Parenthood puts Asperger's in a family context. Sometimes when I'm watching I can laugh at the little things or fret right along with the parents. We see how Max benefits from a loving support system. We also see the eye-rolling of his classmates. Sometimes it is a joy to watch, sometimes it is downright sobering.
Sure, I like the show for all the same reasons as everyone else. It's hilarious, the characters are as endearing as they are obnoxious.
But I also like it because it is to me, an Asperger's success story. In no way, shape or form does Sheldon blend in, his autism is a fireworks display. It's why we love him. Sheldon is a success because he turned his areas of interest into a noteworthy career. He is a fully independant adult (ok, with the exception of his driver's license....) and above all else, he has an active social group.
Yes, his friends find his ways downright painful at times, but overall, they accept him for who he is, they order from the right restaurants on the right nights, they play the games allocated to each weekday. Sure, they make fun of him right to his face, but all good friends do.
I think it's fair to say that this much air time means we've made it. Our particular disability has managed to capture the attention and imagination of the world. It's nice to see something of our lives reflected back to us, in ways that can tug at our heartstrings, or grab us right by the funny bone.