By: Danielle McFadden
It’s official. The show Parenthood had their last curtain call on January 29th. After watching the Braverman family for 6 seasons, I started to feel like I was a part of their family. I laughed with them, I cried with them and I wish I could have jumped into my TV to join in on one of their sibling dance parties. There is truly no other show on TV that felt so real and focused on the true triumphs and tribulations that families face. Why did it have to end again?
Over the span of 103 emotional episodes, I’ve learned a lot from the Braverman’s about life, love and family!
Zeek: When you truly love someone you have to compromise and be willing to put your partners needs above your own. Zeek loved the house that the Braverman’s called home for decades, but was willing to sell it because Camile had a burning desire to move and start their ‘third act.’
Camille: You’re never too old to find your passion and rediscover yourself. Camille spent decades raising her family and putting herself second. Once her children grew up she took the time to develop her love of painting and travel.
Adam: Life can throw a lot at you. It’s what you do with these curveballs that can make or break your outlook on the life. Adam was the backbone of the Braverman family constantly looking at the positive, rolling up his sleeves and being a source of support and advice for his siblings and parents.
Sarah: When you follow your heart it can lead you astray, but it also makes you a stronger and better person. It’s not always an easy path, but if it leads you to exactly where you should be then it’s worth it in the end.
Crosby: Love is a game changer. At the beginning of the show Crosby was the ultimate bachelor and extremely selfish. He evolved- falling in the love with the son he didn’t know he had and eventually the mother of his child. After several bumps along the way they got married, had another child and Crosby was a different person for it. True love can change you and make you a better man (or woman).
Julia: Girl power and forgiveness. The first few seasons of Parenthood showed Julia as a high-powered lawyer, breadwinner of her family and a great mother and wife. This changed as the seasons went on and Julia’s life took a different turn. Ultimately, this lead Julia back to the life she had at the beginning of the show – great marriage, wonderful family and a job she loves. It took a while and a lot of forgiveness but in the end the show gave us what we all hoped for Julia and Joel.
So Braverman Family, thanks for teaching us that family is everything. And of course, to dance.