Parenthood, Braverman Style

I watch a lot of TV (too much, actually) and there are a number of them that hit pretty close to reality sometimes …and then there are shows like Parenthood that hit home every week.  Naturally, there are never any dull moments on the show because no one would want to watch a show of people just sitting around talking about nothing exciting with no action, right?

The show is about the Braverman family…mom and pop, their five kids, and the handfuls of grand kids.  It deals with life issues that all of us face in the varying stages of parenthood as well as interactions with our siblings and external influences.  Some of the issues so far have included job loss, raising teenagers as a single mother due to divorce, raising a child with Aspergers, infertility, dealing with teenagers dating, and “Surprise, this is your child that I had with you and didn’t tell you about for a few years”, and infidelity, among others.  And the writers don’t hold back.  For the most part, they lay it out as bare as possible and do a great job of showing how these things affect not just an immediate family, but those in the extended family, too.

From a production standpoint, this is another ensemble cast show where half or more of the characters are played by people who’ve been in the business for a while…Craig T. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia, Monica Potter, Lauren Graham, and Erika Christensen are ones who I picked out the first episode as ones I’d seen before.  Just about all of the cast are great picks for their roles and they do fantastic jobs with their characters.  The cameos and recurring guest roles are usually pretty good, as well.  Unlike a number of shows I watch, the dialogue is realistic and engaging, and the setups, scenes, and resolutions are mostly believable.

In short, this is an outstanding show.  It’s currently just finished (I think) its second season and really hope it keeps getting renewed.

You can view full episodes on NBC’s Parenthood page.

Here’s a montage of clips from Parenthood set to a fantastic song by Rascal Flatts, “My Wish”

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