Parenthood Season Premiere Review: Six Months Later...

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On the Parenthood season premiere, six months have gone by since we last saw the Bravermans. But this show has the exceptional ability to drop you right into the middle these people's lives and make you feel that you've never been away.

The characters grow at a realistic pace, and half a year away didn't bring about any life altering events. I kind of like that.

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Adam was going slightly stir crazy, as he remained unemployed. Kristina was swelled with pregnancy, but that didn't stop her temporary job from hiring her for a full-time position. I have to wonder if, in reality, an employer would do the same with a glut of non-pregnant unemployed people vying for the same job. Yes, I'm cynical.

Crosby was still a womanizing idiot living out pipe dreams. He seemed to be sleeping his way through town in Jasmine's wake, with his last redeeming quality being his fatherhood to Jabar.

Amber was still reeling from her inability to get into college, and she found a loft and jazzy little car to help ease her transition into her new  life. You know the kind, a vehicle not seen inside the U.S. for decades and a one room loft with a sliding door. Those items that make the cool kids on TV quirky and unlike the rest of us.

Thinking only of herself, she was the first one to leave Sarah's fortieth birthday party. The party was another Braverman event where looking in from the outside they seem the perfect family. All getting along, loving each other and life. And yet each child harbors so much inner pain. All things come around, and Camille reminded Sarah that she missed her 40th birthday party, too.

Some good news for Sarah was that, right off the sinking of The Event, Jason Ritter was back as Amber's teacher Sean and hot on Sarah's trail. Good for him because he fits the role of semi-goofy teacher far better than that he did on the aforementioned piece of junk. He and Sarah had something good before they rushed him out of the picture. I look forward to seeing their relationship blossom again.

I was surprised there was no mention of Sarah's progress as a play-writer. Last season ended for her on such a high note, making me a little disappointed not to find her reveling in her success.

Haddie was still sporting a snotty attitude, and a new, horrific, hairstyle. I wanted to take a brush to her head like nobody's business. She lost her way, but no details as to why were revealed. Dating an alcoholic and doing jello shots do not mix. Whether he was with her or not, it proved how much she doesn't understand about the person she is dating. I was heartbroken for Alex when he found her at the party, smashed out of her mind. Such betrayal.

Julia, sporting a farmer's tan from what I believe was a summer of Ericka Christensen bike riding, was still itching for a new baby of her own. I actually cringed as she spoke with the latte girl about her unborn baby, although the later conversation she had with Sarah that since she sold coffee she figured maybe she'd sell her unborn child, too, was pretty funny. 

That's about it. There wasn't much to the episode, just another day in the life. As such, this is less of a review than a rundown of where we found the Bravermans after six months. Not stalled and yet not screeching forward to destinations unknown. Just living their lives, inviting us into their homes to watch. Like your favorite comfort food, they'll be here each week to remind us of who we are.


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Love Parenthood, but the story line regarding party with underage drinking where Alex is arrested is unbelievable and would not happen where we live. The parents' would have been arrested for supplying alcohol to minors. One punch during a illegal party would not bring just an arrest for one either. The kids would have been cited for underage drinking too. I was disappointed with the way this played out and will not find this a plausible part of the show. If Alex had previous issues with violence, I wish they had found a better way to develop this part of the story.


The last song heard in the background of the recording studio scene is called "Junk" by Paul McCartney.


I loved the show and am mostly amused by the cynicism and sarcasm of the review.
I love Max and the realistic approach of how they portray his Asperger's anyone who knows or has someone with it, can appreciate how they cover it on the it's sad to see that anyone woud imply sending him to boarding school. It's a show about family and dealing with issues..real families cant just send their child away because it would be easier to deal with...not anymore. You cant love and hate the realism of the show.
Adam's pathetic unemployed thing was hilarious!Im glad that Jason Ritter is back, Ambr is lost and I suspect she's up to something. Julia's baby buying thing though funny was more so insulting.I continue to believe that Crosby gets a bad wrap and Jasmine has to take some accountability.Haddie's actions were deplorable and I felt for Alex. Horrifying how at a Party that violated noise ordinances filled with drunken minors he's the only one arrested.Legally that jerk's parents are culpable forafew things


Thanks everyone for pointing out my mistake in exchanging the names of Kristina and Julia. It's been fixed! :-)


@TVFanaticFan: Erika Christensen's character is named Julia, not Kristina as the reviewer had it. Kristina is the pregnant wife of Adam played by Monica Potter.


I dont think the closing song is Forever YOung. That is the song at the start of each show. I would also like to know who played/name of the last song on the season premiere.


Was looking forward to the show's return...until I seen it. Completely forgot about Max. We seriously find that watching him is draining and we end up changing the channel. Please, I know this is going to sound horrible, but send him to a boarding school. Completely, takes away from the energy of the show. Love the rest of the cast.


She meant erika christenson that is not julia stiles.


Can you please tell me the name of the McCartney/Beatles song that was played on Parenthood last night? Thank you


I was so looking forward to this show and loved the first episode. Two characters I'm not going to like so much unless they change somewhat is Amber and Hannah. They are so rebellious. Not all teenagers are like this. I do hope they will choose to make some changes in their characters down the line. It's amazing how much Max has grown up in one year. And as someone else said, I would like to see Sarah's writing career continue. They didn't dwell on that at all last night, and I was looking forward to that. It just left you hanging from last year. But all in all, this is my most favorite show on TV. I love it!

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Parenthood Season 3 Episode 1 Quotes

Oh man, this baby's pushing on my bladder like you wouldn't believe. I need an adult diaper.


We haven't had a single interview in six months. We need Gaga.