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I first came across this TV series, Brothers & Sisters, from my sister. One Sunday, our family gathering, she mentioned to me that I should watch this series. I was skeptic and intrigued at the same time. She convinced me to the point that she lend me her DVD copies. And so I watched… the verdict? I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!
My sister was right. It’s about a family, a dysfunctional-functional family, dealing with a lot of issues and situations that affects them individually as well as a family. The reason why I described it that way is because it’s quite ironic that each family member has a way of bringing out the best and the worst in each other but the good thing is no matter how good or bad the situation is they will always work it out and at the end, the family bond wins. And in the process, they learn more about each other which makes them closer to one another.
One of the things I like about this series is how the characters were identified and functions. The complexities of the personalities is so worth watching and seeing the development. I also appreciate the vulnerabilities when they make mistakes or make wrong decisions which adds to the endearment of the characters.
One of the things that my sister told me , which I would find it to be interesting, is there is a gay role in one of the family members and I love the thought of it. It does complete the normalcy of the family. And I applaud that this role is not just a background role but one of the forefronts and it gave it’s respect to face issues pertaining to this which completes the whole picture.
The cast is outstanding. Sally Fields (Nora Walker) plays the center of the family and the mother which is very passionate of her family and all her children. She may not be a perfect mother but she has very good intentions for her children and the family as a whole. She’s married to Tom Skerritt (William Walker). The children were played by Calista Flockhart (Kitty Walker-McCallister), Balthazar Getty (Tommy Walker), Rachel Griffith (Sarah Walker), Matthew Rhys (Kevin Walker), and Dave Annable (Justin Walker). Rob Lowe (Robert McCallister) is Kitty’s husband. Ron Rifkin (Saul Holden) is the brother of Nora and the uncle of the children. Luke Macfarlane (Scotty Wandell) is Kevin’s partner. Sarah Jane Morris (Julia Walker) is Tommy’s wife. Patricia Wettig (Holly Harper) is the mistress of the William. Emily VanCamp (Rebecca Harper) is the daughter of Holly and supposedly the illegitimate daughter of William. Luke Grimes (Ryan Lafferty) is another illegitimate son of William.
This series is so good that you cannot create your own expectations because whatever issues or situation they will find themselves in, it will be so worth it. A definite enjoyable series to watch. The completeness of the topics from polities, war, sex, death, separation, divorce, homosexuality, internal relationships, external relationships, love, addiction, career, business, parenthood, and the list goes on. It’s inevitable that you will relate to someone or a particular situation and you will learn something from it. That is how relatable and endearing the series is.
Though it’s a well-rounded series, it’s difficult to consider this for all ages and the whole family. Parental guidance is needed for this due to the topics and scenes but nevertheless, it’s good to watch with your family and siblings (adults). I recalled that my sister and mother with discuss this show while we’re together whether just visiting my mom or while cooking on a Sunday lunch. It’s a perfect conversational piece.