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I love how they portray the messy parts of life. Most shows try to fulfill this imaginary unrealistic safety zone that allows people to escape their reality. Some people (not me of course) even grew up thinking and expecting life to be like the sitcoms.
What I like about this show is that it is real, bearing wounds and all. The reality is refreshingly relatable. They touch on real life issues like the first diagnosis of a child with Asberger's Syndrome and all of the obstacles that go with it. The entire family is affected by a teenagers decision to remain abstinent or not. Each of the characters have a story behind them and you can understand why they are the way they are. Kind of like real life.
It is rare for a series to portray characters that are complex and have a history. My favorite character is commitment-phobe Crosby, who finds out he has a son 5 years after the fact. He becomes an instant Dad and goes from chronically single man living on a boat docked in the harbor to Daddy in a matter of days. His attitude about life is hilarious!
If you haven't already checked this show out, I highly recommend it. It's on Tuesday nights at 10pm Pacific Standard Time. For more information visit NBC's website. You can watch all the back episodes and catch up!