As far as shows with twins go, Sister, Sister is one of the best. I can actually only think of three shows (Sister, Sister being one of them) with twins off the top of my head, so actually that’s not saying much. I was first introduced to Tia and Tamera Mowry when they were on Are You Afraid of the Dark?. One of them played an average teenager and the other one played an evil iguana that morphed into the teen. It was cooler than I’m making it sound. On second thought, no it really wasn’t.
Sister, Sister aired from 1994-1999, so I guess it was pretty successful. I watched the re-runs on the Disney during the channel’s how-can-we-make-ourselves-more-urban? phase. The show is basically about two twin sisters who are separated at birth and adopted by different parents. Somehow, their parents meet up and they realize that they’re both raising twin girls who should grow up together. Tia and her mom, played by Jackee Harry, move into Tamera and her dad’s (Tim Reid) house. Hilarity ensues.
It’s funny because Tia is more straight laced and shares more characteristics with Tamera’s dad, whereas Tamera is more wild and fun-loving like Tia’s mom. Isn’t this show so clever? Shouldn’t the girls have the characteristics of their birth parents and not of the people who adopted them? Nature vs Nurture. Jackee Harry’s character, Lisa, always fights with Tim Reid’s character, Ray. And the girls fight a lot too, which is pretty realistic. My favorite character was Lisa because she always had the funniest things to say. I think one time she sang a song about chicken and my brother and I thought it was the greatest thing.
A lot of twin shenanigans take place in the show like switching places, being two places at once, one taking tests for another, etc. I liked that aspect of the show because I would do that kind of stuff if I had an identical twin.
Most of the time I wouldn’t be able to tell the two apart. Even if they called one by their name, I wouldn’t remember which personality she had. The only difference between the two is that Tamera has a mole on her face and Tia doesn’t.
The only other re-occurring character in the show was the next door neighbor, Roger. He would often proclaim his love for both girls and severely creep them out. They would both scream “Go home Roger!!” whenever he said or did anything weird, which was at least twice an episode.
The show lasted a pretty long time and eventually followed the girls into college. I hated those episodes because you could tell the show was getting stale and that Tia and Tamera didn’t want to play themselves anymore. They wanted to move onto bigger and better things. Like a reality show called Tia & Tamera.