'Parenthood' © NBC Television

‘Parenthood’ © NBC Television

Parenthood is a show I have spent years watching and loving, but I always held it above other shows because it was.

There are not many shows that can say they represent a realistic version of life. Parenthood truly does. It is a show centered on family: the ups and downs, the hardships, illnesses, loves gained and lost, friendships, dream chasing and above all growing up.

It is about parents raising children, and children working out where they fit in the world, becoming parents themselves. It is about mortality and the sadness of not being around to see it all happen when you’re gone. It is beautiful. It is confronting. It is innocent and pure. It is sad and heart breaking. It is real life.

There was not one episode of this series that tears were not shed. And by tears, I mean a red faced, eyes swollen from uncontrollable sobbing type of tear shedding. The best kind there is. The performances in this series were so true to life that it constantly moved us and I loved it even when it hurt.

Hell, that was me a few days ago when I watched the final episode ever, for one last hurrah of waterworks.

The thing about Parenthood is that the characters were all relateable, funny, honest, loving and perfectly casted. They made the stories of the Braverman family come to life in such a way that we all felt part of this family. We connected with these characters and wanted so much for the happiness to outweigh the sadness every single time, even when we knew it wasn’t meant to be.

I don’t want to spoil any plot points by being specific about the show for anyone reading this who hasn’t seen Parenthood yet; so I won’t.

But I will say this: the experiences of the Braverman’s-young and old, those heart stopping moments, the times when everything worked out right, the realisation that sometimes relationships just aren’t supposed to work out, that life isn’t fair, that bad things happen to good people, that you can rebuild who you are and flourish, that if you want something bad enough you make it happen. That we are all a huge part of our family unit, and as long as we are there for each other, that’s all that matters.

Parenthood, I have thoroughly enjoyed the ride and I am so happy with the way it ended. It was perfect in every way.

I will miss this so much. But I am so proud that I was able to share these past 6 years with you as part of this family known as ‘Parenthood’.

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