I’d just like to give a shout-out to the show. At a time when Glee has essentially become sexual-freedom-propaganda (seriously, Rocky Horror Show?? How many teenagers googled that because of Glee? I have 8 year old piano students who love that show!), Season 2 of Parenthood has been delightful.
If I could use food as a metaphor, Parenthood would be the equivalent of a warm mug of cocoa. I just feel better about life, family and the sometimes unpleasant duties associated with both as a result of watching, and it’s not because the trials the characters go through are so dire that ours are easy in comparison. There aren’t huge crisis plot points, just day to day struggles that real people face. Aspergers, boss/coworkers frustration, miscommunication, working while being a parent…I can’t say I’ve experienced them all, but the slower pace to the show has a familial quality to it. By the end of every episode, I feel more and more a part of the “Braverman Family”, because that’s what the show is designed to do. Not to act as a break from reality, but to integrate you in to theirs and have you carry some of it with you.
That’s all I can put my finger on, but the point is, I really look forward to Parenthood, almost as much as Modern Family (which is ridiculously brilliant– do yourself a favor and watch it on Hulu! You will laugh till you cry or pee your pants, whichever comes first).