‘Parenthood’: Which Braverman Loses It When Max Disappears?

Everyone acted like an adult on this week’s “Parenthood,” “Missing.” Even Baby Nora looks mature in a jean jacket. What brought on this uncharacteristic display of Braverman maturity? Dinosaurs, sprained wrists and new jobs. Kristina (Monica Potter) is barely on speaking terms with Adam (Peter Krause) after his boneheaded handling of his smooch with Rachel […]

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‘Parenthood’: Adam Tastes The Forbidden Fruit

Everyone is playing games in this week’s episode of “Parenthood,” “Sore Loser.” Some are harmless, some are dangerous, and some involve word problems. When two trains crash into each other on a rainy night, one fueled by half a bottle of tequila, the other sober enough to drive, who is at fault? Kristina (Monica Potter) […]

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‘Parenthood’: Is Sarah Falling For Her Alcoholic Ex?

This week’s “Parenthood” features one Braverman striving to do the right thing in a complex, emotionally delicate situation, and the rest of the Bravermans achieving new personal bests in the field of self-absorption. This episode should have been called “First World Problems,” but it’s actual title is “Forced Family Fun.” Sarah (Lauren Graham), the only […]

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‘Parenthood’ Welcomes New Braverman Baby

“Parenthood” fans, Tuesday night’s episode was a shocker. Things actually happened! That’s things, plural. It’s like the producers want people to tune in next week because they find the plots compelling instead of just out of affection for the characters. The promos gave away that Kristina (Monica Potter) was going to have her baby in […]

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‘Parenthood’ Recap: Inappropriate Braverman Behavior Runs Rampant

The second episode of this season of “Parenthood” was all about the Bravermans being presumptuous, rude, and ignoring social cues. Max has Aspergers, but what is everyone else’s excuse? The episode opens with Kristina (Monica Potter) staring at Max (Max Burkholder) while he sleeps. That’s taking helicopter parenting too far, Kristina. It’s Max’s first day […]

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Six Questions from ‘Parenthood’s’ Perplexing Premiere

Tuesday’s third season premiere of “Parenthood” featured the Bravermans in unusually melodramatic scenarios, a departure from the show’s typical focus on realistic family issues. Will it work? Or will it turn out like “Friday Night Lights” Season 2, which awkwardly shoved a murder plot into the high school football drama? It’s an apt comparison not […]

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‘Parenthood’ Preview: Bravermans Gone Wild

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 […]

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‘Parenthood’ Finale: Accidents Happen

“Parenthood” is a bubble show. It will probably get picked up for a third season since it gets higher ratings than most NBC shows, but it has not been renewed yet. The writers faced the difficult task of crafting a season finale that could also serve as a series finale. They did it with an […]

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‘Parenthood’ Explores How To Tell A Child He Has Asperger’s

How do you explain Asperger’s syndrome to a child with Asperger’s? That is the dilemma that last night’s powerful episode of “Parenthood” tackled. The ongoing struggle of Adam (Peter Krause) and Kristina (Monica Potter) to help their son Max (Max Burkholder), who was diagnosed with Asperger’s in the show’s first season. “I’m very proud of […]

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