Parenthood (2010 TV series)

Parenthood (2010 TV series)
Parenthood intertitle
Genre Family drama
Created by Ron Howard
Developed by Jason Katims
Starring Peter Krause
Lauren Graham
Dax Shepard
Monica Potter
Erika Christensen
Sam Jaeger
Savannah Paige Rae
Sarah Ramos
Max Burkholder
Joy Bryant
Tyree Brown
Miles Heizer
Mae Whitman
Bonnie Bedelia
Craig T. Nelson
Opening theme "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan
"When We Were Young" by Lucy Schwartz (international version)
Composer(s) Jon Ehrlich
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 44 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Ron Howard
Brian Grazer
Jason Katims
Thomas Schlamme
Producer(s) Dylan Massin
Location(s) Roseville, California
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) True Jack Productions
Universal Media Studios
Imagine Television
Distributor Universal Media Studios
Original channel NBC
Picture format 1080i;[1] HDTV
Original run March 2, 2010 (2010-03-02) – present
External links

Parenthood is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Jason Katims and produced by Imagine Television and Universal Media Studios, which debuted on NBC on March 2, 2010. Loosely based on the 1989 film of the same title, it is also the second television series based on the film to air, the first airing was during the 1990–91 television season. Katims is also the executive producer, showrunner, and head writer.



The show revolves around the Braverman family, which has expanded to three generations, featuring patriarch Zeek Braverman and matriarch Camille Braverman, their oldest son Adam, his wife and three children, their daughter Sarah and her two children, their second son Crosby, his ex-girlfriend Jasmine and their young son Jabbar, and finally their daughter Julia, her husband and her young daughter.

The series is set in Berkeley, California and the San Francisco Bay Area, but is filmed primarily in Southern California.


  • Craig T. Nelson as Zeek Braverman, the patriarch of the Braverman family, Camille's husband and the father of Adam, Sarah, Crosby, and Julia.
  • Bonnie Bedelia as Camille Braverman, the matriarch of the family and Zeek's wife.
  • Peter Krause as Adam Braverman, Kristina's husband and Max's, Nora's and Haddie's father. He is the oldest Braverman child and all of his siblings and parents consult him in times of crisis.
  • Monica Potter as Kristina Braverman, Adam's wife, and a source of stability and support for anyone who needs it. She is the mother to Haddie, Max and Nora.
  • Sarah Ramos as Haddie Braverman, Adam's and Kristina's 17-year-old daughter. She is a straight-A student who plays soccer and has several friends; she aspires to be the quintessential "good girl" in order to compensate for her brother's behavioral problems.
  • Max Burkholder as Max Braverman, Adam's and Kristina's 11-year-old son, who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. He is also incredibly gifted academically.
  • Lauren Graham as Sarah Tracey Braverman, the second child and oldest daughter. She and her two children (Amber and Drew) have moved back into her parents' house because of her financial situation.
  • Mae Whitman as Amber Holt, Sarah's rebellious, willful, and not very studious daughter who is seeking direction in life.
  • Miles Heizer as Drew Holt, Sarah's sensitive son, who longs for a male role model.
  • Dax Shepard as Crosby Braverman, is 32 years old and unmarried. He works as a small-time record producer. His former lover, Jasmine, introduced Crosby to his five-year-old son, Jabbar after five years.
  • Joy Bryant as Jasmine Trussell, a dancer, the mother of Crosby's son Jabbar.
  • Tyree Brown as Jabbar Trussell-Braverman, Jasmine & Crosby's son.
  • Erika Christensen as Julia Braverman-Graham, Sydney's mother and the youngest of the four Braverman children. She is a lawyer at a top corporate firm while her husband, Joel, supports her ambitions by serving as a stay-at-home dad to their daughter.
  • Sam Jaeger as Joel Graham, Julia's husband and Sydney's father. He is a stay-at-home father, and is popular among the stay-at-home mothers in their social circle at Sydney's school, a fact which sometimes puts strains on his marriage.
  • Savannah Paige Rae as Sydney Graham, Julia and Joel's 7-year-old daughter.

Family tree

Kristina Braverman
Adam Braverman
Seth Holt
Sarah Braverman
Joel Graham
Julia Braverman-Graham
Crosby Braverman
Jasmine Trussell
Haddie Braverman
Max Braverman
Nora Braverman
Amber Holt
Drew Holt
Sydney Graham
Jabbar Trussell-Braverman

Series background and premiere

The series premiered on March 2, 2010, at 10:00 p.m. on NBC, following The Biggest Loser.[2] It was originally scheduled to premiere on NBC on September 23, 2009. However, on July 10, 2009, it was announced that Parenthood would be pushed back to midseason, because of actress Maura Tierney's breast cancer.[3][4] The show was replaced by Mercy, a medical drama, on the fall 2009 schedule.

Subsequently, on September 10, 2009, a spokesperson for Tierney announced that she was leaving the show because of conflicts with her treatment schedule.[5] Tierney's already-filmed scenes were deleted.[6] On October 9, 2009, it was announced that Lauren Graham would replace Tierney in the upcoming series.[7]

Parenthood was expected to premiere March 1, 2010, and air on Monday nights at 9:00 p.m. However, after the cancellation of The Jay Leno Show, NBC moved the premiere to March 2, 2010, at 10:00 p.m.

The series premiere of Parenthood was dedicated to the memory of Nora O'Brien, a Vice President at NBC, who died at age 44 on April 29, 2009 after collapsing because of an aneurysm on the set of Parenthood in Berkeley, California.[3] Two other shows, Warehouse 13 and Sanctuary, are also dedicated to her memory.[8]

Parenthood's pilot episode was filmed in Northern California, using local crews, while the rest of the series will be filmed in Los Angeles.[9]

On April 20, 2010 Parenthood was renewed for a second season by NBC, as reported by Variety.[10] The second season premiered on Tuesday, September 14, 2010.

It was announced on November 15, 2010 that Parenthood would be moving to Mondays at 10/9c beginning March 7.

However, because of an overhaul of NBC's Law & Order: Los Angeles leading to an indefinite hiatus, the network announced on January 18, 2011 that Parenthood would remain in the Tuesday at 10/9c time slot.

On May 12, 2011, Parenthood was renewed for a third season, and premiered on September 13 at 10:00.[11]


On August 31, 2010, Arrival Records/Scion Music Group released a soundtrack for the first season of Parenthood. The soundtrack consists of 10 songs including the theme song for Parenthood, "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan, and the international theme, "When We Were Young" by Lucy Schwartz. The soundtrack also includes a cover of "Forever Young" performed by John Doe and Lucy Schwartz.

Andrew McMahon, of the band Jack's Mannequin, revealed in speaking about the band's album, People and Things, that the song "Casting Lines" was written after he was contacted by producers of the show as a possible theme song for the series. After recording the song and sending it to producers, he was told they appreciated his efforts but they had selected "Forever Young" as the show's theme song. The song does appear on Jack's Mannequin's third album, People and Things.


Parenthood itself received mostly positive to mixed reviews, scoring a 61 out of 100 on Metacritic.[12] Newark Star Ledger's Alan Sepinwall wrote that "Like the movie that inspired it, Parenthood isn’t an instant classic, but it’s smart and warm and knowing, and it casts its net so wide that at least part of it should connect with you."[13] While Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Parenthood isn't better than Modern Family, but it's different—it's its own creation, thanks to the deft touch and careful characterizations developed by executive producer Jason Katims and his writers."[14]


Season Episodes Timeslot (EST) Original Airing Rank Viewers
(in millions)
18-49 Ratings
18-49 Ratings Rank
Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season
1 13 Tuesday 10:00 PM March 2, 2010 (2010-03-02) May 25, 2010 2009–10 #71 6.39[15] 3.3/8[16] #36[16]
2 22 September 14, 2010 April 19, 2011 2010–11 #77 6.87[17] 2.8[18] #51[19]
3 18[20] September 13, 2011 February 28, 2012 2011–12 TBA TBA TBA TBA

DVD release

DVD Name Region 1 Release Date Region 2 Release Date Region 4 Release Date Ep # Discs Additional Information
Season 1 August 31, 2010[21] July 11, 2011[22] December 1, 2010[23] 13 3 Deleted scenes, Extended episodes, Episode commentary with Executive Producer Jason Katims and "Get To Know Your Parents" featurette.
Season 2 August 30, 2011[24] TBA September 7, 2011[25] 22 6 TBA


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  2. ^ Hibberd, James (January 14, 2010). "NBC's post-'Leno' schedule revealed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (July 10, 2009). "Maura Tierney illness delays 'Parenthood'; NBC drama postpones production, moves to midseason". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 6, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ Mitovich, Matt (June 25, 2009). "Fall TV: NBC Announces Premiere Dates". TV Guide. Retrieved March 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ Abrams, Natalie (September 10, 2009). "Maura Tierney Leaves Parenthood to Accommodate Cancer Treatment". TV Guide. Retrieved March 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ "'Parenthood' (2010) - Episodes cast". Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  7. ^ Helen Hunt had been approached, but she and NBC could not come to a financial deal. Abrams, Natalie (October 9, 2009). "Gilmore Girls' Lauren Graham Takes Starring Role in Parenthood". TV Guide. Retrieved March 6, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Biography for Nora O'Brien". Retrieved January, 10 2011. 
  9. ^ . March 3, 2010. Retrieved May 29, 2010. 
  10. ^ . April 20, 2010. Retrieved April 20, 2010. 
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 12, 2011). "UPDATE: NBC Renews 'Parenthood' & 'Harry's Law'". Deadline. Media Corp.. Retrieved May 12, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Parenthood - Season 1 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". 2010-03-02. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  13. ^ "'Parenthood' review: Sepinwall on TV". Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  14. ^ Reviewed by Ken Tucker (2010-03-03). "Parenthood | TV".,,20348272,00.html. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  15. ^ Gorman, Bill (2010-06-16). "Final 2009-10 Broadcast Primetime Show Average Viewership". Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  16. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (2010-05-27). "Full Series Rankings For The 2009-10 Broadcast Season". Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
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  20. ^ Ausiello, Michael (September 29, 2011). "NBC Increases Parenthood's Season 3 Order". TVLine. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Parenthood: Season 1 (2010)". Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
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  24. ^ Lambert, David (May 23, 2011). "Parenthood - 'Season 2' Set Announced for DVD: Date, Cost, and Specs". TV Shows on DVD. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Parenthood (2010) - Season 2 (6 Disc Set)". EzyDVD. Retrieved May 6, 2011. 

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