Parenthood

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

1
Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Mar 02, 2010 on NBC
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Episode Summary

We are introduced to the very unique Braveman family. Single mom Sarah, and her two kids Amber and Drew, are moving back home with Sarah's parents Zeek and Camille. Julia, Sarah's sister and complete opposite is a successful attorney trying to do both, work and motherhood, alongside her stay-at-home husband, Joel. Sarah's younger brother, Crosby is a commitment-phobe who must accept adult responsabilities when his old flame Jasmine shows up with a kid. Meanwhile, the older sibling of the Bravemans, Adam, his wife Kristina and their teenage daughter Haddie learn that their little boy, Max has Asperger's Syndrome. Although each sibling has its own problems, this reunion may be the push they needed to help each other with the challenges that every family faces while raising children and starting over.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • I think the show Parenthood it's self is silly. Does anyone know of a kid with Aspersers who behaves that way.

    3.0
    I think the show Parenthood it's self is silly. Does anyone know of a kid with Aspersers who behaves that way. You would of expected that kind of behaviour in someone who has Autism or ADHD but not someone with Aspersers' Syndrome. It's a high functioning form of Autism. Kids suffer from bad coordination, clumsy speech, reaction delay, anxiety, poor social skills (failing to read another persons body language when they seem disinterested in the topic) and their minds take a while to process data. I was a quiet kid growing up with AS but I never behaved in that way. Ron Howard should of looked up the disorder before mentioning it in the TV shows Pilot.moreless
  • The new Brothers & Sisters?

    8.0
    I watched this last year, and wasn't overly impressed. With Brothers & Sisters over, I decided to give it another go and liked it a lot more. There was a lot going on, which could get complicated and overwhelming, but for this episode it worked.



    Sarah, played by the excellent Lauren Graham, was a good character. Her relationship with daughter Amber is interesting, the rebellious streak of the latter should give us some entertaining situations. Sarah was quite funny too, and I'm looking forward to see her develop. Adam,and his wife Kristina, have to deal with a lot with their son Max having Asperger's, and the storyline should be interesting for sure.



    Julia, the lawyer whose daughter seems to prefer her father, was featured little but could be a good character with a little development. Crosby, was quite funny with his current girlfriend and the sperm in the fridge, but his story-line about finding out he has a child is a little generic. The father and mother aren't featured that much, Zeek comes across as overbearing and is possibly having an affair...care little about these two at the moment.



    I'm intrigued and hoping the show will come into its own in the next few episodes, and provide a proper replacement for B&S.moreless
  • Series Premiere

    5.0
    bleh. too many characters that are not likeable. some terrible acting (exception is Lauren Graham). and a lot of boring horrendous writing. which brings even worse storylines/plots. This was one NBC show that had potential. I DVRed it and caught it when I nothing better to do. And I was let down, a lot. There were way too many people to keep track of that just annoyed me. The writing was bad. There wasn't a good plot that kept me entertained, which is what a pilot episode should do. But one nice thing I'm going to say about this show is that it got a little better the second half hour. So I will continue to DVR this show and just watch the episodes when I have nothing better to do. or this will become a show I watch the first episode DVR the rest and then never feel the urge to watch the rest of the episodes and I just delete them from my DVR. which type of show this will be. we'll see. But I was not impressed by this episode. 5/10moreless
  • A good pilot.

    8.0
    For a first episode, this one was good. So good, I droped "The Good Wife" half hour into this show. Therefore, Parenthood is not going to have any competition in my DVR to become a regular series. Of curse, I watch first American Idol, but then, Parenthood.

    It is cliché, it is complicated, but with such great actors, I only expect a better show. this first episode really show us all the characters, in a small portion but enough to want to watch the series. Hope NBC has something good here.

    Monica Potter still a beautifull girl. The dude from Dirty Sexy Money is in the same character, but with a family we really care.

    At this point, I´m on this bus.moreless
  • A modernized television adaptation of the eponymous 1989 film.

    5.0
    So far, Parenthood has been exactly what I thought it would be: a hodgepodge of the countless family dramas that have gone before. This is very familiar territory (pun unintended), and unfortunately, despite the killer ensemble of on and off screen talent, Parenthood offers nothing new. The pacing is frenetic as the viewer gets to know the Bravemans. During the pilot, there are a lot of names and faces to remember, but I'll give credit to the showrunners for keeping all the various relationships and sub-plots fairly easy to follow. But as things stand, there are only four reasons I can think of to keep watching: 1.The possibility that the show might steadily improve - it would almost have to justify regular viewing. 2.You're a devoted fan of one, or more, of the cast members and that alone is enough to keep you hooked. 3.The show is entertaining enough to serve as reliable filler while you wait for new episodes of your favorite shows. 4.Any combination of the other three reasons listed.



    Personally speaking, I'm squarely at number 4, and am watching due to a combo of all three reasons, especially number 3, and, yeah, I'm a sucker for Erika Christensen who I haven't seen nearly enough of and whose character I find rather appealing.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Sarah: (to Drew) For what it's worth, you have me. I'm not going anywhere. And I'm really sorry but that's gonna have to be enough, okay?

    • Adam: Are we saying we lost Drew?
      Sarah: I don't know what happened, okay? It might have something to do with the fact that he walked in on me and Jim half-naked last night.
      Julia: You slept with Jim?
      Crosby: Good for you!
      Julia: What happened to him being a fat, balding barista?
      Sarah: I warned to him.

    • Millie: You're staying right here until you get back on your feet.
      Sarah: Mom, I'm on my feet, I'm not destitute, I just got a little financial trouble and two degenerate kids, but I'll be fine.

    • Adam: (about Max) Do you really have to be playing with him that hard?
      Zeek: Yeah, you weren't any different. You had to get over your fears, too.
      Adam: We're not raising him the way that you raised us, all right?
      Zeek: Oh. Okay, what's that supposed to mean?
      Adam: It means I don't want him to feel like everything in life is a war.
      Zeek: Oh, sonny. It is a war.

    • Haddie: You know, if you wanted to come hang out with me and my friends after school, I mean, we honestly don't do anything, but if you wanted to come hang out with us... you could.
      Amber: Whew. Wow. Okay, wow, what a really warm invitation. Thank you so much.

    • Kristina: Honey, how did you make this happen?
      Adam: Oh, I just told him about the joys of baseball and how it's something he can do with his father forever.
      Kristina: Oh, double scoop.
      Adam: Triple.
      Kristina: Great parenting.

    • Sarah: (on the phone) I'm doing the right time. Right, Adam? Moving home. Adam: Look, Sarah, you're doing the right thing. Sarah: You sure? It's gonna be good, right? I mean, you said it was gonna be good, and that's essentially why I'm doing it because you said it was gonna be good, so if it isn't good I don't think I'll ever forgive you. Adam: Look, if it's not good, you can blame me. Okay? Sarah: That's what I'm saying.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music Featured:
      -Ten Shots, Ten Minutes by Suite 88.
      -Forever Young by Bob Dylan.
      -Kick Drum Heart by Avett Brothers.
      -Natural Disaster by Andrew Bird.
      -Halo by Brent Kirkpatrick.

    • Original International Air Dates:


      Canada: March 2, 2010 on Citytv
      Latin America: April 15, 2010 on LIV
      Sweden: June 3, 2010 on TV3
      Norway: August 23, 2010 on TV3
      Czech Republic: March 10, 2011 on Prima LOVE
      United Kingdom: April 7, 2011 on 5*
      Finland: June 9, 2011 on MTV3
      Germany May 14, 2012 on glitz*

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Amber tells Sarah that she should wear boots because it's her thing. Lauren Graham (Sarah) used to star as Lorelai Gilmore in Gilmore Girls where she always wore boots.

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