Brothers and Sisters
- 5 Seasons
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.