parenthood. is. so. freakin'. good. (and there may be some spoilers in here! beware!)
the family dynamic on that show is unlike any other i've seen on t.v. they're close and supportive of each other, they go through good times and they have rock bottoms, and they talk about real life 'issues' that a lot of people avoid in real life. (having a child with asbergers, intimacy issues with growing older, infertility, single parenthood, job loss, alcoholism, adoption, dating outside your race, etc.) and they deal with them in really real ways. they argue, yell, and scream. they hug, cry, and lean on each other. some scenes aren't pretty and some are so beautiful they bring you to tears. this show makes me feel like i'm an honorary braverman. god, i love that family...even if it's just on t.v.
since i dvr the show to watch a few episodes at a time (kinda like a movie), i'm constantly behind and i don't even care. the storylines on parenthood are so real and the writers and actors really make you feel like you're watching an actual family.
each episode makes me think a particular character is my favorite, and truth be told, they all are my favorite. camille, the matriarch, is exactly how i hope i am as a mother of adult children. she is so smart and supportive, but tries not to interfere too much. ("sometimes being the perfect parent isn't worth the blood on the floor.") her husband, zeek braverman, is the patriarch, played by craig t. nelson. he does a phenominal job at being a die-hard, man's man kind of father and grandfather. like camille, he tries to let his kids solve their own problems, but when he butts in, you listen. you listen with more than your ears, you listen with your heart. he has lived. he has experienced. his words are full of wisdom and you hear them loud and clear.
the four adult children are adam, sarah, crosby, and julia. and, just so you know, this show solidifies my childhood dream to have siblings. if there was one thing i'd change about my family, that would be it. i loved being an only child, but, especially as an adult, i wish there was more than just me. but, i digress...
adam is a hard-working husband to kristina and dad to haddie, max, and baby nora (who is so new, she's not pictured!).
haddie is in high school and she's an honestly good kid. (i can see a lot of myself at 17 in her.) she'll be off to college next year and poor kristina is beside herself that her little girl is all grown up. but she's still got a little girl in the house now that baby nora arrived. however, the news of a baby surprised everyone...kristina found out she was pregnant at the same time as adam lost his job. (luckily, adam is back to work...more on that later.) and max is the young man of the house. and max is very, very smart. much of what we saw of this little family in the first season was max's diagnosis of asbergers. due to the growing numbers in our country of children with asberger's and autism, i think it was important for a mainstream, popular t.v. drama to bring the issue out in the open and make it real and relate-able. and i think they've done an excellent job. especially at the beginning, it's not easy to talk about having a child with asbergers when you're trying to figure out what your child needs. it's probably even harder to talk about having a child with asbergers after you lost your job and you're still trying to figure out what your child needs. and it would probably make my head spin right off my neck if i found out i was pregnant after my husband lost his job, all while trying to figure out the best way to nurture and teach my child with asbergers. and yet, parenthood shows us it can be done. you may cry, yell, or even leave your husband and two children on the street while you drive away with the baby in the back of the van because whether they want to have family night or not, dammit, you are going mini-golfing. but, you love. you love your family, you love your life, and you live. every day the best you can.
sarah is the single mom of amber and drew.