• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 2, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 2 out of 18

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  1. May 14, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. As the seasons roll out, the family of actors becomes stronger and stronger. The best of the actors are Monica Potter and Mae Whitman. At the start of the season, Monica Potter's character, Kristina Braverman is diagnosed with breast cancer. Overall, her character is very emotional about it and tries to stay positive. Her struggle is the highlight of the season. In my opinion, she deserves an Emmy win for supporting actress. It was truly phenomenal. Many other storylines were very great as well during the season including Amber's storyline with her new boyfriend, Max's run for school president, and the adopting of a child. While some other storylines became stale, one of these was Lauren Graham's relationship problems. Her relationship problems has been the main struggle of the series. You long for her to stay with Jason Ritter, but then Ray Romano comes in and gives her another perspective on it. Another problem was Drew's aborted child episode arc was only three episodes. The audience didn't get to delve into abortion as much as I had wanted. The whole storyline felt rushed and messy. However, that was the only storyline of the season that I felt that way about. The performances of the ensemble were terrific. All in all, I consider Parenthood to be the best family drama on television and this was the best of the four seasons to date. Expand
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78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Sep 13, 2012
    75
    The show is a birdhouse full of woodpeckers. [24 Sep 2012, p.54]
  2. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Sep 11, 2012
    75
    The Season 4 premiere is solid in most ways.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 11, 2012
    70
    Some of the episode is forced--Sarah's babbling job tryout with Hank, for instance--but in those universal moments of family togetherness and transition, as these grown-ups who sometimes still feel like kids marvel at the mystery of parenthood, Parenthood is worth its weight in sentimental angst.