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R.I.P: Fictional Deaths That Crushed Me

R.I.P: Fictional Deaths That Crushed Me - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comHere’s my disclaimer. You’re either going to laugh at me at the end of this post or totally hate me for bringing back some repressed feelings of grief for fictional characters that you may have finally made peace with. My apologies. I read a lot and I watch a lot of TV. Because of this, I’ve got a lot of thoughts and feelings about fictional characters. I’ve shared a few of my fictional crushes, but I need to process some heavier emotions.

Raise your hands if you’ve ever grieved a fictional death?

Yup, I’m going there. On Sunday The Walking Dead gut punched me and countless others as they brutally killed off two amazing characters. One in particular hurt like hell. Glenn Rhee, the beautiful soul and father-to-be, who in my opinion was the true soul of the show was snatched from our screens. He managed to utter four beautiful last words to the love of his life and from the mass hysteria spreading across the interwebs you would have thought a real person died. I’ve read the comics and knew that Glenn was going to meet his fate. That didn’t make watching Denny Duquette   Negan beat Glenn to a pulp any easier. But he’s not even, real!, you say. Uh, I know that, but he’s been gracing my screen for seven years. I’ve watched his character grow and evolve. Suddenly, he’s gone. Can’t a girl feel a sense of loss?

Why We Grieve Fictional Characters

I’m sure every fandom has a few fictional deaths they’ll never let go of. Hell, I’m still angry at Rose for being selfish and not sharing that wardrobe door with Jack. Empathy and sympathy are phenomena we experience almost daily in our dealings with others, and they play key roles in the way we respond to fictional characters.

A 2014 American University study found superfans can feel a strong sense of loss in the aftermath of a character death. There’s a psychological reason we get so attached to fictional characters, Robert Rowney, a staff psychiatrist at the Cleveland Clinic, told The Huffington Post.

“These characters are an escape from some of the stresses of life,” he said. “Watching these shows allows you to decompress and not have to think about things for a little while. You’re exposed to different aspects of the characters’ lives — their losses, their loves and their own griefs, everything that goes into the human condition — and you eventually begin to empathize with them and form an attachment. We see some of ourselves in them.”

Because of these emotional bonds we form watching certain characters, it’s perfectly understandable that we mourn their loss when they die on a show, Rowney continued.

Read more here.

10 Fictional Deaths I’m Still Not Over

Let me start by saying this isn’t in any particular order and I’m leaving Glenn off this list.

1. Poussey Washington, Orange Is The New Black

Poussey’s death was spoiled for me because I had the audacity not to watch all the episodes the day they were released on Netflix. I hope you read that in the most sarcastic tone ever.  However, it still hurt, especially with the recent deaths of black people by the hands of law enforcement.

2.The Young Ones, The Hunger Games

Primose Everdeen and sweet, innocent Rue. Lawddd why?! I know the tributes are going to die, but I closed my book/shutdown my Kindle when we lost little Rue. To make matters worse, Prim’s death is the reason Katniss chooses Peeta – which I wholeheartedly disagree with.

3. Jen Lindley, Dawson’s Creek

I became a puddle of tears watching Jen Lindley record a goodbye video for her daughter. Also, can we talk about the choice of having Sarah McLachlan’s Angel play during this scene- like we weren’t already suffering.

4. Thomas J, My Girl

I can honestly say I cry every time Veda tries to give Thomas J his glasses.

5.Hillary Whitney, Beaches

Bette Midler singing “Wind Beneath My Wings”…Someone must be cutting onions in the room.

6. Just about any character that has died on Grey’s Anatomy

I could mention any one of the traumatizing deaths on Grey’s Anatomy: Denny Duquette, George O’Malley, Lexie GreyMark Sloan, or Derek Shepard. Seriously, Shonda Rhimes stop victimizing us!

7. A few fictional animal friends

My grief for fictional characters aren’t just reserved for humans. I’m not sure what’s more heartbreaking watching furbaby Sam protect her poppa or seeing Dr. Robert Neville put down his only companion was almost too much. And I’m still not over the death of Little foot’s mom and dare I mention the sweet Labrador, Marley.

8. Augustus Waters, The Fault in Our Stars

Dear John Green: The Fault In Our Stars was already sad then you riddled Gus with cancer and gave us this eulogy from Hazel.

“I can’t talk about our love story, so I will talk about math. I am not a mathematician, but I know this. There is an infinite between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many days of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You have me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

9. Tris Prior, The Divergent Series

I’m still not convinced this death had to happen. Veronica Roth, get at me girl. I need to chat with you about this one.

If none of these fictional deaths registered with you shame on you I’m going to give you one more chance to prove you’re not heartless.

10. Mufasa from the Lion King

I hope the sadistic Disney writer who suggested this particular scene is proud of himself. I am 27 years old and Mufasa’s death is still one of the most tragic things I’ve ever seen.


Hmm, I may have to make a Part Two of this list. Which fictional deaths would you add to this list? Leave a comment below.

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Tune In: Fall TV Preview

Tune In: Fall TV Preview - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comMy intention was to write a fabulous fall TV and movie preview for you. However, all of the networks have excellent lineups for the fall. So I’ll have to stick to a fall TV preview this time and return with some thoughts on the highly anticipated movies for the fall and winter. I basically turn into a hermit in the fall. I looked at my original list which was three times as long as what’s below and realized I should probably attempt to go outside for reasons other than work. All of the shows below are ones that I currently watch or plan to check out if they’re new. Prepare your DVR accordingly!!

*All times below are Eastern Standard. Also, Scandal won’t be back until 2017 – le sigh.

Fall TV Preview: PREMIERING this Fall

Atlanta – 10 p.m. Sept. 6 (FX)

You may know him as a rapper or you may remember him from Community, but Donald Glover is creating and staring in this new show. On The Tonight Show he called it Twin Peaks, but for rappers. So expect weird odd characters.  Glover plays Earn, an aspiring rap manager for his cousin Paper Boi. Watch the trailer here.

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Here’s a show to keep your eye on. Pitch will follow the debut of a female star in the MLB. You throw like a girl will take on a completely new meaning. Watch the trailer here. I’m not sure this one is going to last more than one season, but I think it’s something that needs to grace our screens and I hope to see it become a true story in my lifetime.

Divorce – 10 p.m, Oct. 9 (HBO)

It’s been 12 years since Sarah Jessica Parker graced the TV screen as Carrie Bradshaw. Now Queen SJP is returning to HBO with Divorce. The show follows Frances (Parker) and Robert, a long-married couple with two kids who decide to get a divorce after a particularly trying time. We’ll watch the couple as they go through the various phases of ending a marriage, from counseling to mediation and beyond. Can I relate to this? No, but I love SJP and I know she’s going to bring it!

Insecure – 10:30 p.m, Oct. 9 (HBO)

So if you’re going to check out Divorce you should just keep it on HBO for Insecure. You may know star and creator Issa Rae from her hit webseries: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and her book. When Insecure premieres, Issa Rae will be only the third black woman to create and star in her own TV comedy, following in the footsteps of Wanda Sykes and Sherri Shepherd. Okay, queen!! HBO originally ordered this series back in 2013, so I’m hoping that it lives up to the expectations. 

Fall TV Preview: Most Anticipated

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (Netflix)
Premieres Fri., Nov. 25

May 15, 2007 was the airdate of the last episode of Gilmore Girls.  However, it did not end the way its original creator, Goddess and Genius Amy Sherman-Palladino wanted. Over the years Sherman-Palladino has teased that she knew what the final four words of the show would have been. She’s also told us she never watched the final season. I don’t blame you, girl!! Praise Netflix for making this four part series happen.  As you may know, Luke and Lorelai are one of my favorite TV couples, but they didn’t get the ending they deserved. I’m excited to see what Rory and Lorelai have been up to and for some real closure. And, of course, I want to know what those final four words were. I’d like to say that I’m officially Team Tristan for Rory or a new guy. Actually, I’d prefer her to be happily single than see her with Dean or Jess. I’m still undecided on Logan because there’s a place in my heart for dear Mr. Huntzberger. Where you lead, I will follow.

Younger – 10 p.m., Sept. 28 (TVLand)

This will be the third season premiere for Younger, but I feel like it’s still a bit of a sleeper. If you watch this show stop what you’re doing now and tweet me because you are a cool person and we should be friends. This show (produced by Darren Star of Sex and the City) follows Liza, a recently divorced 40-year old mother who tries to rejoin the workforce, but cannot get hired. With the help of a friend and an updated wardrobe, she passes as a 26-year old and lands a job as an assistant at a publishing firm. She also meets the very fionnne Josh played by Nico Tortorella (stalk his IG- you won’t regret it), a tattoo artist, that thinks that they are the same age and they start dating. My only problems with this show are that the episodes are too short and there are only 12 in a season. Go binge watch the 24 episodes and watch with me this season!!

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The Walking Dead – 9 p.m., Oct. 23 (AMC)

This summer I’ve had so many arguments conversations with strangers about who meets their fate via Negan and Lucille. Remember, if it’s Daryl we riot!! I’ve watched the trailer so many times and read every clickbait article that claims they know who dies. They don’t know. I just need this question answered so I can throw things and then start a long, grieving process. Unless, it’s Aaron (then I won’t care as much).

Fall TV Preview: Oldies but Goodies

Grey’s Anatomy – 8 p.m., Sept. 22 (ABC)

Every year without fail I hear: “Oh my God is that still on?” The inevitable follow-up question is “Why do you still watch it?” Well let me tell you why. Meredith is my person. Alex is my person. Bailey and the Chief they are my people. And until Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital formally Seattle Grace-Mercy West blows up (Don’t you dare do it, Shonda) I’ll be with them.

Some other returning shows:

  • Dancing With the Stars –  8 p.m., Sept. 12 (ABC)
  • The Voice – 8 p.m., Sept. 19  (NBC)
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  – 10 p.m., Sept 20 (ABC)
  • Empire – 9 p.m., Sept. 21 (FOX)
  • Blackish – 9:30 p.m., Sept. 21 (ABC)
  • How to Get Away With Murder– 10 p.m., Sept. 22 (ABC)
  • Once Upon a Time – 8 p.m., Sept. 25 (ABC)
  • Quantico  – 10 p.m., Sept. 25 (ABC)
  • Shameless – 9 p.m.,Oct. 2 (Showtime)
  • The Mindy Project  – Oct. 4 (Hulu)
  • Jane the Virgin – 9 p.m., Oct. 17 – (The CW)

Fall TV Preview: Hot Mess

If you’re looking for some trainwreck shows, might I suggest:

  • 90 Day Fiancé – 9 p.m., Sept. 11 (TLC)
  • Rob & Chyna – 9 p.m., Sept. 11 (E!)

Not that I need anymore shows to watch, but share which fall TV shows you’re most excited about in the comments below.

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A ’90s Kid’s Guide to the Best Disney Channel Original Movies

I am a ’90s kid.

I’m talking Oregon Trail (like the one that needed a floppy disk), Dunkaroos, VHS tapes, Tamagotchis, Nanopets, All That!, and dial-up internet. Most importantly, I grew up in a time when Disney released amazing original movies once a month. So today I’m taking you through some of the best Disney Channel Original Movies from the perspective of a ’90s kid.

As much as I love Zac Efron, there will be no High School Musical (1,2 or 3) on this list. Sorry, but they don’t make the cut.

As I was putting this list together, I realized how many actors and actresses got started with Disney Channel Original Movies. To name a few: Paul Walker, America Ferrera, and Katherine Heigl. Thank you Disney, for finding this talent. So let’s get started with a little trip back to 1995…


Disney Channel Original Movies


  • Escape to Witch Mountain –  While I do like this movie (and how cute is baby Erik von Detten), it this isn’t one of my all-time favorite Disney Channel Movies. A few years ago it was on and I realized that Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) was the little girl in this…who knew?

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  • Wish Upon a Star –  So before she was cutting Denny’s l-vat wire or trying on 27 Dresses Katherine Heigl got her start in Disney movies.  She plays Alexia Wheaton, a popular Queen Bee who wakes up to find she’s switched bodies with her nerdy younger sister. Yup, it’s basically a complete rip off of Freaky Friday, but I loveeeed this movie.

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  • Susie Q – Say hello to Amy Jo Johnson, you know the Pink Ranger from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  In this movie, she plays a teen who dies on the way to Winter Formal back in the 1950s. She ends up coming back to her old house about 40 years later and the only person who can see her is Zach, who currently lives in the house.
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  • The Paper Brigade – The movie was about a group of paperboys out for revenge against bullies- how could you not love it?! I wanted to be a papergirl for all of like five seconds after just about every time I watched this movie. In my opinion, Crazy Man Cooper was probably the best character in the movie. Fun fact: Kyle Howard who played the main character of Gunther dated Laguna Beach/ The Hills star LC for a bit — so there’s that.


  • Brink! – That’s right another Erik Von Detten (EVD) movie. Side note: I sadly can’t find what he’s up to. His last credit on IMDB is Toy Story 3 (2010)—come back, EVD!  Anyways in Brink, we follow EVD and his Soul Skaters crew (hey, Taina!) through a rivalry with Val and the  X-Blades. He joins the X-Blades to raise money for his dad, but in the end rejoins the Soul Skaters and wins a big competition.
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  • Meet The Deedles – R.I.P. Paul Walker. Now to be clear this wasn’t a Disney Channel Original Movie – this was actually released in theaters. However, it bombed and I remember it constantly playing on Disney Channel after reruns of Bug Juice. Basically, these two “totally dude” surfers end up as Yellowstone Park Rangers and mayhem/stupidity ensues.


  • Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century – Zetus Lupetus! I’m not going to remind you of the plot, I’m just going to leave this wonderful clip here: Zoom zoom zoom, you make my heart go boom boom.

  • Smart House – Plot reminder: Ben wins a fully automated dream house in a competition, but the house, Pat, starts to develop a mind of its own. Did you know LeVar Burton — Reading Rainbow — directed this movie? Also, one more video clip, because I need someone to remember the boy band, 5ive.

  • Johnny Tsunami  – So what I remember about this movie is that Johnny is basically some sort of child surfing prodigy and his grandfather is a surging legend and hero. His dad on the other hand hates surfing and uproots the family to Vermont. Johnny befriends The Famous Jett Jackson, gets a crush on Zenon and ends up being amazeballs at snowboarding because apparently waves and snow are basically the same thing. Oh and these hats!!!!

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  • Up, Up, and Away  – Never have I ever loved Robert Townsend more in a role since The Five Heartbeats. To refresh your memory, the movie follows a little boy Scott whose parents, Bronze Eagle (Robert Townsend) and Warrior Woman are both superheroes. Sadly, he never developed his own superhuman abilities.

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  • The Color of Friendship – Man watching clips from this movie while writing this post brought on the feels. Disney got all the way real and openly discussed politics, diplomacy, apartheid, and racism. Check out the clip below:

  • Model Behavior – Back when Justin Timberlake still had ramen noodle hair, he launched his acting career with a this little gem. Why isn’t this movie on Netflix?

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  • Zenon the Zequel – Back in the day, when I still loved Raven-Symoné, I was livid that they switched she wasn’t in the movie playing Zenon’s trusty BFF, Nebula Wade. Now I don’t care as much, also I’m pretty sure I have all three movies on my DVR right now so guess what I’m doing this weekend. 🙂

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  • Motocrossed – In Case You Forgot:  After her twin brother breaks his leg, Andrea (Andi) secretly poses as him to win the big motocross race. This movie proved girls could do everything that boys can, hello feminist Disney! What I didn’t realize until now is that this movie was based on William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Which is probably why this movie and Ten Things I Hate About You speak to me. Or it could just be Riley Smith and Heath Ledger.

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  • Jett Jackson: The Movie- R.I.P. Lee Thompson Young. So the movie was essentially a bigger, cooler (and longer) episode of the TV show, but I loved it so it makes the list.

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  • Gotta Kick it Up!  – How many of you know the phrase Si, se puede because of this movie? Also, look at baby America Ferrera. Anyways, as a dancer, I loved any movie about dance, but this happened to be based on a true story so more points for Disney.

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Honorary Mention

  • Cadet Kelly
  • Halloweentown
  • Phantom of the Megaplex
  • Under Wraps

 What movies are missing from this list? Let me know in the comments below!

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TV Guilty Pleasures: Binge Watch This

Hi. My name is Donni and I like to binge watch shows on Netflix and my DVR currently only has about 30% recording space left. TV is my guilty pleasure. I judge the costuming, music and writing. In my head, I’m the late great Roger Ebert. If I could get a job reviewing TV shows (and attending music festivals) I’d be the happiest person in the world. Besides the usual suspects that I’ve blogged about previously – Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, Empire and Orange is the New Black – I’ve got a ridiculous list of shows that I currently watch or plan to binge watch on Netflix. You know how there’s always that one friend or coworker that’s like: have you seen [insert show here]. A typical response is to smile and nod, perhaps say no and keep it moving. I actually go and research the show and see if it’s worthy to add to my list.

Y’all I promise that there isn’t a Donni imprint on my couch. I get out to walk my dog and I leave my apartment fairly often. Admittedly, the cold weather has caused me to turn down a lot of invitations to go out. When it warms up in Atlanta and officially becomes eat-on-the-patio weather, I will not be stopped. However, my love for TV will go on. If you’re looking for some new shows to check out or need a new show to binge watch this weekend – I’ve got a list for you. P.S. Stick around until the end of the post for a giveaway announcement 🙂

Binge Watch This

  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix) –   Season 2 Returns April 15

This Tina Fey-produced sitcom is hilarious. I’d been eyeing it on Netflix for a while and finally hit play and am so glad I did. Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) is a woman who was held captive for years in an underground bunker by a crazy priest (Oh, hey Jon Hamm). The first season follows her as she attempts to start her life anew in New York City.  Playing Titus Andromeda, Tituss Burgess steals the show.  His character, Kimmy’s roommate, is a struggling performer whose dream is to land a role on Broadway. He even put on his own low-budget performance of The Lion King. The entire cast is great, but I found myself laugh-crying to many of his lines.

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P.S. The theme song will definitely get stuck in your head.

  • Quantico (ABC) – Currently airing season 1

Quantico follows Alex (Priyanka Chopra) and her fellow FBI trainees as they try figure out whether she or one of her classmates engineered the biggest terrorist attack in the US since September 11th. Each episode flashes forward and backwards as we learn about the characters and get more information on the attack. If you’re going to watch this show you’re going to have to overlook the fact that everyone is entirely too beautiful. On an unrelated note: I have a serious girl crush on Priyanka Chopra – who has been a major force in Bollywood for years. She’s gorgeous and she beat Jimmy Fallon in a wing eating contest. Hello #WCW.

  • Once Upon A Time (ABC) – Currently airing season 5

Once Upon A Time brings the the heroes and villains from fairy tales to life. There’s romance, a lot of drama, a lot of humor and again your favorite Disney characters are brought to life. It’s so interesting to see how the characters are in this setting compared to how Disney, likely, first introduced them to you. How can you really be mad at a show that has a really hot Pinocchio, Snow White is sort of a bad ass, and you get to take trips to the Enchanted Forest? I dare you to binge on seasons 1 – 4 on Netflix.

  • Love (Netflix) – Season 1 streaming

In this Judd Apatow creation, “nice guy” Gus (Paul Rust) get his heart broken and the show follows him in the  aftermath of the breakup. Gus meets the very complicated Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) and relationship mayhem ensues. Love definitely feels like a Apatow production, think Forgetting Sarah Marshall with a sprinkle of Knocked Up. 

  • You’re the Worst (FXX) – Binge watch the first 2 seasons

If Judd Apatow isn’t your cup of tea, I’ve got a similar option for you – You’re the Worst. My friend literally forced me to watch this (Oh, hey Toni!) and I’m glad she did. The main characters – music publicist Gretchen Cutler (Aya Cash) and egotistical author Jimmy Shive-Overly (Chris Geere)— are quite simply awful people who we watch fall in love. It’s basically a super unconventional rom-com with some hilarious secondary characters that will keep you entertained.

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (ABC)Currently Airing Season 3

I’m a bit of a nerd. I have a running list of all of the upcoming comic book movies that are in the pipeline. This show is like the perfect place holder in-between Marvel movies. (Side note- We’re less than two months away from the new Captain America movie.) Also, no list of TV show recommendations would be complete without at least one Joss Whedon production (Buffy, Firefly, etc.). If you like or even are slightly interested in any of the movies in the Marvel Universe (Thor, Iron-Man, Avengers, etc..) you’ll probably dig this show.

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  • Nashville (ABC) –  Season 4 Returns March 16

Lennon and Maisy are reason enough to watch Nashville. These girls can saaaaannng. Nashville is basically a soap opera with a country backdrop. The series follows Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) Nashville’s original queen of country as she tries to stay relevant in the ever-changing music landscape and deals with family drama like no other. Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) is the younger (troubled) country singer that’s trying to claim a place at the top of Nashville and Hollywood. Throw in the added drama of closeted country singers, newcomers trying to break into the biz and the coolest cameos and you have a wine and popcorn bingeworthy affair.

  • The Mindy Project (Hulu) –  Returns April 12

When Fox cancelled The Mindy Project, I took it personally. I love Mindy Kaling and her brand of humor. Do I sometimes question the choices her character- Mindy Lahiri – makes, yes. However, the pop culture obsessed OB/GYN and her coworkers give me life. Nurse Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) is also probably one of the funniest characters on TV.

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“Number two sexiest female organ: the butt. Number one sexiest female organ: the brain. The ba-donk-a-donk and the ba-think-a-think.” – Morgan Tookers

Can Morgan just be a real person so that we can be friends?

Old Faithfuls

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Seven seasons of Buffy Summers!! Take it slow folks and revel in the genius of Joss Whedon and one of the best love triangles of all time (Team Spike 4eva!).
  • One Tree Hill – Please refer to the Nathan & Haley portion of the favorite TV Couples post.
  • Parenthood – I highly recommend that you spend 103 episodes with the Bravermans and make sure you have plenty of tissues on-hand. The cast and story lines are phenomenal. I even love the opening credits: May God bless and keep you always.

I could probably and will likely write a part two for this as I’m already thinking of some faves I didn’t list. Anyways read more for the giveaway details.