Previews A Very Emotional 'Parenthood' Christmas

" Parenthood " viewers have been fearing this week's Christmas episode (Tues., Dec. 11 at 10 p.m. EST on NBC), which sees Kristina's (Monica Potter) health taking a turn for the worse after being diagnosed with cancer earlier in Season 4 . Max Burkholder -- who plays Max, the son of Kristina and Adam Braverman (Peter Krause), on "Parenthood" -- told HuffPost TV via phone that he "cried so much" when he read the script for the NBC series' Christmas installment, titled "What to My Wondering Eyes." Below, 15-year-old Burkholder talks about Max's journey with Asperger's, Kristina's fate, missing his TV sister Sarah Ramos, seeing his TV mom smoke pot and that damn vending machine. Read More...

Parenthood Season 4 Episode 11 “What To My Wondering Eyes”

Parenthood  “What To My Wondering Eyes” Season 4  Episode 11 airs Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 on NBC (10-11 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis:  The holiday incites a mix of emotions as Adam (Peter Krause) and Kristina (Monica Potter) experience a health scare while Crosby (Dax Shepard) and Jasmine  (Joy Bryant) celebrate their first Christmas together as a family. Sarah (Lauren Graham) is torn between her feelings for Mark (Jason Ritter) and her evolving relationship with Hank (Ray Romano). Amber (Mae Whitman) and Ryan (Matt Lauria) face challenges in their relationship. Meanwhile, Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) helps to restore belief in a childhood hero. Also starring Bonnie Bedelia, Erika Christensen, Sam Jaeger, Miles Heizer, Tyree Brown, Xolo Mariduena, Max Burkholder, Sarah Ramos and Savannah Paige Rae. Read More...

'Parenthood': Why You Should be Watching

Parenthood has struggled since day one. Maybe viewers are turned off by the title, which is actually a bit misleading; a better title would be Family Ties but that?s already been used -- with great success. But unlike the hit movie with the same title (and subsequent short-lived TV show), it?s about family, extended family and all the highs and lows involved at any socio-economic level regardless of race, ethnicity or geographic location, and it explores so much more than parenting. Life pretty much sucks half the time and the moments of levity are all that give us the strength to buck up for the next round of devastation. We all know it?s coming, whether we decide to cower in the corner with our medication of choice or rant and rave against the waves of tears and tragedy we all must endure. Parenthood lets us spy on someone else's lives and the voyeurism can be as therapeutic as it is entertaining.