‘Sisters’ (2018) | Netflix Original Series Review Doing it for themselves

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Netflix Original Series Sisters tells the story of three women learning that they are sisters in a character-driven and well-balanced plot.

Netflix Original Series Sisters perhaps unsurprisingly follows three women who find out they are sisters. Julia learns that her Nobel Prize-winning father, who specialised in reproduction science and built an empire based on his expertise, used his own sperm in a number of IVF treatments. When I say a number, I mean hundreds; the guy has broken many laws.

As serious as this sounds, Netflix’s Sisters frames the story as a light comedy drama; with Julia’s father on his supposed deathbed revealing his confession, which has got the media all riled up outside their house. As a concept itself, the Australian series serves up many opportunities to learn about different characters, who have been brought up differently, not realising their true identity. Sisters is strong at character building, easily persuading you to binge watch from the first episode.

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The core sister, the one who has been caring for Julius (the father responsible for all this), is the first sister we are introduced to; caring for her dying father has obviously taken its toll and she needs a new wave of excitement. In the first few opening scenes, she throws a man into a bar’s bathroom for sex after pretending it was a serious date. The second sister is Roxy, a star in the making of a children’s TV programme, eager to overcome her parent’s pressures and personal issues with drugs. Her eagerness to put space between herself and her parents is obvious; as soon as she hears she may have a different biological father, she immediately distances herself.

The third sister is the most interesting one – Edie. Her opening scene begins with a therapy session with her husband, in an attempt to save her broken marriage. She has to describe to him what makes her dispassionate in the bedroom, much to the displeasure of her husband in front of a suspiciously quiet therapist. Edie also works at the same law firm as her husband, that specialises in cases of a medical nature, which is where the story ties in. Netflix’s Sisters has brought together three women, from three different walks of life, providing a scenario that affects them in non-comparative ways. It’s brilliant.

And Sisters is not your usual generic-feeling Netflix series that gets released on a monthly basis; the performances and writing are meticulously well-balanced, to the point that as soon as you are introduced to Julia, you realise you are in good hands. The series follows a sensible structure as well, unlike last week’s Take My Brother Away, with the first episode being nearly feature-length and the rest that followed it only 45 minutes. I cannot describe how painful it is commentating on series’ recently that produce over hour-long episodes for a 22-episode season. We live in times of many TV shows. We haven’t got time for that.

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The factor that is most enjoyable in Netflix’s Sisters is the forced need for all these siblings to try and connect to each other, even though they were not part of each other’s lives previously. It is alluring and endearing to witness the three lead sisters try and form a sisterhood, even though it comes with new sibling-like disagreements and reckless thinking – it’s a vicious circle of confusion, comedy and relationship building that comes across well on the screen. It must be difficult to comprehend having a sibling all of a sudden.

Netflix Original Series Sisters is only 7 episodes long, which in today’s terms is not long at all. I guarantee that after the first episode you will be tempted to allow the timer to run down. The Australian series is nothing particularly special or groundbreaking but it understands workable characters that engage with the audience, and has a great story to accompany it.

Daniel Hart

Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.

40 thoughts on “‘Sisters’ (2018) | Netflix Original Series Review

  • September 2, 2018 at 10:00 am
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    I LOVED this show. Hoping there’s another season coming soon. Addicted.

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    • September 18, 2018 at 12:27 pm
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      i really loved the show. my one and only regret is that it was only 7 shows long. After it ended i instantly hungered for more. I just hope the series is renewed.

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  • September 3, 2018 at 6:32 am
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    I agree. I hope there’s another season. Wonderful acting and characters.

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  • September 4, 2018 at 12:31 am
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    This Netflix Original is phenomenal. I would watch more, without hesitation !!!

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  • September 4, 2018 at 12:44 am
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    Just binge watched this show. Love, love, loved it. Roll on season 2.

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  • September 4, 2018 at 6:21 am
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    Any info on the opening song?

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    • September 5, 2018 at 2:37 am
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      The Chi-Lites: “Are you my woman, tell me so”

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    • September 5, 2018 at 8:22 am
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      Funkadelic – can you get to that

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  • September 4, 2018 at 7:01 pm
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    I loved this show. I do hope there is another season. The sisters were so believable in how close they grew as different as they are. I binged on it and am hoping another season comes soon! Please?!?!

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  • September 4, 2018 at 11:14 pm
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    I am totally hooked on this series. I loved the characters and how they truly draw you in. I am really looking forward to a second season of this lovely series. Please make more. Don’t let this show get lose and passed over for a second season please, or I just might have to move to Australia in hope of being able to watch a second season of “Sister”. Netflix, you made an excellent choice in selecting this series.

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  • September 5, 2018 at 1:03 am
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    Just binged watching Season1 – Netflix please green light Season 2! Loved it,

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  • September 5, 2018 at 2:51 am
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    Omg I loved it! Binge watched it. How do we find out if there will be another season?

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  • September 5, 2018 at 5:46 am
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    Love the show! Where is season 2 lol?!?!?!

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  • September 5, 2018 at 1:28 pm
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    I LOVE this show! I need more episodes now!

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  • September 5, 2018 at 5:54 pm
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    Took me awhile to get into this series, but now I love it. Hoping for a season two.

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  • September 6, 2018 at 8:35 pm
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    I love this show the sound tracks are amazing!

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  • September 8, 2018 at 4:11 am
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    Well done character development and story line. Binge watched in two days and was sorry there were no more episodes. Feel empathy for the characters, particularly for Julia, who was left wondering whether she was her father’s biological child at the end. Please continue this series. It is enjoyable and too well done to leave aside.

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  • September 9, 2018 at 2:53 am
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    Loved this show! One of my favorites I’ve watch d on Netflix. I truly hope there is a season 2, 3, 4……

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  • September 9, 2018 at 2:52 pm
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    Loved it!! Watched it all in one day, now I’m bummed there is no more. I hope there are new seasons.

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  • September 9, 2018 at 11:07 pm
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    I love this show. It’s funky and different. Love the characters

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  • September 10, 2018 at 2:58 am
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    Seriously loved this series. Fantastic actors and interesting storylines. Season 2 please! Stream it everyone!

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  • September 10, 2018 at 7:39 am
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    Wonderfully acted with an original storyline.

    The only thing that bothered me was the “Julia”and “Tim” situation.
    I felt that if Julia was going to be with someone, it should definitely be “Karl”.

    “Tim” left “Julia” for her childhood best friend whom he eventually married. He only began showing interest in “Julia” after his marriage began failing. He also showed up at “Julia’s” house unannounced after discovering his wife’s infidelity.

    I know it’s only a t.v. show but I’m sick of writers and producers that keep portraying women as these all-forgiving weak-hearted individuals who are still pining after their former flame.

    In real life, only a foolish woman with little or no self-esteem would get back together with a guy like “Tim”!
    An intelligent woman would forgive but definitely not forget and she would pursue a relationship with another like “Karl”.

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  • September 10, 2018 at 1:59 pm
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    how do you watch on Netflix it is not showing up at all.

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    • September 11, 2018 at 12:12 am
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      First and foremost, you need to be a Netflix subscriber.
      Once you are, just click on “originals” or type the show title in the search box.

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  • September 10, 2018 at 5:57 pm
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    I loved this show I hope there will be more

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  • September 11, 2018 at 2:50 pm
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    omgosh when is the next episode/season. I cannot wait and I am not finding any information on the dates.

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  • September 12, 2018 at 3:48 am
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    Totally loved Sisters…very enjoyable & wanting more from the series. Please bring on season 2

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  • September 12, 2018 at 4:13 pm
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    Love, love, love this show! Binge watched it and now I am sad because I got through them all. Season 2? Please!! With more than 7 episodes would be great.

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  • September 12, 2018 at 6:05 pm
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    Loved loved loved it… so funky fun and emotional. Please lots more soon!!

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  • September 13, 2018 at 7:41 pm
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    GREAT SHOW. JUST BINGED THE ENTIRE SHOW. HURRY SEASON 2!!

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  • September 13, 2018 at 8:27 pm
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    More, please! I cannot wait for season 2! It will take too long!

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  • September 16, 2018 at 1:56 am
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    i TOO, LOVED this show. When will season 2 be along?? Please!!

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  • September 16, 2018 at 12:37 pm
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    Hope that there will be another season. Character development is superb and believable. Acting is equally good !!
    Want to see more of these characters….

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  • September 18, 2018 at 2:35 pm
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    Love Love Love Loved it!!!! how long until Season 2???????

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  • September 18, 2018 at 7:12 pm
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    I absolutely loved this show!! Please bring on a second season. There’s so much more story to tell!!

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  • September 20, 2018 at 9:24 am
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    I have a weakness for Antonia Prebble and her caracter.

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  • September 20, 2018 at 9:28 am
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    I have a weakness for Antonia Prebble and her character.

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  • September 28, 2018 at 5:08 am
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    I love this show! It smartly written, it has great characters and in totally intriguing storyline that can go lots of different ways!! Netflix is stupid if they don’t make season 2!!! And it’s way better then 90% of what’s on TV now.

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  • December 29, 2018 at 7:20 pm
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    Absolutely loved this series & really do hope there is more to come!

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