Brothers & sisters does not seem to be the center of attention to most of the people that I know like other tv shows such Gossip Girl, 90210, Prison Break and etc. Believe me, I went into this tv show with pretty low expectations last summer after it has been recommended by my housemate’s little brother because I never heard about it before but was pleasantly surprised with the level of entertainment provided. No, entertainment is not the correct word because the show is more than mere entertainment. It vividly portrays a life of a big family which is inwardly composed of an overflowing love, compassion and understanding even though they fight a lot among themselves. And it’s not a sweet, syrupy melodrama but genuine because you can experience the script writer’s imaginative empathy with his subjects. The emotional carnage is pretty enthralling to catch up for which you’ll become incapable to dissemble every time it touches you.
The show is centered on the Walker family which included father William (Tom Skerritt), mother Nora (Sally Field), and their five grown children – Sarah (Rachel Griffiths), Kitty (Calista Flockhart), Tommy (Belthazar Getty), Kevin (Matthew Rys), and Justin (Dave Annable). All of them believe that they’re the most dysfunctional family in the America, fighting over and over whenever they meet but when one of them is in a deep shit as they succumbed to very human flaws and temptations, they stick together regardless, honoring the institution of family- something that I find extremely rare in present incarnation.
For example, when Tommy’s wife, Julia wanted to get pregnant but Tommy was infertile, both Kevin and Justin stepped up to the plate even though both of them were terrified with the idea of having a son/daughter but for their brother’s sake, they are willing to do whatever it takes for him to be happy and in season 3, the little baby’s liver failed and the biological fathers ( trying not to be a spoiler here because until this season, neither knew who is the biological father) had to sacrifice again by donating some of his liver.
Thus, if you haven’t watch any episode of it, I suggest you to give it a chance and I’m pretty sure that you will become a fan quickly. Besides, the show also provides us with a wonderful talented casts and cool quotes which make it even more delightful to watch.