Review: Brothers and Sisters

Brothers and Sisters

In the US: Sundays, 10/9c, ABC

In the UK:
Channel 4 has the rights. No air date yet.

I’m in two minds about this one. On the one hand, we have a show about three brothers and two sisters who are all ludicrously rich. I hated almost all of them immediately. It was also pretty slow-moving and uninvolving. On the other hand, the show has a pretty stellar cast (Calista Flockhart, Sally Field, Rachel Griffiths, Balthazar Getty, Ron Rifkin, Tom Skerritt) and it has a moderately interesting set-up for the rest of the series, so maybe it’ll be good.

I actually can’t be arsed to review the rest of it, though. It’s like trying to review a Hallmark card. Everyone has problems, although since they’re the kind of problems no one can really relate to (“How dare you become a radio host and talk about your feelings about the Iraq war!” “He may have embezzled money from the pension fund!”, etc), I’m not sure how much I can empathise with anyone. There are the usual second thoughts about marriage proposals, etc, etc. Pretty generic, pretty turgid, but with an incredible cast.

Toby at Inner Toob has a better review than this. There be spoilers, though. Maybe I’ll be able to get into it by the third episode, but I’m going to need caffeine in big quantities.