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P, Parenthood

P, Parenthood

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0P. Potstickers and Pina Colada’s. Prophecy, Pot Products and Pillow Talk. So many interesting options.

But today on the A to Z Challenge, I have to give a shout out to my latest addiction, of the NBC variety: television drama, Parenthood. I know, I know, it’s finished, and old news to many, but I am binge watching this show (Season 4 thus far) and it really does a more than decent job at presenting more than decent material, but whacks you in the emotional center over and over. How do they do that?

Might have something to do with Kristina’s cancer: the scenes played so sensitively that I gave up on blotting tears and let the river flow. When Adam (Peter Krause) spoke to his wife, Kristina (Monica Potter) on the phone, and the reality of what they were facing sunk in, his performance changed the very blood in my veins. I swear. And yes, the cancer episodes resonate the most at this time, but the surprise of this show for me, is the likability of absolutely every character.


This last weekend I had the pleasure of spending some long, contemplative time with three Millenials at a writing workshop at the Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. Up came the topic of childhood heartthrobs. David Cassidy, Andy Gibb, Scott Baio, Henry Winkler . . .

“Who’s Henry Winkler?” they gaped. “The what? The . . . Fonz?”

There was a moment of panic amongst the non-crop-top set. Is Happy Days to be lost forever once Gen Xers kick it? Don’t these young ones need to refer to the sheer humanity of Richie Cunningham and his accommodating parents? It was disturbing.


Finally home and exhausted, I snuck in a Parenthood episode before dinner. Marital strain, failing students, PTSD and a failed political campaign: all there. Then in the credits, name smiling with sheer open-faced, honest humanity: Executive Producer: Ron Howard, the non-crop-top version of our Richie Cunningham!

For sure, the fragmentation and polarization of television programming has changed the common vernacular (Aaayy!) and iconic characters that Happy Days gave us in the ’70’s and ’80’s. And unlike the apple-pie Cunninghams, Parenthood’s Braverman family lay it all out there. But there’s this – when you come across someone who is loving the personal experience of Parenthood, or remembers a classic moment in Happy Days, the sharing is magic, the same magic.



© Robyn T. Murphy 

1 Comment

  1. Binge watching is the way to go! My boss and I have really gotten into binge watching shows and come and discuss what we are currently binge watching during our breaks. So much easier than waiting a week between episodes.

    Sean at His and Her Hobbies

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