The BEST Episodes of Brothers & Sisters

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 19, 2019

Network: ABC (US)

Brothers & Sisters is a drama from executive producers Ken Olin and Jon Robin Baitz. The LA-based Walker family is an ordinary American family. The adult siblings -- Sarah Walker (formerly Whedon), Tommy Walker, Kevin Walker, Justin Walker, and Kitty Walker -- try to live up to their parents' expectations. Alongside their mother Nora Holden, Nora's brother Saul Holden, Sarah's husband (now ex-husband) Joe Whedon, Tommy's wife Julia Walker, Kevin's husband Scotty Wandell and mysterious Holly Harper. And last but not least Rebecca, Holly's daughter. Who they originally thought was their half sister but later found out they had a half brother, Ryan instead, the Walkers struggle through their everyday lives.

On the Road Again

#1 - On the Road Again

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired May 16, 2010

As the Walkers try to cope with the sadness and financial ruin that lingers as a result of the closure of Ojai Foods, they discover a small ray of hope in one of William Walker’s many secret investments. Meanwhile, Robert’s health and the safety of his family are compromised when he finds himself in way over his head in a subversive business deal, and newlyweds Justin and Rebecca consider a trial separation.

star 8.68
332 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: David Marshall Grant, Geoffrey Nauffts
Lights Out

#2 - Lights Out

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired May 9, 2010

The Walkers are heartbroken as they prepare to shut the doors of Ojai Foods for good, but new opportunities and secret alliances develop as a result of the family's loss.

star 8.18
400 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
Writers: Brian Studler, Molly Newman
Walker Down The Aisle

#3 - Walker Down The Aisle

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 8, 2011

As Sarah and Luc’s nuptials approach, plans go horribly awry and the Walkers learn several surprising lessons about the real meaning of family, on the Series Finale of “Brothers & Sisters”.

star 8.16
413 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers:
Troubled Waters (1)

#4 - Troubled Waters (1)

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 1, 2009

As the Walkers welcomes in a new life, they must also face the terror of losing one of their own. Meanwhile, Rebecca asks her father for help when she comes across new information that may spell disaster for the company.

star 8.10
198 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: David Marshall Grant, Molly Newman
Northern Exposure

#5 - Northern Exposure

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 5, 2006

Kitty and Warren go to the country to have a peaceful weekend, that turns out anything but that. Unable to become pregnant, Tommy and Julia turn to desperate and unconventional measures. Faced with dire financial circumstances, the Walkers are forced to sell the ranch house.

star 8.05
288 votes
Writers: David Marshall Grant, Molly Newman
Family Portrait

#6 - Family Portrait

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 15, 2006

Sarah and Joe both face a big challenge when they discover that something may be wrong with their daughter, Paige.Kitty finds herself torn between two men, Justin begins his new job, Kevin gets jealous after seeing Scotty with another guy, and Nora suspects that Saul has feelings for Holly.

star 7.95
298 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: Craig Wright, Jon Robin Baitz
Matriarchy

#7 - Matriarchy

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired May 20, 2007

Nora organizes an engagement party for Kitty and Robert. Justin is about to be deployed to Iraq, and he tries to have special time with his family members to say goodbye. Kitty finds it hard to tell her mother that she will be moving out. An old friend of Saul's visits after his divorce.

star 7.86
277 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: Greg Berlanti, Jon Robin Baitz
Prior Commitments

#8 - Prior Commitments

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired May 12, 2008

Kevin and Scotty make a commitment to be life partners; Saul finally comes to grips with his identity in a public way; the family discovers that William kept yet another painful secret from them.

star 7.84
252 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: Alison Schapker, Greg Berlanti, Monica Owusu-Breen
Valentine's Day Massacre

#9 - Valentine's Day Massacre

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 11, 2007

Nora has a Valentine's Day dinner with a friend and takes a risky ride that could land her in trouble.

star 7.82
282 votes
Directors: Michael Schultz
Writers: Cliff Olin, Peter Calloway
Mistakes Were Made, Part 1 (a.k.a. Glass Jumps)

#10 - Mistakes Were Made, Part 1 (a.k.a. Glass Jumps)

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 12, 2006

Justin's resolve to stay clean is shaken by a disturbing letter from the US military requesting that he go back and join them.Kevin swallows his fears and tries his hardest to win back Scotty but it blows up in his face, Nora prepares for a date, and Sarah uncovers some shocking information.

star 7.81
343 votes
Directors: Michael Lange
Writers: Craig Wright, Jon Robin Baitz
For the Children

#11 - For the Children

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 29, 2006

The Walker family gets humiliated when their secrets are revealed in a public forum.

star 7.81
322 votes
Writers: Jessica Mecklenburg, Jon Robin Baitz
Mistakes Were Made, Part 2

#12 - Mistakes Were Made, Part 2

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 19, 2006

A road trip for Sarah, Tommy, and Kevin reveals more startling news about their father. Justin comes clean about his reasons for joining the service after returning from a hospital stay.

star 7.80
332 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim
Domestic Issues

#13 - Domestic Issues

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 28, 2007

Sarah becomes embroiled in a difficult battle with Joe for custody of their children. Kitty's Halloween announcement has consequences for the entire Walker family.

star 7.80
275 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: Cliff Olin, Peter Calloway
Troubled Waters (2)

#14 - Troubled Waters (2)

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 1, 2009

As the Walkers welcomes in a new life, they must also face the terror of losing one of their own. Meanwhile, Rebecca asks her father for help when she comes across new information that may spell disaster for the company.

star 7.79
130 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: David Marshall Grant, Molly Newman
Time After Time, Part 1

#15 - Time After Time, Part 1

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 11, 2010

In an effort to get to the root of the secret that William's nemesis, Dennis York, holds over their heads, the Walkers recall their memories, both good and horrifying, of their family's days at Ojai Foods in 1986. Then, as they continue to flashback to their younger days, they finally recall the shocking secret and the shameful cover-up that led to York's power play, and are forced to deal with the remorse of a tragic event. Meanwhile, Nora and Holly take an uncharacteristic trip, a la "Thelma & Louise," to search for answers about Ojai's hidden worth, and Justin and Rebecca finally get their happily ever after.

star 7.73
468 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: Jennifer Levin, Sherri Cooper Landsman
36 Hours

#16 - 36 Hours

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 11, 2007

The Walkers unite as Justin's addiction hits an all-time low. Kitty and Robert build new plans for their future.

star 7.72
245 votes
Directors: David Paymer
Writers: David Marshall Grant, Molly Newman
All In the Family

#17 - All In the Family

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 1, 2007

Nora invites her late husband's illegitimate daughter to a family dinner at the Walker house against some of her children's wishes. Kevin Walker's hush hush relationship with a movie star reaches new levels and Nora has an interesting encounter with her college professor.

star 7.71
249 votes
Directors: David Paymer
Writers: David Marshall Grant, Sherri Cooper
Date Night

#18 - Date Night

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 22, 2006

In an effort to move on from her husband's death, Nora goes on a date with another guy, but things don’t go quite as well as she had planned.Kitty decides to go on a very awkward double-date with Jonathan and Warren, and Kevin connects with Scotty on their date together.

star 7.70
350 votes
Directors: Allison Liddi
Writers: David Marshall Grant, Molly Newman
Never Say Never

#19 - Never Say Never

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 10, 2011

Emotions are running high in the Walker family when Nora and Saul find out their mother, Ida, has passed away.

star 7.69
391 votes
Directors: Bethany Rooney
Writers: Sarah Kucserka, Veronica Becker
Bakersfield

#20 - Bakersfield

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 2, 2008

Nora sets out to find as much as she can about William's son in order to beat Holly. Meanwhile, Kitty and Robert await news on a potential birth mother.

star 7.69
334 votes
Directors: Gloria Muzio
Writers: Molly Newman, Peter Calloway
Something Ida This Way Comes

#21 - Something Ida This Way Comes

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 21, 2007

The family throws a party for Nora's sixtieth birthday. Surprises- but not the good kind- abound when half the family gets the flu, Nora's mother shows up, and the video tribute doesn't come out quite right.

star 7.69
306 votes
Directors: Michael Lange
Writers: David Marshall Grant, Sherri Cooper
Three Parties

#22 - Three Parties

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 8, 2007

Sarah accompanies Kitty to Senator McAllister's hometown to interview local residents for his upcoming election campaign, where she meets his high school sweetheart Alice. The pair meets up with some local high school seniors at a bar, and attends a party with them. Rebecca asks Justin to attend a house party with her, who ends with Justin getting a black eye; while Chad makes a surprising decision to come out that affects his relationship with Kevin in a negative way. Meanwhile, at the advice of her best friend, Nora asks her professor out on a date. And Kitty returns to L.A. with new insight on McAllister and admits that she's falling in love with him.

star 7.68
247 votes
Directors: Sandy Smolan
Writers: Marc Guggenheim
Grapes of Wrath

#23 - Grapes of Wrath

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 6, 2007

The vineyard opens up and the whole family attends. Holly also makes a move on Mark when Nora is gone.

star 7.66
256 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
Writers: David Marshall Grant, Sherri Cooper
Nearlyweds

#24 - Nearlyweds

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 6, 2009

Justin and Rebecca's beachside wedding has the Walker family stunned. Tommy risks everything to have his daughter beside him.

star 7.65
252 votes
Directors: Laura Innes
Writers: Michael J. Cinquemani, Molly Newman
Light the Lights

#25 - Light the Lights

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 10, 2006

Sarah, Tommy and Saul make a big mistake when they try to retrieve funds to try and save the family's business.Kevin comes up with an idea about how to try and stop Justin from going back into the military, and Kitty tries to decide what she's going to do about her job offers.

star 7.65
310 votes
Writers: Cliff Olin, Peter Calloway