Season Premiere review — Parenthood, “I Don’t Want to Do This Without You”

NBC’s Parenthood is a hard program to review in the traditional episodic context. The comfortable rhythms and moderate-wattage storylines are easily explained and the performances are always solid. Sometimes, like in the middle stretch of last season, the series kicks it into another gear and it feels like there is more material there to poke…… Continue reading Season Premiere review — Parenthood, “I Don’t Want to Do This Without You”

2010-2011 season wrap: Happy Endings

With the 2010-2011 television season officially over, I’ll be taking some time over the next week or so to look back on how some of television’s best and worst fared this season. General thoughts: Happy Endings never had a chance, at least at first. By the time it finally made it to air in early April,…… Continue reading 2010-2011 season wrap: Happy Endings

Parenthood, “Do Not Sleep With Your Autistic Nephew’s Therapist”

Inspired by the sprawling, multi-armed conversation about the state of television criticism (see here, here and here, among other places), I’ve decided to take the next week or so to check in with the series that I watch every single week, but never actually write about. There’s been a lot of discussion about writing longer form pieces on…… Continue reading Parenthood, “Do Not Sleep With Your Autistic Nephew’s Therapist”