I must say, I LOVE this show. I LOVE the sibling dynamic that occurs between the adult kids and their kids with all the other kids in contrast to the dynamics of the Walkers in Bros & Sis. I love the in-law dynamic with Joel & Kristina + The Braverman's. There's no bitchiness, no contention, no omg!ur!mom!hates!me! I guess it's because the Walkers, IMO, are so neurotic and selfish and the Braverman's are just trying to do their best with whatever gets thrown at them and have to deal with the consequence of choices they've made. I approve of how both families rally around each other when the support is needed but I prefer the way it's presented/pulled off in Parenthood. There's something more real about the way they don't just come out and say 'I'm here for you' they just all kinda show up and DO. I ♥ that because to me, that's what family does. You get mad at them, you hate what they do but in the end, you're gonna be there for them in spite of all their faults.
Now, this is fascinating to me because I HATE my family. More specifically my extended family. I couldn't give a damn if any one of my grandmothers died cos they're the biggest conniving-psycho-emotional-vampiric-bitc