I have been completely hooked on the NBC series, Parenthood, since it’s season one premiere. There is something about the dynamic of the characters in the Braverman family that is so wonderfully human, I just want to jump in the television and give them all a hug, high five and tell them that it is all going to be okay…every single episode. The casting is flawless and the writing is impeccable.
I am not one for blowing smoke up people’s asses and I don’t go around speaking in unicorn and rainbow tongues about most subjects, but if you have ever had the pleasure of watching this show, you know I am speaking the truth.
In a time of reality television Snooki’s and random hookups and general asshatery, it is so refreshing to watch a television show about real people with real issues and real solutions.
There is never the use of the term “DTF” on Parenthood. The parents have real issues with their children, in their marriage and with their health. The children are not perfect; they are flawed and rambunctious and they talk back and do wrong, but they are loved and in the end, isn’t that what we all strive to do? Parenthood is appealing across the board to parents, young adults and grandparents alike.
Parenthood is very identifiable for me and I think the show resonates with most parents. We’ve all had our issues: adoption, infertility, miscarriage, divorce, unexpected pregnancy, teenage drama, health scares, marital stress, make ups, and break ups.
This show fundamentally reminds us all that with family and the love and support that they supply, we can survive anything, even the darkest situations, and they will still be there to love us and lift us up, or to completely call us out on our bullshit, but through it all there will be love.
If the premise of this show is not enough, it has cast some of the best actors on television; Sarah Braverman (Lauren Graham), Adam Braverman (Peter Krause), Crosby Braverman (Dax Shepard), Julia Braverman (Erica Christensen), Camille Braverman (Bonnie Bedelia), Zeke Braverman (Craig Nelson), Kristina Braverman (Monica Potter), and Amber Holt (Mae Whitman), and many more.
If I were to recommend one show to every parent to watch on television, it would be Parenthood.
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