A few months ago I watched through all of the available Brothers & Sisters episodes on Netflix. I had always half paid attention to this show because it comes on in between Desperate Housewives (one of my favorite tv shows) and Seinfeld on Sunday evenings. Although I think it has gone downhill in the past few years, the first few seasons were really good!
It starts out showing the Walker family: Dad, Mom (played by Sally Field), and five grown children: Sarah, Tommy, Kitty (played by Calista Flockhart), Kevin, and Justin. Kitty has moved far, far away and is returning home with trepidation because of a tiff she had with her father about politics. The Walker family is a liberal west-coast family, and Kitty is the “black sheep” Republican daughter who is an aspiring politician.
Other than that, the Walker family seems to be a big, happy family. At the end of the pilot, their father passes away suddenly. And the big, happy family unravels after that. Over time, they find so many skeletons in the closets of each of the members of the family, yet they maintain some sense of sibling comradery and a realistic sense of family at the same time.
I guess you could call them a dysfunctional family, yet at the same time they are also beautifully functional.
Perfectly imperfect, maybe?
My favorite scenes are the cell phone scenes. One sibling will call another, then mom pipes through call waiting. Eventually the entire family gets roped into this conversation over the phones. Everyone is talking, no one is listening, and everyone is trying to protect their secret from each other.
In some respects, it reminds me of my own family. I recommend giving Brothers & Sisters a shot, especially the earlier seasons!
Originally posted 2011-06-08 10:22:37.
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