I can’t help but feel like TV shows these days always seem to get parenting wrong. Until recently, I couldn’t actually remember the last show I actually related to as a parent. That was until the premier of Parenthood. It’s going on six weeks now, and I have to say I’m completely impressed. I think most of us can find something to relate to in this well-written and well-casted dramedy on the trials and tribulations of parenthood.
Let’s face it guys, parenthood is messy. It’s hard, the choices sometimes suck, and a lot of the time we have no idea what we’re doing. This show captures all of that and the fact that, for the majority of us, parenthood is something we wouldn’t trade for anything else in the world.
So far I’ve yet to watch an episode of NBC’s new show (based on the 1989 Ron Howard film of the same name) without shedding a few tears. And if you watch an episode yourself, you’ll see why.
Whether it’s harried parents Adam and Kristina who are wrestling with their son’s diagnosis of Aspergers or single mom Sarah who’s trying to raise two teens on her own, you’ll find a story you can relate to. Maybe it’s working mom Julia as she tries to find balance in a world where working moms and stay at home moms still live on different ends of the divide. OR maybe it’s in the story of Crosby, an adult adolescent trying to find his way after fatherhood is thrown at him in the form of a five-year-old son he didn’t know he had.
I’ve never seen a show that truly gets what being a parent is about. The writers certainly know what they’re doing, and the cast couldn’t have a more natural chemistry so early in the show.
Parenthood has already made some serious headlines. During the second episode, Adam and Kristina were given the news that their son Max had Aspergers syndrome. Aspergers is one of the Autism Spectrum disorders and, as any parent dealing with Aspergers knows, is still not widely discussed. The night after the episode aired, in which Max was diagnosed, Aspergers (along with variations in spelling of the disorder) was the most searched topic according to Google.
Now THAT’s raising awareness. And it’s also bringing something parents deal with everyday into the mainstream conversation in a way no simple PSA or website could ever do.
If you haven’t tuned into Parenthood yet, do it. If you’re a parent you’ll get it. You can catch it on NBC Tuesdays at 10PM or watch full episodes at NBC.com.