Inside Pulse 12

DVD Review: Sisters (Seasons Three)


Before Paul Rudd was Ant-Man, the future superhero married into the Reed family. His arrival was rather unexpected since he hadn’t been hinted to existing at the end of Season Two of Sisters. The NBC drama had quickly become a demographic success as it attracted a large female audience by the Fall of 1992. For an up and coming actor, there’s sweetness to playing a sympathetic character on a series geared toward women. Sisters: Season Three keeps the focus on the four Reed sisters, but allows viewers to appreciate the early days of the major film star.

“Sunstroke” starts the season off with Alex (Swoosie Kurtz) preparing her home for a wedding. The intended couple is her mother and her judge boyfriend. But plans are ditched. What happens when you’re set for a reception? In steps her daughter Reed (Ashley Judd) and her boyfriend Kirby (Paul Rudd). The season progresses with Teddy (Sela Ward) finally getting success in the world of fashion design. While you’d think this would bring joy to the family, Alex has issues with it. Things go bad when Tedy learns how corporate America works with creative types. The massive family issue is when Georgie (Patricia Kalember) agrees to be a surrogate mother for her sister Frankie (Julianne Phillips). This is the most emotionally strange part of the family dynamics since Frankie’s husband Mitch (Hill Street Blues‘ Ed Marinaro) was married to Teddy. He is only missing Alex to win Reed sister BINGO. The birth gets complicated by a car accident following by Georgie not wanting to treat the child merely as her nephew instead of a son. Even though it sounds like a plotline that could have been used on Dynasty, there’s a solid nature to this turmoil from a sisterly womb sharing.

Sisters: Season Three pushes the bonds between the Reeds. They have to deal with success and heartbreak in the same events. The show is able to push up the tension without things getting comical. They really do react like family members especially when relatives don’t respond according to plans. There are light comical moments such as when Alex gets her fur out of storage and proceeds to have a dance moment down the street. Sisters is still a pleasing show for people who want something more grounded in reality than the Kardashian sisters.

The video is 1:33:1 full frame. The series appears to have been finished on standard definition video. The audio is Dolby Digital Stereo. The levels are fine so no one sister dominates the conversation.

No bonus features.

Sisters: Season Three keeps up the family bonding even with major crisis popping up each week.

Shout! Factory presents Sisters: Season Four. Starring: Sela Ward, Swoozie Kurtz, Patricia Kalember, Julianne Phillips. Boxset Contents: 24 Episodes on 6 DVDs. Released: January 19, 2015.