Parenthood is a new one-hour drama series on NBC (coming in March!), inspired by the box-office comedy hit of the same name. The cast includes Peter Krause (Six Feet Under), Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls), Craig T. Nelson (Coach), Dax Shepard (Baby Mama), Bonnie Bedelia (Heart Like a Wheel), Monica Potter (Trust Me) and Erika Christensen (Traffic) & more.
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Sarah Braverman (Graham), a financially strapped single mother, brings us into the fold of her parents and siblings who will make us laugh and cry, and on occasion, both at the same time. When we meet Sarah she is packing up her Fresno apartment and uprooting her two inconvenienced kids, Amber (Mae Whitman, In Treatment) and Drew (Miles Heizer, ER) to make a big move back home to Berkeley to be closer to her family.
On the home front, Sarah is greeted by her larger-than-life headstrong father, Zeek (Nelson), and Camille (Bedelia), her pillar-of-strength mother, who are privately dealing with their own marital issues. Meanwhile, Sarah’s sister and complete antithesis Julia (Christensen), a successful corporate attorney, can’t jump off the fast track long enough to be as good a mother to her five-year-old daughter, Sydney (Savannah Rae, House), and wife to her husband, Joel (Sam Jaeger, Eli Stone), as she so deeply wants to be.
While commitment-phobe Crosby (Shepard), Sarah’s younger brother, contends with accepting adult responsibility, it’s Adam (Krause), the oldest Braverman sibling, who must relinquish his preconceived expectations about what constitutes a “normal” family when he, his wife Kristina (Potter), and teenage daughter, Haddie (Sarah Ramos, American Dreams), finally realize that their eccentric son and Haddie’s little brother, Max (Max Burkholder, Brother and Sisters), may actually be suffering from a severe disability. Although each sibling and family has their 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 modern families face while raising children and starting over.