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Brothers and Sisters is a compelling, new one-hour primetime drama from executive producers Ken Olin and playwright Jon Robin Baitz about the California-based Walker family. In the series, we meet a collection of incredibly intertwined and somewhat damaged adult siblings who embrace one another unconditionally while striving to reflect the perceived perfection of their role model parents. In the days ahead, they will navigate waves of temptation, deception and grief.

Brothers and Sisters follows the Walkers through the maze of American life today -- the pressures, limitless options and the struggle to grow beyond our backgrounds into ourselves. Through these fascinating siblings -- Sarah (Rachel Griffiths), the corporate VP struggling to balance motherhood with career; Tommy (Balthazar Getty), the loyal son and seeming heir to the family business; Kevin (Matthew Rhys), the gay lawyer cautiously learning about love; Justin (Dave Annable), the baby of the family, grappling with war trauma and addiction; and Kitty (Calista Flockhart), right-wing radio host turned TV pundit who has always been Daddy's little girl -- the show explores what it means to be a family in the 21st century, and how these brothers and sisters balance their own lives as they strive to accept their parents as people -- flawed, contradictory and forgivable -- rather than just as a father and mother.

The parents are Tom Skerritt as William Walker, the larger-than-life patriarch and president of the family business, and Sally Field as Nora Holden, the opinionated wife and mother to the five Walker siblings. Then there's Ron Rifkin as Saul Holden, Nora's brother and the company's second in command; John Pyper-Ferguson as Sarah's husband, Joe; Sarah Jane Morris as Tommy's wife, Julia; and Patricia Wettig as the mystery woman who could bring the Walkers and their company down.

Brothers and Sisters stars Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal) as Kitty, Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under) as Sarah, Sally Field (Norman Rae) as Nora Holden, Ron Rifkin (Alias) as Saul Holden, Patricia Wettig (thirtysomething) as Holly, Balthazar Getty (Alias) as Thomas, Dave Annable (Reunion) as Justin, Matthew Rhys (Titus, Love and other Disasters) as Kevin, John Pyper-Ferguson (Unforgiven, Nightstalker) as Joe and Sarah Jane Morris (Felicity) as Julia.

Ken Olin (Alias, thirtysomething), Jon Robin Baitz (The Substance of Fire, The West Wing) and Greg Berlanti (Everwood) are executive producers. The series is produced by Touchstone Television.

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I'm absolutely with you guys. Brothers and Sisters is definitely my new favourite show.

It's really well-acted, and completely believable. It's the show I most look forward to each week.

Prob is that we seem to be in the minority here. Usually when I mention the show (even in Morty's), ppl are either lukewarm, or haven't heard of it.

With that kind of reaction (non-reaction...) from viewers, I suspect the show is in danger of being cancelled, as have so many other good shows for the same reason.

That would be a real shame.

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Agreed, Marty.

So hard to understand what makes some shows really popular, and others not.

B and S SHOULD be hugely popular.

I don't know what the ratings are now, but when I last checked, it was somewhere lower than middle...not particularly good.

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Can you please please help me out with the first 15 minutes? For some reason, TiVo didn't pick it up. I didn't see how/why Nora found out about Rebecca. I don't know why all the anger is directed at Sara and Saul. I know Sara was clearly ready to get back at Holly....

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Nora was having dinner with her brother Saul and Nora said some nice things about Holly. Saul felt compelled to tell Nora. Nora was angry because she was always close to Sara and thought she should have told her.

It will be interesting with the new sibling meeting her new family and how Holly is going to deal with it.

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Thank you Marty.

I thought it was nice to see Justin open up and realize it wasn't Rebecca's fault, nor his own. It was kind of nice to see the two of them getting to know one another at the end. I really like the actress that plays Rebecca. I used to watch Everwood and she did a great job on that show too.

Next week is a rerun :(

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I wish you hadn't said that next week is a re-run. NOW what do I have to look forward to all week??

But hey, even a re-run of B. and S. is better than most live shows.

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I got a lot of laughs out of Sunday's episode. I found it hilarious when he actually pulled out a piece of Rebecca's hair. But then they turned it around when Rebecca was telling Holly that the fighting and craziness was exactly what Holly took from her. :( Although, I don't know why any one of them would direct their anger to Rebecca. IMO she was the biggest victim. An entire family was kept from her whole life, a father, brothers, sisters, a niece.... I would think that they would be more like Justin and want to reach out to her. I really felt for her.

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I had DVR'd the show and just got around to watching it last night. It is so funny and so emotional and just a great show. The cast is just the greatest. I am not a Calista fan but love all the other characters.

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