Parenthood (season 1)

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This article is about episodes of the 2010 TV series. For episodes of the 1990 series, see Parenthood (1990 TV series).
Parenthood (season 1)
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DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 13
Original network NBC
Original release March 2 (2010-03-02) – May 25, 2010 (2010-05-25)
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List of Parenthood episodes

The first season of the NBC comedy-drama series Parenthood premiered on March 2, 2010 and ended on May 25, 2010, it consisted of 13 episodes. Season one was released on DVD in Region 1 on August 31, 2010 and Region 4 on December 1, 2010.


Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]


Parenthood was originally scheduled to premiere on NBC on September 23, 2009. However, on July 10, 2009, it was announced that Parenthood would be pushed back to midseason, because of actress Maura Tierney's breast cancer. Subsequently, on September 10, 2009, a spokesperson for Tierney announced that she was leaving the show due to conflicts with her treatment schedule. Tierney's already-filmed scenes were deleted. On October 9, 2009, it was announced that Lauren Graham would replace Tierney in the upcoming series. Parenthood was expected to premiere March 1, 2010, and air on Monday nights at 9:00 p.m. However, after the cancellation of The Jay Leno Show, NBC moved the premiere to March 2, 2010, at 10:00 p.m.


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
1 1 "Pilot" Thomas Schlamme Jason Katims March 2, 2010 (2010-03-02) 101 8.10[3]

Single mother Sarah and her two children Amber and Drew are moving back home with her parents Zeek and Camille. Sarah's sister and complete antithesis, Julia is a successful corporate attorney trying to juggle work and motherhood, alongside her stay-at-home husband, Joel. Commitment-phobe Crosby, Sarah's younger brother, must accept adult responsibility when an old flame Jasmine shows up unexpectedly. Meanwhile, Adam, the oldest Braverman sibling, his wife Kristina and teenage daughter, Haddie, learn that their eccentric son and Haddie's little brother, Max, is diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. Although each sibling and family has its own share of life to grapple with, perhaps this reunion is the push they need to help each other pick up the pieces and focus on the everyday challenges that families face while raising children and starting over.

The pilot is dedicated in memory of NBC Universal executive Nora O'Brien,[1] who died while on set in Berkeley from a brain aneurism.[2]
2 2 "Man Versus Possum" Lawrence Trilling Jason Katims March 9, 2010 (2010-03-09) 102 6.08[4]
Adam and Kristina get a diagnosis confirming Max's Asperger syndrome. Sarah interviews for a graphic design job with a little help from her brother and father. Amber is told that she is being held back in the tenth grade as her transcripts from her former school in Fresno are unsatisfactory for her new school. Crosby spends time with his son but still doesn't know how to tell Katie that he already has a child. Julia is frustrated with a fellow mother from Sydney's school and tensions come to a head at the school's fund raising auction.
3 3 "The Deep End of the Pool" Lawrence Trilling Jeff Greenstein March 16, 2010 (2010-03-16) 103 5.94[5]
Adam and Kristina fight to get their son into an exclusive private school, Footpath, after Max gets kicked out of his former school. Meanwhile, while meeting with Footpath, they miss Haddie's soccer game and learn that she feels like they have always paid more attention to Max. Crosby spends more time with his son, Jabbar, and struggles to connect with and integrate him into his life. Sarah confronts her dad about the condoms she found in the den. Julia, a prominent high school swimmer, is unsatisfied with the methods used in her daughter's Zen swimming class so she takes matters into her own hands by attempting to teach her daughter how to swim.
4 4 "Wassup" Michael Engler Tyler Bensinger March 23, 2010 (2010-03-23) 104 7.01[6]
Crosby keeps Jabbar overnight while Jasmine has a dance audition; he has to take Jabbar to the emergency room when Jabbar he gets his thumb stuck in a soda can. Adam and Kristina notice that Haddie's cell phone bill is ridiculously large and seems to be concentrated to one particular number; upon further investigation (including sneaking into her room and enlisting Crosby to hack into her computer), they find that she has a boyfriend. Sarah has to have a talk with Drew about masturbating too much, and rejects her father's help. Amber babysits Sydney while Julia and Joel have a date night while out they run into Racquel and her husband who are also on a date night with their daughter. Sarah continues to bond with Amber, and Adam and Kristina learn to accept their daughter's new-found independence.
5 5 "The Situation" Michael Engler Becky Hartman-Edwards March 30, 2010 (2010-03-30) 105 6.23[7]
When Max re-joins the baseball team, Drew helps Adam connect with his son. Sarah strikes up a friendship with Amber's English teacher, Mr. Cyr (Jason Ritter). Meanwhile, Crosby feels the pressure to have a baby sooner than he expected and Julia tries to teach Sydney how to stand up for herself.
6 6 "The Big 'O'" Adam Davidson Lauren Schmidt Hissrich April 6, 2010 (2010-04-06) 106 6.28[8]
Max starts working with a young behavioral aide (Minka Kelly), while Sarah debates whether she should go out with Amber's teacher. Meanwhile, Crosby tries to muster up the courage to tell his parents about Jabbar and Julia gets jealous of a mom in Joel’s playgroup.
7 7 "What's Goin' On Down There?" Adam Davidson Sarah Watson April 13, 2010 (2010-04-13) 107 6.28[9]
Sarah and Amber are both attracted to Amber’s teacher, while Crosby tries to have a romantic moment with Valerie, but because he can’t leave Jabbar alone too long the moment doesn’t turn out that well. Haddie spends Career Day at Julia's law firm, but her assignment causes Julia and Kristina to re-evaluate their respective career choices.
8 8 "Rubber Band Ball" Lawrence Trilling Jan Oxenberg April 20, 2010 (2010-04-20) 108 7.27[10]
Amber's ex-boyfriend Damien (Eddy Rioseco) comes from Fresno. Zeek takes Adam on a road trip for investment advice. Julia and Joel worry that Sydney might also have Asperger's and Crosby wants to help plan Jabbar's birthday party.
9 9 "Perchance to Dream" Lawrence Trilling Becky Hartman-Edwards April 27, 2010 (2010-04-27) 109 5.81[11]
One of her old acquaintances runs for Lieutenant Governor in Sacramento, and Kristina leaves Max and Haddie with Adam for the weekend. Kristina is excited by the opportunity to help, but feels out of date among the young generation of campaign workers. Meanwhile, Adam has his hands full, and along with taking care of his own kids, gives Drew girl advice as a school dance approaches. Elsewhere, Sarah tries to get Amber excited about college by taking her to an event on campus and unexpectedly runs into an ex. Julia attempts to teach Sydney a lesson about lying. Crosby takes Jasmine on a real date without Jabbar.
10 10 "Namaste No More" Ken Whittingham Tyler Bensinger May 4, 2010 (2010-05-04) 110 5.88[12]
As Crosby and Jasmine's romantic relationship continues, they have to decide how to explain it to Jabbar. Elsewhere, Adam and Kristina are on the search for friends but find that the process is a bigger challenge than they thought. Sarah learns about Zeek's financial problems. Meanwhile, Julia becomes the new coach of Sydney's soccer team and Haddie seeks out Amber for advice when Steve starts pressuring her into having sex.
11 11 "Solace" Ken Whittingham Jeff Greenstein May 11, 2010 (2010-05-11) 111 5.93[13]
Zeek becomes Adam and Kristina's houseguest; Julia enlists the help of an old college flame to get her father out of debt; Amber feels guilty about betraying Haddie; Crosby contemplates settling down with Jasmine and Jabbar.
12 12 "Team Braverman" Lawrence Trilling Jan Oxenberg May 18, 2010 (2010-05-18) 112 6.24[14]
The truth about what happened between Amber and Steve comes out, causing a rift between Sarah and Kristina. Max enlists the family's help in gaining mileage for the Walk for Autism coming up, still unknowing that he has Asperger's and that it falls on the Autism Spectrum. Zeek is continually curious about Camille's relationship with her art teacher, and Crosby risks losing Jasmine to New York after she auditions for a dance company. Meanwhile, Julia is forced to be on the Angel committee at Sydney's school but is nonplussed when she has to take care of a single mom recovering from a breast augmentation.
13 13 "Lost and Found" Lawrence Trilling Jason Katims May 25, 2010 (2010-05-25) 113 6.04[15]
Sarah meets with Mr. Cyr (Jason Ritter) to discuss Amber; Crosby must decide if he will stay with his old family or move in with his new one; Zeek tries to win Camille back.


U.S. Live Ratings[edit]

# Episode Air Date Rating Share 18-49 (Rating/Share) Viewers (m)
1 "Pilot" March 2, 2010 5.0 9 3.1/9 8.10
2 "Man Versus Possum" March 9, 2010 4.0 7 2.6/8 6.08
3 "The Deep End of the Pool" March 16, 2010 3.9 7 2.3/6 5.94
4 "Wassup" March 23, 2010 4.5 8 2.7/8 7.01
5 "The Situation" March 30, 2010 4.1 7 2.5/7 6.23
6 "The Big 'O'" April 6, 2010 4.0 7 2.6/7 6.28
7 "What's Goin' On Down There?" April 13, 2010 4.2 7 2.5/7 6.28
8 "Rubber Band Ball" April 20, 2010 4.8 8 2.9/8 7.27
9 "Perchance to Dream" April 27, 2010 3.8 6 2.4/7 5.81
10 "Namaste No More" May 4, 2010 3.9 7 2.5/7 5.88
11 "Solace" May 11, 2010 3.9 7 2.6/7 5.93
12 "Team Braverman" May 18, 2010 4.0 7 2.6/7 6.24
13 "Lost and Found" May 25, 2010 3.9 6 2.6/7 6.04


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