Parenthood: Season 3 (2011 - 2012)


Season 3

Critics Consensus

Messy, moody, and unconditionally lovable, Parenthood's third season perfectly embodies the traits that make the Braverman family so relatable and endlessly watchable.



Critic Ratings: 13


Audience Score

User Ratings: 43
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Air date: Sep 13, 2011
Air date: Sep 20, 2011
Air date: Sep 27, 2011
Air date: Oct 4, 2011
Air date: Oct 11, 2011
Air date: Oct 18, 2011
Air date: Nov 1, 2011
Air date: Nov 8, 2011
Air date: Nov 15, 2011
Air date: Nov 22, 2011
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The drama's third series finds the Bravermans embarking on new directions in their lives, as Adam (Peter Krause) and Kristina (Monica Potter) prepare for a new addition to their family; Adam and brother Crosby (Dax Shepard) start a business together; and son Max (Max Burkholder), who has Asperger's syndrome, is mainstreamed at the local high school. Sarah (Lauren Graham), meanwhile, resparks a relationship with Mark Cyr (Jason Ritter) and deals with the return of Seth (John Corbett); and Amber (Mae Whitman), after the events at the end of last series, tries to set her life on the right track.


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 Trussell
Tyree Brown
as Jabbar Trussell
John Corbett
as Seth Holt
D.B. Woodside
as Dr. Joe Prestidge
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Critic Reviews for Parenthood Season 3

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

I am a sucker for fairy tale endings in television shows and movies. Life is already full of bittersweet moments, why on earth would I turn to fiction for anything less than perfect endings?

Feb 22, 2019 | Full Review…

It was in many ways as good a premiere for this type of show as you could hope for: there're plenty of things for fans of the show to latch on to: family dynamics, heart, humor, awkwardness.

Feb 22, 2019 | Full Review…

With a strong ensemble, heartfelt writing, and quality production values, "Parenthood" is a very entertaining drama.

Feb 20, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The [finale] episode was perfect. Not a beat was missing. It had everything. Brawls, sex, laughter, tears, marriage, proposals, a possible adoption and more.

Feb 20, 2019 | Rating: 4.9/5 | Full Review…

Week after week, the Braverman family locks onto your heart and rips at your emotions until you have an intertwined cry and chuckle.

Feb 22, 2019 | Full Review…

In short, the show behaved the way families do, with a striking simulacrum of the pace and unexpected rhythms of parenthood.

Feb 20, 2019 | Full Review…

The show is messy, yes, with its overreliance on indie folk, its odd storytelling rhythms, and its tonal shifts; but after its third season, it's messy in a way that seems not just forgivable, but needed.

Feb 20, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The show is still a quality piece of drama worth your time.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Parenthood... [is] a lighthearted, often sentimental, but never saccharine drama that seeks to form an emotional bond with its audience. In essence, Parenthood is the kind of drama families should be watching with one another.

Sep 20, 2013 | Full Review…

A sprawling, multigenerational ensemble series, Parenthood might look like a soap opera, suspiciously overstocked with sequences of family members dancing in the kitchen. Yet it's one of only two great dramas on network television.

Sep 20, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Parenthood: Season 3

  • Apr 04, 2015
    The best season of Parenthood yet. All the stories were really strong this season from Adam and Crosby going into business, and causing trouble at home, through to Amber working at the campaign office. It was a really interesting season.

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