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If you haven't seen it yet, TV.com is running a fun poll for the Best of 2013. Go check it out and vote for your favorites! We'll be tallying up the winners in January.

Looks like Breaking Bad is the clear current winner on the Best Drama Series 2013 poll right now (& it's no wonder why, with such an amazing last season) but I'd like to make a impassioned plea for you to think a little more outside of the box on this one.

One show that's on the list though overshadowed by the Breaking Bad love is one of my favorite shows on TV right now: Parenthood. So here goes my best try at winning my favorite show one more vote!

Why Should You Vote For Parenthood?

5. Kleenex will sponsor you.

Just kidding, but in all seriousness, the amount of tissues I go through when watching Parenthood is astounding. I cry during sad moments. I cry during happy moments. Sometimes I even cry in preparation for all the crying I know I'm about to do. But all the crying means one very important thing: this show makes me feel. It's rare these days that I watch a TV show and feel a strong emotional connection. I usually just half ignore what's going on while I'm also sewing or crafting but Parenthood is impossible to ignore. I feel a strong bond with these characters and it's so refreshing to actually get emotional when things happen to them on my screen. Feelings, I tell you! They're magical things.


4. The credit sequence

Bob Dylan and cute baby photos? What more could a girl want? I love getting to see very real (looking?) childhood photos of these actors and the whole sequence really sets up the love and warmth of the Braverman clan. Well done, NBC!


3. Ray Romano

Maybe this is just me, but man oh man do I love Ray Romano. He started off as a love interest but it's looking like he's going to have a pretty steady guest role in Parenthood going forward. Mentor, ex-boyfriend, and funny man, Ray Romano does it all. I love his pop-ins at Sarah's house. They just feel like such real moments to me.


2. Parenthood isn't afraid to have things not work out in the end

I want to try to keep this spoiler free for those of you who haven't watched or aren't caught up yet but let's just say that every storyline on Parenthood doesn't always wrap up nicely with a bow. The writers aren't afraid to have relationship rifts and familial squabbles. Characters screw up, a lot. At certain points during the show's run I haven't even been sure myself if families and couples would stay together or break apart. How novel! How often do you see TV life mimic real life? We don't always get what we want, right? So why should these people on our screens?

1. The ensemble cast

Let's be real here. The number one reason why you should be watching and voting for Parenthood? The cast. This show is just brilliantly cast. These actors have real chemistry together. Whether they're in love or arguing, talking over each other or refusing to listen, laughing or crying, these actors sell it. They really feel like a family, each and every one. I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about how awesome they are.

So there you have it! Did I get your vote? Tell me why or why not in the comments.

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Apr 23, 2014
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE keep PARENTHOOD on t.v. I LOVE this show as many others do. PLEASE RENEW IT! &3
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Jan 18, 2014
I just saw all the seasons in like three weeks... I didn't like the first couple of episodes, but after that I was hooked! Now I feel I'm missing something because there aren't any new episodes :(
I like it because I see myself or people I know in some of the characters (for example, I'm like Joel), and most stories are very well told. This is good television.
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Jan 21, 2014
Agreed! Welcome to the fan club :)
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Jan 08, 2014
I started watching this show not so long ago (I'm still on season 1), but I have to admit, I am absolutely hooked. I love seing Julia's Family, Adam's Family, Crosby and Jabbar, Sarah and Cyr (although they are not together anymore at this point of the season that I'm in, but obviously they will be together), and the whole Family. I fell in love with them. It's too great.
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Sep 11, 2014
Yup, I've binged on all five seasons and I couldn't get enough of them. I'm looking forward to Season 6. I like the Braverman-Grahams because their storylines have almost always been so realistic. They've been really focused on parenthood.
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Jan 08, 2014
Right? So good!
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Dec 04, 2013
u didnt get my vote cuz i'd voted for parenthood before this article ;)
but i have to say that this is my favorite tv show atm... it's not perfect but it's great cuz it makes me smile, makes me cry and even makes me bored every now and then :)
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Dec 04, 2013
Yay!
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Dec 03, 2013
I'm sorry but if the "mistakes" these characters make seem "realistic" to you, you must have an extremely dumb family, or one addicted to drama.

Don't get me wrong, I love the show, the cast is amazing, and the overall story and feeling the show portrays is engaging. The only gripe I have with it is how many consecutive incredibly ridiculously bad decisions this family keeps making. At every junction they pick the choice that will provide the absolute highest amount of drama.

It is frustrating, as the characters themselves, and their relationships with each-other, are indeed portrayed rather realistically. But I just keep rolling my eyes whenever they open their mouths and say the exact wrong things to resolve all the issues they face.

I understand the point of the show is for us to revel in how our families and lives aren't as annoyingly drama-filled as theirs, but I'd rather watch a show where the Braverman's just pull together and have a nice time, with any adversity coming from external sources, rather than stupid lapses of judgement.
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Dec 04, 2013
Ai, upon re-reading this I feel the first paragraph comes on a bit strong... Apologies. Not saying people don't make mistakes, just saying that the Braverman family (Bravermen? xD) are exceptionally bad communicators sometimes.

Problems that would take on honest conversation to solve last for multiple episodes because they seem to want to fight rather than apologize.

Again, I wasn't trying to be mean or snarky, so I apologize as well.
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Dec 04, 2013
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Dec 03, 2013
Seems realistic to me! I know families just like these ones in real life for sure. Real people make mistakes!
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Dec 03, 2013
i'm happy to be one of the braverman
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Dec 03, 2013
i am obssessed with this show. it seems so real.
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Dec 03, 2013
I know, they do such a fantastic job keeping it authentic.
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Dec 03, 2013
My favourite thing about Parenthood is that during conversation characters often interrupt each other. I know it's not very polite, but this way it feels like real life conversation. So yeah, Parenthood is a great show, but come on! Do not compare it to Breaking Bad! It's not in the same league.
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Dec 03, 2013
All I'm saying is that Parenthood should get a little more love in the Best Drama polls! I don't know if it can win over Breaking Bad but it's so far behind now! Yeah, the interrupting is one of my favorite things, too! It just feels so real!
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Dec 03, 2013
Absolutely, 100% agree (especially reason #5!). I love, LOVE, Parenthood.
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Dec 03, 2013
So good, right?!
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