Friday, September 23, 2011
"Parenthood" Seasons 1 and 2
ABOVE: (r to l) White people. Even the token ethnics look pretty, pretty white.
I'll say next to nothing about "Parenthood" (the Ron Howard-produced soap-bucket, not the 'hood) except that it is flattering: watching it makes me feel like I'm waaaay younger and cooler than these middle aged lame-oids caught in mostly imaginary white folk dramas. "Parenthood" is a sterilized dagger thrown at suburbia's bleeding hearts. It's a really cute show, though, and does earn its quota of about four or five "awwwws" per episode. When I'm older and my tragic dilemmas involve the right amount of quiches to give the new neighbors, I'll like this waaaay more. The writing is decent but never too sweaty, the cast stellar and committed, the stories generally reassuring and boring. (See also "Brothers and Sisters.") Lauren Graham, Peter Krause, Monica Potter, Dax Shephard, Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia star. Also Erika Christensen. Ever since "Swimfan" I've had have a weakness for Ms. Christensen entirely unrelated to her method acting.
ABOVE: I'm sure you can see what I mean.