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Parenthood: Television that Entertains and Educates

September 21, 2012

If you missed this week’s excellent episode of NBC‘s Parenthood, which I’m sure you did according to the ratings, I have embedded it below. To all of the people who complain about the lack of good shows on TV, here it is. The best of the best. No Emmys. No ratings. It’s on NBC. I get it; I wouldn’t have watched it either. But I stumbled across it one day and have to say that Parenthood is – unquestionably – one of the best scripted, acted, directed, paced, plotted, you name it, hours of television each and every week. With one of the best ensemble casts in the business – Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Monica Potter, Mae Whitman, Erika Christensen, Craig T. Nelson, Sam Jaeger, Dax Shepard, Joy Bryant, and on and on. You might not recognize the names, but the caliber is there.

From Friday Night Lights‘ Emmy-winning writer/producer Jason Katims, the show is one of the most realistic portrayals of family drama ever aired on TV. Interestingly enough, as I read people’s response to NBC’s Revolution (the show where the power goes out), I kept seeing people say, “this isn’t realistic,” and I couldn’t help but laugh. Parenthood is so realistic that the same people often say that it hits too close to home. I embrace that. Television is made to entertain and educate. Watch. Enjoy. Tell everyone you know.

 

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