Show 101: Parenthood

SHOW: Parenthood

PREMIERES: Season 2 premieres Tuesday, September 14 at 10 p.m. on NBC

WHY YOU MIGHT LIKE IT: Basically everyone involved has been on something great—Peter Krause was on Six Feet Under and Sports Night, Lauren Graham was one of the Gilmore Girls, Craig T. Nelson was Coach, Mae Whitman was on Arrested Development, Dax Shepard was in a bunch of movies, series creator Jason Katims is also the man behind Friday Night Lights, and this other dude named Ron Howard is also involved. Translation: The writing and acting are superb.

WHY YOU MIGHT HATE IT: The Braverman family—all 840 of them—lead fairly privileged, drama-free lives, so if you don’t like sinking your teeth into the problems of a quirky white middle-class family, you might be out of luck. The show also moves pretty slowly, focusing on daily minutae like deep conversations and funny quarrels rather than “the big picture.”

THE PREMISE: Zeek (Nelson) and Camille (Bonnie Bedelia) Braverman are the heads of a big, loving, semi-complicated family filled with lots of kids and grandkids. Adam (Krause) and wife Kristina (Monica Potter) have a teenage daughter (Sarah Ramos) and a son with Asperger’s (Max Burkholder), Sarah (Graham) is a single mom with two high-schoolers, Crosby (Shepard) just found out he has a five-year-old son from a previous relationship, and Julia (Erika Christensen) is a lawyer with a five-year-old daughter and a stay-at-home husband (Sam Jaeger).

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: This show managed to cover a lot of territory in its first 13 episodes. Most of the drama came from the kids, namely Haddie (Ramos) and Sarah’s daughter Amber (Whitman), who began sleeping with Haddie’s ex-boyfriend and started quite a rift in the family. Sarah also had her share of man problems; she (unsuccessfully) dated both an old flame and Amber’s hot young teacher. Most of Adam and Kristina’s attention was focused on getting treatment for Max and learning how to live with a child with Asperger’s. Crosby struggled to fit “dad” into his busy thirtysomething life, and Julia learned to loosen up a bit. and On the grandparent front, Zeek revealed that he had an affair, so Camille decided to branch out and enter the dating world. When we last left the crazy Bravermans, Crosby's son Jabbar and Jabbar’s mother Jasmine were planning to move to New York, Amber and Haddie had made up, Zeek was trying to win back Camille.

Will you be tuning in for Season 2?

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