Parenthood: Season 1 (2010)

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Critic Consensus: Parenthood is a warm and engaging show that sometimes succumbs to the chaos of its cast.

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Air date: Mar 2, 2010
2
Air date: Mar 9, 2010
3
Air date: Mar 16, 2010
4
Air date: Mar 23, 2010
5
Air date: Mar 30, 2010
6
Air date: Apr 6, 2010
7
Air date: Apr 13, 2010
8
Air date: Apr 20, 2010
9
Air date: Apr 27, 2010
10
Air date: May 4, 2010
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The family drama based on Ron Howard's hit 1989 film opens with single mother Sarah Braverman (Lauren Graham) returning home to Berkeley, Cal., to live with her parents (Craig T. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia), a move that thrusts her and her kids Amber (Mae Whitman) and Drew (Miles Heizer) into the middle of a large, colourful extended family. Among the stories of Series 1: Sarah's older brother Adam (Peter Krause) and his wife Kristina (Monica Potter) cope when their son Max (Max Burkholder) is diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and face up to the fact that their daughter Haddie (Sarah Ramos), whose needs are often overshadowed by her brother's, is growing up; younger brother Crosby (Dax Shepard) discovers that he's the father of an old girlfriend's young son; Drew inadvertently causes the household's water usage to spike; Sarah finds herself attracted to Amber's English teacher (Jason Ritter); and Sarah and Kristina have a falling out that impacts the entire family.

Cast

Lauren Graham
as Sarah Braverman
Craig T. Nelson
as Zeek Braverman
Bonnie Bedelia
as Camille Braverman
Peter Krause
as Adam Braverman
Monica Potter
as Kristina Braverman
Dax Shepard
as Crosby Braverman
Erika Christensen
as Julia Braverman-Graham
Sam Jaeger
as Joel Graham
Sarah Ramos
as Haddie Braverman
Max Burkholder
as Max Braverman
Mae Whitman
as Amber Holt
Miles Heizer
as Drew Holt
Savannah Rae Linz
as Sydney Graham
Tyree Brown
as Jabbar Trussell
Mike O'Malley
as Jim Kazinsky
Amanda Foreman
as Mrs. Lessing
Phil Abrams
as Phil Lessing
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Critic Reviews for Parenthood Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (19)

Watching this dismal intragenerational cluster of families is sort of like seeing a Roots for the cannibal gangs in The Road.

Mar 2, 2010 | Full Review…

Parenthood is a fairly promising ensemble dramedy that shows TV expanding beyond an emphasis on nuclear families to look at broader family systems reaching from ages 5 to 75.

Mar 2, 2010 | Full Review…

It seems to be scattered all over the field, with no clear focus or tone.

Mar 2, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Like the movie that inspired it, Parenthood isn't an instant classic, but it's smart and warm and knowing, and it casts its net so wide that at least part of it should connect with you.

Mar 2, 2010 | Full Review…

There's real promise in Parenthood.

Mar 2, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Parenthood ended its first season tonight with a lot of resolutions and pleasantness, but it didn't leave you wondering about the road ahead.

Feb 15, 2019 | Full Review…

The show doesn't start as strongly as it ends; it takes series creator Jason Katims...and the writing staff some time to find the show's particular voice, the degree to which the high drama and throwaway comedy should mix.

Feb 14, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Nothing about Parenthood feels contrived. With a wealth of colorful characters, storylines drive individually and weave together nicely.

May 9, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Whether it's an intended joke, an intentional homage or something accidental, its effect is profound: I couldn't help but wish I was watching that excellent show and not this unexceptional one.

Mar 2, 2010 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

As the season goes on, however, the show settles into a nice groove. It isn't trying too much, but it provides enough interesting character moments per episode to keep viewers watching.

Feb 14, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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