Did Haddie Braverman get the perfect send-off in the final season of ‘Parenthood’? Let’s reminisce her journey on the American comedy-drama series!
Inspired by a movie with the same name, ‘Parenthood’ was one of the most popular drama shows on TV. The show attempted to capture the usual chaos that lies in every family. ‘Parenthood’ is about the big Braverman family who deals with many real issues like abortion, marriage, pregnancies, drugs, motherhood, infidelity, and much more. The sixth and final season of ‘Parenthood’ made us weep buckets. However, amidst a wedding and Braverman’s death, the makers somehow forgot to give a proper send-off to one of its characters, Haddie. Let’s look back at her journey on ‘Parenthood’.
- Haddie and Alex’s relationship on ‘Parenthood’
- Haddie’s coming-out episode
- Did the makers forget Haddie?
Haddie and Alex’s relationship on ‘Parenthood’
At the beginning of ‘Parenthood’, Haddie (played by actress Sarah Ramos) began dating a boy named Stevie. Even though she didn’t tell her parents, they soon found out about the relationship. Haddie’s parents appeared to accept her relationship with Stevie but secretly did not approve it. Haddie soon broke up with him after he slept with her cousin, Amber.
In season 2 of ‘Parenthood’, Haddie met Alex at a soup kitchen. Alex was a nineteen-year-old Black guy who worked at the soup kitchen. Alex managed to emancipate himself out of an abusive childhood and had been living alone since he was 16 years old. He was also a recovering alcoholic. However, Alex’s parents were not okay with the relationship as they felt he was too mature for her. Though eventually they gave in and accepted their relationship.
In season 3, Haddie lost her virginity to Alex on the night of her junior prom. Her parents found out about it in the most awkward way when she misdialed them while she was having sex.
In a later episode of ‘Parenthood’, Alex was arrested for punching a guy at a house party. Haddie felt responsible for it as Alex was there to pick her up. The charges were later dropped. But Alex still chooses to go ahead and break up with Haddie as he felt they were too different.
Haddie’s coming-out episode
After barely being in season 4, actress Sarah Ramos made a comeback as Haddie at the end of season 5 of ‘Parenthood’. She visits her parents with her “best friend” Lauren. Soon we get to learn that she is, in fact, her girlfriend. Coming out to her conservative family was obviously a hugely stressful task. But things get slightly easier when her brother, Max, walks in on Lauren and Haddie kissing. Max asks his mother, “If two girls are kissing, does that mean they’re lesbians?” She later realizes Max is probably talking about Lauren and Haddie. Kristina then subtly confronts Haddie. Haddie finally confesses to her mother. She tells her mother that she is bisexual and is dating Lauren.
‘Parenthood’ has managed to showcase many serious topics like Asperger’s syndrome, breast cancer, alcoholism, PTSD, and more. So, it only seemed appropriate to showcase a queer story. Haddie’s coming-out struggle was aptly showcased but felt rushed. The makers also didn’t shed much light on her sexuality journey.
Did the makers forget Haddie?
After ‘Parenthood’ was renewed for season 6, many wished to see more of Haddie Braverman and her relationships. Haddie returned in the series finale, “May God Bless and Keep You Always”, for Sarah and Hank’s wedding. We also saw her connect with her brother Max who she mostly resented. She also helped her parents get the school they opened for Max equipped.
Most of the final season of ‘Parenthood’ revolved around the ill health of Zeek, who passed away in a chair. Between the wedding, Zeek’s death, Joel and Julia getting back together, Amber’s baby, and Jasmine’s pregnancy, the writers probably forgot to give Haddie Braverman an apt ending to her journey on ‘Parenthood’.
In an interview with “Entertainment Weekly”, series creator, Jason Katims spoke about the characters and the finale episode of ‘Parenthood’.
“I’d like to think that the finale is going to suggest an answer to some of these things, not that we jump ahead 10 years in time, but what the ending of the show is about is kind of hinting at where our characters are headed. I don’t really have a lot of specifics about it, other than … I think Max Burkholder would basically joke that he and Hank would go into business together which I thought, ‘Oh, spinoff!’”
Do you feel the writers did justice to Haddie’s character on ‘Parenthood’? Tell us what you think in the comment section below!