I love the type of TV shows that have large ensemble casts with interlocking dramatic plots and fascinating characters. I especially like it when a bunch of men forge together to beat the odds. Yes, I know there are a couple of women in the above Spartacus shot, but really, this show is all about the men. Impressive abs and cod-pieces aside, these guys respect each other, fight for each other, and hell, even love each other.
Another show that affected me was HBO's Band of Brothers. Yeah, pass the tissue for this one, too. Men bonding over war, sharing loss and heartbreak. Many scenes were wrenching and made all the more poignant as these were true stories and we had the senior citizens talking at the start of each episode, tearing up over memories 50 years past. Fantastically acted by mostly British actors affecting American accents, this defines 'brotherhood' in spades.
So where am I going with this? I find these shows a real inspiration for a lot of my heroes. Mine feel things deeply. I find this especially so in my paranormal. The Blackthorne Clan was going to be a trilogy, but I enjoyed hanging with my guys so much I plan 3 more books. I don't care if anyone else ever reads them, I had a blast plotting this out. I created my own Brotherhood.