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  • Actor Allusion:
    • One episode has Haddie and Amber talking about a movie that stars Michael Cera. Guess who played Michael Cera's girlfriend back on Arrested Development (and kicks Cera's ass in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World). 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 Gilmore Girls, 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.
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    • 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 Friday Night Lights. 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.
  • California Doubling: In the 1989 film, Florida (mostly Orlando) doubled for Missouri (mostly St. Louis).
  • Cast Incest: Lauren Graham and Peter Krause, who play siblings Sarah and Adam, are currently dating.
  • The Danza: Max Burkholder as Max Braverman.
  • Dawson Casting: 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.
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  • Name's the Same: Max and Hanks' daughter ruby, who work together at Hanks' camera shop, are not the first cunning but stubborn Max and resourceful but snarky Ruby out there.
  • Technology Marches On: Some of the events in the film just wouldn't take place today. Helen wouldn't discover Julie's nude photos because of a mix-up at the developers. And parents no longer have to go to the trouble of unravelling video cassettes, as we see Gil and Karen doing at one point.
  • What Could Have Been: 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.
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