I know. It's been quite the shake-up over at NBC, what with Jay and Conan playing a little (unnecessary) game of musical comfy chairs. ER was leaving, but then Southland gave a glimmer of hope for a decent drama. But nope. It was deemed too gritty. (See local listings for TNT.)
It was looking bleak for the Peacock (except for that Thursday night line-up that is once again relevant) until they began airing Parenthood. I love it and endorse it.
The cast: Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Craig T. Nelson, and several others that you've seen but probably don't remember where.
The plot: The Braverman crew is made up of two sons, two daughters, their children and significant others, and the wise and funny grandparents. They're trying to navigate the modern world while keeping their family ties close. It's dramatic (fidelity, learning disabilities, broken homes) but also funny (old boyfriends, teenagers in love, desperate parents).
Sound familiar? Maybe so. It's based on the 1989 Steve Martin movie by the same name, but several things are different this time around. (That movie is also quite good, all things considered.) The show airs on NBC on Tuesdays at 9 CST.