By well done, I mean they get it. The writers really understand what it is to be a parent. This season, there was a scene where one of the characters, a mom with two kids, one recently adopted had a break down in her kitchen. She burned breakfast and kept screwing up at work and just lost it. Full on sobbing, sitting on her kitchen floor because she just couldn’t do it all as well as she wanted to. I’ve been there.
Then there was another scene, during the first season, where a dad of a child with recently diagnosed special needs (named Max no less), punched a guy in line at the grocery store because he said something negative about his son, called him the “r” word. The dad just couldn’t take it anymore. It was actually that scene that made my husband stop watching. For him, the show became too real. The father character in the show expressed how he just felt angry and sad and frustrated all the time. Stressors at work and at home were just too much in that moment. While we haven’t punched or hit anyone, my husband has been there too.
And then there’s how the whole family, the four kids, their kids and their parents all rally around each other when needed. They help with child care and meal prep and have lots of laughs. The kind of big family that I always wanted for myself.
It’s hard to get through an episode without tears, or sometimes thinking that how can this much possibly happen to one family (breast cancer, autism, job loss etc.) but it’s s show that’s easy to relate to. What shows are you watching (probably on DVR or online) that you just can’t get enough of?