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''Parenthood'' is the second television adaptation of the 1989 [[Film/{{Parenthood}} movie of the same name]], and like the first series (which [[ShortRunners lasted just 12 episodes]] in 1990), Creator/RonHoward (who directed the film) is an executive producer, although Jason Katims, executive producer of Series/FridayNightLights, appears to be the main showrunner, and airs on Creator/{{NBC}}.

The show explores the lives of the various families belonging to the Braverman clan. SugarWiki/NeedsMoreLove.

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!!This TV Series provides examples of:
* AbortedArc: In season 4, Adam & Kristina lie to their daughter Haddie about a major medical issue. They claim [[spoiler:Kristina is 100% cancer-free when she isn't.]] They do this, presumably, to convince her it's 100% fine for her to fly back across the country to the college she's attending instead of take a semester off to help out at home. This is clearly something that should bite them in the butt, especially if something goes drastically wrong. But when something does, and [[spoiler:Kristina]] is in the hospital around Christmas and ''might die'' from a severely compromised immune system, Haddie shows up and [[spoiler:simply hugs her mom.]] The lie and potential for Haddie to be either very angry and betrayed, or forgiving and understanding is 100% ignored/forgotten.
** This is also done between Season 2 and Season 3 of the series. At the end of Season 2, Sarah writes a play, gets a big-name agent Zeek knows, and the play is a hit when performed locally. Maybe it would have flopped in bigger venues, and with the play seeming to be partially autobiographical, Sarah may have had no additional ideas. However, one would at least have expected a line in Season 3's premiere, "No producer wanted to pick it up for LA, much less New York, and I don't have any other ideas that seem worth it." Instead, Sarah went back to her (then) low-paying job as a bartender.
** Season 1 ended with Amber handing Sarah information on college classes and encouraged Sarah to try and go back to school, and it implied that this was going to be further explored, only for it to be dropped completely between seasons.
** Season 4 ends with Sarah moving away in a promising relationship and embracing the idea of someplace new. ... season 5 she is right back where she was before.
** Zeek bought an RV! ... must have sold it offscreen because they never mention it again
** In season one, the grandparents were in serious financial trouble, and were in danger of losing their home. In season 2 this appears to have been resolved, and only their marriage is in trouble, and they can afford to give their family members very large sums of money as loans, as well as take sudden trips to Europe.
* ActorAllusion:
** One episode has Haddie and Amber talking about a moviethat stars Michael Cera. Guess who played Michael Cera's girlfriend back on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' (and kick Cera's ass in ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld). Mae Whitman's character also wear a banana costume for Halloween, which is a reference to what is worn by the employees on Arrested Development at their Frozen Banana stand.
** Lauren Graham's character Sarah's first (albeit short-lived) love interest is a barista, and later on she dates her daughter's teacher, who is younger than her. In Graham's starring role in Series/GilmoreGirls, her character was a coffee addict who eventually fell in love with the man who served her coffee (He was a diner owner and served her food also, but she came in just for coffee often), and she dated early on-- and got engaged to-- her daughter's young teacher.
** In Season 3 Alex is explaining to Haddie why he doesn't think he should go to a high school party. Max says it's not a good idea because of the underage drinking, which he knows about because he watches FridayNightLights. Max is telling this to Alex, played by Michael B. Jordan who not only was a star on Friday Night Lights for two seasons but who also got his role on Parenthood through Jason Katims' executive producer position at both shows.
* AdultsAreUseless: Some of the parents have this problem; Julia can't seem to do much of anything right with her daughter, Crosby is a BumblingDad for quite a few episodes. Adam and Kristina have mostly ignored their daughter while trying to deal with their son, who has Asperger's Syndrome.
* TheAlcoholic: Alex is in AA. [[AlcoholicParent Seth]] (Amber and Drew's father) is an alcoholic and has other substance abuse problems as well.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Sarah. She yells after her kids to "make good choices!" on their first day of school. After this, Amber asks her to drop her off a few blocks from the front door. Adam and Kristina also qualify, considering their "MY DAUGHTER IS DATING!" freakout.
* AspergerSyndrome: Adam and Kristina's son Max is diagnosed with it in the first episode. [[spoiler: In Season 5, Hank fears he may have it too after getting a book on it from Adam, and starts seeing Max's specialist Dr. Pelican.]]
* BaldWoman: [[spoiler:Kristina]] for the last chunk of Season 4 as a result of getting chemotherapy.
* BaseballEpisode: The beginning of the first season featured a few episodes about baseball, as Max was playing on a team.
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' call Adam's son a retard.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: When a clerk at the grocery store calls Max a retard, Adam punches him in the face.
* BittersweetEnding: A few episodes do end with in rather uncomfortable positions, where the parents have to do what's best for their child even though their kids may not appreciate or understand it at the time, such as when Crosby has to learn to be more strict at disciplining his son.
* BrainyBrunette: Haddie
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Amber is this. Haddie also sometimes fills this role, although it is justified with her. Sarah apparently used to be this.
* BromanticFoil: Crosby towards Adam, to an extent. One is happy in his role as a father, confident, and responsible, and the other has absolutely no idea what he's doing.
* BrotherChuck: The Lessings, who were Kristina and Adam's strongest support outside of the family during season 1 with advice for Max's condition declare they are getting a divorce in season 2. Afterwards, their appearances quickly diminish and are no longer even mentioned in season 3. In season 4 they make a single scene, quickly mention the divorce is off, and Kristina was less than thrilled to see them.
* BumblingDad: The only dad without shades of this seems to be Joel.
* ButtMonkey: Amber in the First Season seemed to be treated this way by everyone.
** UpToEleven with Crosby.
* CastIncest: Lauren Graham and Peter Krause, who play siblings Sarah and Adam, are currently dating.
* ChildrenRaiseYou: This happens to Crosby, and a variation happens to Sarah.
* ClearMyName: Amber is accused of smoking Marijuana, but she insists she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. [[spoiler: It's actually Haddie's pot.]]
* ComingOfAgeStory: The premise of the show.
* CoolOldGuy Zeek is ''always'' right, even when it seems like he's being belligerent and meddling.
* TheDanza: Max Burkholder as Max Braverman.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Ryan's time as a soldier in Afghanistan has left him with a bad case of PTSD.
* DawsonCasting: Avoided with most of the teen characters, but Max is 12 playing 8 at the start of the series and Mae Whitman is 21 playing a 15-year-old.
** It gets particularly Egregious with Max when the actor's voice gets deeper and the character is suppose to be in 5th grade.
* DeadpanSnarker: Amber. Also Crosby, with his sarcasm likely being his way of coping with being a ButtMonkey. Max also has his moments.
* [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting Ice King]]: Hank to Sarah. Also Victor to Joel and Julia.
* DisappearedDad: Amber and Drew's dad. {{Lampshaded}} by an explanation and occasional reminders in the dialogue.
* TheDitz: Sarah can be one sometimes.
* DotingParent: All of the parents are this to all of their kids to a degree, but Joel in particular dotes on Victor a lot, [[GreenEyedMonster much to Sydney's chagrin.]]
* DroppedAfterThePilot: The pilot episode introduced Sarah going on a date with a guy who crushed on her in high school. Despite them seemingly having an immediate emotional connection and having sex that night, she breaks up with him in the opening of the second episode, shrugging the events of the pilot episode off as her being swept up in the moment after feeling particularly emotional.
* DysfunctionalFamily: But still loving.
* EnsembleCast
* {{Expy}}: [[strike:Lorelai]] Sarah. Just try watching an episode and not thinking of GilmoreGirls.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: In season one Hattie dyes her hair black to try and be more like Amber. In season 3 Amber starts dying her hair blonde once she's decided to live on her own and stay out of trouble. Sure enough in season 5 when she starts making similar bad choices Sarah did at her age, Amber's hair is long and dark again like her mom's.
* FragileFlower Kristina handles nothing well, though it's a 50/50 chance as to whether she'll cry or become comically irrational. Worse now that she's given birth to the latest Braverman.
* FamilyVersusCareer: Beautifully averted with Julia; her husband Joel stays home with their daughter while she goes to work as a successful lawyer. As of Season 4 though she's had to leave her job due to now having two kids to take care of.
* FourLinesAllWaiting
* GenerationXerox: Sarah and Amber.
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: A rare 21st century aversion, as [[spoiler: Drew's girlfriend Amy has one;]]
* GreenEyedMonster / SiblingRivalry: Sydney towards Victor after Joel and Julia adopt him.
** CainAndAbel: [[StrawmanHasAPoint ...and then Victor goes and throws a baseball bat at her and shatters a window.]] [[spoiler: Fortunately, as of the latest episode, the two have smoothed things over]]
* HappilyAdopted: Victor by Joel and Julia.
* HappilyMarried: Zeek and Camille, Adam and Kristina, Julia and Joel[[spoiler:, at least until their marriage hits the rocks in Season 5]].
* [[spoiler: HappyEnding: Season 4 had one. Kristina is cancer-free and gets to go to Hawaii with Adam, Jasmine is pregnant with her and Crosby's second child, Victor has become HappilyAdopted and is no longer a {{Jerkass}}, Amber and Ryan are planning to get married, Drew gets to go to college, and Hank gets to go be with his daughter in Minnesota.]]
** [[spoiler: EarnYourHappyEnding: And how, especially for Kristina and Adam]]
** [[spoiler: Except Sarah was caught between two men, and now has neither of them.]]
* HeyItsThatGuy: [[GilmoreGirls Lorelai Gilmore]] is [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Katara's]] mother!
* HollywoodDateless: A female example with Sarah; early in the season it is a joke between the women that she hasn't had a date in years, despite being attractive. Possibly justified in that she has two teenagers, and [[TheUnfairSex all men are terrified of women who already have kids]]. Totally not justified in that later on, two very different men who know she has children fall for her very quickly.
* HouseHusband: Julia's husband Joel, this brought a level of strain in their relationship during the first two seasons, as he started showing signs of frustration over how Julia takes his duties for granted, and his own desire to financially support the family. Fortunately they seem to have moved past this, as he accepts that getting a job is not only unnecessary but also leaves Sydney unattended
* HypocriticalHumor: Adam: "I don't like to work with family." Sarah: "Is that why you went into business with our brother and hired my daughter to work your front desk?"
* IHaveThisFriend: Zeek asks Drew for advice about his marriage this way. Drew sees right through it.
* InformedFlaw: Up until the point where he cheats on Jasmine, Crosby's irresponsible/deadbeat nature is this. Other Characters treat him as though he's a "screw up" and constantly talk him down, but the audience is only treated to a likeable character responding rather well to sudden fatherhood. It's not until after his infidelity that he starts ''actually exhibiting'' the informed behavior on screen.
* IdiotBall / IdiotPlot / PlotInducedStupidity Sarah's "This time's different!" claims about Seth's current stint in rehab and the resulting repercussions. Not GenreSavvy at all.
** Unfortunately, this is TruthInTelevision for many addicts' loved ones.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: A side-effect of Max's Aspergers is him being this quite often.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Max frequently adopts this mindset, his Aspergers hampering his ability to empathize with other people, including his own family.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Haddie gets into Cornell.
* {{Jerkass}}: Joel and Julia's adopted son Victor has become a serious case of "Small Victories" [[spoiler: By the last few episodes of Season 4 though, he's grown out of it.]]
** SpoiledBrat: And in addition to Victor Sydney and Haddie are also this (or in the case of Haddie used to be), but all of the kids have elements of this.
** Adam can be incredibly selfish and dismissive of others, and of all the family members during the early seasons he is the one to most often his life is being affected by Max's condition rather than thinking about what's best for Max.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Max can be rude and insensitive, but he's a good kid at heart.
* KickTheDog: "Small Victories" is just one long string of KickTheDog moments for Victor, not the least of which includes making a fake 9-11 call accusing Julia of child abuse.
* KidsAreCruel: Almost all of the kids besides Jabbar display this to some extent. Max's struggle with empathy can cause him to say incredibly blunt and insensitive things to and about other people. Sydney is incredibly spoiled and a sore loser who doesn't take kindly to change, and Victor masks his own shyness, fear, and hurt by putting on a cold front and lashing out sometimes.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The family was already large and extended in the first season and only gets bigger
* MaternallyChallenged: Julia is a very loving mom, but she doesn't feel happy as a stay-at-home mom. During long stretches of time where she isn't working she tends to mentally unravel.
* MustMakeAmends: After Crosby drives Jasmine away by cheating on her he goes to great lengths to try and win her back. And lucky him, he eventually succeeds.
* MyBiologicalClockIsTicking: Crosby's girlfriend Katie was feeling this, hence her ultimatum.
* NiceGuy: Adam, Joel, and especially Sarah's ex-fiancee. Ryan is also one...usually.
* OverprotectiveDad: Adam and Kristina are both over protective to a fault. Many, many, ''many'' episodes have been done focusing on how they would rather stamp out their spouse or children's ambitious ideas out of fear that they might risk getting hurt trying something new.
* PutOnABus: Haddie, when she goes to college, and Hank, when he leaves for Minnesota to be with his daughter.
** CommutingOnABus: Haddie comes back in Season 4 when Kristina is diagnosed with cancer, and in Season 5 for summer vacation.
** TheBusCameBack: Hank comes back in Season 5 after "it doesn't work out" with his daughter.
* RealSongThemeTune: BobDylan's "Forever Young".
* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: Frequently averted, you can hardly find a single scene without someone interrupting or talking over each other.
* ReallyGetsAround: Amber, though not as much as her reputation.
* RetiredBadass: Hinted that Zeke is this.
* TheRunaway: Drew, Amber and Haddie run away from home once. Drew and Amber were easily found, while Haddie went to her grandparents' house.
* SeriousBusiness: The missing vending machine is this for Max, and in fact its what motivates him to become his school's president. [[spoiler: Lucky him, the vending machine is ultimately brought back thanks to Kristina's influence.]]
* ShoutOut: The scene in "Solace" where the TV automatically turns to SpongeBobSquarePants might be a reference to a scene in ''Film/{{Zathura}}'' where one of the brothers was watching sports and one of them changes the channel to Spongebob unexpectedly (Although, unlike Parenthood, the boy changed it during the middle of an episode, not the intro theme like the Parenthood episode).
* TheSlacker: Crosby is one, before Jasmine and Jabbar come into his life.
* TheSmartGuy: Max is quite knowledgeable in a variety of different things, per common Aspergers symptoms.
** InsufferableGenius: But unfortunately due to being InnocentlyInsensitive, he can sometimes be this as well.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Amber and Sarah will continue to live in the same town, looking for serious relationships, and no matter how often their own passion and promising abiility in a career path may be, they will still keep small working-clas jobs.
* SuddenlySexuality: [[spoiler: Haddie]] in the Season 5 finale.
* TeensAreShort: Amber is pretty tiny, although during season 3, Max's actor has a pretty significant growth spirt, and already is competing height at age eleven with his 17 year old sister.
* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: When Adam and Crosby are trying to find a receptionist.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: How everyone reacts when they learn of Crosby's cheating on Jasmine. They do all eventually forgive him (even Jasmine!) but it takes a while.
* ThrowTheDogABone: However badly Crosby suffers in his role as the quintessential ButtMonkey, this usually winds up happening at some point down the line.
** After spending some time as TheWoobie, [[spoiler: Drew gets in to a good college at the end of the most recent season.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: Victor takes quite a few levels in {{Jerkass}} in "Keep on Rowing" and "Small Victories". Ryan also takes a brief but nasty one when drunk [[spoiler: that causes Amber to (at least temporarily) break up with him]]
** During the course of season 2 and the beginning of 3 Crosby seems to go on a downward spiral where his reputation as an unaccountable schlub which the characters refer back to finally starts to show. He starts making rash impulsive decisions, showing up late to things, and puts his family as a second priority to a string of meaningless one night stands.
** Bob Little is introduced as a charming and capable politician that Kristina believes while helping his campaign. When next we see him in season 5, he now comes off as a rude and obnoxious showboater with a smarmy grin permanently fixed on his face.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The opening credits of the show from the very start of the first season already features a picture of Crosby and Jasmine smiling and embracing each other, which is kind of a dead giveaway that Crosby's girlfriend introduced in the pilot will not be sticking around for long.
* TropaholicsAnonymous: Alex is in AA. Adam and Kristina attend a support group for parents of children with Asperger's.
* TroubledButCute: Amber is a female example. Also Ryan, [[BirdsOfAFeather and it might be part of the reason why they become a couple.]]
* WeirdFriendship: In season 5 Max picks up an interest in photography and makes a very strange little bond with Hank, as they both can relate in their discomfort for social interaction.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Maura Tierney was originally cast as Sarah, but she developed breast cancer during production of the first season, which led to the role being recast with Lauren Graham and the series premiere being pushed back from September 2009 to March 2010.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Amber changes her job once a season or more to whatever would be more convenient for interacting with the other family members.
** Sarah also has a pretty fluctuating resume throughout the series, including bartending, graphic design, playwriting, photography, and being a landlord.
* YourCheatingHeart: Zeek and Camille have both cheated on each other, Camille more recently.
** Crosby cheated on Jasmine after a big fight. [[{{Friends}} They were not on a break.]]
** And now [[spoiler: Jasmine's cheated on Dr. Joe with Crosby]]
* YoureNotMyFather: Victor shouts to Julia and Joel that they're not his real parents about as often as Sydney shouts at him that he's not her real brother.

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