TV shows - past and present - feature some of the most beloved family members, especially brothers like the Winchesters. As we become more and more invested in these television series, the characters find a special place in our hearts. In a way, they are family. To prove the love we hold for these families and brothers, here are 15 favorite TV brothers showcased on current shows, along with some of the most admired brother duos and trios from iconic shows that truly made a mark on TV.
1. The Winchesters
The Winchesters are the epitome of a brother relationship on CW’s hit “Supernatural.” Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) possess so much love for one another that it sometimes leads their relationship astray. From Dean making a deal with the Crossroads Demon and being sent to hell to keep Sammy alive to Sam trapping himself in Lucifer’s cage to stop the Apocalypse, the Winchesters risk their lives and put themselves in danger constantly for each other.
2. The Bravermans
How can’t you love Adam (Peter Krause) and Crosby (Dax Shepard) Braverman on NBC’s “Parenthood”? They have such a great bond, and even though the two get into heated discussions, and don’t always see eye to eye, they stick together because they’re Bravermans. That was especially shown this season when Adam’s wife, Kristina (Monica Potter), got breast cancer. I mean, Crosby made Kristina feel better by giving her a little cannabis. Now, that’s a good brother.
3. The Ewings
The Ewings of “Dallas” are probably one of the most legendary brothers on television. Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and J.R. (Larry Hagman) have had a troublesome love-hate relationship while living life at Southfork and drilling for oil. It’s sad to see the twosome come to end, since Hagman’s death in 2012. Tonight, the brothers say goodbye, and once again we are left with “Who shot J.R.?”
4. The Hacketts
Do you remember the NBC comedy “Wings”? For eight seasons, we saw the relationship between Joe (Tim Daly) and Brian (Steven Weber) Hackett evolve while they worked at Tom Nevers Field airport in Nantucket, Mass. The also are known for finding love with sisters Helen (Crystal Bernard) and Casey Davenport (Amy Yasbeck).
5. The Scotts
“One Tree Hill” will always be remembered for half-brothers Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan (James Lafferty) Scott. At the beginning of the series, the two loathed each other. Lucas was the unpopular “bastard” child, while Nathan was the star of the Tree Hill Ravens basketball team. They sure had one complicated relationship, but fortunately they grew to accept and love one another as friends and brothers. It’s a good thing too, because Nathan ended up falling in love with Lucas’s best friend Haley (Bethany Joy Lenz).
6. The Whitehorses
New to the TV scene are the Whitehorse brothers from ABC Family’s “The Lying Game.” Ethan (Blair Redford) and Dan (Tyler Christopher) - who will always be Nikolas Cassadine from “General Hospital” to me - seem to be on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to being brothers. As a cop, Dan works hard to keep bad boy Ethan in line, while Ethan does his own thing like not going to school. Recently, Ethan’s improved and his big bro Dan is going to really need him, since Dan’s fiancee Theresa was just killed.
7. The Lambs
This is one burly brother duo if I’ve ever scene one. Dennis Quaid and Jason O’Mara play Ralph and Jack Lamb on the CBS hit “Vegas.” Quaid is the sheriff, while Jack is the deputy. Both are pretty darn good at fighting crime, especially since they’re ranchers at heart. Their police qualities are really going to come in handy, since Jack recently murdered, in self-defense, his former girlfriend’s mob father.
8. The Douglases
For the youngins reading this article, you probably have no idea who the Douglases are. Back in the day, Robbie (Don Grady), Chip (Stanley Livingston) and adopted brother Ernie (Barry Livingston) were loved for their parts on “My Three Sons,” alongside their widowed father played by Frank MacMurray. The show was your typical ‘60s comedy and focused on everyday family events. FYI . . Chip and Ernie are brothers in real life!
9. The Bradys
You can’t have a favorite brothers list without the Bradys! Greg (Barry Williams), Peter (Christopher Knight) and Bobby (Mike Lookinland) were part of the iconic TV show “The Brady Bunch.” Of course, the three brothers not only liked to tease each other, but also their three stepsisters. In addition to jokes, they also liked to sing and dance. Let’s recall the songs “It’s a Sunshine Day, “Keep On” and “Time to Change.”
10. The Barones
Ray and Robert Barone from “Everybody Loves Raymond” are two seriously funny brothers; after all, how can’t they be when Ray Romano and Brad Garrett played the parts?! These two definitely gave the audience a laugh - and still do on reruns. Even though Robert always felt unloved, because Ray was the “favorite,” the two still offered one another a helping hand. My favorite brotherly moment is when Robert became a “model” and Ray helped take photos.
11. The Salvatores
As vampires on “The Vampire Diaries,” Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) have been stuck with one another for over a hundred years. You could say the two are sometimes labeled the bad and the good one, but they’ve both had to put up with some hardcore actions, like Damon killing people left and right, and Stefan embracing his “ripper” side and sucking the life out people. Most recently, Damon is with Stefan’s ex-girlfriend Elena (Nina Dobrev), and that’s not going over too well.
12. The Cranes
Seattle-based brothers Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and Niles (David Hyde Pierce) Crane on the comedy “Frasier” are more alike than they may like to admit. Both are psychiatrists, both love Sherry wine, both love the opera, both are pretentious and both love to have coffee at Cafe Nervosa. As total opposites compared to their father Martin (John Mahoney), it’s surprising these two turned out the way they did.
13. The Lawsons
USA Network’s “Royal Pains” presents brothers Hank (Mark Feuerstein) and Evan (Paulo Costanzo) Lawson. Both founders of HankMed, a concierge medicine business catering to the rich and famous in the Hamptons, they each exude their own unique qualities. Hank is the MacGyver of all medicine and is extremely smart. Evan is also bright, as he is an accountant and the self-appointed CFO of HankMed, but shows off more of a goofy side.
14. The Walkers
Tommy (Balthazar Getty), Justin (Dave Annable) and Kevin (Matthew Rhys) Walker represent the males on the former ABC show “Brothers & Sisters.” These three definitely had some fun times together, but also had heavy issues to deal with. From Tommy’s divorce to Kevin’s struggles as the gay brother to Justin’s alcohol and drug addiction, the Walkers always managed to stand by each other’s side.
15. The Cleavers
Last but not least, we have the ever so famous Cleaver brothers from “Leave It to Beaver.” Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow played Beaver and Wally Cleaver on the ‘50s hit. In addition to the show's focus on the traditional family, it ultimately featured the adventures and troubles Beaver found himself in at home, at school and in his neighborhood. Even back then, brothers kept secrets for one another, which is what Beaver and Wally did from time to time.
Who are your favorite TV brothers?