This weekend, I spent a few free hours browsing the internet and before long, something interesting caught my eye – a charming new documentary web series about a man’s experiences throughout his partner’s first pregnancy, and the lessons he learns as a first-time father. The entertainment value for the show called ‘Fatherhood’ is helped, of course, by the fact that the subject is seasoned actor Hank Azaria, and that he brings on a host of entertainer friends, including the likes of Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins, Bryan Cranston and Rainn Wilson, to share their advice on parenting.
This web series had an interesting birth of its own. In the first episode, Hank reveals that he was originally shooting a documentary that addressed his uncertainty and insecurity of parenthood, when his long term partner became unexpectedly pregnant. Needless to say, more than just Hank’s documentary changed after he heard the happy news.
What I especially love about this show is how it tackles tough (and sometimes taboo) issues associated with parenting, without a hint of negative judgement. For instance, Hank admits some insecurities over his capability of being a great dad, and even an uncertainty of wanting children at all. In an age where lifestyles and parenting techniques are so very different, this supportive approach seems essential for prospective parents.
This endearing show is not only valuable to parents-to-be, who may find the information helpful as they navigate through similar waters. As someone who doesn’t yet have children, this show holds value to me, as it is a glimpse of what the future may hold. For seasoned parents, I imagine that Hank will evoke personal memories of first pregnancies, and perhaps a few laughs along the way.