Sep 16 2010

The 10 Best Casted Siblings in TV Sitcom History

Published by at 9:00 am under Television

I’m guessing it’s tough to grow up being a single child.  I mean all you have is your parents?  That’s gotta suck.  I know that God willing when I have children that I hope I can provide the first child with a brother or a sister.  And that also translates onto television.

I mean how often do you see single child families?  Not too often.  Which is why it’s great that TV shows insert a bunch of kids who have funny dynamics just like in real life.

Some shows do it better than others.  Here are the 10 best casted siblings in TV sitcom history….

Niles and Frasier Crane – Frasier


For the sheer fact that these two actually look and talk like brothers in real life.  Honestly it never got better than this on television.  To this day I’m still in awe about how much these guys are alike.

Kevin and Wayne Arnold – The Wonder Years


No better display of big brother/little brother took place than on The Wonder Years.  Wayne was such a prick that it was awesome.  It got worse when they became older and got along better.   I’m not counting the sister here.

Kelly and Bud Bundy – Married with Children


These two managed to jab at each other for the entire run of the show.  A feat that will not be matched.  It all went to shit once that Seven kid showed up.

The Huxtable Kids (Except Sandra) – The Cosby Show


Like I said, except for Sandra, this was a flawless family.

Ross and Monica – Friends


I never really liked the show but it’s not often that you just see a brother/sister pair on a sitcom.  Also, it’s nice to see a kids dynamic in adults which Ross and Monica definitely had.

Michael, Lindsay, Gob, Buster, Bluth – Arrested Development


Jesus Christ I could write an entire article about this clan but let’s just say you guys agree here  Good.

Alex, Mallory,  Jennifer – Family Ties


It was really Alex that made this crew but Mallory was pretty awesome.  Jennifer was useless but still fun in her younger days.   But I have to say the combo of Fox and Bateman really kicked as on this show.  And no I’m not including Brian Bonsall.

The Bradford Clan – Eight is Enough


Too old for my time but too many people have told me I had to add them.

The Brady Bunch – The Brady Bunch


Come on.  You think I’d leave them out?

Raymond and Robert Barone – Everyone Loves Raymond


When you put a giant cop next to his little brother who he’s completely jealous of you have a good formula.  And it definitely worked with these guys.  I don’t put this show up there with the likes of other greats but I did love watching these guys jab back and forth.

*P.S. I refuse to add Two and a Half Men.

Other notables:  Wally and the Beaver, Full House Girls, My Three Sons, Happy Days, Charles in Charge





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31 responses so far

  • Cheryl

    I was never a big fan of the show itself but Eric Forman and his sister Lori.

    My second vote: Bart and Lisa

  • Drew Dickinson

    Are you goddam kidding me? No Dennis & Dee on Its Always Sunny? For shame, sir…. for shame

  • Bobby

    Drake and Josh?

  • Annie

    Claire and Mitchell on “Modern Family” are pretty awesome, too. Niles and Frasier are probably still my favorites, though.

  • Axwage

    Yeah, Dennis and Dee for sure. For sure for sure for sure.

    Claire and Mitchell are also a good pair, but it’s only been one season so let’s see if the writers give us growth or it gets stale.

    I’m also going to throw the Venture brothers out there, even though the article has “casted” in the title, making this nomination illogical. But seriously: Venture Bros.

  • UMUNK

    Dennis and Dee definetly ….

  • Alex

    What the hell man? Where are Simon and River Tam? They are the best siblings ever!

  • kryzchek

    Larry, Darryl, and Darryl

  • juan

    @ alex

    sitcoms, pal, sitcoms.

  • Drester

    What’s wrong with Two and a Half Men?

  • Rodney

    do we really have to say it, Drester?

  • james

    What about the three brothers in Home Improvements?

  • chelsea

    DENNIS and DEE…. you, sir, fail. they should’ve been the top of the list.

    but THANK YOU for not adding 2 and 1/2 men…. *shudders*

  • http://www.losangeleshomeloans.org LA

    The list was pretty good but I’d add Bart and Lisa Simpson plus the 3 sisters from Full House.

  • JohnBoy

    The Waltons. It is over thirty years old and it still airs. How many that made this list will repeat that feat?

  • daiev

    What about Brad, Randy and Mark from home improvement? They were definitely like real brothers

  • larrythefatcat

    “Casted” is not a word…

    …good article, though.

  • Miguel

    Sondra Huxtable…SONDRA, not “Sandra”. However, your point is taken. The only good thing about Sondra was that through her, we got Elvin.

  • Vinny

    Barney and James Stinson from How I Met Your Mother. Neil Patrick Harris and Wayne Brady is utter genius.

  • Ashley

    Totally agree with Niles and Frasier; they’re still probably the best sitcom siblings ever. :-)

    It might be a little early for them to make the cut, but I like how Modern Family handles all of its sibling relationships (adult and young’uns alike).

  • Kristen

    No Joe and Brian Hackett from Wings? They’re my favorite set of adult siblings on any TV show! I also would have added the Simpson children too.

    And even though i was never much of a fan, I think the brothers from Prison Break should be on here. How many other siblings would bust their brother out of jail like that?

  • Ross

    I thought zach braff and the guy from Ed worked reallly well as brothers

  • Martin

    Who could forget when we get to meet Barney’s brother on How I Met Your Mother?? And what a duo it is! ;)

  • Mooks

    Well… technically in Arrested Development…

    MASSIVE SPOILERS AVOID AVOIDE IF YOU HAVENT WATCH CRAP MAN JUST GO WATCH IT

    Only Michael and Gob were fully siblings. Buster was (more than likely) Oscars son, and Lindsay was adopted.

  • Desario

    What about Mary-Kate and Ashley in Two of a Kind?

    P.S. Bart and Lisa don’t count, y’know, ’cause they’re animated characters.

  • Fan of Sondra

    What is wrong with Sondra?? Please share your reasoning.
    Thanks you.

  • daman

    dexter and debra!!

  • http://Unreality.com Ed Hitch

    ROSEANNE’s clan take the cake for me…And thanx for not including the insipid and Vacuous 2 1/2 MEN!

  • BOLT

    I’m glad I’m not the only one to bring it up but do you even watch It’s Always Sunny??

  • dd

    mike and carole seaver!

  • K

    *Its Sondra

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