Since todays post was Summer, I decided to do another review of a TV Show, and summer and surfing, what goes better?
Here is another one for the brother’s in TV section. This was a childhood favorite of mine. I admit I had a huge crush on Yannick Bisson.
This was back when TV was simple, and yes at times corny, but that’s what made it so great. So what makes this show worth the time? Let’s break it down.
First the two Barrett brothers of course, Mick Barrett played by Rick Springfield, and yes surprisingly he’s a pretty decent actor. And Joey Barrett played by Yannick Bisson. They are surfers who part-time as PI’s on the side. The oldest was once a cop, but quite the force after his partner died. Also he was raising his younger brother after their parents died.
The show has it’s slap your forehead, “did they really just do that” moments. But overall it’s a really fun show. The relationship between the two brothers is fantastic. They had a dynamite chemistry on and off-screen. If you love brother bonds, this is absolutely one to check out.
The show ran for three seasons. Season one, the brothers are always traveling chasing the surf. Gordon is a strange dude that somehow is always sending them jobs that have to do with rescuing one of his God-Daughters. Mick hates it and repeatedly says no, but his younger brother Joey has a thing for thrills and always manages to pull Mick in. Mick will go even if the only reason is to protect his little brother.
Joey is the typical younger brother, always getting into trouble and he is very gullible. He believes anything anyone ever says.
Mick is the cautious one. The responsible one that considers every angle before they make their next move. His experience as a cop keeps him and his brother out of trouble.
Season two starts to see some changes for the brothers. They settle down in California and start their own Surf shop. Mick is looking forward to a slower pace of life, but Joey gets board and goes looking for cases. He finds plenty.
In this Season Mick is pretty much the same. He gains an ear-ring and his hair style changes slightly, but as far as character development, he’s pretty rock solid.
Joey grows his hair out longer and Season two Joey is my favorite Joey. He’s not so goofy, but still holds on to his innocent charming self with his slight sense of self-confidence. He is still the one that makes me laugh.
Season three is where things really change. They sell their surf shop and Joey finally convinces Mick to start their own PI business.
Mick remains the rock solid older brother who still wants to protect his little brother no matter how old he gets. However their style of dress and grooming changes drastically, and I have to say for the better.
Joey matures a lot in this season. He is not as goofy, sadly, but he takes on a more adult role. He even starts to look more adult.
The show is really pretty good for a 90’s TV show. The best part of the entire thing is the brothers relationship. They are great. Despite the fact they look nothing alike, their chemistry comes across strong and you can tell they like working with each other. Even years later the two remain friends.
So is the show worth the watch? Absolutely! But where can you find it? Well not online. The only place I have seen is person that has recorded all the episodes and sells them online. I have purchased the series from him. The quality isn’t great, but I don’t care. I like watching the show despite.