Brothers & Sisters (2006 TV series)

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Brothers & Sisters
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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 originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes109 (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 time42–43 minutes
Production company(s) Berlanti Television
After Portsmouth Productions
Touchstone Television
(2006–2007)
(season 1)
ABC Studios
(2007–2011)
(seasons 2-5)
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original network ABC
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 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 .

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Contents

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.

In a dramatic production, an ensemble cast is one which comprises multiple principal actors and performers who are typically assigned roughly equal amounts of screen time.

Sally Field American actress

Sally Margaret Field is an American actress and director. She is the recipient of various accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and she has been nominated for a Tony Award and two BAFTA Awards.

Nora Walker fictional character from the television series Brothers & Sisters

Nora Maureen Walker is a fictional character on the ABC television series Brothers & Sisters. She is portrayed by veteran actress Sally Field. Nora is the main character of the series. Field was one of the two characters to appear in all the episodes of the series. She was listed in the Top 10 TV Moms by Film.com. Field won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Drama Series for her portrayal, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, nominated for two other Emmys, and nominated for three Golden Globes.

Overview

Premise

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.

Tom Skerritt American actor

Thomas Roy Skerritt is an American actor who has appeared in more than forty films and more than two hundred television episodes since 1962. He is known for his film roles in M*A*S*H, Alien, Top Gun, A River Runs Through It, Up in Smoke, and the television series Picket Fences. Skerritt has earned several nominations and awards, including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1993 for Picket Fences.

Rachel Griffiths Australian actress

Rachel Anne Griffiths is an Australian actress and director. Raised primarily in Melbourne, she began her acting career appearing on the Australian series Secrets before being cast in a supporting role in the comedy Muriel's Wedding (1994), which earned her an AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. In 1997, she was the lead in Nadia Tass's drama Amy. She had a role opposite Julia Roberts in the American romantic comedy My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), followed by her role as Hilary du Pré in Hilary and Jackie (1998), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Paul Balthazar Getty is an American actor and musician. He is a member of the band Ringside, the producer-half of rap duo The Wow, and a member of the Getty family. He is known for having played the roles of Ralph in Lord of the Flies, his recurring role as Richard Montana in Charmed, Thomas Grace on the American action drama Alias and Tommy Walker on the American drama Brothers & Sisters, the latter two of which have aired on ABC.

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

Sarah Walker (<i>Brothers & Sisters</i>) fictional character from the television series Brothers & Sisters

Sarah Louise Walker Laurent is a fictional character on the ABC television drama Brothers & Sisters. She is portrayed by actress Rachel Griffiths.

Kitty Walker fictional character from the television series Brothers & Sisters

Katherine Anne "Kitty" Walker McCallister is a fictional character on the primetime show Brothers & Sisters. She is played by actress Calista Flockhart. In a two-part 2010 episode, actress Kay Panabaker portrayed a teenage Kitty Walker in flashback sequences set in 1986.

Tommy Walker (<i>Brothers & Sisters</i>) fictional character from the television series Brothers & Sisters

Thomas "Tommy" Walker is a fictional character on the ABC television series Brothers & Sisters. He is portrayed by Balthazar Getty. In a 2010 episode, actor Cody Longo portrayed a teenage Tommy in flashback sequences set in 1986.

Cast members

Main cast

ActorRoleSeasons
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 MainGuest
Kerris Dorsey Paige WhedonMainRecurring
John Pyper-Ferguson Joe WhedonMainRecurringDoes not appear
Sarah Jane Morris Julia Walker MainGuestDoes not appear
Rob Lowe Robert McCallister Recurring MainDoes not appear
Maxwell Perry Cotton Cooper WhedonRecurringMainRecurring
Luke Macfarlane Scotty Wandell RecurringMain
Luke Grimes Ryan LaffertyGuestMain
Gilles Marini Luc LaurentGuestMain

Recurring cast

Amy Aquino is an American television, film, and stage actress. The graduate of Harvard and Yale universities has appeared in television series such as Brooklyn Bridge, ER, and Being Human, and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in Picket Fences. She was co-Secretary/Treasurer of the SAG-AFTRA until August 2015 and currently stars in Amazon Studios' television series Bosch as Lt. Grace Billets.

Beau Bridges Actor and director from the United States

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Max Burkholder American actor

Maxwell Henry Wolf Burkholder is an American actor most notable for his role of Max Braverman in the NBC comedic television drama Parenthood. Prior to that, he became known as a voice actor for his roles as Chomper in The Land Before Time, Roo on My Friends Tigger & Pooh, and World in the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends television movie Destination: Imagination. In 2013, he appeared in The Purge. He is currently a member of the Instagram comedy account Max 'n' the Jakey Boys.

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankRating
First airedLast aired
1 23September 24, 2006 (2006-09-24)May 20, 2007 (2007-05-20)307.3
2 16September 30, 2007 (2007-09-30)May 11, 2008 (2008-05-11)227.6
3 24September 28, 2008 (2008-09-28)May 10, 2009 (2009-05-10)237.2
4 24September 27, 2009 (2009-09-27)May 16, 2010 (2010-05-16)237.0
5 22September 26, 2010 (2010-09-26)May 8, 2011 (2011-05-08)N/AN/A

Season 1 (2006–07)

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)

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)

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)

The show was renewed for a fourth season on April 23, 2009. [3] It premiered on September 27, 2009 on ABC. [4]

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)

Brothers & Sisters was renewed for a fifth season on March 5, 2010. [5] It premiered on September 26, 2010 on ABC. The events of the fifth season begin one year after the season 4 finale. [6]

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. [7]

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.

Home media

SeasonEpisodesTitleDVD release date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 23The Complete First SeasonSeptember 18, 2007 [8] February 25, 2008 [9] October 26, 2007 [10]
2 16The Complete Second SeasonSeptember 23, 2008 [11] March 16, 2009 [12] October 28, 2008 [13]
3 24The Complete Third SeasonSeptember 1, 2009 [14] October 19, 2009 [15] September 18, 2009 [16]
4 24The Complete Fourth SeasonAugust 31, 2010 [17] October 11, 2010 [18] September 24, 2010 [19]
5 22The Complete Fifth SeasonAugust 23, 2011 [20] November 14, 2011 [21] November 2, 2011 [22]

Production

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 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. [24]

Location

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

Critical reception

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. [ citation needed ]

Ratings

U.S. ratings

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

SeasonTimeslot (EDT)Season premiereSeason finaleTV seasonRankViewers
(in millions)
Viewers High
(in millions)
Viewers Low
(in millions)
18–49 Average18–49 High18–49 Low
1
Sunday 10:00 PM
September 24, 2006May 20, 20072006–2007#3711.0 [25] 16.109.134.67 [26] 6.23.4
2 September 30, 2007May 11, 20082007–2008#3810.7 [27] 13.268.504.22 [26] 5.13.0
3 September 28, 2008May 10, 20092008–2009#33 [28] 10.7 [28] 12.358.843.47 [26] 4.82.8
4 September 27, 2009May 16, 20102009–2010#34 [29] 10.4 [29] 10.787.652.85 [26] 3.72.2
5 September 26, 2010May 8, 20112010–2011#528.2 [30] 9.475.702.603.01.6

Accolades

Awards and nominations for Brothers & Sisters
YearAwardTitleRecipientResult
2007Australian Film Institute AwardBest International Actress Rachel Griffiths Nominated
Casting Society of America AwardBest Dramatic Episodic CastingGillian O'Neil, Jeanie BacharachNominated
Best Dramatic Pilot CastingGillian O'Neil, Jeanie BacharachWon
Emmy Award Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series Gillian O'Neil, Jeanie BacharachNominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Sally Field Won
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Rachel Griffiths Nominated
Gold Derby TV AwardBest Actress in a Drama Series Sally Field Won
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Rachel Griffiths Nominated
GLAAD Media AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesWon
Peoples Choice AwardFavourite New TV DramaNominated
Satellite AwardBest 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 SeriesNominated
Young Artist AwardBest Family TV Drama SeriesNominated
2008Australian Film Institute AwardBest International Actress Rachel Griffiths Nominated
Casting Society of America AwardBest Dramatic Episodic CastingGillian O'NeilNominated
Emmy Award Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series Gillian O'Neil, Jeanie BacharachNominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Sally Field Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Rachel Griffiths Nominated
Gold Derby TV AwardBest Actress in a Drama Series Sally Field Nominated
Best Actress in a Drama Series Calista Flockhart Nominated
Best Drama SeriesNominated
Best Ensemble of the YearNominated
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 AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesWon
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 AwardBest Performance in a Drama Series Dave Annable Won
Best Performance in a Drama Series Sally Field Won
Satellite AwardBest Actress in a Drama Series Sally Field Nominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding 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 AwardBest Actress in a Drama Series Calista Flockhart Nominated
GLAAD Media AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesWon
Golden Globe AwardBest 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 AwardOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Sally Field Won
2010GLAAD Media AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesWon

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