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Fandom Friday: Supernatural siblings

The holidays are a special time to be thankful for the love of family. Of course, Christmas dinner gets a little more complicated when you’re a brood of witches, vampires, or hunters.

Five sets of siblings battle each other, instead of within their own family trees for a change, in this week’s Fandom Friday.

These brothers and sisters have got each other’s backs—when they’re not sticking a knife in it. But really, isn’t that all we can really ask of family? Vote for your favorite supernatural siblings below, whether you prefer the Salvatores or Mikaelsons, or the Winchesters, Halliwells, and Summers who slay them.

Dean and Sam Winchester, Supernatural

Born to a pair of hunters, and, in Sam’s case, nearly demon-napped as an infant, saving the world is a fate the Winchester brothers can’t escape. Other than their father, mentor Bobby, and the occasional friend (or lady friend, more often), they only have each other—which means forgiveness is key no matter who’s hooking up with a demon, drinking demon blood, or running around without a soul.

Supernatural, Season 2 Episode 5

Buffy and Dawn Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Dawn technically started out life as a mystical ball of energy, but jumped right into the role of spectacularly annoying little sister, getting in the way of Buffy’s slayer duties.

Despite her kleptomania, running away, kissing vampires, summoning demons, and performing exorcisms, their bond grew over time. Buffy really became more of a mother figure after Joyce’s death, as well as that whole “Buffy sacrificing herself to save Dawn (and the world)” thing.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 5 Episode 1

The Halliwell sisters, Charmed

The witchiest women in San Francisco each possessed unique powers but were constantly reminded they’re stronger together than apart. The Charmed Ones—Phoebe, Piper, Prue, and later Paige—battled all sorts of bad guys, and bad boyfriends, but still managed to maintain the often elusive work-life balance, which included going back to college, having mystical babies, and managing a nightclub.

Charmed, Season 1 Episode 1

The Salvatore Brothers, The Vampire Diaries

Damon and Stefan Salvatore have endured a deep love-hate relationship since falling in love with the same girl, who then turned them into vampires in the 1860s. Older brother Damon pledged to make Stefan miserable for eternity, but they’ve taken turns antagonizing each other by disappearing for decades at a time, murdering friends and family, and again competition for the affections of a certain brunette doppelgänger–turned–vampire.

Despite all that, these bloodsucking besties have proven over and over that they’d sacrifice their own lives to save each other.

Vampire Diaries, Season 3 Episode 14

The Mikaelsons, The Originals

The first family of bloodshed, a witch mother turned the Mikaelson children into vampires a millennium ago. They’ve wreaked havoc for centuries together, torturing and murdering countless humans, werewolves, witches, doppelgängers, and fellow vampires.

The Viking clan includes 1,000-year-old vampires Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah, a violent and flawed bunch for whom family matters above all else (“always and forever” is their motto.) Until Klaus has a bad day, of course, and turns on his siblings. Dearly departed brothers Finn and Kol were recently resurrected as mortal witches.

The Originals, Season 1 Episode 16

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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