Parenthood: Season 1 (2010)



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
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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.


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 (29) | 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…
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Although the cast is undeniably remarkable, my overall assessment of Parenthood is good but not great.

Feb 22, 2019 | Full Review…

All of the undone Braverman relationships seem to be on the mend. Forgiveness is a tough one, especially for some transgressions, but there seems to be hope on the horizon.

Feb 22, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Parenthood: Season 1

I see a split in quality in this show, along these lines: the characters and overall scenario are excellent, but the dialogue and some of the character relationship dynamics are just fair. As a parent, I resonated with many, many of the plot lines, and they were well developed in the long arc. But the way the characters seem interminably to say "Hey" to each other every time they meet, is quite distracting and for me, annoying. I remember (Season 1) when Kristina stumbled into the kitchen out of bed, and Adam and she say "Hey" to each other. Who says "Hey" at such a time? I have actually never (almost never?) heard someone say "Hey" as a sign of greeting. The other persistent, annoying device is that these characters are constantly apologizing, and not in just one direction: as soon as there is a little friction between two characters, you can be sure that they will both end up apologizing to each other, even if (at least) one of them had a good reason for what they did or said. I think I like Max best, because he never says "Hey" as a greeting, and he almost never apologizes. The endless apologizing and making up takes away from the impact. My favorite moment, due to its veracity, was when Adam said to Zeek that he (Adam) was always angry. That had an intensity and believability that is suitable for real adult drama. The rest of the show portrays real life for adults and their children, but always with a "safety" filter. Little of the true rawness of life shows through. Still, it is better than most TV and movies, and I am i the middle of watching season 4.

Further proof that "critics" are often clueless

The show is vanilla but sweet. It has the benefit of avoiding stupid gag-like comedy, but the storyline tends to go all over the place at times. The acting isn't bad but I just can't stand Max. I don't know if it's the character or the actor but he's got those ear splitting squeaks that makes me wanna tear my hair out. I have to mute the sound everytime he's in a shot. I just can't stand the little brat.

The front half of the season was great, once we understood the wide palette of character suddenly thrusted in front of us in the pilot. The gravity of the group-hug event was thankfully phased out at the end of each episode. As the stories developed and the chaos of the early episodes settled, the strength of the acting outshone the need to simulate similar shows on television on different networks (a la Modern Family). In terms of the characters, I enjoy the Max and Adam's stories immensely. It's a very touching and vivid illustration of disabilities and it's impact on parents. However, Sarah and Amber both come across as really irritating and self-absorbed with few redeeming qualities. It's a shame because I feel Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman are the two best actors on the show. Crosby is largely forgettable, and Julia and Joel are largely C-plot material. It has the pieces for a really good show, and I feel the first season only showed a glimpse of its potential. We shall see!

Jag gillar att upptäcka serier när det redan finns förra säsonger att plöja. Denna är helt okej, fokus på familj och relationer och allt härligt och besvärligt kring det. Huvudpersonerna är 4 syskon men väldigt olika karaktärer och alla människor i deras närhet.

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