watches Parenthood

After my favorite HBO series (Sex in the City and Sopranos) went off the air, I didn't really follow any shows on TV. I netflixed a lot and caught some Food Network or HGTV randomly. I watch some of the usual reality shows like America's Next Top Model and Top Chef but I never got into Lost, Mad Men, Grey's Anatomy or any of those series that is so wildly popular. While flipping through the channels one night we stopped on Parenthood and have been dvr'ing it ever since.

I'm probably late to the game but I love this show. It's about four siblings and their relationships with each other, their children and their parents. They are so many characters, plots, subplots, twists and turns - it's so entertaining. More than that, the characters and families are real. They act out many big issues families deal with; divorce, autism, single motherhood, multi-cultural dating but also delve into smaller ones like children lying and wanting to have "cool" parent friends.

From the NBC website:

"Parenthood" is a one-hour drama inspired by the box-office hit of the same name. This re-imagined and updated Universal Media Studios/Imagine Television production introduces audiences to the very large, very colorful and imperfect Braverman family. Sarah Braverman (Lauren Graham, "Gilmore Girls"), a financially strapped single mother, is packing up her Fresno apartment and uprooting her two inconvenienced kids, Amber (Mae Whitman, "In Treatment") and Drew (Miles Heizer, "ER"), to make a big move back home to Berkeley to be closer to her family. On the home front, Sarah is greeted by her larger-than-life, headstrong father, Zeek (Craig T. Nelson, "Family Stone," "Coach"), and pillar-of-strength mother, Camille (Bonnie Bedelia, "Heart Like a Wheel"), who are privately dealing with their own marital issues. Meanwhile, Sarah's sister and complete antithesis, Julia (Erika Christensen, "Traffic") is a successful corporate attorney trying to juggle work and motherhood, alongside her stay-at-home husband, Joel (Sam Jaeger, "Eli Stone.") Commitment-phobe Crosby (Dax Shepard, "Baby Mama"), Sarah’s younger brother, must suddenly contend with accepting adult responsibility when an old flame Jasmine (Joy Bryant "Antwone Fisher") shows up unexpectedly and he must re-evaluate his priorities. However, it's Adam (Peter Krause, "Six Feet Under"), the oldest Braverman sibling, who must relinquish his preconceived expectations about what constitutes a "normal" family when he, his wife Kristina (Monica Potter, "Trust Me") and teenage daughter, Haddie (Sarah Ramos, "American Dreams"), learn that their eccentric son and Haddie’s little brother, Max (Max Burkholder, "Brother and Sisters"), is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.

I hope this show sticks around.....

Watch an episode here.

What TV show do you love?

Until tomorrow,

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