Tuesday night, “Parenthood” returns with a shocking season premiere. The Bravermans have always been known for talking over each other, barging into each other’s homes and offices unannounced, and being one of television’s most exasperatingly realistic families. Season 3 takes everything you knew and loved about the overextended family and turns it upside down. Brace yourselves: Amber (Mae Whitman) is now a blonde. Even more surprising: her new hairstyle actually looks pretty good on her. That’s not the only follicular change: there is a scene where Hadee (Sarah Ramos) sports what is undoubtedly the worst hair of the television season. Yes, the vast majority of shows will not be premiering for weeks, but it’s a safe call.
Watch a Sneak Peek of Season 3:
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There are numerous other unexpected plot twists. For example, a pregnant woman, who has been out of the workforce for years, is offered a great job in the year 2011. Multiple Bravermans get drunk — and not the ones who you would envision boozing it up. There is also a lot of dancing at Sarah’s (Lauren Graham) 40th birthday party, none of which is done by the only character who knows how to dance, Jasmine. Fortunately for Sarah, Jason Ritter is back as television’s best looking high school English teacher not named Ezra Fitz. Will they finally get together now that Amber has graduated from high school?
Adam (Peter Krause) is still unemployed. Interestingly, while Christina (Monica Potter) always seemed to have her hands full parenting a child with Aspergers and running a household, he has plenty of free time. Is it because Max (Max Burkholder)has made so much progress during the six months that have elapsed between last season’s finale and the premiere? Or is Adam just shirking his responsibilities? Will he do as so many have done in this recession and take a lower-paying job that he will not enjoy? Or will he join Crosby (Dax Shepard) in a risky but fun business venture? Given that this is television, the answer seems clear.
If that’s not enough reason to tune in, Julia’s quest to adopt a baby causes her to be extremely inappropriate with a barista and there is an arrest that is so bogus that it would inspire riots in the real-life Berkeley. “Parenthood’s” early return is a welcome one.