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Anyone with sisters knows that sisterhood can be complicated! Sisters can be the best people to have on your side. They're childhood BFF's built right into your life! But they can also be infuriating, and when you're mad at them you still have to live with them. The love-hate relationship between sisters is just a natural part of life. Your built-in bestie is the perfect person to borrow clothes from — until they want to borrow all of yours! They're also always going to have your back. You know, until they decide to be the ones sticking a knife in it. Sisterhood is seriously complex!
Sisterhood has been all over TV for decades. Several shows have perfectly depicted the love-hate relationship that so many sisters live through on a daily basis. From the competitive nature of having siblings to a camaraderie like nothing else, these TV sisters nail it. They almost make us wish we had sisters! You know, until we get to the "hate" part of that love-hate equation! Here are some of the best duos and trios of TV sisters that have really captured the essence of sisterhood.
Having one sister can be crazy, but having two? Insanity. These girls always have each other's backs, though. They're game to indulge in whatever whacky scheme one of them comes up with, but it's not always rainbows and sunshine! Oh, sitcom sisterhood. Sometimes having little sisters can be annoying AF, as DJ (Candace Cameron-Bure) knows quite well. There are times where Steph (Jodie Sweetin) and Michelle (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson) are doing all they can to mimic their older sis and trying to shoehorn themselves into her life. Ugh, annoying! But at the end of the day, these sisters love one another much more than they could ever hate each other. For that, we love this depiction of sisterhood!
Happy Endings received some serious Friends comparisons in its day but it was truly a show in its own league, right down to showing how sisterhood plays out into adulthood. Alex and Jane are as tight as can be, but they are complete opposites. Jane (Eliza Coupe) is a control freak and probably the most competitive person on the face of the earth. Alex (Elisha Cuthbert), on the other hand, is super lax about basically everything and is seen as a wee bit dumb. So, yeah, these two naturally clash. Jane is never afraid to tell Alex about the things she needs to hear — whether she wants to hear them or not! Plus, her competitive nature often leaves her preaching high and mighty about her supposed superiority over her sister. At the end of the day, despite their insane differences, these two will always be best friends.
Betty (America Ferrera) and Hilda (Ana Ortiz) may be part of the same family but they act like they're from different worlds! As the older sister, Hilda is very protective of Betty and her entire family and will unleash hell on anyone who goes after them. But she also finds herself jealous of Betty on the reg for how she believes her father favors her younger sis and for Betty's burgeoning big-city career. Betty, on the other hand, usually finds herself protective of her big sis and a bit judgemental of her bad decisions. In this love-hate relationship, these two fight hard but also love harder.
These two probably have the most realistic sister dynamic on television because they're sisters in real life! Lennon and Maisy Stella play Maddie and Daphne, respectively, on the hit country music show and bring a dash of their own sisterhood to the show. On the show, the Conrad sisters are, much like the Stella sisters, a musical duo. They sing together, write music together, and do basically everything else together. But, unlike the Stella sisters, they've had some huge issues. When Maddie wanted to go solo and ended up alienating her whole family, Daphne was not here for it. The two spend plenty of time arguing but they also always have each other's backs. Daphne and Maddie nail the love-hate relationship so many teen sisters find themselves in!
Marge (Julie Kavner) and her sisters are as different as can be. While Marge is a happily married mother of three and quite positive in her outlook on life, her sisters could not be more opposite. The two are complete cynics who work at the DMV (naturally) and have tons of failed relationships behind them. They also both hate Marge's husband, which can cause some issues in their sisterly relationship. Despite their inherent differences, these sisters still manage to make it work and stay in each other's lives. That's true sister love — when your sisters try everything in their power to break up your marriage and you still hang out with them!
These two have a real heavy relationship. As children, they both saw the rise of the mythical Horseman but Abbie's (Nicole Beharie) denials and Jenny's (Lyndie Greenwood) assertions led Jenny right into a mental institution. Let's just say she wasn't too happy with her sister for making her look crazy for speaking out about something they both witnessed! Years later they reconciled, though, with Abbie swearing she wouldn't lie about what they both saw again. Crazy, right?! The sisters have since devoted themselves to solving mysteries concerning the Horseman. While that doesn't always lead them down an easy path, they've got a bond that makes it slightly easier!
The Belcher sisters have an interesting dynamic. While Tina (Dan Mintz) is the older one, Louise (Kristen Schaal) is the one who holds most of the power. She counts bending Tina to her will and messing with her among her very favorite pastimes. Tina, for her part, takes her job as a big sister seriously despite the fact that she's constantly being manipulated. At the end of the day, though, the two are always there for each other. As Louise puts it, she hates anyone taking her family down that isn't her! The Belchers grew up as a tight-knit family and, despite sisterly squabbles, it'll stay that way!
Having a twin sister seems like it may be a bit hard. Finding out you have a twin sister when you're a teenager is probably even harder! Real-life twins Tia and Tamera Mowry play twins separated at birth on this series that reunites them after a fateful trip to the mall. They may have grown up without each other, but once they meet, their sisterly bond is inescapable. They discover each other at the perfect time, too — their turbulent teen years! The two help each other survive puberty and prove that those years without each other mean nothing. NMW they are sisters, through and through!
The Banks sisters both grew up with a silver spoon on their mouths, but aside from that, they're pretty much totally opposites. Hilary (Karyn Parsons) embraces her upbringing and is a complete spoiled brat. Ashley (Tatyana Ali) isn't quite as snobbish as her older sister, mostly due to her parents raising her to be a bit more humble. The sisters did manage to bond as the two most stylish members of the Banks family! Plus, the fact that they can switch from making fun of each other to defending one another in a heartbeat is oh-so relatable! They don't have much else in common besides their sisterly bond!
Sure, these three weren't born as sisters (they were made in a lab!) but that doesn't mean their sisterhood bonds don't matter! These three little girls are made of sugar, spice, and everything nice — oh, and they have superpowers! Together they fight evil and have to work together closely to put their plans into action. They're all extremely different in personality, fighting style, and even powers. But no matter what's going on they come together as The Powerpuff Girls and bring down threats that come their way. They tend to butt heads when it comes to figuring out how they're going to eliminate evil. But when they put their heads together and focus on a goal, they're unstoppable.
In every fictional family with sisters, it seems there's an older, cooler one and a younger, nerdier one. That's totally the dynamic here! Haley (Sarah Hyland) is the older, but definitely not wiser sister in the Dunphy family. Her sister Alex (Ariel Winter) is growing up to be nothing like her older sis. She's more book smart, a bit more reserved, and for sure not as into partying as Haley is. While they clash due to their completely different values, they also help each other see new parts of life. Haley helps Alex come out of her shell and Alex usually gets Haley out of trouble and keeps her on a good path. They bicker, but they also even each other out in the best ways.
I dare you to find a closer sister duo than these two. Sure, Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) is married but that doesn't stop Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) from coming over to her house every single day just to see what's up. Even when they're fighting about Jackie's choice in men or politics, they always make sure it doesn't go too far. Roseanne may give her sister a lot of guff for her choices, but beyond the insults and jokes is unwavering support. In Langford, Illinois there isn't much wealth or opportunity. But no matter what hard times these sisters face, they always have each other.
These two are the definition of a love-hate relationship! The differences between the sisters far outweigh the similarities. Arya (Maisie Williams) is tomboyish and rough around the edges, determined to be the swordsmen her brothers are being bred as. Sansa (Sophie Turner), on the other hand, wants nothing more than to be a royal lady and have pretty little things. This leads to predictable tension between the two pre-teen girls who cannot understand the other's priorities. When these two are separated and spend years apart, it seems that time heals some wounds. Time and experience (and, honestly, some trauma) get these girls to see eye-to-eye for the first time. While they still have major differences, one thing is for sure — the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.
This is a truly complex sister relationship. Mostly because for the first five seasons of the show, Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) didn't have a sister! When Dawn (Michelle Trachtenberg) was introduced on season five, it seemed that only the audience was aware she hadn't always been there. Her origins are later discovered and despite some supernatural silliness, she is very much a real girl and very much Buffy's sis. The purpose of Dawn on the show is, in part, to give Buffy an intense connection to someone who isn't a romantic interest. It sure worked! Buffy cares for Dawn like no other, protecting her even when she's at her most annoying (she's a high schooler, after all). The Summers sisters never have it easy, but at least they have each other!
The "Sestras" are an interesting sisterhood. These sisters (all played by Tatiana Maslany) are brought together because one unconventional fact about themselves: they're clones! At the onset of their discovery about their true nature, they aren't so keen on being a part of each other's lives. But as time goes on, they form a sisterhood together that is literally like no other. These ladies have basically nothing in common — one's a control freak, one's a Ukranian killer — but they set all that aside when trouble comes knocking... Which is basically all the time! Insane science may have brought them together, but their sisterly bond keeps them together forever.
Jill (Reese Witherspoon) and Amy (Christina Applegate) are great glimpses into Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) life before she was one of our six favorite Friends! All three were raised with extreme wealth and were handed everything they could ever want. When Rachel makes her own way in life, she's cut off and made better for it in the end. Her sisters, though, don't stray far from that family money. They're irresponsible, lazy, and not exactly understanding of how or why Rachel created an entire career and supports herself. But whenever one of Rachel's sisters shows up, we see just how close they really are. Rach finds herself looking out for them more than ever after making it on her own, and she tries to encourage them to do the same. While we don't see them ditching daddy's credit cards, we admire Rachel's belief in her sisters!
Prue (Shannen Doherty) and Paige (Rose McGowan) don't cross paths in the series, but that doesn't take away from the sisterly bond between all four women share at varying stages of the show. These powerful witchy ladies have abilities completely based on their sisterhood. "The Power of Three" between these ~charmed~ sisters is the key to their magic and how they protect the innocent from evil beings. While their sisterly dynamics change (and some sisters are interchanged!) as they grow as people and witches, they always remain close. They have the most famous supernatural sisterhood of all time and show the true meaning of sisterly love every single episode!