There is nothing cool or edgy about family dramas and Parenthood is no different. It is emotional, tugs at your heartstrings, activates your tear ducts and often leaves you with the silliest of grins on your face with its warm fuzzy moments.
No, family dramas aren’t cool at all. But I love them to bits and when they end on a high, saying goodbye is one of the hardest things to deal with.
How do you say goodbye to a family that you’ve grown attached to? One that you let into your living room, week after week, year after year?
It took me some time to grow to love the Bravermans on Parenthood. Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) and Camille (Bonnie Bedelia) and their brood – Adam (Peter Krause), Sarah (Lauren Graham), Crosby (Dax Shepard) and Kristina (Monica Potter) – and their respective families are a lot to handle. Frankly, they are an exhausting bunch (so much drama, so much baggage!) and the misunderstandings seem endless and sometimes too much to cope with.
But that’s life, isn’t it?
We all have family drama (though it is necessarily amped up on TV) but we deal with it and come out intact, if not stronger.
Midway through the season, I grew to understand the Braverman family dynamic. I even liked some of them. By the end of Season One, I was hooked.
Though the storylines were sometimes far-fetched – like how Adam’s wife Kristina ran for Mayor of Berkeley or how the two of them set up a school for special-needs children – I’d cheer them on simply because the characters are so real and believable.
They are flawed and hardly ever say the right thing; they rub each other the wrong way and I’m often screaming at my TV screen over the decisions they make.
At the end of the day, they come together as a family and that’s what draws fans in week after week, season after season.
But say goodbye we must.
So let’s do a quick recap of the series. Over the years, we’ve watched the Bravermans overcome numerous hurdles and crises: Kristina’s cancer, Zeek’s failing health, Camille’s wanderlust, Max’s struggle with Asperger’s, Julia and her husband Joel’s relationship struggles, Sarah’s attempts to find love, Amber coming into her own, Crosby’s discovery that he has a son and his effort to rekindle a relationship with Jasmine (Joy Bryant) and build a family, and his and Adam’s business woes.
Here’s what I hope to see in the final season.
I hope Sarah finds the love of her life and is happy with her choice. I’m not completely in love with Hank (Ray Romano) as I find his character (who also has Asperger’s) a little annoying and exaggerated – but Sarah deserves to be happy.
I am quite sure Adam and Kristina will have a happy ending; they are a solid family and they’ve had their share of trauma.
Zeek and Camille. They’ve been married forever and have struggled a little in the last couple of seasons with their relationship. But they seem to be through the worst, relationship-wise. But I have a bad feeling about Zeek. His heart issues have an ominous undertone and I have an uncomfortable feeling about how this will play through. Keeping my tissues handy.
Crosby and Adam’s business seems doomed to fail. Maybe Pharell (Williams) will make a cameo and buy them out? Cee Lo Green, maybe? Or maybe not. But I’m sure they’ll come out all right. Crosby has a family now (yay!) and that’s going to see him through any difficulty.
Amber (Mae Whitman)? Now, she’s one character I’ve really had a change of heart about. From being a bratty teen I wanted to smack silly to becoming a responsible and loving young woman I admire, I hope she, like her mother (Sarah), will find love.
I know Julia and Joel (Sam Jaeger) will get back together. There are some relationships that are just meant to be – in life and on TV. They’re it.
I’m bracing myself and savouring each episode of this short season (13 episodes only!) and I hope the writers have a special ending for this very special series.
Parenthood S6 airs every weekday at 5.05pm on Star World (Astro Ch 711/HD Ch 722).