Today I Learned: Mae Whitman Looks Great In Her Underwear
Seriously: The show has a incredible knack for turning plotlines that would be cheesy or unremarkable on other dramas and extracting and insane amount of pathos out of them. How? Brilliant performances (Peter Krause will floor you as Coach Taylor 2.0), great writing, and most importantly, intimately real relationships with characters that you can see yourself in. The Bravermans are your family on its best day, and if you stick around long enough, there will be a plotline that speaks to you in somehow, and it will probably destroy you. Every character is filled with so much goodness that if you didn't love them, you would hate them for being so kind, warm, and knowing. I can't watch an episode of "Parenthood" without wanting to wake up my kids and hug the crap out of them.
The only unfortunate side effect of watching "Parenthood"? A serious case of cryface. It's ugly.
Here's some more photos (compliments of Socialite's Life) of Mae Whitman's Amber with her soon-to-be boyfriend, played by "Friday Night Lights" Matt Lauria ("Parenthood" hosts a ton of former "FNL" cast members). My favorite is the header photo because Matt Lauria has his arm around Mae Whitman to provide warmth, even though the cameras are obviously not rolling. Goddamn, that's sweet.