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Parenthood: Not so bad!

Anyone seen this new program on NBC called Parenthood? It's not so bad! It's already been renewed for a second season, and I'm feeling pretty...OK...about that! I've been watching this show almost weekly, and I sort of look forward to new episodes when I remember that we have some on the DVR. After I've watched all the shows I watch regularly and when I'm not really in the mood for reruns of Gilmore Girls, either Qualler or I will halfheartedly say "hmmm...I'm not really in the mood to watch Life on the Discovery Channel...how about Parenthood?"

Parenthood weaves the intricate tale of four grown siblings who live in the same city and who are each struggling with, you guessed it! Being a parent. Of course they have each other to lean on, as well as their seasoned, sometimes sarcastic, always supportive mom and dad. I feel like I'm being caught up in a big group hug and also learning the straight facts about why masturbation is perfectly normal and nothing to be ashamed of and also being served up a heaping plate of mom's famous lasagna and also bickering with my sister...you know...functional family stuff! But not so functional that it's boring. And Coach is there! Remember Coach? Man, I loved that show...Dauber was always getting into one pickle after another...
I definitely like this show more than I dislike it. The more I watch it, the more I grow to passively enjoy it. I can't count how many times a witty quip has caused me to half smile and utter an offhanded "huh!" I enjoy that it deals with problems like teens lying to their parents, but not super heavy problems like parents throwing their kids out on the street because they're meth users and dealers. (Editor's note: I can attest to the soothing powers of Parenthood after Brigitte, Lady Amy, Chris and I watched ten episodes of Breaking Bad in the past four days.) The problems are usually resolved, but I'm sometimes forced to look up from my laptop (I like to do my shopping online while I watch) and wonder casually how the characters will get out of this particular jam. I also like that the characters aren't perfect...but they're pretty good. They all have ordinary (re: upper middle class white American) problems that I can relate to, so I don't have to devote a lot of mental or emotional energy to watching this show.

Parenthood is the perfect example of something that gets my rating of: Content Kitty. I'm happy to watch it and I look forward to its second season with moderate interest. And hey, if the dishes are already done and you feel like a little entertainment to go along with your dinner, tune in Tuesdays at 9 on NBC!

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  1. Blogger Papa Thor | 7:02 AM |  

    I accidentally recorded this and watched a little bit. I kept wondering where Steve Martin and Mozart were. I think I figured it out. I laughed when they found out their kid could be labeled "autistic" and they were so somber. He wasn't too different from a couple little girls I seem to remember. Right, miss lay-all-eight-blankies-on-me-in-a-specific-order-when-I-go-to-bed-or-I'll-cry?

  2. Blogger Lady Amy | 11:40 AM |  

    While I am definitely looking for something a little less nightmare-inducing than Breaking Bad, I refuse to watch this because Brian Grazer is the douchiest of all douches. And I am not exaggerating here. He is a seriously horrible man.

    That being said, if it happens to be on I will probably not shut it off...I am a TV whore. :(

  3. Blogger chris | 11:52 AM |  

    Haha oh Papa Thor. Ah well, at least Brigitte's Driver's Ed teacher didn't accuse her of being autistic for wanting to concentrate on the road and not his dumb questions about why I didn't play sports. As I just told Brigitte, it might be why we became friends.

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