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Sister, Sister
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Cover of "Sister, Sister: The Complete First Season" DVD, that was released on October 28, 2009
Format Sitcom
Created by Kim Bass
Gary Gilbert
Fred Shafferman
Starring Tia Mowry
Tamera Mowry
Tim Reid
Jackée Harry (all; entire run)
Marques Houston (season 1-mid season 5)
RonReaco Lee
Deon Richmond (both; recurring, season 4; regular, season 5)
Theme music composer Tim Heintz, Randy Petersen and Kevin Quinn (entire run)
Kurt Farquhar (seasons 5–6)
Opening theme "Sister, Sister" (main title theme)
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 119 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Suzanne de Passe
Suzanne Coston (ooth; entire run)
Sy Rosen (seasons 1–2)
Brian Pollack & Mert Rich
(season 3)
Leslie Ray
David Steven Simon
(both; season 4)
Rick Hawkins (seasons 5–6)
Camera setup Videotape; Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) de Passe Entertainment
Paramount Network Television
Distributor Paramount Domestic Television (1994-2006)
CBS Paramount Domestic Television (2006-2007)
CBS Television Distribution (2007-present)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC (1994–1995)
The WB (1995–1999)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run April 1, 1994 (1994-04-01) – May 23, 1999 (1999-05-23)
Status Ended

Sister, Sister is an American television sitcom about identical twin girls (Tia and Tamera Mowry), separated and adopted at birth, who one day come face-to-face after 14 years apart.

Created by Kim Bass, Gary Gilbert and Fred Shafferman, the series starred twin sisters Tia and Tamera Mowry, along with Jackee Harry, Marques Houston and Tim Reid, with RonReaco Lee and Deon Richmond joining the cast in the fifth season. Sister, Sister was produced by de Passe Entertainment and Paramount Network Television (now CBS Television Distribution).

The series ran from April 1, 1994 to June 14, 1995 on ABC, was cancelled by the network after the 1994–95 season and then picked up by The WB and aired on that network from September 5, 1995 and ran until May 23, 1999.

Contents

Premise

In the pilot, after almost meeting a few times in the same store, the twins are reunited during a chance encounter shopping at a clothing store at the mall with their adoptive parents. The premise is similar to the movie The Parent Trap, where a pair of separated-at-birth twins has a chance encounter at summer camp.

Tia Landry (Tia Mowry) is the intelligent twin from inner-city Detroit, where her adoptive mother Lisa (Jackée Harry) works as a seamstress; Tamera Campbell (Tamera Mowry) is the boy-crazy twin from the suburbs, where her adoptive father Ray (Tim Reid) owns a limousine service. After their unexpected encounter in the department store, Ray reluctantly allows Tia and Lisa to move in the house because they are going to move. The girls' neighbor is Roger Evans (Marques Houston), an annoying teenager who is infatuated with both of them, and who evolves from a nerdy pest to a handsome gentleman. In the final season when the girls go off to college, Roger disappears from the series without any explanation. By the fifth season, Tia and Tamera ended up with steady boyfriends, Tyreke Scott and Jordan Bennett,.

In the sixth season episode "Father's Day", the twins meet their biological father and learn he is white and a famous photographer. He never married their mother, Racelle Gavin, because they never got the chance: she had been asked to paint a mural in Florida and he had been assigned "the opportunity of a lifetime" in the Middle-East. Also, Racelle told him that she would later join him in Tel Aviv without telling him of her pregnancy. After six months, Racelle suddenly stopped writing. When the girls' mother died, he was not allowed to see them because he couldn't prove he was their father. When he searched for his twin daughters, he never found them because they had been separately adopted.

For the first five seasons, the series would often have Tia and Tamera, either together or separately, breaking the fourth wall by talking directly to the viewer. During the ABC run, Tia and Tamera would address the audience on some of the goings on in the storyline involving them and occasionally other main characters, usually Roger. After the series moved to The WB, the breaking of the fourth wall was limited mainly to certain episodes and usually only in the teaser scenes and featured increasingly less often by the fourth season. For some of the episodes in the fifth season, it was included but was dropped by the middle of the fifth season. The sixth season was the only season that did not include it.

The first two seasons also occasionally used popular Motown and other songs in some scenes, the first season used a mix of original recordings and versions using studio singers, episodes from the second season used the latter; the use of Motown and other music in the series largely ended after the season two episode "Playing Hooky", though characters and music artists performed popular music periodically in later episodes (e.g., Marques Houston's former group IMX, previously Immature, performing their 1997 single "Tameka" in the season five episode "A Friend Indeed").

Characters

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Main characters

  • Tia Andrea Landry (Tia Mowry) – Tia is an All-American bookworm. At the top of her class in high school, she had aspirations to go to Harvard, but was rejected, and attended Michigan instead. Tia's main boyfriend is Ray's mechanic, Tyreke, who later joins and becomes a police escort at her college.
  • Tamera Ann Campbell (Tamera Mowry) – Tamera is Tia's total opposite in terms of personality. She is highly impulsive, and less intellectual than her sister, and a big fan of Coolio and the Hush Puppies shoe brand. She can be smart when she wants to, but usually uses 'The Twin Thing' (a frequently-invoked plot mechanism, where the twins pretend to be each other) to pass difficult tests. Her main boyfriend is Jordan, who attends college with her.
  • Lisa Landry Sims (Jackée Harry) – Lisa is a fashion designer by trade. She is the adoptive mother of Tia, though she is more aligned with Tamera's personality, sometimes even being more impulsive, lustful, and reckless than her daughter's twin. She is prone to bouts of depression, during which she consumes high quantities of food. Lisa eventually becomes a Christian and she and Tia start going to church with Tamera and Ray. She marries Victor Sims in the finale. She is always cracking jokes throughout the episodes, which are mostly about Ray.
  • Ray Campbell (Tim Reid) – Ray is diametrically opposed to Lisa and Tamera's tendencies. A widower who runs a limousine service, he is highly conservative and level-headed. He is the adoptive father of Tamera. He is more successful in his business than he is in his romantic life, however, and his relationships with women are often short-lived. He is often seduced by both attractive women and not so attractive women, like a stocky friend of Lisa's and an overweight farmer missing several teeth. He briefly dated Lisa. Ray is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, and the Republican Party.
  • Roger Evans (Marques Houston) – Roger is Tia and Tamera's annoying neighbor. Initially infatuated with Tamera, he was thrilled when he discovered that she had a twin sister, and frequently attempted to date either one of them. His advances were ill-received, however, and the repeated chorus by the various members of the household was "Go Home, Roger!" Roger eventually matures into the twins' confidante, and at some points even becomes a love interest for a short amount of time. Marques was also a member of the R&B group Immature (later known as IMx); His real life persona was written in as his character's cousin. At the end of Season 5, after Tia and Tamera graduate from High School, Roger isn't seen or mentioned again. He made a minor guest appearance in a Season 6 episode as a party guest at the twins' pajama party. He appeared again in the final episode as a special guest at Lisa's wedding and sings. At the twins High School Graduation Rogers sings; "Never Say Goodbye".
  • Tyreke Scott (RonReaco Lee) – Tyreke is Tia's boyfriend during the final two seasons of the series. A high school drop-out, after receiving his GED, he is permitted to graduate with the girls and Jordan, and later attends and gets a job at the college they attend. He appears in Season 5 a recurring guest and is a series regular in Season 6.
  • Jordan Bennett (Deon Richmond) – Jordan is Tamera's boyfriend during the final two seasons of the series. He goes to college with the girls. He is goofy at times, and is just as impulsive as Tamera. He can be sexist at times, as well as Tamera can be toward men. Like Tyreke, He appears in Season 5 a recurring guest and is a series regular in Season 6.

Minor characters

  • Tia and Tamera's real-life brother, Tahj Mowry, has appeared in three episodes of the series. He played Tia's cousin, Tahj, in "Get a Job", a kid visiting a "Mall Santa" in "Christmas", and appeared in a cross-over role in "Child's Play", in which he played T.J. Henderson, his character from fellow WB sitcom Smart Guy.
  • Terrence Winningham (Dorien Wilson) – Terrence is the manager of the local supermarket who dated Lisa for a while and was very briefly engaged to her. Like Ray, many women are attracted to him, but unlike Ray, he seems to attract more pretty women. One of the reasons he and Lisa broke up was because of his weakness for gorgeous women. In "Field Trip", she catches him flirting with a sexy clerk at a beauty shop. After Season 3 Terrence isn't seen or mentioned again.
  • Rhonda Coley (Bianca Lawson) – Rhonda is the popular girl in Tia and Tamera's high school who always made fun of Tia and Tamera, especially their fashion choices and on her last time on the show, over summer break she changed her appearance. After the third season, with the exception of the Season 4 premiere episode, "You Are So Beautiful" -- in which, the girls find out that Rhonda evolved over the summer becoming mannish-looking (the character was played by Larry Wrentz in that episode), Rhonda is not seen or mentioned again.
  • Victor Sims (Richard Lawson) – Victor is one of Ray's friends, who later becomes Lisa's love interest and later her husband in the series finale. Due to the series ending, we will never know if Victor adopted Tia.
  • Sarah (Brittany Murphy) – Sarah is one of Tia and Tamera's friends -- one of a revolving door of friends Tia and Tamera would have during the series -- who appears in the first season. She seems to have less trouble than other people in knowing which twin was Tia and which was Tamera as seen in the season one episode "Cheater, Cheater", in which she points out to the principal when he notified Tia that she made the school's honor roll, and Sarah pointed out that he was actually talking to Tamera (oddly enough, the principal also mistook Sarah for the twin's other friend, Jamie, who was with them).
  • Denise Mondello (Anna Slotky) – Denise is one of Tia and Tamera's friends who appears in the show's second and third seasons. Denise, like Tia and Tamera, was employed at Rocket Burger. In the season two episode "Single White Teenager" (the characters first appearance in production order, though she appeared in an earlier episode in season two), Denise was paired with Tamera as a science partner while Tia was sick, and later started to dress like Tia and Tamera as well, even claiming she was going to start being called by her middle name of Tonya in order to match theirs, causing panic by Tia and Tamera, only to find out that it was a joke.
  • Diavian Johnson (Alexis Fields) – Diavian is the twins' best friend in the seasons five and six.

Special guest appearances

Episodes

Season Episodes First airdate Last airdate
Season 1 12 April 1, 1994 June 24, 1994
Season 2 19 December 21, 1994 June 14, 1995
Season 3 22 September 6, 1995 May 15, 1996
Season 4 22 September 4, 1996 May 13, 1997
Season 5 22 September 10, 1997 May 17, 1998
Season 6 22 September 13, 1998 May 23, 1999

Ratings

Season Position Viewers (in millions) (Per episode) Channel
1 (1993–94) #33 11.2 (estimated) ABC
2 (1994–95) #60 10.1[1] ABC
3 (1995–96) #142 3.0[2] The WB
4 (1996–97) #135 3.4[3] The WB
5 (1997–98) #149 3.0[4] The WB
6 (1998–99) #133 3.6[5] The WB

Theme song and opening sequences

The series' theme song was written and composed by Tim Heintz, Randy Petersen and Kevin Quinn. Three versions of the original theme song were used from April 1994 to May 1997. A new version of the show's theme was used starting in Season 5, composed by Heintz, Petersen, Quinn and Kurt Farquhar, who composed the music for the series, save for Season 3, when the music was composed by Paul A. Kreiling, and performed by Tia and Tamera Mowry.

Overall, there were five different versions of the intro. The opening sequence used in the first two seasons, designed by Twin Art, featured the main cast in front of a white background with various animations often around them, ending with Tia, Tamera, Ray and Lisa at a couch with an animated roof over it (pushed overhead by Ray), which morphs into the title logo. The sequence was shortened with the theme song in season two and modified to include Marques Houston as Roger, who became a contract cast member that season (Houston, as Roger, is shown peeking from an animated door which Tia and Tamera promptly close on him).

The following two seasons used a fully computer-animated sequence with the cast's video headshots made to look as if it were done in stop-motion, ending with the main cast (sans Marques Houston) walking into each other in front of a cloud backdrop. This was the only time the intro remained exactly the same was between, though by season 4, the intro seemed outdated as Tia and Tamera got their new look, dumping the wavy hair, berets and plaid outfits for more fashionable outfits.

The final two seasons used a music video-style sequence, designed by Paramount Digital Design; Marques Houston remained in the sequence despite leaving the series as a regular midway through the fifth season, and Houston was replaced in the sequence by RonReaco Lee and Deon Richmond for the sixth season. Because virtually the same sequence was used as the season before, viewers may notice that in the final part of the sequence before the title logo when the cast dances together that Richmond and Lee do not appear in the black-and-white shots and are digitally inserted in the regular shots with Tia and Tamera Mowry, Tim Reid and Jackée Harry.

Syndication

The series has been aired on various broadcast television networks in the U.S. after the series finale on The WB. From September 1998 to September 2002, Paramount Television Distribution (now CBS Television Distribution) distributed the series to Fox, WB and UPN network affiliates around the United States, airing depending on market. Disney Channel aired edited versions of the series from September 9, 2002 until May 28, 2007.

On June 11, 2007, the show began airing on ABC Family, which is a sister channel to Disney Channel via the Walt Disney Company division Disney/ABC Television Group.[6] The series replaced Step by Step, but was knocked off two weeks later then returned in the early morning. The series has also aired on BET from July 2009 to January 10, 2010. The show also aired on WGN America from September 11, 2007 until May 2009.[7] In August 2009, Gospel Music Channel began airing the series.

In an unusual instance, since BET dropped the series in January 2010, no U.S. television channel currently airs the original syndicated prints of the series, making it a rare instance in which more than one cable network runs episodes of a series edited for content. The edited Disney Channel versions are the syndication package of the show that airs on sister network ABC Family, with the exception of the season two episode "Tattoo" that was omitted from Disney Channel airings and Gospel Music Channel airs episodes with content the channel deems inappropriate usually muted or removed entirely, ranging from mild suggestive dialogue said by Roger to tame phrases such as "shut up"; whereas the airings on WGN America and BET that no longer air on those channels were the original syndicated prints.

International airings

In the UK, Sister, Sister was aired on Nickelodeon, and on Channel 4 between 1995 and 2000 as the channel had the terrestrial rights to the show. Currently, it airs on Nickelodeon on Sky and Virgin Media at 8pm, every night. It also airs on RTÉ Two's The Den in Ireland at 11:30am on Saturdays.

In Brazil, Sister, Sister already aired on Nickelodeon, and on October 21, 2009 it debuted on open television Rede Record, but was taken off on October 30, 2009, the cause for this is unknown.

DVD releases

CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount) has released the 1st & 2nd Seasons of Sister, Sister on DVD in Region 1.

DVD Name Ep # Region 1
The 1st Season 12 October 28, 2008
The 2nd Season 19 May 19, 2009
The 3rd Season 22 TBA
The 4th Season 22 TBA
The 5th Season 22 TBA
The 6th Season 22 TBA

Cultural references

  • In the Family Guy episode, "Peter's Two Dads", Stewie is seen unwrapping Meg's birthday gifts and says, "Season 1 of Sister, Sister on DVD?". Cleveland then says offscreen, "You're welcome!".
  • In The Proud Family episode, "Makeover", Oscar was talking about TV twins, and he mentioned Tia and Tamera, calling them, 'Sister, Sister Sisters'.
  • On the fellow WB sitcom The Parent 'Hood, season 2 episode, "I'm O'Tay, You're O-Tay", Michael chants at the snippet "oh, hey, it's Sister, Sister" where Zaria and CeCe look like twins on February 21, 1996. This series aired before The Parent 'Hood after Sister, Sister moved from ABC and was picked up by The WB.

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