Brothers & Sisters (2006 TV series)

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Brothers & Sisters
The title card of the television program "Brothers and Sisters" consists of the words "brothers" and "sisters" written in black letters over a pink ampersand ("&").
Genre Family drama
Serial drama
Created by Jon Robin Baitz
Starring Dave Annable
Kerris Dorsey
Sally Field
Calista Flockhart
Balthazar Getty
Rachel Griffiths
Rob Lowe
Sarah Jane Morris
John Pyper-Ferguson
Ron Rifkin
Matthew Rhys
Emily VanCamp
Patricia Wettig
Maxwell Perry Cotton
Luke Macfarlane
Luke Grimes
Gilles Marini
Narrated by Sally Field (season 5)
Composer(s) Blake Neely
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 109 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jon Robin Baitz
Greg Berlanti
Ken Olin
Mark B. Perry
David Marshall Grant
Monica Owusu-Breen
Alison Schapker
Molly Newman
Michael Morris
Sally Field
Sarah Caplan
Marti Noxon
Producer(s) Michael Morris
Nicole Carrasco
David Marshall Grant
Sherri Cooper-Landsman
Liz Tigelaar
Michael Foley
Running time 42–43 minutes
Production company(s) Berlanti Television
After Portsmouth Productions
Touchstone Television
(2006–2007)
(season 1)
ABC Studios
(2007–2011)
(seasons 2-5)
Distributor Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original network ABC
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original release September 24, 2006 (2006-09-24) – May 8, 2011 (2011-05-08)
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Website

Brothers & Sisters is an American television drama series that centers on the Walker family and their lives in Los Angeles and Pasadena, California. It aired for five seasons on ABC from September 24, 2006, to May 8, 2011.[1] It aired, for its entire run, in a Sunday night timeslot after Desperate Housewives.

The series seems to be loosely based on the British television series The Brothers that was produced by the BBC between 1972 and 1976 and shown in the UK and several other European countries.

Brothers & Sisters features an ensemble cast led by Sally Field as Nora Walker, with Rachel Griffiths as Sarah, Calista Flockhart as Kitty, Balthazar Getty as Tommy, Matthew Rhys as Kevin and Dave Annable as Justin Walker, her grown children. Patricia Wettig co-starred as Holly Harper, with Emily VanCamp later joining the cast as Rebecca Harper, as well as Ron Rifkin as Saul Holden. Field won both a Primetime Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performances throughout the series, as well as Griffiths receiving nominations for two Primetime Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for her portrayal.

Overview[edit]

Premise[edit]

The series revolves around the lives and problems of the wealthy Walker family in the wake of the death of family patriarch William Walker (Tom Skerritt), the founder of the family business Ojai Foods. The family consists of wife and mother Nora Walker (Sally Field) who must deal with revelations about her husband's infidelity, and her children Sarah (Rachel Griffiths) and Tommy (Balthazar Getty), both married executives at Ojai Foods, Kitty (Calista Flockhart), a conservative activist, Kevin (Matthew Rhys), a Gay lawyer, and youngest sibling Justin (Dave Annable), who has recently returned from the Afghan War with a substance abuse problem. They were joined by Nora's brother Saul (Ron Rifkin) and Holly Harper (Patricia Wettig), William's mistress. Plotlines typically revolved around the romantic relationships of the family, their business fortunes, especially with regard to the control of Ojai Foods, and the relationship between the siblings. Most conflicts were resolved with a renewed call for family unity and a lot of wine.

The show's narrative launched with the death of William Walker at Kitty's birthday party. His death causes a number of secrets from his life to be revealed—secrets that impact the remainder of his family and which include the introduction of William's mistress Holly Harper and her daughter Rebecca.

Other main storylines throughout the series include the personal, political (usually through Robert and Kitty's and later Kevin's careers) and professional lives of Nora and all the brothers and sisters; their relationships with each other; interaction with Rebecca and her mother (William's mistress) Holly; and the running of the family business Ojai Foods—which is mostly looked after by Saul, Sarah and Tommy along with Holly and Rebecca from season 3 onwards. After the family sells Ojai Foods, Scotty and Saul open a restaurant and Nora begins working at a radio station which Sarah decides to buy.

Characters[edit]

  • Nora Walker, widow of William Walker, mother of Sarah, Kitty, Tommy, Kevin and Justin; Grandmother to Paige, Cooper, Evan, Elizabeth, William Jr. (deceased), Olivia and Daniel; home maker.
  • Sarah Laurent, daughter of Nora Walker and Nick Brody; mother of Paige and Cooper; President of Ojai Foods and former CFO of Greenatopia; ex-wife of Joe Whedon and wife of Luc Laurent.
  • Kitty Walker, daughter of Nora and William Walker, one year younger than Sarah;[2] adoptive mother of Evan; writer and former communication director, television and radio host; widow of Robert McCallister.
  • Tommy Walker, son of Nora and William Walker, two years younger than Kitty; father of Elizabeth and William II (deceased); former president of Ojai Foods; ex-husband to Julia Ridge and fiancé of Rose.
  • Kevin Walker, son of Nora and William Walker, one year younger than Tommy; adoptive father of Olivia; father of Daniel; biological father of Elizabeth and William II (deceased); pro bono lawyer and former communications director and corporate lawyer; husband of Scotty Wandell.
  • Justin Walker, son of Nora and William Walker; ten years younger than Kevin; paramedic, war veteran and former med school student; recovering alcoholic and drug addict; ex-husband of Rebecca Harper.
  • Julia Walker, ex-wife of Tommy Walker; mother of Elizabeth; teacher.
  • Joe Whedon, ex-husband of Sarah Walker; father of Gabe, Paige and Cooper; music teacher.
  • Saul Holden, brother of Nora Walker; restaurant owner and former CFO of Ojai Foods; fiancé of Jonathan Byrold.
  • Holly Harper, ex-mistress of William Walker; mother of Rebecca; former chairwoman and CEO of Ojai Foods and actress; fiancée of David Caplan.
  • Rebecca Harper, daughter of Holly Harper; former advertising executive at Ojai Foods; ex-wife of Justin Walker.
  • Paige Whedon, daughter of Sarah Walker and Joe Whedon.
  • Cooper Whedon, son of Sarah Walker and Joe Whedon.
  • Robert McCallister, deceased husband of Kitty Walker; father of Sophie and Jack and adoptive father of Evan; former Senator of California; ex-husband of Courtney McCallister.
  • Scotty Wandell, husband of Kevin Walker; father of Daniel and adoptive father of Olivia; restaurant owner and head chef.
  • Ryan Lafferty, son of William Walker and Connie Lafferty; former employee at Ojai Foods.
  • Luc Laurent, husband of Sarah Walker; painter and former underwear model.

Cast members[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Actor Role Seasons
1 2 3 4 5
Ron Rifkin Saul Holden Main
Sally Field Nora Walker Main
Calista Flockhart Kitty McCallister Main
Rachel Griffiths Sarah Walker Main
Balthazar Getty Tommy Walker Main Guest
Matthew Rhys Kevin Walker Main
Dave Annable Justin Walker Main
Patricia Wettig Holly Harper Main
Emily VanCamp Rebecca Harper Main Guest
Rob Lowe Robert McCallister Recurring Main Does not appear
Luke Macfarlane Scotty Wandell Recurring Main
Kerris Dorsey Paige Whedon Main Recurring
Maxwell Perry Cotton Cooper Whedon Recurring Main Recurring
John Pyper-Ferguson Joe Whedon Main Recurring Does not appear
Sarah Jane Morris Julia Walker Main Guest Does not appear
Luke Grimes Ryan Lafferty Guest Main
Gilles Marini Luc Laurent Guest Main

Recurring cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedNielsen ratings[3][4]
First airedLast airedRankRating
123September 24, 2006 (2006-09-24)May 20, 2007 (2007-05-20)307.3
216September 30, 2007 (2007-09-30)May 11, 2008 (2008-05-11)227.6
324September 28, 2008 (2008-09-28)May 10, 2009 (2009-05-10)237.2
424September 27, 2009 (2009-09-27)May 16, 2010 (2010-05-16)237.0
522September 26, 2010 (2010-09-26)May 8, 2011 (2011-05-08)N/AN/A

Season 1 (2006–07)[edit]

Most of the season focuses on The Walkers dealing with the loss of William Walker and the secrets uncovered by his death, most notably the discovery of Holly Harper, a woman he had an affair with, and her daughter Rebecca. The season also introduces the audience to the lives of the Walker siblings who must deal with their jobs, turbulent love lives and each other.

Season 2 (2007–08)[edit]

The second season focused mainly on the romantic lives of the Walker siblings. As Kitty and Robert start planning their wedding, Kevin runs into Scotty (his lover from the first season) and they become a couple. Sarah must now deal with her divorce and being a single parent while Tommy and Julia go through serious issues after struggling with the loss of one of their twins. Nora begins a new romance with one of Robert's staff and, along with Rebecca, tries to help Justin regain his life after being injured in the war.

Season 3 (2008–09)[edit]

After the discovery that she is not, in fact, a Walker, Rebecca must deal with her new place in the family and her new relationship with Justin which could be in trouble with the appearance of Ryan—William's actual secret child. Kitty and Robert face problems in their marriage as they try to adopt a baby while Kevin and Scotty settle into married life. Nora decides she wants a career of her own after spending most of her life in the back seat and finds a new romance. With Holly becoming a major presence at Ojai. Saul and Sarah decide to quit leading to a new business venture for the eldest Walker sibling, while Tommy turns to drastic measures to take back the family business.

Season 4 (2009–10)[edit]

The show was renewed for a fourth season on April 23, 2009.[5] It premiered on September 27, 2009 on ABC.[6]

This season sees Kevin and Scotty decide to start a family while Kitty finds her family may be torn apart when she receives unexpected news that she has lymphoma, cancer of the lymph nodes. Sarah finds love with Luc, a man she met in France who traveled to America to be with her, but the dream doesn't seem to last in her real life. Justin is finding it hard to balance his engagement to Rebecca with his medical school studies, while Rebecca has troubles of her own. After not having their wedding Rebecca comes to find out she is now pregnant with Justin's baby but Rebecca ends up having a miscarriage which causes some more strain on their relationship. While her children go through difficult times Nora must try her hardest to get them through their troubles and Ryan causes trouble for the Walkers and Ojai by teaming up with a man from William's past. Will Holly's obsession with the secrets of Ojai ruin her relationship with David? The season ends with a horrific car crash that leaves Holly severely injured and the fate of Senator Robert McCallister unsure.

Season 5 (2010–11)[edit]

Brothers & Sisters was renewed for a fifth season on March 5, 2010.[7] It premiered on September 26, 2010 on ABC. The events of the fifth season begin one year after the season 4 finale.[8]

The season starts with Kitty holding on to Robert who has been in a coma since the accident when she is faced with the decision of whether or no to turn off his life support. Sarah considers selling the new land and water found in Ojai to start a new chapter with Luc. Kevin, who has become a low-paid pro-bono lawyer, and Scotty begin the adoption process after their surrogate, Michelle, appears to lose their baby. Saul bumps into an old flame, Jonathan, who now campaigns for a HIV+ charity, and reveals that it was Jonathan who infected Saul. Justin and Rebecca struggle to reconnect after his year abroad leaving her feeling abandoned and questioning her future. Meanwhile, Holly has developed long term memory loss after the accident and is struggling to remember her life and loved ones.[9]

Finally, Nora has become distant from her family whilst she searches for a new career and purpose when a unique job opportunity presents itself at a local radio station. Later in the season, Nora's first love, Nick Brody, returns with a revelation that could change the Walker family forever.

DVD releases[edit]

Season Episodes Title DVD release date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 23 The Complete First Season September 18, 2007[10] February 25, 2008[11] October 26, 2007[12]
2 16 The Complete Second Season September 23, 2008[13] March 16, 2009[14] October 28, 2008[15]
3 24 The Complete Third Season September 1, 2009[16] October 19, 2009[17] September 18, 2009[18]
4 24 The Complete Fourth Season August 31, 2010[19] October 11, 2010[20] September 24, 2010[21]
5 22 The Complete Fifth Season August 23, 2011[22] November 14, 2011[23] November 2, 2011[24]

Production[edit]

The series is from producer Ken Olin (star of thirtysomething and producer of Alias) and Jon Robin Baitz, one of Broadway's most prominent playwrights (The Substance of Fire). Noted producer Greg Berlanti was also an executive producer and "show-runner" during season one. Berlanti continues to serve on the series as executive producer. Mark B. Perry (The Wonder Years and One Tree Hill) served as the showrunner for twelve episodes before departing the show in the aftermath of the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. Perry was replaced by Monica Owusu-Breen and Alison Schapker who served as showrunners until they were replaced by David Marshall Grant shortly into season 4.

After the series pilot was shot, and the show was picked up by ABC, the series underwent some moderate changes. Most notably, three of the roles were recast:

  • The Walker family had originally been the March family, and the original matriarch of the show was Iva March, who'd been cast with veteran theater actress Betty Buckley. The role was ultimately renamed Nora and cast with Sally Field.
  • The character of Kevin had originally been named Bryan, and had been cast with actor Jonathan LaPaglia. Like the current Kevin character, the Bryan version of the character was also gay, but had been married, and was going through a divorce. The Bryan incarnation of the character also had a child, and he and his ex-wife were going through a custody battle. Bryan's child later reappeared during the first season as the show, where he was recast as "Gabe," Joe's child from his first marriage. The show has subsequently received positive press attention for its depiction of Kevin Walker, who came to be seen as a breakthrough in the depiction of gay men on television: he has had several love interests, has kissed his boyfriends on-screen, and had a commitment ceremony with his partner Scotty in the second season finale—the first such ceremony ever shown on American network television between series regulars rather than minor recurring or guest characters.[25]
  • The character of Jonathan, the man with whom Kitty was involved as the show began had originally been cast with writer and actor Dan Futterman. They had previously acted alongside each other as lovers in the film The Birdcage. The role was ultimately recast with actor Matthew Settle.

The more minor role of Cooper, Sarah and Joe's younger child, was also recast after the pilot episode.

Robert McCallister was the name of a character on a previous Greg Berlanti production, Jack & Bobby, about a boy who grew up to be the President of the United States. As with the Robert McCallister on Brothers & Sisters, the character on Jack & Bobby was a Republican who had a wife named Courtney and a son named Jack.

Brothers & Sisters is produced by Berlanti Television, After Portsmouth, and Touchstone Television (Fall 2006–Spring 2007), which is now ABC Studios (Fall 2007–2011).

On May 13, 2011, ABC announced the series of Brothers & Sisters had been canceled after five seasons.[26]

Syndication[edit]

Brothers & Sisters aired on SOAPnet weekdays and also aired local syndication on weekends only until 2012.

Location[edit]

Brothers & Sisters was filmed in the Greater Los Angeles area including: Los Angeles, Santa Monica, South Pasadena, Pasadena, and other locations.

Critical reception[edit]

Brothers & Sisters's first season received mixed to positive reviews from critics but positive reviews from fans. However, the reviews became warm and earned acclaim even from critics.

Ratings[edit]

U.S. ratings[edit]

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Brothers & Sisters on ABC:

Season Timeslot (EDT) Season premiere Season finale TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Viewers High
(in millions)
Viewers Low
(in millions)
18–49 Average 18–49 High 18–49 Low
1
Sunday 10:00 PM
September 24, 2006 May 20, 2007 2006–2007 #37 11.0[27] 16.10 9.13 4.67[28] 6.2 3.4
2 September 30, 2007 May 11, 2008 2007–2008 #38 10.7[29] 13.26 8.50 4.22[28] 5.1 3.0
3 September 28, 2008 May 10, 2009 2008–2009 #33[30] 10.7[30] 12.35 8.84 3.47[28] 4.8 2.8
4 September 27, 2009 May 16, 2010 2009–2010 #34[31] 10.4[31] 10.78 7.65 2.85[28] 3.7 2.2
5 September 26, 2010 May 8, 2011 2010–2011 #52 8.2[32] 9.47 5.70 2.60 3.0 1.6

Accolades[edit]

Awards and nominations for Brothers & Sisters
Year Award Title Recipient Result
2007 Australian Film Institute Award Best International Actress Rachel Griffiths Nominated
Casting Society of America Award Best Dramatic Episodic Casting Gillian O'Neil, Jeanie Bacharach Nominated
Best Dramatic Pilot Casting Gillian O'Neil, Jeanie Bacharach Won
Emmy Award Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series Gillian O'Neil, Jeanie Bacharach Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Sally Field Won
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Rachel Griffiths Nominated
Gold Derby TV Award Best Actress in a Drama Series Sally Field Won
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Rachel Griffiths Nominated
GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Drama Series Won
Peoples Choice Award Favourite New TV Drama Nominated
Satellite Award Best Actress in a Drama Series Sally Field Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie Rachel Griffiths Nominated
Best Drama Series Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Family TV Drama Series Nominated
2008 Australian Film Institute Award Best International Actress Rachel Griffiths Nominated
Casting Society of America Award Best Dramatic Episodic Casting Gillian O'Neil Nominated
Emmy Award Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series Gillian O'Neil, Jeanie Bacharach Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Sally Field Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Rachel Griffiths Nominated
Gold Derby TV Award Best Actress in a Drama Series Sally Field Nominated
Best Actress in a Drama Series Calista Flockhart Nominated
Best Drama Series Nominated
Best Ensemble of the Year Nominated
Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series Danny Glover Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Matthew Rhys Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Rachel Griffiths Nominated
GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Drama Series Won
Golden Globe Award Best Actress in a Television Drama Series Sally Field Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television Rachel Griffiths Nominated
Prism Award Best Performance in a Drama Series Dave Annable Won
Best Performance in a Drama Series Sally Field Won
Satellite Award Best Actress in a Drama Series Sally Field Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Sally Field Nominated
2009 Emmy Award Lead Actress in a Drama Series Sally Field Nominated
Gold Derby TV Award Best Actress in a Drama Series Calista Flockhart Nominated
GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Drama Series Won
Golden Globe Award Best Actress in a Drama Series Sally Field Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie Rachel Griffiths Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Sally Field Won
2010 GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Drama Series Won

References[edit]

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