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'Alias' nostalgia react: 6 ways Sydney Bristow and Andy Sachs are identical

Season 1 | Episode 10 | “Spirit” | Aired Dec 16, 2001

I’m 10 episodes into Alias now. There’s one theme that’s coming up even more than Sydney almost getting caught as a double agent, and almost as much as Will Tippin making decisions that will probably get him killed: Sydney’s friends are always on her case about her job. The hours are long and unreasonable. She’s underpaid, overworked, and on call all the time. Sydney’s friends want her to quit, and they tell her that she should at every opportunity.

This got me thinking: In many ways, Sydney is pretty much identical to Andrea Sachs (played by Anne Hathaway) in The Devil Wears Prada.

Let’s take this episode: Sydney and her friends are all sitting in her house, playing what I assume is a yuletide game of Boggle and giving her a hard time about her life choices. Then Sydney is called in yet again to the “bank” (to be fair, I would think it was absurd for her to be on call at a bank too) and her friends are all like, “Quit!” “Give us your phone and we’ll quit for you!” “Your job sucks and it’s not important!” I’m not saying they’re wrong about her life choices, just that the timing isn’t great. It’s just like when Andy’s friends try to get her to quit right after she’s gifted them hundreds of dollars worth of swag from work.


But the similarities don’t end there. Here are five other ways Andy and Sydney are practically the same person.

1. Their jobs are totally torture. 

Okay, so Sydney’s job literally involves torture in dingy torture dungeons, whereas Andy’s “torture” is having to sit in a fancy magazine office until it’s really late and go to fancy parties on short notice and book air travel at inconvenient times. But if you’ve see The Devil Wears Prada, you know Andy’s torture is real too. Plus, their friends are right: Working as both a double-agent spy and a second assistant to the editor in chief of Vogue Runway mean being on call at all hours of the night to travel all over the world on important missions related to national security and/or fashion.

2. They both have partners who are vastly more likable and interesting characters than they are. 


Emily and Dixon are both the best. I would love to watch a buddy cop show starring them.

3. They both have to change how they look and dress for their job. 


For Andy, this means high fashion and learning to straighten her bangs like a rational person. For Sydney, this means wigs and accents. For both, it means adopting completely new personalities and, sometimes, wearing fierce hats.

4. They both have scary but amazing silver-fox bosses. 


Miranda Priestly. Arvin Sloan. Exactly.

5. They’re both caught in the same love triangle. 

love triangle

Hmm, whom should she choose? The nice, normal guy with the regular job? Or the cool, suave guy she met through work?

Do you think Sydney Bristow is secretly living in a workplace romantic comedy? Sound off in the comments!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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