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Sister, Sister - The First Season

Paramount // Unrated // October 28, 2008
List Price: $36.98 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Jeffrey Robinson | posted November 20, 2008 | E-mail the Author
The First Season

Sister, Sister is a television situational comedy from 1993. It ran for six seasons. Its first two seasons aired on ABC, but it was cancelled and picked up by the WB. The show is about twin sisters in a nonconventional family going through the ins and outs of being teenage girls and their adoptive parents keeping them in check, as well as each other. Overall, Sister, Sister is a decent. The comedy is light-hearted and is best suited for a younger audience. In addition, if you grew up watching it, season one makes for a nice trip down memory lane. However, the set is best as a rental. It can be entertaining, but has limited value in replay.

Sister, Sister stars twins Tia and Tamera Mowry. The twins play Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell. They were separated at birth and adopted by different families. Neither knew of each other's existence. Tia was adopted by Lisa (Jackee Harry), who is an outspoken fashion designer. Tamera was adopted by Ray (Tim Reid), who owns a limousine company and is very conservative and uptight. Lisa and Ray have polar opposite personalities, which is frequently poked fun at for comical purposes. Outside of the family, the other main character is Roger (Marques Houston), who is the younger, annoying neighbor.

While Tia and Tamera were separated, on a chance encounter in episode "The Meeting", the two families cross paths in a department store mix-up. From this moment on, Tia and Tamera did not want to be separated. As fate would have it, Lisa was offered a job in another state, which would mean moving. However, the four worked it out for Tia and Lisa to move into Ray's house. This way the girls would be together. The only catch is that not everybody gets along perfectly. Ray is uptight and indifferent to Lisa's carefree way of life. They have very different approaches to parenting, which can cause tension. As mentioned, their awkward relationship is the butt of several jokes.

As the season goes on, the nonconventional family goes through some typical sitcom storylines that deal with dating boys, cheating at school, young independence, and other general teenage angst issues. Some of these light-hearted episodes include "First Dates", the girls deal with not having dates for the school dance, "Cheater, Cheater", Tia pretends to be Tamera and takes her history test, and "Out Alone", the girls take the city bus to a movie and get lost. As for Ray and Lisa, they have their own developments. In "Wedding Bells & Box Boys", Ray is caught kissing the bride that Lisa is making a wedding dress for, and "The Birthday", Ray and Lisa are forced to share a hotel room.

Overall, Sister, Sister's first season has some decent moments. The show is light-hearted with the cast getting into typical sitcom mix-ups. For those who are interested in a trip down memory lane, there is a decent nostalgia-factor from watching the show. I have fond memories of Sister, Sister and it has held up fairly well. However, while it can be entertaining, the show is clearly not a great sitcom for adults. It is best suited for a younger audience, as the humor is very light-hearted and family-oriented. In the end, unless you are a fan who wants to re-experience the adventures of Tia and Tamera, then this set is probably not worth your time.

Episode Guide

1. The Meeting: Separated at birth, teenage twins Tia and Tamera convince their adoptive single parents that both families should live together.
2. First Dates: Although both girls agree not to attend the school dance unless they both have dates, Tamera attempts to break their pact after she's asked out and Tia isn't.
3. Slumber Party: An all-girls sleepover unexpectedly goes coed when Sarah's boyfriend crashes the twins' slumber party.
4. Cheater, Cheater: Hoping to help Tamera make Honor Roll, Tia agrees to take the test in her place.
5. Wedding Bells & Box Boys: While Tia hopes Lisa will allow her to date a 16-year-old "older man", Danielle's wedding is canceled after she's caught kissing Ray in the kitchen.
6. Out Alone: Allowed to go on a city bus for the first time, Tamera is accompanied by the more experienced Tia, who promptly gets them both lost.
7. The Pimple: Afraid a pimple will make a bad impression on her new beau, Tai asks Tamera to take her place.
8. Car Trouble: When Tamera accidentally scratches Ray's car she swears Tia to secrecy, unaware there's another witness - their annoying neighbor Roger.
9. The Birthday: To celebrate the twins' birthday, Ray takes the girls to Chicago, where he winds up sharing a hotel room with Lisa.
10. Love Strikes: Afraid they'll be separated if he remarries, the twins do their best to break up Ray's new romance.
11. The Concert: When Ray refuses to buy them tickets, the twins attempt to find another way to see their favorite rapper.
12. Mothers & Other Strangers: When her judgmental mother stops by for a visit, Lisa agrees not to speak for a week if Ray will pretend they're married.


The video format is given in its original aspect ratio 1.33:1 full frame color. The overall quality is acceptable. There are some noticeable of compression artifacts and ghosting during heavy movement. Overall, while not outstanding, the visual representation is still good enough.

The audio track in this release is given in English Dolby digital stereo sound. The audio sounds pretty clean and is very flat. It is as basic as TV on DVD releases get. This release also supports closed captioning.

There are no extras included with this DVD set.

Final Thoughts:
Sister, Sister is a sitcom from the 90s about twin sisters who were separated at birth. Now in their teens, they have been reunited. The series focuses on the teenage angst and humor that comes from the twins and their adoptive parents learning to live together as the girls date, lie, and many other things. At the surface, Sister, Sister is a light-hearted, family-oriented sitcom. It is decent with some comedy and a little drama. It is good for those looking to fix nostalgia and members of a younger audience. It comes with a Rent It recommendation.

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