Sisters (American TV series)
This article needs additional citations for verification. (February 2021)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||128|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||May 11, 1991 –|
May 4, 1996
Sisters is an American family drama television series that aired on NBC for six seasons from May 11, 1991 to May 4, 1996. The series was created by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, who were also the executive producers and showrunners. The show debuted on May 11, 1991 for a seven-episode test run and was subsequently renewed for the 1991 fall schedule.
Sisters focused on four very different sisters living in Winnetka, Illinois. Their recently deceased father, Thomas Reed, a doctor, had been absent and a workaholic, while their long-suffering mother, Beatrice, turned to alcoholism to cope with his neglect and affairs. Having always wanted sons, their father had called the girls by male versions of their full names: Alexandra was called Alex; Theodora, Teddy; Georgiana, Georgie; and Francesca, Frankie.
For the first two seasons, each episode began with the sisters' weekly ritual of chatting in a steam bath together, but switched to a more traditional opening sequence beginning with the 1992–1993 season: glossy, black-and-white filmed scenes of the sisters engaging in various activities during both their childhood and adult years. Initially, the only soundtrack used for the opening was the sounds of the characters, but in the fall of 1993 a piano solo composed by John Debney was added as theme music.
Most episodes of the show featured a number of flashbacks, in which the characters would interact with or simply observe their younger selves (played by younger actresses). Although the show was a drama with soap opera–style storylines, the show was also quirky and offbeat in the style of other shows at the time like CBS's Northern Exposure.
One year after her husband's death, Beatrice reluctantly sold the family home to move into a seniors' condominium building. Depressed, Beatrice relapses on alcohol and is arrested for driving under the influence. Teddy comes back into town from California to discover her ex-husband Mitch is dating her younger sister Frankie. Alex believes her husband Wade is cheating on her, but instead discovers he is a crossdresser. Bea goes to court for her DUI charge; the judge on her case, Truman Ventner, is an acquaintance of hers who also happens to live in her building. Teddy pursues Mitch and although he resists her, they eventually spend a night together; shortly afterward Mitch and Frankie (who is unaware of the encounter) announce their engagement and plan a quick wedding. Teddy breaks up their wedding drunk with a shotgun; Frankie decides not to reschedule the wedding and she and Mitch stop seeing each other. Ashamed of how her behavior is affecting the family and especially her daughter Cat, Teddy leaves Cat with Mitch and announces she will return to California alone. Georgie's son Evan is diagnosed with leukemia, and Teddy decides to stay in Winnetka.
Georgie attempts to balance her needs with Evan's during his treatment. Alex discovers Wade has been cheating on her for six months with a former patient, and she and Wade divorce. Reed (Ashley Judd) reacts by rebelling and dropping out of school. Frankie makes a financial investment in Mitch's fish market; while filing paperwork at City Hall, they decide to elope. Teddy discovers she is pregnant with Mitch's baby following their earlier brief encounter; she tells the family that she became pregnant after a one-night stand. Mitch eventually finds out the truth, but Frankie never does. Truman and Beatrice begin a relationship. Teddy begins a job doing window dressing at a fashion boutique, then suffers a miscarriage. Alex begins dating her plumber, Victor, while Wade tries to win her back. After Evan's favorite teacher is dismissed for being HIV-positive, Georgie runs for the school board, but narrowly loses. Teddy is let go from the fashion boutique, embarks on a brief career as a "Wonderful You" makeup saleslady, and begins her clothing design career when during an (unsuccessful) makeup sales party, Alex's socialite friends notice Teddy's hand-painted blouse and demand to order blouses of their own. Alex and Wade decide to reconcile. Frankie discovers she cannot carry a child; following a failed adoption, she asks Georgie to be a surrogate mother for her baby.
Alex plans an elaborate ceremony and reception at her house for Truman and Beatrice's wedding, but they decide to elope; Reed and Kirby (Paul Rudd) are married there instead. Georgie gives birth to Frankie's son Thomas George after a car accident; Georgie has difficulty seeing him as her sister's child. Alex and Teddy feud due to Alex's jealousy of Teddy's newfound success as a clothing designer. Simon Bolt (Mark Frankel) invests in Teddy's fashion design company but later sells it to a Texan investor without consulting Teddy. Teddy walks away from her company when the new owner does not respect her artistic vision. A Hollywood producer makes a TV movie of the family's surrogacy story. Alex is diagnosed with breast cancer, which leads her to doing a standup comedy act about her cancer experience. Frankie and Mitch divorce and spar over custody of Thomas George.
Cat is attacked and raped by a college acquaintance; James Falconer (George Clooney) is assigned to investigate the case. He is able to help Cat remember her attacker, Kyle, and he is arrested. However the prosecution cannot prove its case and Kyle is found not guilty only to be shot and killed on the courthouse steps by a previous victim. Frankie quits her executive job and buys the Sweet Sixteen diner. Teddy and Falconer run into each other at an AA meeting and begin dating. Trevor rebels and is sent to boarding school, then runs away from the school and disappears. Georgie falls into a depression about her perceived failure as a parent and considers suicide, but decides against it and asks for help. Truman is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and initially refuses to tell Beatrice. The stress of Trevor's disappearance leads Georgie and John to separate. Alex gets her own talk show with a lesbian producer named Norma (Nora Dunn). Alex meets Big Al (Robert Klein) when he agrees to sponsor her talk show; she initially dislikes him but they soon begin dating. A fifth sister, Charlotte Bennett (Jo Anderson), is introduced. Charlotte is a cancer patient who needs a bone marrow donation from a relative. Although none of the sisters are a match, she receives the bone marrow from an unrelated donor. Keeping the customary manner in which her half-sisters go by male versions of their full names, Charley is brought into the family and welcomed, primarily through Frankie's effort and determination. Alex and Big Al marry; on their wedding night he is arrested for tax evasion. Georgie and John reunite after realizing they cannot control what happens to Trevor. Reed returns for a visit and gives birth to Halsey. Trevor finally returns from the streets when Winnetka is hit by a tornado, and Falconer and Teddy marry on a plane that is caught in the storm.
Falconer is killed. His murder was ordered by a criminal he was about to testify against in court. Georgie begins seeing a new therapist, Dr. Caspian (Daniel Gerroll), who manipulates her into believing she had been molested by her father. Frankie inherits a boxer, Lucky (John Wesley Shipp), from a former client, and eventually begins a relationship with him. A viewer with terminal cancer asks Alex to take care of her daughter, Roxie (Kathryn Zaremba); Alex wants to adopt the little girl, but her father returns and they move away together. Unable to cope with Falconer's death, Teddy relapses with alcohol. Big Al is released from prison early and runs for mayor. Teddy shows up drunk to his election night victory party and hits Evan on his bicycle with her car; she leaves to enter rehab. Truman gives Alex a videotaped message asking her to help him end his life once his Alzheimer's has advanced. Dr. Caspian and Georgie begin an affair during her therapy sessions; Georgie leaves John, believing Dr. Caspian loves her, but Dr. Caspian ignores her and claims she has misinterpreted their "work" together. Georgie realizes she has been manipulated, but has no evidence to get the psychological board to revoke his license. Charley begins therapy with Dr. Caspian and eventually manages to record him behaving inappropriately toward her during their sessions. Norma fires Alex from her talk show for talking about AIDS against the network's wishes. Frankie accidentally creates Cowlotta, a large pink cow character that children love, and is asked to move to Japan to manage the character. Alex helps Truman end his life; she is arrested, but avoids prison when a terminally ill judge recuses himself from her case. Teddy has an affair with Daniel Albright (Gregory Harrison), the man who had Falconer killed, in an attempt to gather evidence that will send him to jail. With Lucky's help, she succeeds and Albright is arrested. Alex and Norma run a pledge drive for the local PBS station and are asked to create a new version of Alex's talk show. Bea is depressed following Truman's death; Charley offers her a job working as a receptionist in her free clinic. Teddy meets Jack Chambers (Philip Casnoff), the man who received Falconer's transplanted heart, and strikes up a brief relationship with him.
Now divorced from John, Georgie goes to graduate school in psychology. She begins a relationship with Brian (Joe Flanigan), a 24-year-old student in her classes who was very standoffish to her at first. Teddy and Cat are carjacked; Cat meets police officer Billy Griffin (Eric Close) when reporting the crime. Later, Teddy is accidentally shot in the head with the gun she bought for protection. She falls into a coma, but Alex convinces brilliant neurosurgeon Dr. Gabriel Sorenson (Stephen Collins) to operate and save her life. Teddy eventually begins a relationship with Sorenson, and Cat decides to enter the police academy. Charley (now played by Sheila Kelley) becomes a foster parent to Jesse (Sean Nelson), the son of a woman who died at her free clinic. She also begins dating her colleague Dr. Wes Hayes (Michael Whaley), though he is initially resistant to an interracial relationship. Reed (now played by Noelle Parker) returns to town after divorcing Kirby and losing custody of her daughter Halsey, and ends up running a high-priced call-girl ring. Alex turns crucial evidence over to the police and Reed is sentenced to community service. Teddy and Gabe decide to marry, but their wedding is interrupted when a heart donor is found for Big Al; Teddy and Gabe finally marry at the hospital just before Big Al is taken into surgery. Charley decides to adopt Jesse, and plans to quickly marry Wes because two parents make a more appealing adoptive family; however, Charley eventually realizes Jesse should instead be adopted by the family that had already adopted his brother. Charley and Wes marry anyway. Alex's talk show is canceled again and she decides to take an extended trip to help flooding victims in Tennessee. In the final episode, Georgie's college thesis about her sisters deeply angers Alex and Charley, though Teddy finds it amusing. The sisters must put aside their differences when Beatrice has a major stroke. Shortly before Beatrice dies Frankie returns from Japan and clashes with Charley. Later, Frankie announces she wants to move back home to Winnetka. Georgie sees John at Bea's memorial service and realizes she misses him; shortly afterward, she breaks up with Brian. The sisters scatter their mother's ashes on the rosebushes she named after them. Teddy announces she is pregnant with a daughter, who she plans to name Beatrice Rose. Georgie and John discuss reconciling and share an embrace. Finally, Alex assumes the role of family matriarch.
- Alexandra "Alex" Reed Halsey Barker (Swoosie Kurtz): Eldest sister Alex was wealthy and somewhat superficial, but remained protective and close to her sisters. Her first marriage to wealthy, cross-dressing plastic surgeon Wade Halsey (David Dukes) ended following his infidelity. Alex's experience with breast cancer eventually led to a career as a talk show host, where she met and married "Big Al" Barker (Robert Klein), an outlandish but likeable home appliance retailer who sponsored her talk show as "The Prince of Pricetown". She often clashed with her rebellious daughter Reed (Ashley Judd). Alex is the only character to appear in every episode of the series.
- Theodora "Teddy" Reed Margolis Falconer Sorenson (Sela Ward): Free-spirited second sister Teddy was a recovering alcoholic who had been living in California prior to the beginning of the series. Upon her return to Winnetka, Teddy reacted poorly when she learned her ex-husband Mitch (Ed Marinaro) was in a relationship with her sister Frankie, and openly pursued Mitch even though he and Frankie were engaged. In the aftermath of her behavior at Frankie and Mitch's wedding, Teddy seemed ashamed of herself, and in the next season of the show, she stopped drinking and stopped pursuing Mitch. Teddy had been an artist as a teenager and during the series launched a career as a fashion designer, which led to a relationship with British millionaire Simon Bolt (Mark Frankel) who purchased and eventually sold her fashion company (then named "Theodora Reed"; Teddy then opened a new fashion company under the name "Teddy Reed," only to be ousted by her shareholders in season six and reopen yet again under the name T.R.). Teddy and Mitch had a teenage daughter, Cat (Heather McAdam). When Cat was raped at college, Teddy met James Falconer (George Clooney), the detective who investigated the rape; he was killed shortly after their marriage. In the final season, Teddy married neurosurgeon Dr. Gabriel Sorenson (Stephen Collins) and became pregnant with a daughter.
- Georgiana "Georgie" Reed Whitsig (Patricia Kalember): The third and most level-headed and responsible sister, Georgie was a stay-at-home mom and off-and-on real estate agent. She was the most trusted confidant of her sisters. On the surface, she had an ideal domestic life with a loving if eccentric husband John (Garrett M. Brown) and two sons, Trevor (Ryan Francis) and Evan (Dustin Berkovitz). After Evan successfully battled leukemia, Georgie decided to repay the blessing by acting as surrogate mother for her sister Frankie's child Thomas George. Georgie experienced a major crisis when her son Trevor rebelled; he was eventually sent away to a school for troubled teens. Georgie felt she was a failure as a parent and considered suicide, but abandoned the idea after realizing how deeply the rest of her family would feel such a loss. Trevor eventually returned to his family, genuinely remorseful for all the harm he had done and eventually decides to enroll in the military. In the next season, Georgie sought professional help, only to fall under the spell of a corrupt therapist (played by Kalember's real-life husband, Daniel Gerroll). He manipulated Georgie into an affair, which eventually resulted in her divorce from John. During the last season Georgie attended graduate school in psychology, where she met Brian, a younger man who she dated through the season. In the series finale, it was implied that Georgie and John might reconcile.
- Francesca "Frankie" Reed Margolis (Julianne Phillips) (seasons 1–5, special guest star in season 6): Youngest sister Frankie was a workaholic businesswoman. She married her sister Teddy's ex-husband Mitch, and after discovering she suffered from infertility, asked her sister Georgie to act as a surrogate mother for her child Thomas George. She was also very devoted to her career, which put a strain on her relationship with Mitch and eventually resulted in their divorce. Following their divorce, Frankie quit her executive job and became the owner of the Sweet Sixteen, the sisters' favorite local diner. In the fifth season, Phillips left the show and the Frankie character moved to Japan for work, although she did return for the two-hour series finale.
- Dr. Charlotte "Charley" Bennett Hayes (Jo Anderson: recurring, seasons 4–5; Sheila Kelley: main, season 6): During the fourth season, the sisters discovered a fifth sister, the love child of an affair their father had had with another woman. This fifth sister, Charley Bennett, was played initially by Jo Anderson on a recurring basis and then by Sheila Kelley, who received starring status in the final season. Charley was integrated into the story lines as Frankie was phased out, as Julianne Phillips had decided to leave the show. Charley had spent her childhood in foster homes and was initially somewhat cold towards her newfound sisters, but eventually came to accept them into her life. Charley was a doctor who worked in a free health care clinic with her colleague and eventual husband Dr. Wes Hayes. During the final season, Charley took in an orphaned teenager named Jesse and intended to adopt him, but ultimately did not complete the adoption because she realized Jesse should go with his brother who had been adopted by another family.
- Beatrice Reed Ventner (Elizabeth Hoffman): Beatrice, the sisters' mother and the family matriarch, was a recovering alcoholic who at the start of the series had been recently widowed. Her husband's long-term affair with his nurse had caused her to seek solace in alcohol; she regretted that Teddy had apparently inherited her alcoholism. In the third season she married retired local judge Truman Ventner, who later suffered from Alzheimer's. Beatrice died in the series finale.
- John Whitsig (Garrett M. Brown: seasons 1–5, special guest star in season 6): Georgie's husband John was the most prominently featured of all the sisters' husbands. At the beginning of the series John had been laid off and spent much of his time at home in his bathrobe singing old vocal standards. He recorded an album, "The Sound of Whitsig," but when his son Evan was diagnosed with leukemia, John returned to work as an accountant. Brown received starring status for the first five seasons. During season 5, Georgie and John separated in the wake of her affair with Dr. Caspian, and he did not return as a regular for the final season, though while offscreen John wrote a hit song, "Thank You, Babe, For Leavin' Me," which caused Georgie much consternation. John did return in the series finale, and it appeared that he and Georgie might reconcile.
- Mitch Margolis (Ed Marinaro: seasons 1–4): Mitch was Teddy's high school sweetheart and first husband. Together they had a daughter, Cat, but eventually Teddy and Mitch divorced. Later he started seeing her younger sister Frankie, which caused tension between the sisters. Mitch and Frankie eventually married and had a son, though they too ultimately divorced. Marinaro received starring status for the first four seasons, but did not make any appearances in seasons 5 and 6, though his character was mentioned on several occasions.
- Catherine "Cat" Margolis (Heather McAdam: recurring, seasons 1–5; main, season 6): The daughter of Teddy and Mitch, Cat was the most prominently featured of all the sisters' children, appearing frequently throughout all the seasons. Cat was featured in a controversial storyline where she was raped. Eventually, as a result of this experience, she decided to become a cop. While training, she met her partner Billy, who she eventually fell in love with. During the final season McAdam received starring status, something none of the other children of the sisters had during the show's run.
- Dr. Wade Halsey (David Dukes: seasons 1–3): Dr. Wade Halsey was Alex's first husband and the father of their daughter Reed. Wade was a successful plastic surgeon who resented that Alex needed everything in her life to be perfect, including him. During the first season, Alex suspected Wade was cheating on her when she discovered lingerie receipts and hotel room charges on their credit card, but when she confronted him, she discovered he was actually a crossdresser. In the second season it was revealed that Wade actually had been cheating on Alex with a former patient, and they divorced. Wade decided he wanted Alex back and they reconciled toward the end of the second season, but during the third season when Alex expected him to propose remarriage, Wade announced he was marrying a different woman. Wade's character did not appear after the third season.
- Reed Halsey Philby (Kathy Wagner: season 1; Ashley Judd: seasons 2–4; Noelle Parker: season 6): Alex and Wade's daughter Reed appeared on and off throughout the show's run and was played by three different actresses. Kathy Wagner originated the role of Reed in season one; Ashley Judd took over the role in fall 1991, playing Reed in seasons 2–4. Judd left the show in 1994 to focus on her film career after winning critical acclaim for the film Ruby in Paradise. Reed was absent for season 5, and the character returned in season 6, portrayed by Noelle Parker. Reed rebelled against her parents by dropping out of school, and later eloped with aspiring filmmaker Kirby Philby (Paul Rudd). They had a daughter, Halsey, at the end of season 4. By the final season Reed had divorced Kirby, lost custody of her daughter, and moved back to Winnetka where she eventually came to run a high-priced call girl ring. After being arrested and sentenced to community service, Reed finally seemed to abandon her rebellious ways.
- Truman Ventner (Philip Sterling: seasons 1–5): Beatrice's second husband Truman was a judge, and an acquaintance of Beatrice's because her first husband occasionally testified in medical trials. They became reacquainted when Beatrice was arrested for driving under the influence and Truman was assigned to her case. Beatrice and Truman eloped in the third-season premiere. Truman was later diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease; once the disease had progressed, he asked Alex to assist him in taking his own life.
- Victor Runkel (David Gianopoulos: season 2): Victor was Alex's plumber who she dated after divorcing her husband. Victor was actually an heir of the wealthy van Runkel family, but had grown up an orphan and decided to make his own way in life by becoming a plumber. His access to family money, however, allowed him to pay off Alex's mortgage without her knowledge, though Alex was eventually able to discover he was her benefactor. Victor left Winnetka to live in France to tend to his ailing uncle and take over managing the family fortune.
- Kirby Philby (Paul Rudd: seasons 3–4, 6): Alex's daughter Reed eloped with Kirby, an aspiring filmmaker, and together they had a daughter, Halsey. Kirby eventually realized he could not support his family as a filmmaker and decided to settle down in Bemidji, Minnesota and manage a video store. Reed could not accept this change in their circumstances and divorced Kirby; he received full custody of their daughter. Reed initially told Alex that Kirby had left her and kidnapped their daughter, but Alex tracked him down and learned the truth.
- Simon Bolt (Mark Frankel: seasons 3–4): Simon was a wealthy British investor who transformed Teddy's fashion design business from a small home operation to a large design company. Simon and Teddy dated during the third season, but broke up when he sold her company to a Texan investor without consulting Teddy. Later, Simon returned, claiming to have seen the error of his ways, and proposed to Teddy; she accepted, only to turn him down shortly thereafter when he again made plans for their married life without consulting her. During the fourth season, Simon faked his own death in a sailing accident; he had actually embezzled a sizable amount of money from a European company, which he claimed was necessary to protect the workers' pensions. He turned up on Teddy's doorstep, only to find her with Falconer; Falconer in turn discovered Simon was a wanted man and notified Scotland Yard. However, instead of handing him over to Scotland Yard, Falconer ultimately let Simon escape.
- Detective James Falconer (George Clooney: seasons 4–5): Detective Falconer met Teddy when he investigated the rape of her daughter Cat. They began dating after running into each other at an AA meeting, thus discovering they were both recovering alcoholics. Falconer had been married before, but his marriage ended after his six-year-old son accidentally killed himself using Falconer's service revolver; Falconer could not forgive himself for his son's death. Teddy and Falconer married, and shortly afterward he was killed by a car bomb set by a criminal he was planning to testify against in court.
- Norma Lear (Nora Dunn: seasons 4–6): Former Saturday Night Live cast member Nora Dunn portrayed Alex's TV producer Norma Lear (a clear play on the name of famous real-life TV producer Norman Lear). She and Alex initially did not get along, but eventually became great friends. Norma was a lesbian (though her partner Chris never appeared onscreen), and in season five Alex's husband Big Al donated sperm to her so that she and her partner could have a baby.
- Alvin "Big Al" Barker Barkowitz (Robert Klein: seasons 4–6): Big Al was the owner of Pricetown, a home goods and appliance store that sponsored Alex's talk show. Alex disliked him at first, as did much of her family, but eventually she fell in love with him and he became her second husband. Big Al served time in prison for tax evasion, which he blamed on his accountant; he was released from prison early for saving the governor's wife from drowning in the prison pool. He subsequently ran for mayor of Winnetka and won. In the sixth season Big Al decided to embrace his Jewish heritage and reverted to his family surname, Barkowitz.
- Dr. Wes Hayes (Michael Whaley: seasons 5–6): Wes served as director of the free health clinic where he and Charley both worked. He and Charley were attracted to each other, but Wes was uncomfortable having a relationship with a white woman. He eventually began a relationship with Charley after she convinced him to turn down an offer to open another free clinic in Detroit. At the end of season six, he and Charley married.
- Dr. Gabriel Sorenson (Stephen Collins: season 6): Dr. Sorenson was Teddy's neurosurgeon, then love interest and eventual husband during the show's final season. He had been married three times before marrying Teddy and had a daughter, Melissa, who was attending medical school in Boston. Sorenson was a brilliant doctor and received a presidential nomination for health czar, but turned down the appointment after government officials asked Teddy to stay away from Washington due to her checkered past.
- Brian Kohler-Voss (Joe Flanigan: season 6): Georgie's much-younger lover was a graduate student she met after returning to school following her divorce from John. Brian was the son of a famous psychologist who was following in his father's footsteps. Georgie eventually broke it off with Brian when she realized she missed John.
- Billy Griffin (Eric Close: season 6): Billy was Cat's police partner and eventual love interest. He had a difficult relationship with his father, an ex-con who claimed to have mended his ways but ultimately stole money from Bea.
Notable guest stars
Many well-known TV stars guest starred on the show- including Gregory Harrison (5 episodes), Charlotte Rae (3 episodes), and William Katt (2 episodes). Diane Ladd and Joyce Van Patten both guest starred as Belle, Charley's mom. Real-life sisters Audrey Meadows and Jayne Meadows played sisters on the show. Other guest stars included Darren McGavin, Denise Crosby, Ilene Graff, Christina Pickles, Dorothy Lyman, Gloria Henry, Carrie Snodgress, Deborah Harmon, and Elayne Boosler.
Patricia Kalember's real-life husband Daniel Gerroll guest starred as her predatory therapist for 11 episodes in season 5. Also Naomi Judd guest starred in the episode that marked her real-life daughter Ashley's final appearance as Reed.
Season 1 (1991)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||1||"Moving In, Moving Out, Moving On"||Robert Butler||Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman||May 11, 1991|
|Winnetka, Illinois. One year after the death of their father from a long battle with cancer, the four very different sisters of the Reed family try to put aside their personal differences and help their widowed, alcoholic mother, Beatrice, sell her house. Alex, the eldest of the sisters, is a wealthy and snobbish, WASP wife of Wade Halsey, a plastic surgeon, with a teenage daughter, Reed, and is too self-involved with her perfect life to notice anything else, until she's forced to bail out her own mother from jail when she's arrested for drunk driving. Georgie is a real estate agent who takes over as the matriarch of the family to support it and her two sons, Trevor and Evan, when her flaky, unemployed husband, John Whitsig, confides himself to their house and singing karaoke in his bathrobe after suffering a nervous breakdown since losing his job. Teddy, the second oldest of the sisters, is a free-spirited drifter and artist who arrives in town after years of living on the road with her teenage daughter Cat and tries to win back her ex-husband Mitch Margolis, a fish store owner, whom is now romantically involved with the youngest sister Frankie, an ambitious marketing analyst living in nearby Chicago.|
|2||2||"80%"||Robert Butler||Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman||May 18, 1991|
|Alex, on the eve of her 15th wedding anniversary party with Wade, realizes that her idyllic marriage may be falling apart when she finds out that he is a cross dresser. Meanwhile, Teddy continues to try to win back her ex-husband Mitch, who will not give in to her pleads for a renewed commitment.|
|3||3||"A Thousand Sprinkles"||Steven Robman||Eric Overmyer & Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman||May 25, 1991|
|Teddy looking for work, asks Frankie to give her a job at her office as an intern, which only heats up tensions between them over Teddy's continuing ploy to win back Mitch, and Frankie trying to steal the affection of Cat by giving her expensive gifts. Meanwhile, Alex and Wade join a counsel group for cross-dressing husbands much to his anger when he feels that their marital problems be kept private. Georgie tries to find psychiatric help for John while he continues to sulk around the house and sing to himself. Elsewhere, Beatrice meets Judge Truman Ventner after she is indicted for drunk driving and shortly afterward, beings a relationship with him.|
|4||4||"Devoted Husband, Loving Father"||Jan Eliasberg||Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman||June 1, 1991|
|Frankie, probing into their dead father's past, finds some disturbing secrets she never knew which hints of an extra marital affair he had with one of Beatrice's friends. Meanwhile, Georgie wrestles with temptation when she considers romance with an old college boyfriend when he comes into town, while John decides to pursue a singing career.|
|5||5||"Of Mice and Women"||James A. Contner||Diana Gould||June 8, 1991|
|Georgie, trying to get a raise and a promotion at the reality office, invites her boss over at her house for dinner, which nearly turns disastrous due to Trevor and Evan's problems, and everyone else crashing the event to dump their problems on Georgie. Meanwhile, Alex begins to realize that her financial situation is more in trouble then she thought when all her credit cards are rejected, and she meets a repo man who repossesses her car for non-payments, and at this point, she finally realizes that Wade had invested all of their wealth in a stock that failed. Mitch phones a party-line where he confides his problems about his problems with Frankie, unaware that it is Teddy, now employed as a phone operator. Also, John hires a film crew to rent out the house to record his songs for a cable TV commercial.|
|6||6||"Deja Vu All Over Again"||Arlene Sanford||Eric Overmyer||June 15, 1991|
|Frankie and Mitch announce their engagement to everyone and decide to get married quickly, and Alex is more than happy to hold the wedding at her house. But Teddy is the only one not happy, and after falling off the wagon, she crashes the exchange of vows with a shotgun she stole from Alex and gives the new meaning to the term: "shotgun wedding. While the family members talk to the camera about Frankie and Mitch, Alex gets stuck with some unexpected bills after Wade skips town to escape from bill collectors.|
|7||7||"Some Tuesday in July"||Anita W. Addison||Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman||June 22, 1991|
|With Cat angry and alienated at her for falling of the wagon, Teddy decides that Cat is better off living with Mitch while she thinks about leaving town again. Alex tries to get Reed the lead part in her high school play of 'Romeo and Juliet' despite the fact that Reed cannot act and cannot remember her lines. Meanwhile, Georgie's youngest son Evan, is hospitalized for leukemia. The grim turn of events begin to push Georgie to her breaking point, but it also brings John to his senses when he finally sees the seriousness of his life which brings him out of his near-catatonic state to take a job offer and give support to his family again.|
Season 2 (1991–92)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|8||1||"One to Grow On"||Steven Robman||Christopher Keyser & Amy Lippman||September 21, 1991|
|9||2||"The Picture of Perfection"||Sandy Smolan||Cathryn Michon||September 28, 1991|
|10||3||"Strikes and Spares"||Steven Robman||Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon||October 5, 1991|
|11||4||"Living Arrangements"||Sandy Smolan||Cynthia Saunders||October 12, 1991|
|12||5||"A Kiss is Still a Kiss"||Deborah Reinisch||Christopher Keyser & Amy Lippman||October 19, 1991|
|13||6||"Freedom's Just Another Word"||Christopher Hibler||Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman||November 2, 1991|
|14||7||"The Family Way"||Fred Gerber||Christopher Keyser & Amy Lippman||November 9, 1991|
|15||8||"The Kindness of Strangers"||Jan Eliasberg||Richard Gollance||November 16, 1991|
|16||9||"Georgie Through the Looking Glass"||Lorraine Senna Ferrera||Richard Greenberg||November 23, 1991|
|17||10||"Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back"||James A. Contner||Jeff Baron||December 14, 1991|
|18||11||"Eggnog"||Kevin Inch||Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman||December 21, 1991|
|On Christmas Eve, Georgie attempts to infect the family with Christmas cheer, but Bea's contaminated eggnog infects them with food poisoning. Alex attempts to get out of the family Christmas and go on a vacation to Mexico with Victor. Frankie and Mitch come to blows over Mitch's attention to Teddy over her recent miscarriage. Meanwhile, Teddy receives an emotional boost when she begins having conversations with the ghost of Charles Dickens (Tony Jay) over what to do with her life. Also, Trevor, Evan, and Cat rent a series of horror movies ("Santacide") with a Christmas theme.|
|19||12||"Good Help is Hard to Find"||James A. Contner||Jeffrey Stepakoff||January 11, 1992|
|Georgie finds her voice when she comes to the defense of Evan's HIV-positive teacher (Raphael Sbarge), who the school wants to fire. Alex tries to stop the deportation of her Guatemalan maid (Shelley Morrison), and Frankie reluctantly helps Mitch and Teddy with their tax audit.|
|20||13||"Troubled Waters"||Jan Eliasberg||Amy Lippman & Christopher Keyser||January 18, 1992|
|Alex has to decide between going with ex-husband Wade or new boyfriend Victor to an awards show. Mitch tries to convince Frankie to go on a fishing trip. Teddy has difficulty deciding on a car.|
|21||14||"Working Girls"||Steven Robman||Gardner Stern||January 25, 1992|
|Frankie is faced with a difficult choice when the man who harassed her at work has started to harass a new coworker (Heidi Swedberg). Teddy is fired from her job as a window dresser, and decides to start selling cosmetics door-to-door. Bea and Truman announce their plans to move in together, but find it hard to make compromises.|
|22||15||"Tippecanoe and Georgie Too!"||Kevin Inch||Abraham Tetenbaum||February 8, 1992|
|Georgie announces her candidacy for the Local School Board. However, she has second thoughts when a campaign consultant (Nicholas Pryor) starts to alienate her from her family. Alex and Wade interview a private school for Reed. Frankie and Mitch try to sell a stove that they think is worthless.|
|23||16||"The Four Elements"||James A. Contner||Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman & Michael Filerman||February 15, 1992|
|24||17||"A Matter of Life and Death"||Gwen Arner||Thomas Babe||February 22, 1992|
|25||18||"The First Time"||Jan Eliasberg||Story by : Christopher Keyser & Amy Lippman|
Teleplay by : Daniel Lipman & Jeffrey Stepakoff
|February 29, 1992|
|26||19||"Empty Rooms"||Fred Gerber||Jeff Baron||April 11, 1992|
|27||20||"Heart and Soul"||David Carson||Christopher Keyser & Amy Lippman||April 18, 1992|
|28||21||"Pandora's Box"||Fred Gerber||Jeffrey Stepakoff||April 25, 1992|
|29||22||"Not in a Million Years"||Kevin Inch||Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman||May 2, 1992|
Season 3 (1992–93)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|30||1||"Sunstroke"||James A. Contner||Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman||September 26, 1992|
|31||2||"The Bottom Line"||Steve Robman||Kimberly Costello||October 3, 1992|
|32||3||"A Promise Kept"||TBA||TBA||October 10, 1992|
|33||4||"And God Laughs"||Steve Robman||Christopher Keyser & Amy Lippman||October 17, 1992|
|34||5||"Sins of the Mothers"||TBA||TBA||October 24, 1992|
|35||6||"Lost Souls"||TBA||TBA||October 31, 1992|
|36||7||"Accidents Will Happen"||Kevin Inch||Lisa Melamed||November 7, 1992|
|37||8||"Crash and Born"||Nancy Malone||Christopher Keyser & Amy Lippman||November 14, 1992|
|38||9||"The Best Seats in the House"||Michael Engler||Story by : Christopher Keyser & Amy Lippman|
Teleplay by : Kimberly Costello & Lisa Melamed
|November 21, 1992|
|39||10||"Rivals"||James A. Contner||Hugh O'Neill||December 5, 1992|
|40||11||"Portrait of the Artists"||Michael Lange||Lisa Melamed||December 12, 1992|
|41||12||"Teach Your Children Well"||Gwen Arner||Christopher Keyser & Amy Lippman||December 19, 1992|
|42||13||"All That Glitters"||Barbara Amato||Kimberly Costello||January 9, 1993|
|43||14||"Crimes and Ms. Demeanors"||Gwen Arner||Janet Himelstein & P.K. Knelman||January 16, 1993|
|44||15||"The Whole Truth"||Jan Eliasberg||Ruth Wolff||January 23, 1993|
|45||16||"Things Are Tough All Over"||Harry Harris||Christopher Keyser & Amy Lippman||February 6, 1993|
|46||17||"Moving Pictures"||TBA||TBA||February 13, 1993|
|47||18||"Mirror, Mirror"||TBA||TBA||February 20, 1993|
|48||19||"Different"||TBA||TBA||February 27, 1993|
|49||20||"Dear Georgie"||TBA||TBA||April 24, 1993|
|50||21||"Some Other Time"||Fred Gerber||Christopher Keyser & Amy Lippman||May 1, 1993|
|51||22||"The Cold Light of Day"||TBA||TBA||May 8, 1993|
|52||23||"Out of the Ashes"||TBA||TBA||May 15, 1993|
|53||24||"The Icing on the Cake"||Kevin Inch||Story by : Christopher Keyser & Amy Lippman|
Teleplay by : Lisa Melamed & Daniel Lipman
|May 22, 1993|
Season 4 (1993–94)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|54||1||"Back on Track"||Kevin Inch||Lisa Melamed||September 25, 1993|
|55||2||"The Land of the Lost Children"||Steven Robman||Kathryn Pratt||October 2, 1993|
|56||3||"Demons"||Sharron Miller||Story by : Christopher Keyser & Amy Lippman|
Teleplay by : Ron Cowen & Lisa Melamed
|October 9, 1993|
|57||4||"A Kick in the Caboose"||Steven Robman||Christopher Keyser & Amy Lippman||October 16, 1993|
|58||5||"Sleepless in Winnetka"||TBA||TBA||October 23, 1993|
|59||6||"The Good Daughter"||TBA||TBA||October 30, 1993|
|60||7||"Something in Common"||TBA||Kathryn Pratt||November 6, 1993|
|61||8||"A Bolt From the Blue"||TBA||TBA||November 13, 1993|
|62||9||"The Best Intentions"||TBA||TBA||November 20, 1993|
|63||10||"The Things We Do for Love"||Jan Eliasberg||Linda Mathious & Heather MacGillvray||November 27, 1993|
|64||11||"Broken Angel"||TBA||TBA||December 11, 1993|
|65||12||"Second Thoughts"||TBA||TBA||December 18, 1993|
|66||13||"A Path Through the Snow"||TBA||TBA||January 15, 1994|
|67||14||"Chemical Reactions"||Bethany Rooney||TBA||January 22, 1994|
|68||15||"Poison"||Mel Damski||TBA||January 29, 1994|
|69||16||"Tangled Webs"||TBA||TBA||February 5, 1994|
|70||17||"Up to His Old Tricks"||TBA||TBA||February 12, 1994|
|71||18||"Blood is Thicker Than Water"||TBA||TBA||April 23, 1994|
|72||19||"Lock and Key"||TBA||TBA||April 30, 1994|
|73||20||"Life Upside-Down"||TBA||TBA||May 7, 1994|
|74||21||"Protective Measures"||TBA||TBA||May 14, 1994|
|75||22||"Up in the Air"||TBA||TBA||May 21, 1994|
Season 5 (1994–95)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|76||1||"Bombshell"||TBA||TBA||September 24, 1994|
|77||2||"Blinders"||TBA||TBA||October 1, 1994|
|78||3||"I Only Have Eyes for You"||TBA||TBA||October 8, 1994|
|79||4||"Falling Leaves"||Alan Myerson||Peter Schneider||October 15, 1994|
|80||5||"Heroes"||Janet G. Knutsen||Allison Hock||October 22, 1994|
|81||6||"Scandalous"||Bethany Rooney||Tammy Ader||October 29, 1994|
|82||7||"Down for the Count"||Kevin Inch||Kathryn Pratt||November 5, 1994|
|83||8||"Cold Turkey"||Helaine Head||Lisa Melamed||November 12, 1994|
|84||9||"Paradise Lost"||James A. Contner||Peter Schneider||November 19, 1994|
|85||10||"Twilight Time"||TBA||Allison Hock||December 3, 1994|
|86||11||"A Child Is Given"||TBA||TBA||December 17, 1994|
|87||12||"No Pain, No Gain"||TBA||TBA||January 7, 1995|
|88||13||"A Lullaby to My Father"||TBA||TBA||January 14, 1995|
|89||14||"A Good Deed"||Michael Schultz||TBA||January 21, 1995|
|90||15||"A House Divided"||Davis Guggenheim||Lindsay Harrison||February 4, 1995|
|91||16||"A Proper Farewell"||Bruce Humphrey||Tammy Ader||February 11, 1995|
|92||17||"Angel of Death"||TBA||TBA||February 18, 1995|
|93||18||"Sleeping with the Devil"||TBA||TBA||March 4, 1995|
|94||19||"Judgement Day"||TBA||TBA||April 1, 1995|
|95||20||"Word of Honor"||TBA||TBA||April 8, 1995|
|96||21||"Remembrance of Sisters Past"||TBA||TBA||April 15, 1995|
|97||22||"A Fighting Chance"||TBA||TBA||April 22, 1995|
|98||23||"Matters of the Heart"||TBA||TBA||April 29, 1995|
|99||24||"Enchanted May"||TBA||TBA||May 6, 1995|
Season 6 (1995–96)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|100||1||"100"||Kevin Inch||Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman||September 23, 1995|
|101||2||"Out of the Woods"||James A. Conter||Jan Eliasberg||September 30, 1995|
|102||3||"The Passion of Our Youth"||Harry Harris||Tammy Ader||October 7, 1995|
|103||4||"One Fine Day"||Rachel Feldman||Kathryn Pratt & Deborah Starr Seibel||October 21, 1995|
|104||5||"Deceit"||Michael Schultz||Kathryn Pratt & Lindsay Harrison||October 28, 1995|
|105||6||"A Perfect Circle"||Joan Micklin Silver||Jan Eliasberg||November 4, 1995|
|"For Everything a Season: Parts 1 & 2"||Joan Micklin Silver (part 1)|
Kevin Inch (part 2)
|Jan Eliasberg (part 1)|
Molly Newman (part 2)
|November 11, 1995|
|108||9||"Renaissance Woman"||TBA||Tammy Ader||November 18, 1995|
|109||10||"A Perfectly Reasonable Explanation"||TBA||TBA||November 25, 1995|
|110||11||"Sleeping Beauty"||TBA||Jan Eliasberg||December 2, 1995|
|111||12||"A Tough Act to Follow"||TBA||Lindsay Harrison||December 9, 1995|
|112||13||"A Sudden Change of Heart"||Harry Harris||Molly Newman||January 6, 1996|
|113||14||"The Man That Got Away"||Ronald L. Schwary||Tammy Ader||January 13, 1996|
|114||15||"Double, Double, Toil and Trouble"||TBA||TBA||January 20, 1996|
|115||16||"Impersonators"||TBA||TBA||January 27, 1996|
|116||17||"The Best Man"||Rachel Feldman||Jan Eliasberg||February 3, 1996|
|117||18||"A Little Snag"||TBA||TBA||February 10, 1996|
|118||19||"Don't Go to Springfield"||TBA||Kathryn Pratt||March 2, 1996|
|119||20||"Where There's Smoke"||TBA||TBA||March 9, 1996|
|120||21||"Leap Before You Look"||TBA||TBA||March 16, 1996|
|121||22||"Dreamcatcher"||Graeme Clifford||Deborah Starr Seibel||March 23, 1996|
|122||23||"The Price"||TBA||TBA||March 30, 1996|
|123||24||"Guess Who's Coming to Seder"||Mel Damski||Tammy Ader & Lindsay Harrison||April 6, 1996|
|124||25||"Nothing Personal"||Shawn Nelson||Nora Dunn||April 13, 1996|
|125||26||"Housecleaning"||TBA||Deborah Starr Seibel||April 20, 1996|
|126||27||"Taking a Gamble"||Graeme Clifford||Lindsay Harrison||April 27, 1996|
|"War & Peace: Part 1 & 2"||James A. Contner||Story by : Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman|
Teleplay by : Kathryn Pratt & Tammy Ader
|May 4, 1996|
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release date|
|Seasons One and Two||29||September 15, 2015|
|Season Three||24||January 19, 2016|
|Season Four||22||April 12, 2016|
|Season Five||24||July 19, 2016|
|Season Six||28||November 8, 2016|
The series received eight Emmy Award nominations over the course of its run, winning once in 1994 for Sela Ward as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Swoosie Kurtz was also nominated twice in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category in 1993 and 1994.
- Horowitz, Joy (May 6, 1991). "The Taming of a TV Series Teaser, Or Less Talk About the Bedroom". The New York Times. Retrieved January 27, 2008.
- O'Connor, John J. (May 4, 1996). "Critic's Notebook; After 5 Years of Family Fractiousness, 'Sisters' Exits Elegantly". The New York Times. Retrieved January 27, 2008.
- Shout! Factory Does It Again! Announces 'Seasons 1 and 2' of This Long-Awaited Show! Archived June 17, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
- 'Season 3' Box Art and Details are Released by Shout! Factory Archived October 21, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
- Shout! Announces 'Season 4' for DVD Archived January 9, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
- Shout! Announces 'Season 5' for DVD Archived April 9, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
- The 6th and 'Final Season' is Coming to DVD Soon from Shout! Factory Archived August 6, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
- Search result. "Advanced Primetime Awards Search". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 2008. Retrieved January 26, 2008.