The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire

The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire Information

The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire is an American drama series created by David E. Kelley that aired on CBS. The show offers the typical quirkiness and eccentric humor that have become synonymous with David E. Kelley's shows. The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire has been described as "Northern Exposure with middle-aged angst and populated with the sort of oddball supporting characters so typical of the Kelley oeuvre." The show was canceled after five episodes due to poor ratings.


The show focuses on the families of three brothers in fictional Poland, New Hampshire, one the sheriff, one the mayor, and one out of work. Local heroes in their youth, they are now tackling grown-up problems such as the economy, their children's educations, and their families. As in most families, the brothers know they'll always have each other to help weather the storms of their changing lives. The show has been compared to Picket Fences, another show by creator David E. Kelley.


  • Randy Quaid " Hank Shaw, the police chief.
  • John Carroll Lynch " Garrett Shaw, the mayor of Poland, NH.
  • Chris Penn " Waylon Shaw, the brother down on his luck.
  • Mare Winningham " Dottie Shaw, wife of Hank. She does not enjoy living in Poland, NH.
  • Elizabeth McGovern " Helen Shaw, wife of Garrett.
  • Ann Cusack " Julie Shaw, wife of Waylon.
  • Angela Goethals " Katie Shaw, daughter of Waylon and Julie.
  • Megan Henning " Monica Shaw, daughter of Garrett and Helen.
  • Cleo King " Francine Hill, a police officer in Poland who works with Hank.


The unaired pilot was filmed in Plymouth, New Hampshire in 2003, as were the exterior establishing shots and main title scenes. Filming of the series was then relocated to Pasadena, California. Brian Haley was originally cast in the role of Waylon Shaw, but was replaced with Chris Penn after filming the pilot episode.


Series # Title Director(s) Writer Original airdate Code

ProdCode = 1AHQ02 ShortSummary = Garrett is blackmailed by a former lover and Dottie tries to get enough money to buy the town's closed movie theater. LineColor = 4d6283 }}

ProdCode = 1AHQ03 ShortSummary = Hank does not support Dottie as he begins to blackmail Sharon Ropers about her affair with Garret. Garrett considers telling Helen about his affair with Sharon, now that their daughter knows the truth; Dottie holds early auditions in the theater for the spring Easter pageant but they don't go as planned. LineColor = 4d6283 }}

ProdCode = 1AHQ04 ShortSummary = Because of the compliments she keeps getting from a handsome young banker Dottie thinks he wants to sleep with her, but she can't convince Julie. Waylon goes into business for himself selling ice cream from a truck, but encounters hostile opposition from an unexpected source. Monica shocks her parents when she tells them that she wants to have sex with her boyfriend. LineColor = 4d6283 }}

ProdCode = 1AHQ05 ShortSummary = The Shaw brothers are shocked when their minister, who is also a lifelong friend, tells them that he is gay. The minister ask for their support when he gives the news to his congregation. Each brother refuses to support their friend, which stirs controversy at home with their wives. LineColor = 4d6283 }}

ProdCode = 1AHQ06 ShortSummary = The parents of a teenage girl fear that their daughter has been the victim of foul play when she goes missing after a fight with her boyfriend. The brothers adopt strange methods to help find her, including a crime-sniffing Chihuahua. Meanwhile, talk of the girl's sex life leads the women to wonder about their own children's possible sexual activities. LineColor = 4d6283 }}

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