Parenthood: Season 3 (2011 - 2012)

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Season 3
Parenthood

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

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Critic Ratings: 13

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User Ratings: 46

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Air date: Sep 13, 2011

Sarah approaches her 40th birthday and turns to Mr. Cyr for support in the Season 3 premiere. Meanwhile, Amber takes a step toward independence; Adam worries about providing for his family and considers joining Crosby for a business opportunity; the adoption process frustrates Julia; and Alex shares a secret with Julia.

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Air date: Sep 20, 2011

Max goes to public school, a move that worries Kristina; Sarah and Mark's relationship progresses while Haddie and Alex's takes a hit; the stress of adoption takes a toll on Julia; and Adam rethinks his career path.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2011

Amber enjoys her independence, while Sarah tries to maintain a connection to her daughter; Jasmine starts dating and wonders about her role in the family; Kristina frets over Crosby and Adam's new venture; Alex has good news; and Zeek counsels Drew on relationships.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2011

Zeek lands a commercial, while Camille ponders her own achievements; Crosby and Adam don't see eye-to-eye over a parenting issue; Drew's first date goes awry; Jabbar and Max clash; Sarah and Mark take things to the next level while Haddie and Alex grow apart.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2011

Kristina goes to the hospital with unlikely company; Julia and Joel receive good news; Crosby is bothered by Jasmine's dates; Seth (John Corbett) returns and could put a damper on Sarah's relationship with Mark; and Amber helps Max reconcile with Jabbar.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2011

Kristina takes on too much; Adam and Crosby try to impress Cee Lo Green (who makes a cameo) with their new studio; Mark worries about Seth's role in Sarah's life; Zeek creates doubts for Julia and Joel; and Drew takes steps to advance things with Amy.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2011

Kristina plans a family night that doesn't go as expected; Crosby worries he'll be replaced by Jasmine's new beau; Julia goes too far with Zoe; and Zeek worries about Seth being back in Sarah's life.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2011

Seth stays with Amber after his release from rehab, but the arrangement soon wears on her; Adam and Kristina try to restart their sex life after Nora's birth; Crosby worries about Jabbar having a new father figure; and Drew and Amy take a step forward.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2011

Sydney acts out during a game of charades, making Joel and Julia worry they've spoiled her. Elsewhere, Adam and Crosby land a new client; Adam has an uncomfortable run-in with Rachel (Alexandra Daddario); Kristina frets over Max's new friends; and Drew is punished for disobeying Sarah.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2011

Adam's marriage suffers after an inappropriate encounter at work; Crosby and Jasmine help Jabbar come to terms with their relationship; Drew considers new activities to give a boost to his college applications; Amber worries about the future; and Julia and Joel meet Zoe's boyfriend.

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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.

Critic Reviews for Parenthood Season 3

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

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…

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…

Having too many compelling directions to take a series in is far better than having too few.

Sep 13, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Parenthood works because the show has kept up with the times.

Sep 13, 2011 | Full Review…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Parenthood: Season 3

  • Jun 29, 2020
    There's a lot of things to like about Parenthood, but Adam's character is easily my favorite on the show.
  • 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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