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Parenthood: Season 1
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Until she finds a place of her own, the divorced Sarah lives with parents Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) and Camille (Bonnie Bedelia), who aren't as happy as she thought. She also reconnects with an old high-school boyfriend (Glee's Mike O'Malley) and considers a relationship with Amber's English teacher (Joan of Arcadia's Jason Ritter), while Crosby gets to know his son with Jasmine (Joy Bryant), a former flame. Adam's 15-year-old daughter, Haddie (Sarah Ramos), also starts dating, which causes her father and mother, Kristina (Monica Potter), no end of stress.
The cozy California setup--including overlapping dialogue--recalls Brothers and Sisters, except Parenthood moves at a more relaxed pace. The entire ensemble is strong, even Shepard, an actor best known for comedies, like Idiocracy. In their commentary on the first episode, Katims and director Thomas Schlamme say they shot the pilot with Maura Tierney, who had to drop out due to health reasons (they re-shot after Graham joined the cast). If Parenthood is rarely as funny as the 1989 movie, it becomes more emotionally involving as these 13 episodes unfold (a benefit of long-form storytelling). Interestingly, it's the second series to spin off the film--the 1990 version met with cancellation. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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The series is not about the same family in the 1989 movie or previous series. It's a whole new family. They are the Bravermans, and they reside in Berkley, California. The patriarchs of the family are Zeek and Camille Braverman(Craig T. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia), and the family extends to their four grown kids and their families. The oldest is Adam(Six Feet Under's Peter Krause), married to Kristina(Monica Potter), and has 2 kids, Haddie and Max. Next up is Sarah(Gilmore Girls' Lauren Graham), who is a single mother to two teenage kids, Amber(Mae Whitman)and Drew. Next is Crosby(Dax Shepard), a single guy working in the music business who has a girlfriend and lives on a houseboat. And lastly, there is the youngest of the four, Julia(Erika Christensen), a lawyer, who is married to stay at home dad Joel, and has a little girl named Sydney.
Because it was a mid season show, the first season consists of only 13 episodes, instead of the usual 22 or so. Still, season 1 packs a lot into the shorter seasons.Read more ›
I think this is one of the smartest shows on TV.
Would give the series 5 stars, but right now I would give Amazon prime 0 stars. I might think twice before I do all my Christmas shopping on Amazon this year.
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Don't know why it took me so long to discover this series! Love itPublished 10 days ago by Joanne R. Wells
One of my favorite shows of all time. Smart dialogue, interesting stories, great emphasis on family.Published 16 days ago by Sean L
Seriously my favorite show full of wonderful real life problems, trials, love, and family! Best show ive watched in a very long timePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Thought I was buying the whole season. Title is misleading this is only the first episode.Published 1 month ago by Josh A.
|Topic||From this Discussion|
|new theme song?||
Probably not, it's just a replacement for the dvd episodes. I'm sure the Dylan song was too expensive to license to include as the opener for every episode.
Sep 13, 2010 by K. Cleary | See all 3 posts
|Pilot w/ Tierney Included?||
Sep 7, 2010 by K. Copeland | See all 2 posts
|Who no blu ray release?||Be the first to reply|
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