It’s that time of year where everyone’s favorite shows premier and new ones take off in hopes of flying. Sarabeth and I usually only follow a couple shows at a time, but lose interest most of the time (or it just gets too inappropriate and we have to make an executive decision to stop while we’re ahead). The only shows we’ve followed religiously are The Office (yes, even through the last two seasons – but the finale was way worth the trouble), and Downton Abbey. But we don’t get to see the new season till January. (Thanks, BBC.)
But there is one other show that I think stands above the rest, and of which I’ve never felt such a strong connection to the characters. The great Ron Howard produces the spinoff to his 1989 film, Parenthood. NBC puts it out, and its fifth season starts in just one week from today (September 26th).
It’s a show that focusses on the family unit. Adam Braverman, the lead character, is a role model for many husbands and dads. Mind you, he has his many slip-ups, but his actions aren’t followed by a laugh-track or a blooper reel.
Like all of the characters, the consequences of his actions follow him many many episodes into the season. It is a realistic show in that nothing is easily solved, or brushed under the rug. The family must learn to deal with their problems, and in many episodes it gets very ugly and may even hit close to home for many viewers, thus a little difficult to watch, as it is most of the time for Sarabeth.
There is a family unit for everyone to relate to. You have the grandparents who are trying not to interfere with their grown-children’s lives, and dealing with years of marital problems of their own. There’s the faithful middle-class couple with three kids: a college-bound young lady, an autistic adolescent, and a newborn. There’s the couple who can’t have a kid of their own, so they are struggling through the trials of adoption. There’s the wayward daughter who feels like she can’t raise her kids without a man in her life. And there’s the wayward son who’s learning how to be a father to his little boy whose entire life he missed out on.
I can’t recommend this show highly enough, though I strongly recommend watching it when the kids are in bed due to some intense scenes, and some sensuality. It will remind you that you’re not alone in your struggles, but you also can’t ignore them, either. It’s the only show I’m really anticipating this fall, and well worth the time to invest in.
Have you seen Parenthood? Share your thoughts! Are you pumped for season five?