Sister, Sister

Common Sense Media says

Separated twins reunite as teens -- tweens OK.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Girls are typical teens; when they get into mischief, it has consequences, plus discussion with parents.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series, now in syndication, began with the sisters as young teens and ended six years later with them in college -- which allowed episode topics to gain some maturity over the years. The list ranges from divorce, dating (both parents and kids), and break-ups to skipping school, learning to drive, and first jobs.

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Kids say

What's the story?

SISTER, SISTER tells the story of Tia (Tia Mowry) and Tamera (Tamera Mowry) -- twins seperated at birth and adopted by seperate households. Shopping in the mall at age 14, they literally run into each other; one twin with her single adoptive father, Ray (Tim Reid), the other with her single adoptive mother, Lisa (Jackee Harry). Eventually, both parents decide the girls should be raised together, having been apart for the first part of their lives. So everyone moves in together, although the parents maintain a platonic relationship throughout the series. Later, the series follows the sisters to college, where they become sassier versions of their former selves. At that point, the series focuses on their relationships with their steady boyfriends and less on family dynamics.

Is it any good?


Sister, Sister tries to maintain a balance of parent involvement, even-keeled daughters, and typical teenage problems -- a successful formula that has led to a long life in syndication snice the series ended in 1999. Sister, Sister has maintained a loyal fan base and has managed to stand the test of time. Teens can relate as the twins experience typical problems in high school with friends, boys, and each another. Parents will like the fact that each episode contains a lesson learned, plus a family discussion.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about adoption and the realities of being a single parent. Has your child ever wanted to be a twin? What would the benefits be? The negatives? How would your child handle the discovery of a long-lost sibling later in life?

TV details

Cast:Jackee Harry, Tamera Mowry, Tia Mowry, Tim Reid
Network:Disney Channel
Topics:Book characters
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 15 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

great show

I love watching this show! good for pre-teens. funny and seirous.
Teen, 16 years old Written byQueenOfNowhere34 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
Sister,Sister is a good show for families to watch together. It's one of my favorites.
Parent of a 5 and 12 year old Written bybigflyry August 3, 2009

Cool show! 5+

Sister, sister is cool. But there is profanity. Like jackass and sexxy. And one episode deals with sex.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great role models


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