• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 24, 2006
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 27
  2. Negative: 7 out of 27
  1. There are precious few signs of trouble or uncertainty in the polished, instantaneously seductive finished product on display in its first episode.
  2. 80
    A network series potentially good enough to be on HBO.
  3. 75
    Once "Brothers & Sisters" gets started, it works, and it works well.
  4. The promise of grown up storytelling is alluring. This is a series to watch to see if it grows.
  5. 75
    TV desperately needs a straightforward drama that explores family dynamics without some imposed gimmick, and Brothers & Sisters could just be the show to fill that bill.
  6. 75
    With fun, familiar faces like Field, Flockhart and Griffiths on board, attending a family reunion with the Walkers every Sunday could be a lively, entertaining way to end the weekend.
  7. Despite cast changes, rewrites, and producer musical chairs, this brainy soap checks in with promise.
  8. 70
    Meeting the Walker clan and getting a glimpse at their personal lives... is like being led to a table of tantalizing appetizers. Even as you take a sample of these introductory delights, you’re wondering whether the main course will live up to your expectations.
  9. Ms. Flockhart... is not convincing as a woman of conviction. And that is too bad, because “Brothers and Sisters” has wit and grace.
  10. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    On the glossy surface, it’s an earnestly predictable but impeccably produced soap opera. [13 Sep 2006]
  11. "Brothers & Sisters" establishes itself as little more than a family gathering you should have no interest in attending. Their dialogue sounds real, but not much of it sounds interesting.
  12. 50
    What should be a juicy family soap opera -- the family in question owns a food company -- comes off as a blah banquet.
  13. The pilot was reshot, and it shows--the timing lurches and scenes grind into each other. [22 Sep 2006, p.90]
  14. The pilot has a "Steel Magnolias" feel to it: Too many stars, too many faces, too many names, a cornucopia of character business.
  15. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    The good news is that "Brothers & Sisters" isn't even remotely a disaster. The bad news is that it isn't even remotely a success either.
  16. "Brothers & Sisters" may find a way to streamline its storytelling and allow viewers to more easily sort out the huge cast of characters (there are at least 10 series regulars), or it may remain an unwieldy mess. Time will tell.
  17. "Brothers & Sisters"... has all the traditional themes of unhappy marriage, unmet parental expectations, unexpected financial chicanery and (possibly) unfaithfulness. It deals with them convincingly, though not with any great depth or insight.
  18. Based on the first episode... we're talking predictable prime-time soap.
  19. 38
    A clutter of clunky dialogue that sucks the life out of [Flockhart] and other usually skilled actors.
  20. 38
    The show wants to mix in big themes (politics, money) with a family soap opera, but it just feels bloated and vague. [25 Sep 2006, p.43]
  21. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    It's the sort of talky tedious drama that is far less intelligent than it clearly thinks it is.
  22. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    The show seems as if it desperately yearns to be a worthy companion to "Housewives" but lacks the requisite bite, despite political references meant to feel edgy that prove mostly banal.
  23. 20
    If you're looking for the deep emotional truths that the creators of ABC's would-be heart-tugger imagine they're after, well, pro wrestling might be a good choice.
  24. 10
    Not a single note in the premiere of "Brothers & Sisters" rings true.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 168 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 97
  2. Negative: 16 out of 97
  1. veeb.
    May 18, 2007
    well done dysfunctional family drama. nice cast.
  2. KenH
    Sep 26, 2006
    The first show had a lot of exposition, which is necessary with a big cast/multi-storied undertaking. I'm very hopeful that the seasoned professionals on this show will make this appointment viewing. Full Review »
  3. RacheliG.
    Oct 28, 2008
    An amazing drama, from the kind we don't have any more on TV. A great acting from all the cast and well scripted show. I cant wait for the next episode, especially now that Justin and Rebbecca are together. Full Review »