Details Episode Number: s01e01 Original Air Date: March2nd, 2010
Director: Thomas Schlamme
Writer: Jason Katims
Description MEET THE BRAVERMAN FAMILY - SERIES PREMIERE
From Executive Producers Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Jason Katims, "Parenthood" introduces us to the very large, very colorful and imperfect Braverman family. Single mother Sarah (Lauren Graham, "Gilmore Girls") and her two children Amber (Mae Whitman, "In Treatment") and Drew (Miles Heizer, "ER") are moving back home with her parents Zeek (Craig T. Nelson, "Family Stone," "Coach") and Camille (Bonnie Bedelia, "Heart Like a Wheel"). Sarah's sister and complete antithesis, Julia (Erika Christensen, "Traffic") is a successful corporate attorney trying to juggle work and motherhood, alongside her stay-at-home husband, Joel (Sam Jaeger, "Eli Stone"). Commitment-phobe Crosby (Dax Shepard, "Baby Mama"), Sarah's younger brother, must accept adult responsibility when an old flame Jasmine (Joy Bryant "Antwone Fisher") shows up unexpectedly. Meanwhile, Adam (Peter Krause, "Six Feet Under"), the oldest Braverman sibling, his wife Kristina (Monica Potter, "Trust Me") and teenage daughter, Haddie (Sarah Ramos, "American Dreams"), learn that their eccentric son and Haddie's little brother, Max (Max Burkholder, "Brother and Sisters"), is diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Although each sibling and family has its own share of life to grapple with, perhaps this reunion is the push they need to help each other pick up the pieces and focus on the everyday challenges that families face while raising children and starting over. Savannah Paige Rae also stars. Directed by Thomas Schlamme.
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Pilots are always tricky, you need to introduce the characters and establish the story and with this show you have so many lead characters. Thanks to Nissan there were limited commercial interruptions so they had extra time to work but even this didn't feel like enough.
The shows focus is the four siblings Adam, Sarah, Julia and Crosby each with their own problems. Zeek and Camille and the parents and much of the pilot focus is on Sarah moving home with her 2 children (Drew and Amber) after her marriage to their musician father Seth falls through. It's a timely story which opens up many future stories. I did like the date with Jim, it started out bad but Sarah realizes what she could have had with her high school boyfriend if she had not married "the wrong guy" It was somewhat predictable that someone would walk in on them when Jim and Sarah go on a late night snack run to the main house. I also liked the scene in the rain with Drew, very emotional and heart felt. Amber is different to her brother, she is bitter and doesn't like the move at all, preferring to stay with her boyfriend back in the old town. Dragging her to the car for the move was a fun scene as was the frank talk in the bed room later, I like Amber.
The other main focus was Max, the child of Adam and Kristina, there is something wrong but the parents don't want to think the worst Adam especially thinking it can be fixed. The baseball scene are both funny and touching, especially the closing scenes for the pilot. Haddie also has problems but mainly getting attention of her parents, getting busted for Pot use with Amber, leading to the parents and grand parents picking them up from jail.
The other siblings have smaller parts in the pilot, Crosby doesn't want to grow up but long term girlfriend Katie is hearing her biological clock ticking and goats him in to agreeing to have a child in 3 years right before Crosby finds out former girlfriend Jasmine has returned to town with Jabbar his 5 year old kid. This could spell trouble as he tries to adjust to the idea if having a child.
Julia is a hard working lawyer but has problems relating to Sydney, her 5 year old child, sometimes trying to hard to get her daughter to like her. Her stay at home husband Joel is great as a modern father who has decided to raise Sydney while Julia works, I'm sure there is more to come there.
Over all the pilot was good but felt rushed, even with the extra time, it probably could have used a 2 hours time slot, or about 85 minutes without ads instead of the 49 we got.