Booking It: Parenthood

Please tell me that, when you watched the “In-Between” episode of Parenthood recently, you totally felt for Kristina when she went to the party at Adam’s and Crosby’s new recording studio and ended up sitting in Adam’s office in tears, breastmilk leaking through her fancy dress, missing her baby, wondering whose body she was in anyway.

Because I did.

In fact, I’m pretty sure Micah and I have done that scene, unscripted, of course, but nearly word-for-word, possibly more than once.

Oh, and our new favorite joke, from the “Sore Loser” episode is how we’ve spoiled Manchild by letting him win all the time. But good thing we have another kid so we can scrap the first one and start over. (I’m pretty sure it’s not too late for Squish yet.)

Which is to say that Parenthood is, in so many instances, pitch perfect. It’s unsettling, at times, how they get into my head. I could swear Kristina reads my journal. I’m pretty sure Joel was based, partially, on me. And I can’t help but think that I may be like Sarah in a dozen years: turning 40, with a couple of adolescent children and still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up — and how to be it.

And yet, I wouldn’t say I’m a super-fan of the show. I’m never checking to see if the latest episode has posted to Hulu. Micah and I will often let the episodes pile up for weeks in our queue. Even then it is rarely the first show we go to when we finally have time for it. Perhaps it’s simply that by the end of the day, I already feel like I’ve lived it and I don’t necessarily want to go through it all again when I’m trying to unwind.

What about you? Are you a fan or a foe? Is Parenthood must-see-tv at your place?

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3 Comments

  1. I’ll confess to having watched every single episode from the beginning. But, like you, it’s a “Hmm, maybe I’ll watch some TV?” But I only watch 3 shows, one of which isn’t on yet (30 Rock) so it’s pretty easy to stay up to date.

    And yes, I died laughing at Joel consoling a drunken Julia about their ruined daughter.

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    lizzie Reply:

    So now I’m curious about what the 3rd show is . . . .

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  2. It’s a bit spooky (like you I wonder, can they read my thoughts?) how spot on this show can be. I would watch it every week but usually my actual parenting duties take precedence and I end up watching it later on Hulu at some point.

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    lizzie Reply:

    I find Hulu to be really great for that reason: I can be a parent, but also have a stash of things to chill out with — and commiserate with — when I’m off duty.

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  3. I’ve only recently started watching it, I’ve probably seen the last 3 episodes. It is on right after the biggest loser, which I like to watch and Dan has meetings on Tuesday night so I end up bumming around and doing nothing but watch TV. I like it, but I agree, it’s not really a must see.

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    lizzie Reply:

    Those Tuesday night meetings get me, too. I’ve been watching New Girl because I don’t think Micah is really interested in that one.

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