Parents (TV series)
|Written by||Lloyd Woolf
|Directed by||Simon Delaney|
Jadie Rose Hobson
|Composer(s)||Samuel Karl Bohn|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||30mins (inc. adverts)|
|Production company(s)||Objective Productions|
|Picture format||16:9 (1080i HDTV)|
|Original release||6 July 2012– 3 August 2012|
Parents is a British sitcom starring Sally Phillips as Jenny Pope, a woman in her forties who moves, along with her husband and children, to live with her parents in Kettering. The show ran for one series, broadcast on Sky1 in July and August 2012. On 5 March 2013, Sky confirmed that Parents would not return for a second series.
Cast and characters
|Sally Phillips||Jenny Pope|
|Darren Strange||Nick Pope|
|Tom Conti||Len Miller|
|Susie Blake||Alma Miller|
|Jadie Rose Hobson||Becky Pope|
|Christian Lees||Sam Pope|
|Episode||Title||Directed by||Written by||Ratings||Original air date|
|1||"Episode One"||Simon Delaney||Lloyd Woolf, Joe Tucker||538,000||6 July 2012|
|Fortysomething Jenny asks a favour of Mum and Dad: Can she and her family move in with them?|
|2||"Episode Two"||Simon Delaney||Lloyd Woolf, Joe Tucker||445,000||6 July 2012|
|Nick tries to work his persuasive powers on Len to get some office space; Jenny has an awkward encounter with an ex.|
|3||"Episode Three"||Simon Delaney||Lloyd Woolf, Joe Tucker||Under 382,000||13 July 2012|
|Alma attempts to cheer Jenny up with a surprise visit from one of her London pals, but the visitors aren't exactly welcomed with open arms.|
|4||"Episode Four"||Simon Delaney||Lloyd Woolf, Joe Tucker||363,000||20 July 2012|
|Feelings of resentment towards Alma flood back when Jenny stumbles upon her old diary; the first test batch of Nick's energy drink X-Celsior arrives.|
|5||"Episode Five"||Simon Delaney||Lloyd Woolf, Joe Tucker||260,000||27 July 2012|
|Valentine's Day brings out the best and worst in the Pope-Miller household. Alma is unimpressed with Len, and Jenny is preoccupied by the auction of her house.|
|6||"Episode Six"||Simon Delaney||Lloyd Woolf, Joe Tucker||257,000||3 August 2012|
|It looks like the Popes could be back on track when Jenny lands a promising job interview.|
The complete series was released on DVD on 29 July 2013 by Channel 4 DVD.
The show was met with a generally positive critical response, becoming increasingly positive throughout its run. The Independent called it "a broad family comedy, both funny and 'now'". Heat Magazine described the first episode as "good fun" whilst The Telegraph said it "shows some promise and boasts a good cast" and praised the writing, saying "the script is sharp, zeitgeisty, and just the right side of cloying". The Guardian was more critical of episode one, saying it "fails to make the leap from paper to screen" but responded much more positively to subsequent episodes, calling the show "an utter pleasure" and "beautifully written". The Mirror also praised the series calling it "very funny" and saying that "as well as a great cast, Parents also has a great big heart and it’s this that could keep it beating into further series".
- Munn, Patrick (5 March 2013). "Sky1′s Comedy Series ‘Parents’ Cancelled After One Season". TVWise. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
- "Weekly Top 10 Programmes". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
- "Parents [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
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- "Over on Digital: Parents, Sky One, 8.30PM". Heat Magazine. 26 June 2012.
- Simon Horsford (5 July 2012). "TV Highlights". The Telegraph.
- Patrick Smith (6 July 2012). "Sally Phillips on Sky1's Parents: 'Please God, let it not be like My Family'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- David Stubbs (6 July 2012). "TV Highlights 06/07/2012". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- Julia Raeside (13 July 2012). "TV Highlights 13/7/2012". The Guardian.
- Julia Raeside (3 August 2012). "TV Highlights 03/08/2012". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- "Parents tonight is not just very funny but heart-warming too". The Mirror. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- Jenny Eclair (14 July 2012). "Have I gone soft on sitcoms? Blame the Parents". The Mirror. Retrieved 22 September 2012.