Thursday, September 13, 2012

"Parenthood" on NBC paints the "family portrait" at its own Drohega

Parenthood” started its fourth season on Tuesday night, Sept. 11, with an episode titled “Family Portrait”.
This “playing out” of a typical “natural family” as extended by enough determination and social support, seems quite popular with viewers, and perhaps presents some irony as it follows “The New Normal”.

Grandma and Grandpa, Zeek and Camille Braverman (Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia) keep their own issues backstage in order to maintain the loyalty and “social capital” of their grown children, who keep coming back, as if “real life” centered ultimately around family than just on modern adult pursuits. (My own mother lectured me on this around 2000 on one of her visits to me in Minneapolis.) 

Rebellious Sarah (Lauren Graham) is now tying the knot with Mark Cyr (Jason Ritter – remember him as the covert “good guy” alien in “The Event”), and Mark lets her know that it means a lot for him to be part of the family, even to the point of expecting her to “fight for him”.

Victor, the adopted son of lawyer Julia (Erika Christiansen) and Joel (Sam Jaeger) also struggles to be seen as part of the family. 

When do people want to be themselves first?

There’s a nice little discussion about how to deal with religion – that believing in a God doesn’t require loyalty to any one church (an idea that the Rosicrucian’s always call “churchianity”).

In an earlier season, the bachelor chacarcter Crosby (Dax Shepard) was confronted by the fact that he had fathered a son, as NBC’s link explains here.

Wikipedia has a nice drawing of the family tree here

The series was inspired by the 1989 film “Parenthood” by Ron Howard for Universal (with the family called the Buckmans).  

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