Parenthood: ''Pilot'' Review

Advance Review: Parenthood is the new show that introduces us to the large Braverman family of Berkeley, California, led by Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) and Camille (Bonnie Bedilia) as the parents, and Sarah (Lauren Graham), Adam (Peter Krause), Crosby (Dax Shepard) and Julia (Erica Christensen) as their children who are all dealing with parenthood in their own unique way. It's a loose re-imagining of Ron Howard's 1989 film of the same name, only it's not as funny and doesn't have Steve Martin singing, "The Diarrhea Song" to his son on the baseball diamond. At least not yet.

Whereas Ron Howard's movie was definitely a comedy, this new version of Parenthood is not. At best, it's a dramedy, but I wouldn't even go so far as to call it that. It's a collection of light moments separated by one family crisis after another, but I wouldn't call them jokes. It feels like an episodic version of those dysfunctional family films that come out during the holidays, only the Braverman's aren't dysfunctional. They're the most supportive, loving, functional family you've ever met. Sure, there may be a few tears shed and a few mistakes made, but when the bleachers at a Little League game are swollen with one family's aunts, uncles and cousins and grandparents, things could be a lot worse.

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