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Everybody Has a Long Lost Something


 

Oprah Winfrey’s announcement that she has a long-lost half-sister naturally got me thinking about other TV characters who have long-lost siblings. There are a lot of them. The ones who immediately came to mind were the Fonz, Hank Hill, and above all Homer Simpson, whose brother led a charmed life “until he found out he was a Simpson” (and until he was dumb enough to let Homer design a car). But other people reminded me or told me about others:

Simon Cowell reconciled with his half-brother last year; there were long-lost siblings on that Lost island, Sydney Bristow had one as did Kristen on The O.C.; Boy Meets World created a long-lost half-brother to shoehorn a Lawrence Brother into the show, and Charmed came up with a long-lost half-sister to replace Shannen Doherty (much as Aaron Spelling, bless his low-integrity soul, conveniently replaced Farrah Fawcett with a previously-unknown sister on Charlie’s Angels). Fox Mulder acquired a half-brother almost as late in the series as The Fonz did, and Lex Luthor on Smallville got a couple of them. And this is to say nothing of all the daytime soap opera characters.

My point is, of course Oprah has a long-lost half-sibling. She’s on TV.


 
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Everybody Has a Long Lost Something

    • Nothing that happened in that movie is real! At least, that's what I choose to believe.

  1. Perhaps the best introduction of a new sibling: Dawn Summers.

  2. Perhaps the best introduction of a new sibling: Dawn Summers.

    • ABSOLUTELY!!!

  3. ABSOLUTELY!!!

  4. Oprah Winfrey's announcement that she has a long-lost half-sister naturally got me thinking about other TV characters who have long-lost siblings.

    I love how this whole post goes back and forth between fictional characters and real flesh and blood human beings as though there is no difference. 'Cause to the viewer, there often isn't. Simon Cowell, Oprah Winfrey, Sydney Bristow, Homer Simpson, none of them are "people" they're just characters on our screens.

  5. Oprah Winfrey's announcement that she has a long-lost half-sister naturally got me thinking about other TV characters who have long-lost siblings.

    I love how this whole post goes back and forth between fictional characters and real flesh and blood human beings as though there is no difference. 'Cause to the viewer, there often isn't. Simon Cowell, Oprah Winfrey, Sydney Bristow, Homer Simpson, none of them are "people" they're just characters on our screens.

    • But The Fonz is real.

      • Remember Richie Cunningham's older brother, Chuck, who proceeded to get long lost?

      • But The Fonze is real.

        I used to believe that.

        Then he jumped over a shark on water skis.

  6. But The Fonz is real.

  7. Remember Richie Cunningham's older brother, Chuck, who proceeded to get long lost?

  8. Nothing that happened in that movie is real! At least, that's what I choose to believe.

  9. The version of the long-lost sibling story that touched me most was Rain Man. Charlie meets the brother he never knew he had, and in short order certain childhood memories start making sense — the imaginary friend who sang Beatles songs to him, etc. I was quite moved by the idea of that — a family secret that, once learned, basically changes you.

  10. The version of the long-lost sibling story that touched me most was Rain Man. Charlie meets the brother he never knew he had, and in short order certain childhood memories start making sense — the imaginary friend who sang Beatles songs to him, etc. I was quite moved by the idea of that — a family secret that, once learned, basically changes you.

  11. But The Fonze is real.

    I used to believe that.

    Then he jumped over a shark on water skis.

  12. Yeah…….and if your long lost brother has a knack for Blackjack….even better.!!!

  13. Yeah…….and if your long lost brother has a knack for Blackjack….even better.!!!

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