October 16, 2014

Parenthood


The Braverman clan is my favourite TV family.

You may not be bowled over immediately but, over time, you'll come to love them too. Parenthood is about family and life, navigating both as best as you can together. It's not afraid of getting heavy. (Sitting down to watch it beside a box of tissues is wise.) In six seasons, the Bravermans faced cancer, Aspergers, separation, adoption, bullying and more.

Personality clashes and conflicts are normal. Relationships are mended and repaired. It doesn't tie up problems with a tidy bow and a life lesson. Some story arcs last through multiple episodes, some over seasons. It's nuanced and refreshing. Heartwarming and heartbreaking. Genuine and subtle. Beautiful too.

As far as television dramas go, Parenthood is the best of what is (and has been) on TV, regardless of its near-criminal lack of awards and accolades. It's a show I'll keep coming back to over the years, a comfortable place to reflect and watch, laughing and crying the entire way through.

6 comments:

  1. This has been one of my favourite shows for a number of years now. It's so fantastic! And yes, you definitely need a box of kleenex handy while watching. I'm so sad that this is the final season. :(

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  2. Sharon! Have you been watching this season at all? Any thoughts on how you'd like to see it end?

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  3. I cry at EVERY single episode. Best show.

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  4. Yes, I've been watching. I really have no idea how I want it to end - I haven't though too much about it. All I know is that I read somewhere that someone is going to die, and I know who I want it to be (Zeek - he's annoyed me from day 1. I hate him with the fire of a thousand suns). But I have no idea if that would be too obvious a choice given his storyline this season, but maybe it's a red herring. The last two episodes Crosby terrified me with his reckless driving, so it could be anyone. ;)

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  5. Apparently Jason Katims has never confirmed a character will die, but they'll be grappling with mortality. I thought Zeek was a goner when he fainted, but Crosby's driving has me concerned. I'm wondering if it'll be someone totally out of the blue now that they've teased these different things. Or if they'll all live on -- I'd be okay with that too.

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  6. Oh, I didn't know that! That definitely makes sense with where things have gone so far. I'd be fine if everyone lived too. That would be easier, since it's sad enough that the show is ending.

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