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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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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
Joy Bryant
as Jasmine
Tyree Brown
as Jabbar Trussell
Jason Ritter
as Mark Cyr
Erinn Hayes
as Racquel
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 (24) | Top Critics (18)

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

March 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.

March 2, 2010 | Full Review…

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

March 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.

March 2, 2010 | Full Review…

There's real promise in Parenthood.

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

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…

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