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Encyclopedia > Sisters (television series)

Sisters was a television drama which aired on NBC from 1991 to 1996. The show revolved around the Reed sisters who all lived in Winnetka, Illinois, and were the daughters of a workaholic medical doctor who was now deceased. In the show's memorable opening, all of the sisters were shown taking a steam bath together clad only in towels, apparently a weekly family ritual. Drama is a term generally used to refer to a literary form involving parts written for actors to perform. ... NBC Universal is a media and entertainment conglomerate formed in May 2004 by the combination of General Electrics NBC with Vivendi Universal Entertainment, part of Vivendi Universal. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Winnetka is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... The word physician should not be confused with physicist, which means a scientist in the area of physics. ...


The oldest sister was Alex, who was played by Swoosie Kurtz. She was very protective of her younger siblings and intervened when there was a crisis. Her own life was problematic, as she faced the problems of a rebellious teenage daughter (initially played by Ashley Judd), and a transvestive husband (David Dukes), also a doctor. She filled the mother role for the group, which added to the safety of the family dynamic as their mother, Bea (played by Elizabeth Hoffman) was seen frequently. Alex and Bea watched over Teddy, Georgie, and Frankie, who were played by Sela Ward, Patricia Kalember, and Julianne Phillips, respectively. Teddy was the glamourous, devastatingly beautiful sister who was also an at-times-uncontrolled alcoholic. Georgie was the most responsible sister, with a seemingly-happy marriage to John (Garrett M. Brown), but they had a son fighting leukemia, which also had an emotionally-devastating effect on his brother, who as a consequence received a far smaller measure of parental attention. Frankie was married to Teddy's ex-husband, Mitch (Ed Marinaro), upon whom she had first developed a crush when he began to date Teddy and Frankie was still a little girl. Teddy's first appearance on the show was to attempt to break up their wedding in a drunken fit of jealousy by using a shotgun. Swoosie Kurtz (born on September 6, 1944 in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American actress. ... A separate article is about the punk band called The Adolescents. ... Ashley Judd on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Ashley Judd on the cover of Harpers Bazaar Ashley Judd (born April 19, 1968 in Granada Hills, California) is an American actress. ... This article deals with the history of the word transvestite. For information about cross-dressing, see there. ... This article is about David Dukes, the character actor. ... Sela Ann Ward (born July 11, 1956 in Meridian, Mississippi) is an American actress. ... Patricia Kalember is an American actress. ... Julianne Phillips (born Julianne Smith on May 13, 1960 in Lake Oswego, Oregon) is an American actress. ... Beauty also refers to the bottom quark, a flavor of quark in particle physics. ... This article contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... Leukemia (leukaemia in Commonwealth English) are malignancies (cancers) of the blood or bone marrow characterized by an abnormal proliferation of white blood cells (leukocytes). ... Ed Marinaro (born March 31, 1950 in New York City) is an American actor and former football player. ... A pump-action and two semi-automatic action shotguns and boxes of ammunition A shotgun is a firearm typically used to fire a number of small spherical pellets, the shot, from a smoothbore barrel of relatively large diameter. ...


Later, the sisters became aware of a fifth "sister", a half-sister who was the love child of an affair the Reed father had with another woman. This fifth sister, Charley (played by Jo Anderson and then by Sheila Kelley) factored into storylines starting in 1994, and was yet another medical doctor character. The writing, which was always somewhat exaggerated (the creators called it "heightened reality"), tended to become even more over the top as the seasons progressed, perhaps culminating with Alex's post-divorce affair with a plumber and subsequent marriage to Al (Robert Klein), an outlandish appliance retailer who frequently appeared in his own television commercials as "The Appliance King", complete with robe and crown. Love child is a synonym for illegitimate child, meaning a child born out of wedlock. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... Robert Klein (born February 8, 1942) is an American stand-up comedian and occasional actor. ... The word appliance has several different areas of meaning, all usually referring to a device with a narrow function: One class of objects includes items that are custom-fitted to an individual for the purpose of correction of a physical problem, such as prosthetic and orthotic appliances. ... In commerce, a retailer buys goods or products in large quantities from manufacturers or importers, either directly or through a wholesaler, and then sells individual items or small quantities to the general public or end user customers, usually in a shop, also called store. ...


The show was unique in that each episode featured a number of flashbacks, in which the characters would actually interact with their younger selves.


The show was created by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, who went on to adapt Queer as Folk for the American market. Queer as Folk was an American television series produced by Showtime, which was based on the British series of the same name created by Russell T. Davies. ...


George Clooney had a recurring role on Sisters the TV season before ER premiered on U.S. television. George Clooney at the Incirlik hospital, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey December 7, 2001 George Timothy Clooney (born May 6, 1961 in Lexington, Kentucky) is an American film and television actor, known for his former role in the long-running television drama ER (1994-99). ... Look up ER on Wiktionary, the free dictionary ER or er may stand for: Er (biblical figure), the eldest son of Judah. ...


The series received eight Emmy Award nominations over the course of its run, winning once, in 1994 for Sela Ward as Best Actress. An Emmy Award. ... Sela Ann Ward (born July 11, 1956 in Meridian, Mississippi) is an American actress. ...


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