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Series: Brothers and Sisters
aka: Brothersand Sisters
The Walker Clan

Brothers and Sisters is a drama series that ran for five seasons from 2006 to 2011.

The series details the lives of the Walker family. Patriarch William Walker runs his family fruit business, Ojai Foods, with one son and daughter and his brother-in-law. Another daughter works in politics, one son is a vet from Afghanistan with an addiction problem, and the other is a gay attorney. William's wife, Nora, is the heart of the family. When William dies, his family not only loses their patriarch, but finds themselves suddenly privy to secrets they wish had never been exposed...

The series was produced by ABC and can be extremely funny. The show could switch from high drama to high comedy within the same episode, or even the same scene.

The Walker family, are detailed here.

For some unearthly reason, the show features featured Rob Lowe as a Republican Senator. From California.—

This show contains examples of:

  • Actor Allusion: Possibly. Joel Grey featured as a psychiatrist in a few episodes, he played Ron Rifkin's doppleganger in Alias.
  • Addiction Displacement: Justin uses different substitutes, most notably sex, to no avail. He does eventually move past this.
  • Almighty Mom: Nora Walker
  • Apron Matron: Nora Walker.
  • Always Camp: Scotty was a cater-waiter before becoming a chef; but averted with Kevin, who's a lawyer, and Saul, an accountant.
  • Bad Dreams: Kevin, after donating part of his liver to save Elizabeth, who is really his daughter.
  • Be All My Sins Remembered: Justin, when he goes to dinner at the home of a soldier whose life he saved.
  • Berserk Button: Most of the family members have one; Sarah's seems to be whether she can balance work and family; Kitty's is the new baby; once upon a time Nora's was Justin and the war; etc.
  • Blonde Republican Sex Kitten:
    • Kitty. The former would have been a Blonde Republican Sex Cat, had her pregnancy not miscarried.
    • A male, non-blonde version in Rob Lowe's character. Rob Lowe was initially a guest star- the ratings went up so much he became a regular.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Rebecca and Justin used to believe each other were blood siblings, but then found out otherwise. Justin still felt somewhat uncomfortable on the subject)
  • But Not Too Gay: Averted with Kevin (and Scotty), who makes out as much as his siblings. Played straight with Saul, who rarely has an onscreen kiss, which could be tied to Nobody over 50 Is Gay.
  • But We Used a Condom: Kitty's pregnancy.
  • Buy Them Off: Standard operating procedure for William Walker
  • Cast Incest: Supposedly David Annable and Emily Van Camp, which helped lead to the Justin/Rebecca ret con.
  • Cat Fight: Or a rather bizarre attempt at one, considering both participants are in their late 50s.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Justin's medical knowledge comes in handy when Julia goes into premature labor with the twins.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Tommy.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: Kitty becomes pregnant while she and Robert are dating, but not married, and he is running for the Republican presidential nomination. The problem this could pose with voters is defused when Kitty loses the baby.
  • Daddy DNA Test: Early on Kevin wanted one done to prove that Rebecca really was William's daughter. Everyone treated this as extremely rude and unreasonable. This was ironic because a season later she went and got one herself that proved that she was in fact the daughter of Holly's ex-boyfriend David.
  • Daddy's Girl: Kitty.
    • Also Sarah, who was the heir apparent to Ojai.
  • Denying the Dead Parent's Sins: William is long since buried, but they are still digging up dirt years later and not happy about it.
  • Determined Defeatist: Kevin can often fall into this.
  • Dinner and a Show: Family dinners are not generally pleasant and subdued affairs. So prevalent, it's been lampshaded since season one.
    Robert: Are you kidding me, it's been fantastic...like dinner theatre or the circus.
  • Dirty Business: Every Walker, but especially the ones in politics or the family business.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Kitty during her cancer.
  • Double In-Law Marriage: Might very well have happened had Kevin not broken up with Robert's brother Jason.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Hoo, boy. Walker family dinners are massive arguments waiting to happen. Just see half the tropes on this page.
  • Easy Amnesia: Holly in Season 5, though to be fair, it's a long-term plot point and her memory seems to come and go.
  • Embarrassing Slide: A Home Porn Movie among a collection of clips for a birthday video.
  • Evil Matriarch: Fortunately, of the rarely seen variety, because Nora and Saul's mother Ida is a terrifying force of mayhem...
    Kevin: I mean, you know she's nice to us, but I forget with Mom, she's Joan Crawford.
  • Fake American:
    • Kevin is played by a Welsh actor.
    • Scotty and Rebecca's actors are Canadian.
    • Sarah's actress is Australian... she even slips accents in the bloopers.
  • Fake Brit: While he may sound like one, Roger Grant is played by real Brit Nigel Havers.
  • Family Business: Ojai Foods. When an investment decision went badly, Holly Harper stepped in to bail the company out in return for a controlling interest. Then she got cleaned out via a Ponzi scheme and the company eventually closed down. Then they found water in a property William Walker bought. Then they had the pile-up.
  • Family Drama
  • Food Fight: The aforementioned Cat Fight.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Nora.
  • Fridge Brilliance: For the greater part of the first two seasons we are lead to believe that Rebecca is the illegitimate daughter of William Walker and his mistress, Holly Harper. However Holly and William both have light blue eyes while Rebecca has brown eyes, making them being her biological parents near genetically impossible. This makes the reveal that Rebecca's father is another man (who has brown eyes) far more reasonable.
  • Geeky Turn-On: Kitty and Robert have sex in their office after a vigorous policy discussion.
  • Happy Marriage Charade: Nora and William. She knew that he was cheating, but went into willful denial when he swore he would end (that particular) affair. He presented himself as the picture of the morally-upright, traditionalist husband and father, while keeping up a mistress on the side long enough for it to border on bigamy, as well as cheating on both his wife and mistress by having affairs with other women. Kitty and Justin take it especially hard when they learn the truth.
  • Hollywood Law: Necessary to a number of storylines, but most especially in the case of Holly. As California is a community property state, Nora could have technically challenged William's leaving Holly some of his assets in court given that she was William's legal wife and Holly was a mistress.
  • Home Porn Movie: Sarah and her then-husband. Hilarity Ensues.
  • How We Got Here: One episode opens with Nora, Sarah and Rebecca entering a hotel lift, their hair dishevelled. It's implied they've all had sex. None of them had. Nora passed out drunk while kissing Roger Grant, Sarah merely had a lot of alcoholic drinks and Rebecca spent the night alone in the honeymoon suite after Justin went to help a Addicts Anonymous sponsee.
    • The St. Valentine episode of season 1 also opened with the end; Kitty in bed with McCallister, Justin with Tyler, Kevin with Scotty, all calling each other and Sarah, who didn't have sex, and finally Nora, who ends up being calling from... jail.
  • In Vino Veritas: Well, Ojai Foods did make wine.
  • Lampshade Hanging: In one episode, Sarah tells Nora about her ex-husband remarrying his first wife and going on a month-long honeymoon to Europe with her kids. Nora responds that she stopped watching those trashy soap operas in 1982.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Tommy and Kitty both experience this. Justin is also disappointed that his sperm are apparently less spunky than Kevin's, who is in turn apparently less fertile than Scotty.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Rebecca—twice, believe it or not—and then Ryan. Finally, Sarah as well.
  • Meaningful Name: Well, she is known as "Kitty".
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Justin in one episode; others have played this briefly for laughs, most notoriously the "Mom is a Lesbian" fakeout in early Season 5.
  • Nobody over 50 Is Gay: Averted with Saul, born 11 August 1938. He spent most of his life in the closet.
  • Not Blood Siblings: Justin and Rebecca
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: "You're my favorite brother." "Only brother."
  • Personal Effects Reveal: The photograph of Ryan.
  • Put on a Bus:
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Patricia Wetting (Holly Harper) and Ken Olin (David Caplan) are married in real life.
      • And Kevin and Scotty's surrogate Michelle is played by their daughter Roxy Olin.
    • Justin's girlfriend in Season 5 is played by Odette Yustman - who Dave Annable subsequently married.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: In real life, the actors playing Rebecca and Justin used to date, and apparently had so much sexual chemistry onscreen that Brother-Sister Incest was heavily implied. The writers eventually gave up and put in a Retcon that Rebecca was not a Walker to deal with this issue.
    • Part of the reason we don't see Tommy any more is because Balthazar Getty would show up late to tapings, or not at all, making life difficult for the rest of the cast.
  • Running Gag: Any Walker family get-together must involve at least one stand up argument.
  • Sexy Shirt Switch:
    • Kitty, twice.
    • Rebecca has also go in on the act.
  • Sibling Triangle: Justin and Tommy's relationship with Lena.
    • And then Justin vs. Ryan over Rebecca. An interesting variation since Rebecca was once thought to be Justin's sibling.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss:
    • Justin and Rebecca have a big argument and then proceed to have sex with each other for the first time.
    • In a variation, Robert and Kitty once had sex in their office after a policy discussion.
  • Straight Gay:
    • Saul, who doesn't understand why men, even gay men, would have any interest in baby showers or other female-oriented activities.
    • Kevin, Jason, and Chad also qualify. Scotty eventually makes it too.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Kevin's boyfriend, Jason; the actor left to film a new show, so the producers brought back Season One boyfriend, Scotty, albeit a little more mature and subdued, making him more like the character he was replacing.
  • Switch to English: Sarah is in France and attempts to ask for directions from a Frenchman. After much struggling, the Frenchman casually reveals he can speak English and the rest of their conversations stays in English.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Rebecca's the daughter of Holly and William, no wait, the daughter of Holly and David; now there's a Ryan who's the son of William and some random dead woman; plus, Tommy's daughter Elizabeth is really Kevin's daughter because he donated sperm...confused yet?
  • Token Minority: Robert and Kitty's adopted baby Evan is African-American. Also, Kevin and Scotty's adopted daughter Olivia, who is Latino.
  • Truth-Telling Session: Frequently, sometimes as much as twice an episode.
  • Wedding Day: More than one.
  • World of Snark: Virtually every character is a Deadpan Snarker, and Snark-to-Snark Combat is a standard feature of many conversations, especially over meals.
  • Your Cheating Heart:
    • William. Had one mistress for years and was revealed to have had more than one extra lover.
    • Tommy and Julia both played around on the side while they were separated.
    • Kevin is heavily implied to have had issues with this in the past.
    • While married, both Sarah and Joe came close to doing so.
    • Kitty has an (emotional) affair with a guy in the park.
    • In an episode where Sarah wonders if Luke cheated on her, we find out it was really Scotty who was the cheater.
    • Joe kissing Rebecca when he was married to Sarah.

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