It reminded me a lot of ‘Brothers and Sisters’. These siblings were really close and going through everyday problems. The big difference between these two shows was that ‘Parenthood’ is more grounded in its drama. The writers tell a story of everyday family problems and the characters suck you in.
Lauren Graham (Sarah Braverman) was my biggest draw to this series. I absolutely loved her in ‘Gilmore Girls’. Once again she was playing a single parent, but this time around she was a lot more flawed. Sarah goes through a lot in just one season and there’s so much potential for growth.
Another great thing about this show is the various stages of ‘Parenthood’ these siblings are in. While Sarah is dealing with starting over with her two kids, Adam Braverman (Peter Krause) and Kristina (Monica Potter) are dealing with their son. Max (Max Burkholder), being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. They are also dealing with their teenage daughter (Sarah Ramos) having her first boyfriend.
The two oldest, Adam and Sarah, certainly have a lot to deal with, but the youngest of the Braverman clan also have issues.
Julia Braverman-Graham (Erika Christensen) is a working mother. She’s a lawyer and loves her job, but she also cherishes the time with her daughter. She finds herself competing against a stay at home mother in her daughter’s play group. She wants to be a successful woman and also super mom. This woman also flirts with Julia’s husband, Joel (Sam Jaeger). This makes things complicated, especially since she’s the mother of their daughter’s best friend.
The youngest, Crosby (Dax Shepard), is still doing his laundry at his parent’s house, but his world gets turned upside down when he finds out he has a five year old son.
‘Parenthood’ is finishing up its six season run on Thursday night. If you haven’t checked this great show out yet, you can watch the first five seasons on Netflix.
I’ve only seen the first season and I’m really excited to dive into the rest of the series.
‘Parenthood’ also stars Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia as the parents, Zeek and Camille.