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Readers' Choice: Favorite Special-Needs TV Show

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Finalist: Parenthood

Show: Parenthood
Network: NBC
Url: www.nbc.com/parenthood
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Finalist for: Favorite Special-Needs TV Show

What it's about: According to the NBC site, "Parenthood is a one-hour drama inspired by the box office hit of the same name. This re-imagined and updated production follows the trials and tribulations of the very large, very colorful and imperfect Braverman family." One of the youngest generation of Bravermans, Max, has Asperger syndrome.

Why it's special: I asked Julia Roberts, a Parenthood fan whose blog Kidneys and Eyes is a Readers' Choice Awards finalist for Favorite Special-Needs Parenting Blog, what makes the show special. She wrote:

Parenthood gets a lot of attention, good and bad, for its depiction of a child with autism. But any parent of a child with special needs, autism or not, can relate to the feelings evoked by Max's parents, especially Kristina. I can identify with the worry Kristina feels for Max, especially with this school and social situation. And I certainly feel the pressure the family is under financially because special needs has touched their lives. My heart nearly broke at the storyline of Max's first friend from his new school, because I could identify with the happiness they felt. I appreciate it when television shows portray kids with special needs. Though I may not always agree with the way the show, or Adam and Kristina, handles Max's issues, it's a very good start for awareness just to get these stories told.

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