Before you start thinking that I’m with child, this post is not about pregnancy. There’s plenty of time for that in my life and right now is not that time.
Parenthood follows the trials and tribulations of the very large, very colorful and imperfect Braverman family.
There’s Sarah (Lauren Graham), who is a struggling single mother of two teenagers, the bright but rebellious Amber (Mae Whitman), and sullen and sensitive Drew (Miles Heizer). Due to her financial situation, Sarah and her kids live with her parents – her headstrong and stubborn dad, Zeek (Craig T. Nelson), and emotionally supportive mother Camille (Bonnie Bedelia).
Sarah’s sister and complete antithesis, Julia (Erika Christensen) is a type A to a tee, successful corporate attorney who is trying to juggle a heavy caseload and motherhood. Helping her is her stay-at-home husband, Joel (Sam Jaeger).
Then there’s the commitment-phobe – Crosby (Dax Shepard). He’s one of the youngest Bravermans and is trying to amend his bachelor ways to help raise a five-year-old son he had out of wedlock with Jasmine (Joy Bryant).
However, it’s Adam (Peter Krause..swoon!), the oldest Braverman sibling, who tries to serve as the glue for all the other siblings while struggling with his own expectations about what constitutes a “normal” family. He, along with wife Kristina (Monica Potter), and teenage daughter Haddie (Sarah Ramos), struggle to cope with the diagnosis of their son and Haddie’s little brother Max (Max Burkholder), with Asperger’s Syndrome.
As mentioned before, my brother had been diagnosed with Aspeger’s, so that part of the show specifically hits home for me. Despite that fact, with a team of executive producers that includes Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, Jason Katims and David Nevins, it’s surprising that this show has not caught the attention of a mainstream audience.
The show has struggled to remain in the NBC lineup and was last positioned in the 10 -11 p.m. spot (at least here on the East Coast.) I know that’s late for me, but the show portrays the brutally honest way that any family functions – from times of extreme closeness to fights, envy and support. The characters develop well and the show sucks me in every time I watch; sometimes leaving me with a very rough Wednesday morning.
Yet, it’s totally worth the fatigue. Parenthood is a diamond in the rough and deserves your time. Take a few minutes out of your day and go watch an episode if you can.