I was a big fan of Once & Again and discovered it years after the event, on DVD.
Sela Ward was especially good.
This has always made me curious about Sisters that she was also in.
How does it compare? Is it in the same league?
I'm not that keen on VERY female shows and the title make me slightly wary. I hated Gilmore Girls.
[quote]I'm not that keen on VERY female shows
You sound like a real genius.
[quote]You sound like a real genius.
Thanks. You sound...nice.
These are the scenes that won Sela Ward the Emmy for Sisters.
The last scene where she sits in the bleachers sealed the Emmy for her.
I'm with R1. You sound unintelligent which makes me not want to answer your questions about "Sisters".
A bitch who judges your grammar.
I've never heard of Once and Again but I was a regular watcher of Sisters. It wasn't "The Sela Ward Show" since the storylines were fairly evenly split to feature the four leads. I remember her being very, very beautiful but not a sensational actress. Competent, though. She didn't embarrass herself.
Overall a quality show. The standout actor for me was Swoozie Kurz.
now you know
[quote]You sound unintelligent which makes me not want to answer your questions about "Sisters".
But you thought you'd just post some snark instead. You also sound adorable. Bless your little cotton socks.
I wonder what you look like. Actually, don't tell me, I can guess.
My mom was a fan of this show. I remember cracking up at the eccentric husband of one of the sisters.
R5 she did BEAT Swoozie for the Emmy that year.
Sisters was an intelligent soap about four sisters. It was a cross between Northern Exposure (quite quirky) and melodrama from those women films from the 40s and 50s.
The creators and writers also did Queer as Folk.
Women's issues were also explored on the show, everything from date rape, breast cancer, repressed memories, gun control, alcoholism, etc.
Honestly, what do you expect, OP? "I'm not that keen on VERY female shows" makes you sound, at the very least, like some sort of idiot, and at worst a misogynist. What is a "VERY female show"? What's the threshold?
Sorry, but you really do sound shallow and ridiculous.
And your guess, I’m sure, would be wrong.
I was a big fan. Ashley Judd and Paul Rudd (I made a rhyme!) both started their careers on the show. Oh, Clooney was on it, too. Thought the first season was a bit uneven but it really picked up steam toward the middle of the run. Never heard of Ward before the show and became a big fan. Like Once and Again, her character was a real live person...warts and all. Not always perfect, not always nice, sometimes you want to clobber her but, somehow, you still manage to like her.
OP, I liked Once & Again more than Sisters, but I liked Sisters. I used to tape it on Saturday night and watch it every Sunday. It's where I discovered Paul Rudd and Sela Ward, and reacquainted myself with Patricia Kalember, who had played the wonderfully bitchy Susannah on thirtysomething.
Neither show is much like Gilmore Girls, which I loathed with every fiber of my TV-watching being.
Such a shame the marvelous Kelly Bishop wasn't on Sisters or Once & Again.
I thought Julianne Phillips was the weakest link in the Sisters foursome.
Whenever I would see her on screen I would think, they could have gotten a better actress for this part.
R13, when I would see her on screen, I would think "She used to fuck Bruce Springsteen."
Sela Ward is wonderful at playing noble but self-involved characters, always wondering why everyone isn't paying attention to THEIR problems.
I was a kid in the '90s, but I do remember stumbling upon this show one night. I watched a little of it but it didn't catch my interest. I just remember all the sisters having male-sounding names like Alex, Teddy, and Frankie. What was up with that?
The sisters were given male sounding nicknames by their father because he had wanted boys.
Alex - Alexandra
Teddy - Theodora
Georgie - Georgianna
Frankie - Francesca
Charlie - Charlotte
I loathed the Charlie storyline.
Sisters was my show when I was a kid. It was so well-acted and I used to wish I could be in a posse of sisters like them where we all have boyish names and go to the sauna together once a week.
I liked all of the sisters, but Swoosie Kurtz and then Charlie were my least favorites (I didn't care much for the Charlie storyline either).
If I remember correctly, Charlie was their half-sister via an affair that their Dad had with his secretary or something like that. She was created as a replacement for Julianne Phillips after she left the show for whatever reason.
I don't remember Paul Rudd getting his start here. Who did he play?
Paul Rudd played Kirby. And he was adorable.
Paul Rudd played Reed's ex-husband.
Years after the show went off, Ashley Judd was on Broadway at the same time as Swoozie. Ashley met her at a party and acted as if they had never met before. Swoozie was shocked.
I loved the final ep of Sisters - brought everyone back together and the crabby Mother played wonderfully by Elizabeth Hoffman(whose character died in the finale) kept popping up offering useful advice.
Patricia Kalembar's hubby played a shrink who seduced her, and caused her to end her marriage. The storyline where her older son turned to drugs was well played out. In one instance, the kid hits her and as a Mother she is forced to send him away to rehab. That was a Christmas ep where Georgie - the always stable sister- can't stomach having her family over for Christmas. The show had good stuff.
I could never understand why they switched from the original opening credits (which, frankly, I don't even remember) to this dreadful version. If they had instead played a wailing siren with Donald Trump screaming, "CHANGE THE CHANNEL!" over and over, I would have been more likely to keep watching than after this nails-on-a-blackboard monstrosity.
The Charlie storyline was done when Julianne Phillips decided
to leave (never to be seen anywhere ever again.). But they also
recast Charlie after one season. Does anyone know why? In any event
I thought the second Charlie was way better.
The guy who raped Kit was hot.
[quote]The sisters were given male sounding nicknames by their father because he had wanted boys.
At least none of them was named Douglas.
Julianne Phillips did show up for the series finale.
I love Gilmore Girls.
I loved this show as a kid but my dad banned me from watching it so I had to be sneaky to see it.
Why did he ban you from watching it, R31?
i loved sisters!!
Wasn't that hot dude Mark Frankel on Sisters? Unfortunately, he died in a motorcycle accident.
I had no idea Mark Frankel died.
He was in a shockingly bad film called Leon The Pig Farmer in the early '90s, that garnered a lot of attention at the time.
Mark died in 1996, I believe.
[quote] Ashley met her at a party and acted as if they had never met before. Swoozie was shocked.
She did mention Swoozie in her book "I was cast as theater great Swoozie Kurtz's daughter"
[quote] But they also recast Charlie after one season. Does anyone know why?
Charlie cam on the scene one season PRIOR to Julianne leaving. According to the producers both Julianne and Jo Anderson (who originated the part of Charlie) wanted to exit the series on their own volition.
Julianne did show up for the series finale.
I like Sela Ward but never really got into that show as it was a bit too "thirtysomething"-ish for my taste.
Does anyone wish this show was on DVD? There were some bad storylines on the show. But I really liked it. I remember this show didn't have a huge following because it came out on Saturdays.
The working title for the show was "Fish".
Is Jo Anderson, the first actress to play Charlie, a lesbian? She has given off a lesbian vibe in every performance of hers that I've seen
The wole cast practically ate her out.
You made me laugh out loud, r42. Thanks!
Jo Anderson was great playing a lesbian on - what was that Rob Morrow series? North something?
Sela Ward is a nasty Rethuglican.
A colleague of mine met her at a wedding, R45, and said she was incredibly friendly and gracious. And gorgeous.
She and the pre-"ER" Clooney, both at the height of their beauty, easily made the hottest TV couple ever.
It was "Northern Exposure", r44. Jo was indeed very good in her lesbian role- which seemed to fit her like a glove.
Has the Sisters cast commented on the Stephen Collins scandal? Sure he was only on during the last season, I wonder if Swoozie will spill.
I don't understand r46's reply to r45, it does nothing to refute what they say. And it wouldn't surprise me, I've never liked her much. "The Day After Tomorrow" could be vastly improved by simply removing all Sela's scenes.
R48..: Why would Swooz spill on Stephen Collins? His character played Sela Ward's character's lover. Alex was busy with Big Al!
Yes, R51, it was.
But shame on you for making me look at son-beater Bing Crosby.
OP, Where did you find DVDs? I can't find any anywhere and I loved this show. If anyone knows where I can purchase a DVD set, please let me know!
I remember not liking Stephen Collins' character on SISTERS; he seemed like such a cold fish. Also, I thought Collins and Sela Ward had no chemistry.
angry lesbian at r1
Sela had great chemistry with Hugh Laurie when she was on House.
She's currently on the big screen in Gone Girl. Just one or two scenes, but she does a very nice job. And she looks gorgeous.
[quote]And she looks gorgeous.
And she looks gorgeous for her age.
Only two scenes and there's Oscar buzz for Sela in "Gone Girl".
Could Sela be our next EGOT?
all she needs is the G, O, and T!!!!
Again, anybody know where I can buy this? You can't find any episodes online, not even torrents.
DVDs? Old VHS tapes? Someone please, I would love to own this show!
Loved Sisters - Patrica Kalembar was finally in a role that fit her - Georgie Witsig was the third sister, but the nurturing one who the family all turned to. The Georgie character in flashbacks was the enabler of the alcoholic mother. The show had a lot of QAF touches, but I loved it. And Swoozie was great as Alex, the late David Dukes played her cross dressing ex-husband. I didn't mind Julianne Phillips she was the baby sister and a corporate shark who absolutely was still treated like a baby sister instead of a competent woman.
Patricia Kalember was a Kay Bailey Hutchison-type senator from Texas on last night's "Madam Secretary."
[quote]Also, I thought Collins and Sela Ward had no chemistry.
I agree. Sela had the best chemistry on that show with George Clooney, but his character got killed off.
I also liked Sela on Once and Again with Billy Campbell.
Swoozie wrote in her book that TPTB tried but failed to cast Sada Thompson as the mother.
Nonetheless all four actresses are still close to this day.
They just clicked on day one.
Do any of the four core actresses on SISTERS talk to either of the women who played Charlie?!
I just watched the pilot to Once and Again. I loved this show. I wish I had those black and white sequences in my life too. "I wanted him...".
[quote] Do any of the four core actresses on SISTERS talk to either of the women who played Charlie?!
I have wondered about that. Since the show went off the air, it has been forgotten by many and that is a bit sad. The show wasn't extremely great, but it had good acting and a few storylines that were ahead of the time. The media never does follow ups or where are they now? stuff on the main cast.
I stopped watching when they introduced the Charlie character--granted it was always soapy, but the whole other daughter with a boy's name was just too contrived.
Nobody's mentioned the way hot Ed Marinaro on as Sela's ex and Julianne's current husband Mitch on the show. Julianne always sounded like she had a mouth full of oatmeal whenever she spoke. Not at all surprised that she hasn't worked since.
I also think that Ashley Judd might have replaced the original Reed, though few people remember that there was another Reed (few people remember the show, so...).
I hated the Charlie storyline. Didn't the other sisters insist on calling her Charlie instead of Charlotte?
[quote]I also think that Ashley Judd might have replaced the original Reed, though few people remember that there was another Reed (few people remember the show, so...).
Apparently three actresses played Reed Halsey, R69, Kathy Wagner (1991), Ashley Judd (1991-94), and Noelle Parker (1995-96).
She was also a Chi Omega, same chapter as Harper Lee.
Mark Frankel was hot and had chemistry with Sela, he died tragically.
I loved the first Christmas episode when Georgie made eggnog with tainted eggs and everyone got sick.
Why isn't it on DVD ?
[quote] Why isn't it on DVD ?
There are probably several reasons why it isn't on DVD. After NBC ended the show, it wasn't big in syndication/reruns. Lifetime aired reruns for awhile, but they were on late at night. Then they are legal and business issues with production companies, networks, and others.
I hope that maybe it will end up on a streaming service like Netflix or Hulu someday.
Maybe someone will put some episodes up on youtube
I loved this show, and I would be thrilled to be able to watch it again.
Are you listening, Netflix??
And throw in Family and ER, while you're at it.
The Sisters were apart of the Entertainment Weekly cast reunions issue. The actresses who played Charlie weren't included.
[quote]I would love for a movie but even better is a reboot, with the same actresses!
If the show had been very popular during it's original run, a reboot or tv reunion movie would be possible.
I miss the days of TV show reunion movies. Most of those reunion movies weren't too good, but it was good seeing characters reunite.
I remember her from advertising posters at the Optician's.
R93, I was a popular show. It ran for 6 season and for 3 seasons it had an average of over 10 million viewers. It did drop down to over 6 million viewers in the last season but even that's impressive. I'm really not sure why there is no DVD release. It looks like there was going to be one at tone time and it's listed on Amazon but it must have fallen through. It's really good show and it's among the first of it's kind. It was the original "sex in the city" and they were not sluts, but rather well fleshed out characters who were also realistic about their sexuality.
R95 there has to be demand for it, and right now it just has a cult following. But not enough interest to press a DVD for sale.
If Netflix could get the rights to stream episodes I think we would see a dvd release eventually. I would like to see Shout Factory get ahold of this series as they would do it justice w/interviews w/all the cast members.
I'm a 33 yr old gay guy and I remember watching this on Saturday nights w/my sister. I don't know what drew me or her to it really, but we watched it religiously.
R96, It was a prime time show that averaged 10 million viewers each fucking episode for three years. That's not a show with just a cult following. That's a hit.
It WAS a hit, a very long time ago. Now the number of people interested in a dvd release are limited, a cult following.
Sisters and Picket Fences were 90s shows that were hits, but both were overshadowed by bigger TV hits. I have enjoyed reading this thread and the Picket Fences thread here. It is good seeing that people still remember the shows. I thought Sisters was slightly better than Picket Fences.