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Viewers who prefer dramas about families and their struggles will enjoy the Brothers and Sisters TV series. This show is about a well-to-do dysfunctional family that has problems just like any other family the world over. The ways that the Walkers deal with the problems and overcome their battles is inspiring, poignant and real.

Nora Walker who is played by Sally Field is the matriarch of the family. She is a widow and her main goal in life is to see that her four children get along and are happy and content. She tends to stick her nose repeatedly into her children's professional and personal lives. At the same time, she struggles with the knowledge that her deceased and well-respected husband cheated on her in a long-term affair.

Saul is Nora's older brother and Ron Rifkin plays this character. He became the substitute patriarch of the family after Nora's husband died. Although he is more laid back than his sister Nora, he struggles with secrets and passions of his own while trying to help the Walkers with their many difficulties.

The Walker children are all adults in the show, yet they still compete with each other like most siblings. Although the members of the family love each other dearly, they still engage in loud and boisterous clashes while trying to maintain separate identities from the clan.

Rachel Griffiths play the oldest child and daughter, Sarah Walker. She enjoys a passion for the family business just like her father and takes on the role as boss after his death. Sarah frequently engages in a battle of wills with the oldest brother, Tommy. Balthazar Getty plays this character brilliantly. Although he doesn't share as much passion for the business as his older sister and father, he stills feels he should be the patriarch and leader. This power struggle results in many arguments between the two siblings.

Calista Flockhart plays the role of Kitty Walker, another Walker sister. She is an opinionated woman who rarely backs down from a fight. Kitty's career as a radio and TV political host keeps the conservation lively at the dinner table since she and her mother and other siblings disagree on many issues. These discussions are exacerbated by the hidden struggles each of the family members face.

Matthew Rhys plays the role of Kevin Walker, another of the Walker siblings. He is the quietest of the siblings due to inner struggles with his homosexuality. He tries to remain neutral when chaos erupts in the family dynamics although he rarely succeeds in staying out of the limelight.

Dave Annable, who portrays the character of Justin Walker, plays the baby of the family. He struggles with drugs and post-traumatic syndrome from being in the war. His problems cause the rest of the family to tiptoe around him. He reacts with bitterness because he thinks he is strong enough to bear his share of the normal family burdens and resents that the rest of the family tries to shield him.

The Walker family disagrees on just about everything on a daily basis. Nevertheless, when the chips are down, they rally together with unconditional love and stalwart family loyalty. These familial dynamics result in a charismatic drama that makes viewers laugh, cry, rejoice and identify with the Walkers.

Brothers and Sisters is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (112 episodes). The series first aired on January 21, 1979.

Where do I stream Brothers and Sisters online? Brothers and Sisters is available for streaming on ABC, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Brothers and Sisters on demand at Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, iTunes, ABC online.

5 Seasons, 112 Episodes
January 21, 1979
Cast: Chris Lemmon, Randy Brooks, Jon Cutler, Amy Johnston
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Brothers and Sisters Full Episode Guide

  • As Sarah and Luc's wedding date approaches, things don't go as planned and the Walkers learn several surprising lessons about the real meaning of family.

  • Justin keeps a closely guarded secret about the true paternal identity of one of his siblings and Scotty discovers new information that will bring a new life into the Walker family fold.

  • Nora stops denying her feelings for Brody, which leads to a spontaneous romantic getaway.

  • Saul and Nora discover their mother has passed.

  • When Olivia's brother shows up and is determined to get custody of her from Kevin and Scotty, the Walkers struggle amongst themselves to determine what's best for Olivia.

  • Nora and Sarah use Evan's birthday as an excuse to head to Washington DC, but what they really want to know is why Kitty is still on the East Coast.

  • Though Nora tries her best to keep Brody at a distance, she can't ignore the long lost connection between them.

  • The Walkers are excited when Tommy comes down for a visit, but his new girlfriend's enthusiasm for Walker family history rubs the family the wrong way.

  • While walking down memory lane, Nora and Holly have a shocking revelation about Nora's past that may help Holly make a decision about moving away from California. Meanwhile, an old flame upsets Justin and Annie's comfortable relationshiop; Kevin and Scotty reconsider becoming adoptive parents; and Saul finds forgiveness in his heart for Jonathan.

  • Nora's innocent date night scandalizes every couple in the Walker family, while Kitty's new relationship with Seth ignites internet gossip and an unexpected reaction by Kitty's boss.

  • The Walker family experiences anxiety and tension during the holidays when Nora takes a last minute getaway with Karl. Saul has a chance encounter with a past love (Richard Chamberlain), who he believes had a lasting and very permanent effect on his life.

  • Both Kitty and Nora hesitate to make new romantic connections in unexpected places, Kevin's nerves about the adoption drive him to a disastrous bout of overindulgence, and Sarah's plans to spend one last romantic night alone with Luc go horribly awry.

  • Luc's mother, Gabriela, visits, but her matchmaking intentions quickly turn to high drama as she sticks her nose in Nora's romantic affairs.

  • Justin is suddenly interested in Holly's recovery after a nurse (guest starring Odette Yustman as Annie) at the hospital catches his eye; Nora's fellow radio host, psychiatrist Dr. Karl, finds his way into Nora's heart when he helps Sarah and Kitty resolve some old sisterly squabbles; and Paige helps Kevin and Scotty find forgiveness.

  • Everyone in the Walker family is willing to forgive and forget Scotty's infidelity. But when the family all put their best foot forward to help them reunite, things end up in a fist fight. Meanwhile Jack is reinvigorated by being back in the city and starts to pursue new ventures, but Kitty can't seem to picture herself in this new life, and Sarah and Luc share some exciting news with the family.

  • Nora's maternal instinct, skills and advice catch the attention of a radio producer who invites her to audition for a new show. But when Nora follows through with the invite, she suddenly finds herself out of her league. Meanwhile, as Kevin and Justin go through some life lessons of their own, Kitty heads back into the dating game with her Ojai handyman, Jack.

  • Justin and Rebecca feel deadlocked in their relationship; Holly has a breakdown over her inability to remember her own daughter; Sarah struggles to keep up with the Joneses when Cooper lands the lead role in "Romeo & Juliet"; Saul takes a huge risk to make a romantic connection with a dear friend; and Kitty struggles with an affair of the heart.

  • Kitty meets a handsomely rugged handyman, Jack, while reinventing herself in Ojai. As Kitty fakes her persona to seem like a local, she winds up in a situation that proves that honesty usually is the best policy. Meanwhile, the rest of the Walkers are in on a little surprise birthday celebration for Sarah.

  • The Walkers attend a launch party for Luc's advertising campaign; Kevin must deal with a runaway juvenile delinquent; Nora receives a job offer.

  • A year after the tragic car crash, the family is forced to come together for Justin's homecoming party; Kitty's life becomes a subject to avoid.

  • In the series finale, the Walkers are coming to terms with the financial loss of Ojai Foods when they discover some hope in the form of one of William Walker's covert investments.

  • Sarah braces her staff for the closure of Ojai Foods. Rebecca and Holly look for new jobs but Justin has something else in mind for Rebecca.

  • Sarah and Luc disagree on how to look after Cooper. Elsewhere, Kevin and Sarah reveal a secret talent for playing sport, Justin confesses his feelings for Rebecca and Scotty tells Kevin…

  • Nora and Saul visit their mum Ida who is recovering from an ankle operation. Nora insists that Ida comes back home and live with her while her ankle mends.

  • Kevin can't forgive Nora for hiding the details of the accident from him but Nora is determined to make up with her son and plans a lavish party to celebrate his 39th birthday. Can he…

  • The Walker family discover that Nora has been hiding information about Dennis York to protect them for the last 25 years. Kevin confronts a dark secret and struggles to deal with the…

  • The Walker family reminisce about their days at Ojai Foods in 1986 in a bid to unravel the secret that William's arch rival Dennis York holds over them. But when they uncover the secret…

  • Luc is saved from exportation in the nick of time but Kitty's campaign comes under fire when reports suggest that she helped him. Can Kitty get the public back on her side?

  • The Walkers are ecstatic that Luc is back but Sarah is less so when he tells her he's marrying his art dealer so he can stay in the country. Elsewhere, Kitty is irked by her campaign…

  • Holly tells David about Dennis York's sleazy offer and struggles to make a decision about her shares in Ojai; Rebecca gets severe pains and Nora takes her to hospital and Kitty hires a…

  • Kitty tells her family that she's running for Robert's senate seat. The family meet up and cast anonymous votes as to whether they think this is a good idea. Elsewhere, there's a slump in…

  • Nora tries to do Saul a favour by helping with the taxes but he takes offence to her offer. Kitty considers a career in the senate and Sarah goes on a date.

  • Sarah takes a shine to a divorced dad at Paige's school. Justin finds a way to overcome his learning difficulties.

  • Kitty's lymphoma reaches a critical stage, while the Walkers' frantic search for a donor leads to an unlikely source.

  • Justin and Rebecca's beachside wedding has the Walker family stunned. Tommy risks everything to have his daughter beside him.

  • Justin has difficulty staying sober. Holly's financial situation continues to spiral out of control. Sarah is envious of Nora's budding romance.

  • Kitty is distraught with the side effects of her cancer treatment. Scotty's father finally reveals the truth about his marriage.

  • Kitty is excited to see a visitor. Sarah decides to tell the children about Luc. Holly recieves some help from Rebecca and Ryan with her finances.

  • The Walker family, with the exception of Nora, are surprised by the charms and tango lessons of Luc Laurent, Sarah's new lover. However, Nora quickly uncovers that her French houseguest is a very good comfort during a very difficult time. Meanwhile, Robert needs to distract Kitty from the cancer, and he uses his most romantic efforts into the situation.

  • After returning from France, Sarah manages to distract Kitty through her chemo treatments by using tales of her romance with a French artist. Meanwhile, Justin has problems with his anatomy class and seeks his professor for help with surviving the semester with his teenage genius lab partner.

  • Kitty, Robert and Nora struggle to accept Kitty's cancer and to come to an agreement on the best possible treatment, but as they prepare to share the news with the entire family, a surprise visitor from afar makes the burden a bit easier to bear.

  • As Robert worries about news of his recent heart attack leaking to the press, Kitty struggles with an untold secret that will deeply affect their marriage and bring the Walker family together like never before. Meanwhile, Kevin and Scotty discuss the real possibility and challenge of surrogacy.

  • Kitty has a secret that could ruin her family. Nora and Holly plan an engagement party for Justin and and Rebecca. While Sarah searches for a new business venture in France.

Brothers and Sisters News

ABC Unveils Ambitious Fall TV Lineup Including 13 New Shows

We are dead-smack in the middle of pick-up/renewal/cancellation season and ABC has just announced their fall schedule. We already knew that "Brothers and Sisters," "Better With You," "Off the Map," "V," "Detroit 1-8-7" and Matthew Perry's new comedy "Mr. Sunshine" have been canned. Now we also know that the network has ordered 13 new programs, 6 of which will not premiere until mid-season.