Two Guys, a Girl and a TV Set

Three college friends out in the world, filling the void with television…and loving it.

Name That Show

Posted by Mr. Feeny on April 15, 2010

This television show focuses on the daily life of a large family.

There are three generations, focusing mainly on the middle generation.

One of the parents is played by a famous Emmy winner.

The main sister was the star of her own very popular hour-long show.

Each sibling has their own set of problems, but often work them out with the help of the others.

This is often done via extended conference telephone calls.

The show balances drama and comedy…and soap opera.

Soap opera elements like slow reveals, mystery, deception abound.

Real families don’t go through all these problems at once.

Now, without telling you a network or how long the show has been on the air, you might be thinking of a completely different show than another reader.

That’s because Parenthood is basically the same as Brothers & Sisters.

Go ahead. Read that description over again, but with the other show in mind. It fits, right?

So, why is Parenthood getting tons of critical acclaim while Brothers & Sisters is lagging? Why does Parenthood seem more real and and B&S more cheesy? Most importantly…why is Parenthood a novel concept when ABC’s been doing it for four years?

I ask these questions because I find myself liking Parenthood more than Brothers & Sisters, and I can’t figure out why. I can’t put my finger on it. There’s something about it that appeals more to me. Even though it’s the same show. (Although, admittedly, if they start breaking marriages up like on B&S, then I’m going to have a problem with it).

So, help me out. What separates these shows? Sound off below.


One Response to “Name That Show”

  1. CJ Cregg said

    Wow. I feel the same way. Fascinating post. Why is Parenthood so much better?

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