Tuesday, February 28, 2012

no greater feelin' than the love of family

So I'm watching my current favorite TV show, Parenthood, and I started thinking about why I love this show so much.  Perhaps I am amazed at Lauren Graham's ability to play the single mom who really needs to get it together yet again (I'm an avid Gilmore Girls fan).  Or maybe it's the insightful look into the challenges of raising a child with Asperger's.  It could also be the interesting dynamic of Joel as a stay-at-home dad and Julia fulfilling the role of the workaholic lawyer.

But during the midst of an all-out brawl between brothers, while the whole family is talking over each other, I realized that I drawn to all TV shows about big, crazy families.  It doesn't take a psychiatrist (conveniently I do know one of those) to figure out why.  I'm an only child.  And it's no secret to my parents that I've always wished for siblings.  Pretty sure I even lied about my mom being pregnant to one of my preschool teachers.  But for whatever reason, I'm an only child.  And most of the time, I'm content with that.  I love hanging out with my parents.  But I think I'd be lying to myself if I said I didn't see a large family in my future.  My TV habits sure indicate that.

Let's go back to the beginning, shall we?  I spent many a weekday afternoon in middle school (er...and high school) curled up on the couch, pretending to do homework, watching Seventh Heaven.  

What girl didn't love watching the Camden siblings wrestle with imaginary friends (Ruthie), pregnancy out of wedlock (Simon), and relationships (all of them...except the twins, I guess) for 11 YEARS???  Honestly?  No one I know watched this show as long as me.  I was literally a high school graduate when the final episode of the show premiered.

I found the constant drama surrounding using the ONE BATHROOM that all seven kids shared quite fascinating.  This is probably because, as an only child, I've always had a bathroom to myself (I adjusted to college quite well despite this, thank you very much).

Thankfully, once Seventh Heaven was cancelled, a more grown-up version appeared on the small screen.  In 2009, the fall of my junior year of college, Brothers and Sisters made its debut.

Centering around slightly more mature issues, like what to do with the family business after the cheating father suddenly dies, this show certainly filled the void that Seventh Heaven left in my homework- pretending schedule.  I especially enjoyed Nora Walker's famous crazy dinner parties, which inevitably lead to a lot of talking over one another (obviously something I look for in welcoming a show into my lineup).

Sadly, this fall did not see Bros and Sisses (as my college roommates and I affectionately called it) return to the living rooms of people everywhere.  I guess not everyone shares my love for shows about loud, boisterous, complicated families.  I'm still upset about the cancellation.  Almost as much as I am about Off the Map.  Don't even get me started.

Post title: "7th Heaven" Theme Song

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