In the business of Hollywood, it is rare to become successful. Many people work years and years in the business and go virtually unknown to many people. But what is rarer still is to become successful and then watch your brother or sister become as successful as you. But this is what exactly happened to these three sets of siblings. They each had their own successful headlining show, a show in which each one of the siblings (twins in one of the cases) were the main star and played the main character on the show.
The first sibling pair is Fred Savage and his brother Ben Savage. Fred Savage played Kevin Arnold on the nostalgic show The Wonder Years, which ran from 1988 to 1993. The show told of a normal boy, Kevin, growing up in the late 1960s, a time of great cultural change. Kevin has a gruff father, an upbeat mother a hippie older sister and a brother who torments him. His best friends are Paul, his smarter, geekier friend, and Winnie, his love interest. The show was known for being a 30 minute comedy that was made like a drama, with a single camera and tackling serious subjects like the Vietnam War. Ben Savage starred in Boy Meets World as Corey Matthews, which lasted from 1993 to 2000. Boy Meets World was a much more traditional sitcom, set in the present, but it also was about a boy growing up and maturing. Like Wonder Years, Corey had a mom, dad, and a brother and a sister, though the focus of this show was much more on the Corey’s relationship with his best guy friends, loner and orphan Shawn Hunter, and his relationship with his girlfriend Topanga Lawrence.
The second sibling pair is Emily Deschanel and Zooey Deschanel, and their series are quite different from each other, though both use the element of comedy. Emily Deschanel stars in Bones, a crime drama started in 2005 and is currently in its 10th season. It is a crime drama (with a healthy dose of comedy) about anthropologist Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Deschanel), who examines bones brought by FBI agent Seely Booth. Besides their regular cases, much of the main plot deals with Bones and Booths’ romantic tension. Zooey Deschanel’s show is a 30-minute comedy, started in 2011 and is currently in its 4th season. It focuses on a bubbly, offbeat girl who moves in with three men, Nick, Schmidt, and Winston, and the directions each of their lives take.
The final sibling pair actually isn’t a pair. In any case, they are twins Tia and Tamera Mowry and their brother, Tahj Mowry. Tia and Tamera Mowry are play identical twins in the comedy Sister, Sister, which ran from 1994 to 1999. It focused Tia and her mother Lisa finding out about Tamera and her father Ray, and all four of them deciding to live together. Like some other twin shows, this one made the twins have opposite personalities: Tia was the smart, mature one while Tamera was the impulsive, irresponsible one. Tahj Mowry starred as T.J. Henderson in Smart Guy, which ran from 1997 to 1999. It was about a preteen who is smart enough to start high school. He has a windowed father, a jock older brother and levelheaded older sister, both of whom attend high school with him. Both shows were part of The WB’s comedy lineup in the late 1990s.
These siblings all had remarkable skills individual, enough to headline their own show. Their siblings’ show sometimes had remarkable similarities and sometime has remarkable differences. Check out these shows for these fascinating actors and actresses and the engaging roles they play.