PAR­ENT­HOOD

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Chan­nel 7, Tues­day, 9.40pm ★★★★ Par­ent­hood is top-shelf TV, so if you haven’t given it a try, now is the time. It’s a fam­ily saga drama that con­sis­tently de­liv­ers a high stan­dard of writ­ing and per­form­ing. A key to its success has been A-grade ac­tor Mon­ica Pot­ter, who is per­fectly cast in her role. It was Pot­ter who sug­gested to the show’s writ­ers that her char­ac­ter Kristina Braver­man bat­tle breast can­cer this sea­son. The re­quest came af­ter the ac­tor had a mam­mo­gram scare in real life. From that dark cloud, Pot­ter has turned out some of the most bril­liant per­for­mances of her ca­reer and this dou­bleep­isode is ex­em­plary. Autis­tic son Max (played by Max Burkholder) is baulk­ing about go­ing to a school dance, but is pushed into it by Kristina, des­per­ate to wit­ness this happy mile­stone. Af­ter hus­band Adam coaxes Max into it for the sake of his sick mum, Kristina gets him pre­pared with a mother-son dance les­son. It is a heart-break­ingly beau­ti­ful moment and not to be missed. You’ll need to have your tis­sues at the ready for this one be­cause it’s a real blub-athon. HB

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