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Parenthood: Not Just For 14-Year Old Girls. Wait, Hang On…

Posted by on February 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I still can’t tell you why I started watching this show. I have no idea. This is a show for people who love Grey’s Anatomy, not Babylon 5. Or is it? Strangely enough, after getting past the initial, seemingly pretentious marketing, I fell in love with the Braverman family. Of course, it might’ve also been because Erika Christensen is hot.

One of the worst mistakes I made was trying to jump into Parenthood mid-season. It was late, I was on Hulu, one thing lead to another and all of a sudden I’m watching an episode. And then another, and another until the horizon starts glowing with hints of morning light. Apparently the second attempt to make a show based on the Ron Howard film from two decades ago, keeping track of the Bravermans is initially a difficult task (hence the mistake of jumping mid-trip). At the helm of the family is Zeke (Craig T. Nelson) and his wife Camille (Bonnie Bedelia) who have four adult children with families of their own. To map it out would be a feat of madness, but know that the cast is powerful (including Dax Shepard, who I had never quite enjoyed before this show) and works well to establish an environment of familial warmth.

One family is dealing with a son with Asperger’s, another’s handling the fact that they’re living with the grandparents after their alcoholic, drug-abusing father bails. Each group has their own specific issues and we watch the complex interactions between them all, seeing the relationships build first-hand. It can be slightly funny (in a warm smile kind of way) and it can roll tears when it has to, but even when it tries a little too hard, the show never loses credibility and we find ourselves going week-to-week living right alongside the Bravermans like a soap opera gone right. Now hand me another Smirnoff, it’s time to catch up…

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