Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Brothers and Sisters, TV series



Hubby and I got a Roku recently, and with a lot of help from a daughter and granddaughter, we got the device hooked up. Now we can stream Netflix movies through our computer to our TV. It's still a bit complicated, have to use three different remotes to get to where we want to be--and hubby hasn't mastered it yet.

We've watched so many series we've loved: Call the Midwife, Island at War, a bunch of mystery series from England and now we're watching Brothers and Sisters which has over 100 episodes.

Here's the description from Wikipedia:

Brothers & Sisters is a drama from executive producers Ken Olin and Jon Robin Baitz. The LA-based Walker family is an ordinary American family. The adult siblings -- Sarah Walker (formerly Whedon), Tommy Walker, Kevin Walker, Justin Walker, and Kitty Walker -- try to live up to their parents' expectations. Alongside their mother Nora Holden, Nora's brother Saul Holden, Sarah's husband (now ex-husband) Joe Whedon, Tommy's wife Julia Walker, Kevin's husband Scotty Wandell and mysterious Holly Harper. And last but not least Rebecca, Holly's daughter. Who they originally thought was their half sister but later found out they had a half brother, Ryan instead, the Walkers struggle through their everyday lives.

As you can tell, it's really a very complicated soap opera--of course with far better writing and acting. We've become addicted.

When I first saw the house where the main character lives, I said, "Looks like Pasadena." My grandma used to live in South Pasadena and when I was a kid, loved walking around and looking at all the mansions.

Not only that we appreciate our own family far more watching this family. The Walker family can not keep a secret. As soon as one confides in another and says, "Now don't tell anyone this," it's barely minutes before the secret is known by all.

In our family, couples have not announced pregnancies so as not to take the spotlight off another's wedding or other special occasions. And sometime information that we'd all like to know isn't mentioned. 

We've not had any unknown children pop up--thank goodness, though there have been a couple of divorces, but for the most part our married couples work hard at making their marriages work.

One of our grown children did have cancer like Kitty on the show--but no miracle cure like she had--and we lost him. There are a few other parallels that I won't go into. 

Though hubby and I are having fun watching this series, we're glad that our lives aren't quite as complicated as the Walkers'. Don't get me wrong, we've had our ups and downs, and some drama, but not on the level of this imaginary family.

However, it has sort of become a joke that when something happens, hubby will say, "The Walkers have nothing on us."

Frankly, I'll be glad when we've finally seen all the episodes and can move onto a complicated murder mystery.

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

1 comment:

  1. I loved this series...before the end of last year, I used to watch reruns of it on Soapnet, which is now defunct.

    I have Netflix and hook up my laptop to the TV via an HDMI cable...I haven't heard of Roku. Enjoy!

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