Today, Saturday, April 10, is world sibling day. To mark the occasion – and because we’ve spent a year camped in front of the TV – we put together a list of our favourite siblings from web series.
David and Alexis Rose
Show: ‘Schitt’s Creek’
Played by: Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy
They’re #siblinggoals because: They’re as different as chalk and cheese but when it comes to standing by each other, they’re exactly the same. Their relationship matures with each passing season and we “love that journey for them”. (Had to.) David and Alexis (pictured above) are always there for each other (albeit reluctantly sometimes), whether it’s Alexis postponing her date with Ted to be there for David or David giving Alexis a pep-talk when she feels she can’t get anything right.
Favourite on-screen moment: With David and Alexis, it’s hard to pick just one. But if we had to choose, our favourite moment appears in season one, when they fight over the motel beds because the one who sleeps closest to the door will, according to them, end up getting murdered first.
Streaming on: Netflix
Ross and Monica Geller
Played by: David Schwimmer and Courtney Cox
They’re #siblinggoals because: Theirs is the classic ‘older brother-younger sister’ relationship. Ross is the protective older brother and Monica is that annoying younger sister who can’t get enough of embarrassing Ross and calling him their parents’ favourite child. (Who hasn’t pulled that one before?) From wrestling with each other to imitating each other in ridiculous voices and spilling each other’s secrets, Ross and Monica are pretty good reflections of our real sibling relationships.
Favourite on-screen moment: The Ross and Monica dance routine. All siblings have memories of past activities that they’d rather not talk about, but Ross and Monica are pretty proud of all the cheesy things they used to do. It was their childhood dream to be featured on the annual New Year’s Eve TV special and when they got the chance, they literally jumped at it. Watching them together going all out with ‘The Routine’, showing off their moves and their fiercely competitive streaks, was probably one of the funniest moments on the show.
Streaming on: Netflix
Kate, Kevin and Randall
Show: ‘This is Us’
Played by: Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley and Sterling K. Brown
They’re #siblinggoals because: Kate, Kevin and Randall are tied together by their father’s death. This creates a special bond between the three that neither time nor distance can destroy. They may all lead their own busy lives, but when it comes to being there for each other, the Big Three always pull through. From Kevin being there to guide Randall through his anxiety attacks to Randall and Kevin being there for Kate through her difficult relationships and personal problems, the Pearson trio are bound by more than just blood. That’s what makes them so special.
Favourite on-screen moment: This show is filled with plenty of poignant sibling moments but the one that made our hearts soar was when teenage Kevin and Randall stood up for their sister at the cabin where Kate was staying with her abusive boyfriend.
Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video
Claire and Mitchell
Show: ‘Modern Family’
Played by: Julie Bowen and Tyler Ferguson
They’re #siblinggoals because: Like most siblings, the two are actually more alike than they’ll ever admit. Both of them are obsessed with always being right and getting things done their way, but they’re also insecure and constantly looking for approval from their father.
Favourite on-screen moment: Claire Dunphy and Mitchell Pritchett’s past as the dynamic ice-skating duo Fire & Nice is a gold mine for comedic and heartfelt moments. When they skated together, they weren’t “the mean older sister” and the “clingy little brother” but a team. Mitchell, who is heartbroken when Claire quits figure skating is later touched when Claire admits she did it to protect him from being bullied. We get a great moment from the siblings in the series finale when they sneak into their high school for one last round on the ice.
Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar
Guddu and Bablu Pandit
Played by: Ali Fazal and Vikrant Massey
They’re #siblinggoals because: They’re wildly different but at the core, share the same values. Bablu, who first seems like a nice boy who’s excellent at studies, comes together with the hot-headed Guddu to beat up the goons who threaten their father. They’re the kind of brothers who will come together when the odds are stacked against their family, regardless of how dangerous the enemy is.
Favourite on-screen moment: Guddu and Bablu are the perfect combination of brawn and brain. Their best moments involve working together to expand Kaleen Bhaiya’s empire by building new business routes and eliminating rivals. The final episode of the first season, in which we see Bablu killed, is one of the most gut-wrenching climaxes we’ve seen.
Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video
Harshu, Dabbu and Dhwani
Show: ‘Yeh Meri Family’
Played by: Vishesh Bansal, Ahan Nirban and Ruhi Khan
They’re #siblinggoals because: Their simple bond is a reminder of how drab life would be without siblings. Harshu is the savage middle child who shares a love-hate relationship with his older brother and dotes on his baby sister. Although he is the black sheep of the family and mischievous to boot, Harshu firmly believes that the bond between siblings is extraordinary – something that not even parents can change or affect. In his words, “Bhaiyon ke beech koi nahi aa sakta, maa baap bhi nahi.”
Favourite on-screen moment: Harshu and Dabbu are constantly at loggerheads with each other, trying to get the other in trouble with the parents. However the two also look out for each other. The scene in which Dabbu leaves home to study further is heartwarming. Both of them are also doting older brothers to their little sister Dhwani.
Streaming on: The Viral Fever
Anand and Aman Mishra
Played by: Vaibhav Raj Gupta and Harsh Mayar
They’re #siblinggoals because: Much like brothers do, they’re always bickering and making fun of one another. Anand, being the older brother, bosses Aman around and gets away with it. Despite their constant fights, the duo share a loving relationship, with Aman respecting his older brother and Anand expressing concern over Aman’s future and his education. When the going gets tough, these two are always there for each other.
Favourite on-screen moment: In the finale of season two, Aman receives top marks in his board exams. The pride on Anand’s face and the scene in which Aman is ready to give Anand the money he has received from friends and family, so that the latter can set up his own business, touched our hearts.
Streaming on: SonyLIV