Sisters (Sela Ward) 1991-96
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||05/09/2015|
[quote]I'm not that keen on VERY female shows
You sound like a real genius.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||01/30/2013|
[quote]You sound like a real genius.
Thanks. You sound...nice.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||01/30/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||01/30/2013|
I'm with R1. You sound unintelligent which makes me not want to answer your questions about "Sisters".
|by Anonymous||reply 4||01/30/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||01/30/2013|
[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.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||01/30/2013|
My mom was a fan of this show. I remember cracking up at the eccentric husband of one of the sisters.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||01/30/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||01/30/2013|
r1 here-- 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.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||01/30/2013|
And your guess, I’m sure, would be wrong.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||01/30/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||01/30/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||01/30/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||01/30/2013|
R13, when I would see her on screen, I would think "She used to fuck Bruce Springsteen."
|by Anonymous||reply 14||01/30/2013|
Sela Ward is wonderful at playing noble but self-involved characters, always wondering why everyone isn't paying attention to THEIR problems.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||01/30/2013|
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?
|by Anonymous||reply 16||01/30/2013|
The sisters were given male sounding nicknames by their father because he had wanted boys.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||01/30/2013|
I loathed the Charlie storyline.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||01/30/2013|
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?
|by Anonymous||reply 20||01/30/2013|
Paul Rudd played Kirby. And he was adorable.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||01/30/2013|
Paul Rudd played Reed's ex-husband.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||01/30/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||01/30/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||01/30/2013|
Three words: John. Wesley. Shipp.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||01/30/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||01/30/2013|
The guy who raped Kit was hot.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||01/30/2013|
[quote]The sisters were given male sounding nicknames by their father because he had wanted boys.
At least none of them was named Douglas.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||01/30/2013|
Julianne Phillips did show up for the series finale.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||01/31/2013|
I loved this show as a kid but my dad banned me from watching it so I had to be sneaky to see it.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||01/31/2013|
Why did he ban you from watching it, R31?
|by Anonymous||reply 32||01/31/2013|
Wasn't that hot dude Mark Frankel on Sisters? Unfortunately, he died in a motorcycle accident.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||01/31/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||01/31/2013|
Mark died in 1996, I believe.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||01/31/2013|
[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.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||01/31/2013|
I like Sela Ward but never really got into that show as it was a bit too "thirtysomething"-ish for my taste.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||01/31/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||02/01/2013|
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
|by Anonymous||reply 41||02/01/2013|
The wole cast practically ate her out.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||02/01/2013|
You made me laugh out loud, r42. Thanks!
|by Anonymous||reply 43||02/01/2013|
Jo Anderson was great playing a lesbian on - what was that Rob Morrow series? North something?
|by Anonymous||reply 44||02/01/2013|
Sela Ward is a nasty Rethuglican.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||02/01/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||02/01/2013|
It was "Northern Exposure", r44. Jo was indeed very good in her lesbian role- which seemed to fit her like a glove.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||02/02/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||10/13/2014|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||10/13/2014|
R48..: Why would Swooz spill on Stephen Collins? His character played Sela Ward's character's lover. Alex was busy with Big Al!
|by Anonymous||reply 50||10/13/2014|
Was this the theme song and opening credits?
|by Anonymous||reply 51||10/13/2014|
Yes, R51, it was.
But shame on you for making me look at son-beater Bing Crosby.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||10/13/2014|
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!
|by Anonymous||reply 53||10/13/2014|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||10/13/2014|
Sela had great chemistry with Hugh Laurie when she was on House.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||10/13/2014|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||10/13/2014|
[quote]And she looks gorgeous.
And she looks gorgeous for her age.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||10/13/2014|
Only two scenes and there's Oscar buzz for Sela in "Gone Girl".
Could Sela be our next EGOT?
|by Anonymous||reply 59||10/13/2014|
all she needs is the G, O, and T!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 60||10/13/2014|
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!
|by Anonymous||reply 61||10/13/2014|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||10/13/2014|
Patricia Kalember was a Kay Bailey Hutchison-type senator from Texas on last night's "Madam Secretary."
|by Anonymous||reply 63||10/13/2014|
[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.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||10/14/2014|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||10/14/2014|
Do any of the four core actresses on SISTERS talk to either of the women who played Charlie?!
|by Anonymous||reply 66||10/14/2014|
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...".
|by Anonymous||reply 67||10/14/2014|
[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.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||10/15/2014|
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...).
|by Anonymous||reply 69||10/15/2014|
I hated the Charlie storyline. Didn't the other sisters insist on calling her Charlie instead of Charlotte?
|by Anonymous||reply 70||10/15/2014|
[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).
|by Anonymous||reply 71||10/15/2014|
Sela was a University of Alabama cheerleader
|by Anonymous||reply 72||10/15/2014|
Loved the way Sela Ward wore her sunglasses, hanging under her chin.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||10/15/2014|
Sela even wrote about her cheerleading experiences.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||10/15/2014|
She was also a Chi Omega, same chapter as Harper Lee.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||10/15/2014|
Mark Frankel was hot and had chemistry with Sela, he died tragically.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||10/15/2014|
I loved the first Christmas episode when Georgie made eggnog with tainted eggs and everyone got sick.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||10/15/2014|
[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.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||10/16/2014|
Maybe someone will put some episodes up on youtube
|by Anonymous||reply 80||10/16/2014|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||10/16/2014|
The Sisters were apart of the Entertainment Weekly cast reunions issue. The actresses who played Charlie weren't included.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||11/07/2014|
R82 thanks for this
Huge fan of Sisters, great to see the four back together again,
|by Anonymous||reply 83||11/07/2014|
Such an irritating show. On the verge of camp, but too much of a soap to be really entertaining. Ed Marinaro seemed to have all of them.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||11/07/2014|
The cast looks great these days. I wonder if Swoozie has had work done.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||11/08/2014|
That was a good show, I liked it a lot. I thought their names were cool.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||11/08/2014|
Video of the cast on The Today Show. Sela's Southern accent comes out in the interview.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||11/08/2014|
I would love for a movie but even better is a reboot, with the same actresses!
|by Anonymous||reply 89||11/08/2014|
Sisters and China Beach both need to be on Netflix. The early seasons of Sisters were great.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||11/08/2014|
China Beach is on DVD, and fairly cheap too.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||11/08/2014|
|by Anonymous||reply 92||11/08/2014|
[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.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||11/08/2014|
I remember her from advertising posters at the Optician's.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||11/08/2014|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||11/08/2014|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||11/08/2014|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||11/08/2014|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||11/08/2014|
It WAS a hit, a very long time ago. Now the number of people interested in a dvd release are limited, a cult following.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||11/08/2014|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||11/09/2014|
Picket Fences only has season 1 DVD out.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||11/09/2014|
Bring back this thread and bring back this show! I could never decide who my favorite sister was - Teddy? Georgie? Alex? (Not Frankie though - sorry Mrs. Springsteen!)
|by Anonymous||reply 102||05/01/2015|
Loved Sisters! Remember that rumor that Sela was dating an actor who beat her, passed her around to friends and treated her like a coke whore? I can't remember the actor she was dating back in the late 80s 90s ..
Anyone else remember this?
|by Anonymous||reply 103||05/01/2015|
I don't remember that rumor about Sela.
Sela seems to be getting some minor roles in big movies these days. She was in Gone Girl and now has a role in Independence Day 2.
I think we may see her again on another TV show.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||05/06/2015|
If I remember correctly, on the last episode they were all moving to different places, but spoke about getting together again at holidays, etc.
I thought that was a sign that we would have occasional Christmas or Thanksgiving reunions, but so far, not...
|by Anonymous||reply 105||05/06/2015|
Frankie was the worst, r102. I don't know if it was just a bad character, bad actress or combination of both.
They should have just had the three remaining sisters when she left the show instead of inventing a new one. Or just recast Frankie, that's essentially what they did anyway.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||05/06/2015|
[quote]Frankie was the worst, [R102]. I don't know if it was just a bad character, bad actress or combination of both.
I think it was more of a bad actress thing. Julianne Phillips was the weak link of the show. Swoozie, Patricia, and Sela were all great in their roles.
I actually liked the early season storyline of Frankie being married to Teddy's ex Mitch. It was entertaining despite Julianne's bad acting.
The actresses who played Charlie weren't any better. The show shouldn't have added Charlie and just focused on Teddy, Georgie, and Alex
|by Anonymous||reply 108||05/09/2015|