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'Parenthood' Finally Featured A Coming-Out Story But It Left A Lot To Be Desired Published: April 21, 2014

Haddie Braverman (Sarah Ramos) had been missing on "Parenthood" for a whole season. And unlike other absent TV children — Judy Winslow on "Family Matters," Laurie Foreman on "The ’70s Show," and, of course, prodigal son Chuck Cunningham on "Happy Days" — the lack of Haddie (who, granted, was never the most liked character on NBC’s tear-jerking drama) felt even less excusable. "Parenthood" seemed above the case of the missing milk carton television characters and it was disappointing, surprising, and unrealistic to see the usually dependable show fall short in that respect, according to BuzzFeed.

But even more so than Haddie’s disappearing act, perhaps the most glaringly disappointing element of "Parenthood" was the fact that in five seasons, there had not been a single recurring queer character. For a show with an incredibly large and sprawling ensemble cast — and one set in progressive Berkeley, Calif. — it felt like a hugely missed opportunity.

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