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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 20, 1990
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: William Windom, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ed Begley Jr.
  • Summary: Based on the 1989 Steve Martin film, Parenthood is about grandparents Frank and Marilyn Buckman, their children, and their children's children.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Greg Dawson
    May 13, 2014
    100
    I lost count of the laugh-out-loud lines in tonight's special one-hour premiere that makes you wish for an hour every week. [20 Aug 1990, p.C1]
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 7, 2013
    91
    The result is thirtysomething crossed with The Waltons — and I mean that as a compliment.
  3. Reviewed by: John Engstrom
    May 13, 2014
    90
    A rich blend of generations that has more of the juice of life and truth to it in an hour than a thousand formula sitcoms squeezed for everything they've got. [20 Aug 1990, p.D1]
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    May 13, 2014
    90
    In what may be the most enjoyable transition from hit movie to TV series since M#A#S#H, Parenthood is for all those who yearn to see thirtysomething played for laughs. [20 Aug 1990, p.3D]
  5. Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    May 13, 2014
    80
    Tonight's first episode is highly recommended for Ed Begley Jr. fans who may have wondered what Dr. Victor Ehrlich has been doing since "St. Elsewhere." [20 Aug 1990, p.9]
  6. 70
    Begley is, as always, an agile, skilled comic actor. But William Windom steals the show any time he's near the screen, no small feat for an overweight old man surrounded by small children. [20 Aug 1990, p.E-1]
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    May 13, 2014
    40
    At an hour in length, Parenthood seems like a prolonged, and rather melancholy, sitcom. There are too many characters, and it's hard to keep the relationships straight. Replacing the irreplaceable Steve Martin as the father of a 10-year-old problem child -- and a man who remains something of a problem child himself -- is the capable but unexciting Ed Begley Jr. [20 Aug 1990, p.B1]

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