'Parenthood' - 'Sore Loser': You're the one that I want

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I hate all puns... 

I think "Parenthood" went 3-for-4 on storylines last night, although all of the successful stories seemed to resolve themselves fairly easily. Sydney turned into a good sport after a single extended, difficult time out, Kristina appears to have scared Max's bully into leaving him alone, and Sarah sees the error of her parenting ways and heals things with Drew. 

But sometimes stories that seem to wrap up neatly on this show don't. I can easily see, for instance, Kristina's approach horribly backfiring and giving Louis an entirely new arsenal of things to tease Max about. Drew may not be able to magically turn his grades around. Sydney has been very spoiled in a whole lot of ways besides playing games. And all those stories felt very true to the characters, funny at times (Julia getting drunk while listening to Sydney's tantrum), painful at others (Kristina watching the boys tease an oblivious Max, Joel trying to control his temper in the face of Sydney's violent tantrum), and nicely observed all around. The Joel/Julia plot in particular was a reminder of how much better "Parenthood" is when it's about behavior and little moments and not elaborate, contrived story arcs like buying Zoe's baby.  Read More...



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