Yaaas, it’s that time of the month again! And by that, I don’t mean me, I mean the Thursday Movie Picks and its Television Edition! I love this feature and this week’s theme had so many juicy options for me that I literally CROSSED out shows in order to compile this list. That’s right, I didn’t even struggle to get this list together, I just kept listing shows and then picked the four that really deliver the whole family vibe. The selection also includes all shows that have been off the air for some time now, and I miss them deeply.
Despite the hideous revival (let’s not talk about THAT ever again), and its final season, Gilmore Girls is so close to my heart that I’m a bit sad that it isn’t based on real life. Like, I would for real travel to the US to meet the Lorelai and Rory, at the diner, and buy them a cup of coffee. That’s no lie, I really would. But anyway, the show has a very strong family theme, where a single young woman raises her daughter and grows together with her as a parent and as an individual. This show is also funny and emotional and just filled with so much warmth and heart. It’s also a really great fall time binge worthy show to watch together with your own mom or daughter.
One of those shows that became my favourite pretty easily because it followed another family oriented multiple storyline show that I will mention next, and I love that formula. That love is so obvious in my last pick as well, plus I also love This Is Us, so there you go, I love multiple storyline family dramas! For me having that option of following these characters individually, and then seeing them come together as family, is just so interesting and appealing. So it’s no surprise that I love Brothers & Sisters. It has that drama, heart and humour, it also tackles serious topics as well as politics. It’s sort of perfect, and it is definitely addictive once you get sucked into the Walker family.
A show that started this said love for me is of course the award winning Six Feet Under, which I think also pushed me towards heavier shows. Staying up late (because they showed it at basically night time for a 12/13 year old) to witness Six Feet Under, well, that changed things for me. I still remember some of its scenes! Like, honestly, I can remember that whole storyline with feet… yeah, that’s what is forever embedded in my brain I guess. But truly amazing is of course the fact that Six Feet Under remains one of the few shows to have started and ended on a high. Because we all know that shows sometimes just dwindle off into annoy-ville, but Six Feet Under kept it up for all 5 seasons, and then ended with a SHOCKER.
And with Gilmore Girls and Six Feet Under being so family oriented, it’s no surprise that both leading actors from those shows ended up in another family-oriented show. And while Lauren Graham and Peter Krause play brother and sister in Parenthood, they play girlfriend and boyfriend in real life, so it’s all about keeping it in the family! Anyway, Parenthood is the latest of family oriented shows that has ended (This Is Us is still going so I won’t mention it), and while this one did dwindle a little, it’s still a pretty great show. And I like the diversity of its characters and I love Mae Whitman to pieces in this one! Plus, it introduces a serious topic of having a child with Asperger’s in a very respective manner.
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