PARENTHOOD on NBC Pilot Episode (REVIEW)


NBC is debuting a new drama series called Parenthood this Tuesday March 2nd at 10/9c. The first thing that drew me into Parenthood was the cast. Check this out: Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls), Peter Krause (Dirty Sexy Money, Six Feet Under), Craig T Nelson (Coach), Erika Christensen (Six Degrees, Traffic), Sam Jaeger (Eli Stone), and Dax Shepard (Baby Mama). Oh and the executive producers are Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Not to shabby, wouldn't you say?


Parenthood was inspired by the popular movie of the same name. The pilot starts with Sarah Braverman (Lauren Graham), a struggling single mother, moving her and her two dysfunctional kids back home to her family for a new beginning. Sarah is great as the mother, but her two kids are both so disobedient, it's irritating. On the home front, Sarah's sister, Julia (Erika Christensen) seems to have it all together. She's happily married with a young daughter and has a successful career as a corporate attorney, which only makes Sarah feel worse about her own situation. Sarah's older brother, Adam (Peter Krause) is married with two children, the youngest of which gets diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome.


Although the cast is undeniably remarkable, my overall assessment of Parenthood is good but not great. I felt the show moved a little slow at times and it jumped around too much. I would have liked to seen more background information on each of the family members before getting thrown into the story. It felt like episode 3 of the series, rather than the pilot.


That being said, the show does have potential. I'd like to see where things go with Sarah and her new love interest as well as find out more about her parents - who seem to be having their own troubles. I can see this show getting much better as it takes off, but my initial grade based off the pilot is a B-.


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