Parenthood: Season 4 (2012 - 2013)


Season 4

Critics Consensus

Four seasons in, Parenthood continues to evolve its characters by pushing them into challenging, interesting new places.



Critic Ratings: 21


Audience Score

User Ratings: 42
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Air date: Sep 11, 2012
Air date: Sep 18, 2012
Air date: Sep 25, 2012
Air date: Oct 2, 2012
Air date: Oct 9, 2012
Air date: Oct 23, 2012
Air date: Nov 13, 2012
Air date: Nov 20, 2012
Air date: Nov 27, 2012
Air date: Dec 4, 2012
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Series 4 of this warm family dramedy takes a serious turn as Adam (Peter Krause) and Kristina (Monica Potter) deal with Kristina's cancer diagnosis while also adjusting to the college-bound Haddie's (Sarah Ramos) absence from their household. Sarah (Lauren Graham), meanwhile, faces similar uncertainty about the future when her cantankerous new boss (guest star Ray Romano) throws a kink into her relationship with Mark (Jason Ritter). Also entering new relationship territory are Julia (Erika Christensen) and Joel (Sam Jaeger), who struggle to help Victor (Xolo Mariduena) adapt to his new role in their family; Amber (Mae Whitman), who begins a romance with a traumatised veteran (guest star Matt Lauria); and Crosby (Dax Shepard) and Jasmine (Joy Bryant), who continue to face new challenges, both as parents and as a couple.


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
Max Burkholder
as Max Braverman
Mae Whitman
as Amber Holt
Miles Heizer
as Drew Holt
Sarah Ramos
as Haddie Braverman
Savannah Rae Linz
as Sydney Graham
Joy Bryant
as Jasmine Trussell
Tyree Brown
as Jabbar Trussell
Ray Romano
as Hank Rizzoli
Matt Lauria
as Ryan York
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Critic Reviews for Parenthood Season 4

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

I'm disappointed. I sobbed as expected, but it was corny.

Feb 20, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The best news about Season 4 of Parenthood is that there IS a Season 4 of Parenthood.

Sep 11, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Parenthood is a window into middle-to-upper-middleclass introspection and cross-cultural, cross-generational angst, the "thirtysomething" of this generation.

Sep 11, 2012 | Full Review…

While it's true the characters of Parenthood can be a bit overtly articulate, they're never less than recognizable.

Sep 11, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

I've never been a huge fan of Haddie but the choice to send her away to college coupled with her mother's devastating cancer diagnosis has helped the character a great deal and given another layer of authenticity to the show.

Feb 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Season 4 is off to a really good start, but also an emotional one.

Feb 15, 2019 | Full Review…

They're all trying, with stammering earnestness, to stake their ground on thorny emotional issues...but as Lauren Graham and a large, excellent cast perfected the show's ensemble rhythm, it became endearing.

Feb 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Parenthood came out of gate strong and built to an emotionally resonant finish.

Aug 20, 2013 | Full Review…

"Parenthood's" gift to viewers this year is struggle, uncertainty, and maybe a ray of hope.

Feb 20, 2019 | Full Review…

The show's easy, free-flowing dialogue and unforced emotion add up to a poignant portrait of an imperfect family.

Feb 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Parenthood: Season 4

  • May 23, 2017
    I wrote a review for season 1, and I am half-way through watching season 4. At this point, I find the plot situations have grown a bit in interest. I rate seasons 1 to 3 fairly well anyway, and I have felt a gradual increase in the meaningfulness of the plot lines. Through the first three seasons, and so far in season 4, the outlines of relationship development between Crosby and Jasmine have been beautifully filled out and believable. Drew's first sexual relationship was gently portrayed. The breaking-out or maturing of the teens (Haddie, Amber, and Drew) is true to life. The dialogue is still weak, but the direction it takes us is enjoyable and engrossing. Whoever insisted on all the "Heys" and apologies in the dialogue is still getting their way, but I try to ignore those parts, and enjoy that which has intensity, beauty, sadness, and joy.

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