• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 24, 2006
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 27
  2. Negative: 7 out of 27
  1. 38
    A clutter of clunky dialogue that sucks the life out of [Flockhart] and other usually skilled actors.
  2. 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]
  3. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    30
    It's the sort of talky tedious drama that is far less intelligent than it clearly thinks it is.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    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.
  5. 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.
  6. 10
    Not a single note in the premiere of "Brothers & Sisters" rings true.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 167 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 97
  2. Negative: 16 out of 97
  1. veeb.
    May 18, 2007
    9
    well done dysfunctional family drama. nice cast.
  2. KenH
    Sep 26, 2006
    9
    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
    10
    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 »