �Lost� and �Alias� creator J.J. Abrams and targets the Generation X demographic. The romantic comedy, much in the same vein as Abrams� first hit, �Felicity� features a superb cast with an astounding level of natural chemistry. Set in Los Angeles, the program follows Brian Davis (Barry Watson), a thirty-something searching for the �right� woman. Brian�s search is given more urgency partially due to peer pressure as he witnesses each of his friends and family members tie the knot, or at the very least become engaged. His friends aid Brian in his search, yet each encounter ends in failure. In spite of the bachelor�s disappointments, his adventures in dating do provide numerous comedic moments. Often, Brian�s single status appears to him as a blessing rather than a curse, especially as he witnesses the turmoil his hitched friends frequently encounter.

The program kicks off by establishing Brian�s obsession with Marjorie (Sarah Lancaster), a woman his best friend Adam (Matthew Davis) soon plans to marry. Brian secretly adores his friend�s fianc� and harbors some resentment that Adam perceivably stole her from him. This is partially because Brian and Adam met Marjorie in unison at a party years prior. Brian�s fascination with Marjorie tends to hinder any new relationship he enters, since he is regularly comparing each woman he meets to his first crush, whom he believes is actually his soul mate.

Brian�s insecurity as a bachelor is not only fueled by his relationship with Adam and Marjorie. His sister, Nicole (Rosanna Arquette) is married to Angelo (Raoul Bova), Brian�s business partner, while childhood friend Dave (Rick Gomez) manages to maintain a marriage with high school love Deena (Amanda Detmer), despite their marital discord.

While Brian�s obsession with Marjorie may seem unhealthy, it is certainly not without cause: there is a natural, and mutual attraction between the two. Adam�s second thoughts regarding marriage further convince Brian that he might still unite with his sweetheart. The persistent belief that Brian might reclaim Marjorie contributes to his fear of forming long-term relationships with other women he encounters, regardless of their beauty or compatibility.

One should not assume Brian blindly believes that marriage is lifelong bliss: his observations of friends� relationships illustrate that matrimony is not without its perils. Nicole and Angelo must confront the strong possibility that natural pregnancy is unlikely, while Dave and Deena make a mutual decision to pursue sexual relationships outside of their marriage.