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Summer is in full swing, and with that comes a chance to
catch up on all of my favorite television shows and maybe revisit a few modern
day classics—and perhaps give my heart some time to return to its normal state.
The spring season of television was so intense that toward the end I decided I just couldn't deal. I traded my dramas for reruns of "Fixer Upper" (such a good show right?) on HGTV. In fact, I'm still reeling from (SPOILER ALERT!) the loss of Dr. Shepherd and
am trying to decide if I have the guts to quit the emotional roller coaster
that is Grey's entirely.
There are also a few other fictitious families that have
managed to sit with me long after the Netflix binge commenced.
countless tears, even venturing into a full on ugly cry, all the while telling
myself that this isn't real. But it feels so real. And I'm pretty sure
that is what makes for good television. In an age where reality shows pollute
our plasma TV screens, I celebrate the shows that tell actual stories—the ones that make
us laugh, cry and then log on to Twitter to find camaraderie alongside those who,
like us, are way too emotionally invested in fake families. Here are a few TV families that
I'm mildly obsessed with:
I have watched this love story unfold
for what feels like my entire youth. Derek
and Meredith were the one couple you couldn't help but root for. They have
been through hell and back—together. And just as things were finally about to
be (practically) perfect—just when I was going to thank Shonda Rhimes for being
kinder to the hearts of viewers, she struck a blow I'm not sure I will ever
recover from. There are two unwatched episodes on my DVR right now because I just can't. These two were supposed to be forever.
What kind of world do we live in
when our favorite TV characters can't even get a happy ending? Actually, wait.
There is this one family I know…
The Bravermans! They sort of got their
happy ending. I needed a feel-good show after riding the emotional roller
coaster of "Grey's Anatomy" and this was it. I sacrificed many hours of sleep as did my husband and
anxiously watched through the final season. In a sense, their stories reminded
me to keep my eyes on the most important thing in life: family. Because family
The Bravermans love each other so well and are just so relatable. They face trials but
they forgive, and then they get back to loving.
pretty sure I cried every single episode but I wept (like a baby) in the final montage of the
show and thank the writers for giving me the best ending in the history of TV. So many questions,
ones I didn't even know I had, were answered. Still I have more. But in the meantime, may we stay "forever young."
Coach Taylor and his wife Tammy are the ideal
couple. And they are such down-to-earth people. They embody so much of what it means to
be a good parent. It means doing your very best, owning your mistakes and
learning from them. They should also make you feel better about your own kids.
If the Taylors can't raise perfect kids nobody can.
After getting to know them
I contemplated moving to Texas because I could use a family like the Taylors in
my life. I also decided that perhaps football wasn't so bad after all. I loved watching them navigate the various career and familial
challenges they faced and cried when Coach changed the course of his dream to
support his wife as she reached for her's. "Clear eyes, full hearts, can't
I had to take a break from watching "Scandal" because I don't think I am emotionally strong enough to handle this most recent
season of "Grey's" and "Scandal" at the same time. It has been a long time since
Olivia left the nest, and watching the dynamics between her and her parents is
enough to make me want to hug my own parents a little tighter. Goodness I wish
that girl had stayed put while "standing in the sun" with Jake. (Honorable mention: The Montgomery/Reilly family from " Private Practice, " Addison, Jake and their sweet Henry. #wherearetheynow?)
As a teenager, I
loved watching Lorelai's relationship with Rory unfold. I
remember thinking that Rory was so lucky. How awesome that this mother-daughter duo were
so close. Everyone says you aren't supposed to be your kid's friend because what
they need most is a parent, but Lorelai is both and rocking at it (and willing to
apologize and make things right when she's not). In retrospect I love that she represents
single mothers in such a positive way—her family's story speaks to the fact that a family's composition
isn't as important as their commitment to one another.
I haven't watched this show in years but I've
apparently got a soft spot for this Springfield family. I grew up with
my dad watching the show and he always let us watch too, despite the fact that
my mom thought it was too inappropriate for us. My brother and I thought it was the
funniest show ever. Recently, my jaw dropped when I heard that Marge and Homer were going
to break up in the upcoming season, I couldn't believe it and told my dad the
first chance I got. Clearly I wasn't over them like I had thought. (Word is
that's just a rumor. #HomerandMargeforever)
The Johnsons are the family I turn to when I
need a laugh. So much of television is serious. When I can't handle another
show set in a hospital, over the course of a criminal investigation or when I am over crying all the
tears—I check out what's going on in the Johnson household. Not only can I
relate to a lot of the episodes, but also this is a show that, for the most part, my
husband and I can also watch with our 10-year-old. The older I get the more I appreciate a good laugh especially alongside my favorite IRL people.
(Honorable mention the Haung family from "Fresh off the Boat" and the Prichett
family from "Modern Family"—both also laugh out loud funny.)
Thanks to these seven families (and most of all my real life
one) life is pretty full right now. Truth be told, I'm not sure I can even handle
getting emotionally invested in more make-believe people. Still, that doesn't mean I'm not open to trying. I
haven't binge-watched a show on Netflix since I sobbed as the Taylors walked
off the football field for the last time. So here I am, still trying to figure out what's next for me. What
are your recommendations? Whether it's a new show or just a show that would simply
be new to me, what television family is not to be missed?