Parenthood (Season 3)

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There is nothing neat and tidy about being a parent.  You care so much that when things go wrong, it rocks your world.  You go through countless ups and downs with your kids, from pregnancy/infancy to when they graduate and even when they have families on their own—being a parent is an absurd journey.

Parenthood

NBC’s comedy-drama, Parenthood, is a funny, entertaining and relatable series about the real pain and the challenges of being a parent.  The show revolves around the trials and tribulations of the very large, very colorful and imperfect Braverman family which has expanded to three generations.  It follows patriarch Zeek Braverman and matriarch Camille Braverman with their four kids: Adam, Sarah, Crosby and Julia and their families.  Each sibling and family has its own share of everyday challenges to grapple with but they manage to be there for each other in their times of need.

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With a big ensemble cast, the show has a lot to work with.  There are so many issues they can touch on: sex, love, marital issues, rebellious teen, adoption, moving out, new baby, raising kids, moving in, moving on, growing up, family/sibling relationships, growing old, homework, careers, home life, midlife crisis, life crisis… the list can go on and on.  What’s great about this series is that it is very relatable—from their relationships with each other, their personalities and to the problems and issues they are dealing with.  Parenthood’s appeal is that you recognize these characters from your life and the problems that they have are your problems too.  You know them because they are your family.

Parenthood Characters

The Parents

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  • Zeek Braverman: the patriarch of the Braverman family, Camille’s husband and the larger-than-life, headstrong father of Adam, Sarah, Crosby, and Julia.
  • Camille Braverman: the matriarch and pillar-of-strength of the family.

Adam Braverman and his Family

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  • Adam Braverman: affable and dependable, he the oldest Braverman child and all of his siblings and parents consult him in times of crisis.
  • Kristina Braverman: Adam’s quietly forceful wife, and a source of stability and support for anyone who needs it. Mother to Haddie and Max.
  • Haddie Braverman: Adam’s and Kristina’s teenage daughter. A straight-A student who plays soccer and has several friends.
  • Max Braverman: Adam’s and Kristina’s pre-teen son who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.

Sarah Braverman and her Family

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  • Sarah Braverman: the second child and oldest daughter. She and her two teenaged kids.  She moved back into her parents’ house because of her financial situation.  She is divorced from her rocker husband Seth.
  • Amber Holt: Sarah’s rebellious, willful, and not very studious daughter.
  • Drew Holt: Sarah’s sullen and sensitive son who longs for a male role model.

Crosby Braverman and his Family

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  • Crosby Braverman: an unmarried, commitment-phobe small-time record producer. He recently met his son, Jabbar, with former lover Jasmine five years after his birth.  He is now helping raise Jabbar.
  • Jasmine Trussell: a dancer, the mother of Crosby’s son Jabbar.
  • Jabbar Trussell-Braverman: Jasmine & Crosby’s son.

Julia Braverman-Graham and her Family

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  • Julia Braverman-Graham: the youngest of the Braverman siblings.  Competitive and a go-getter, she is a lawyer at a top corporate firm.
  • Joel Graham: Julia’s husband who is a licensed contractor but decided to be a stay-at-home father to support Julia’s ambitions.  He sometimes finds himself starved for adult interaction.  He is popular among the stay-at-home mothers in their social circle at Sydney’s school, a fact which sometimes puts strains on his marriage.
  • Sydney Graham: Julia and Joel’s daughter.  A “daddy’s girl” who has been identified as being gifted.

Season 2 Recap

Season 2 ended with major cliffhangers.   Let’s sort them out by family

Adam Braverman and his Family

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Adam lost his job of 15 years due to tensions with his new boss.  It couldn’t have happen in a worse time as they found out that they are pregnant again.  Haddie has started having sex, to the horror of her parents when they overheard them doing it from an accidental phone call.

Sarah Braverman and her Family

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Sarah found a new passion in writing and made a stage-play which her father passed to his friend who is well-connected in Broadway.  It ended up being produced.  Seth came up for a visit and bonded with Drew.  But Seth ended up disappointing him once again.

Strong-willed Amber quit her job at Julia’s law firm and began to fall down a dangerous and destructive path.  She clashed more and more with her mom and was smoking pot and taking illegal drugs, failed her SATs and got rejected from both colleges she applied to.  After Sarah and Drew tried to stop her from leaving, Amber rode off with her boyfriend Gary.  Both high on marijuana, they run a red light and got sideswiped by an SUV on Amber’s side, tossing them violently within the vehicle.

Crosby Braverman and his Family

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Crosby and Jasmine’s relationship got more serious and they got engaged.  But their wedding plans were dashed when Crosby had an affair during a “figuring things out” period after an argument.  Wanting to win back Jasmine, Crosby bought a house to prove to her that he is responsible and mature.  But the house needs major repairs for it to be livable, so he enlisted the help of Joel.

Julia Braverman-Graham and her Family

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Unsuccessfully trying to conceive a second child, Julia is told she has scarring in her uterus and that it will be extremely difficult for her to conceive again.  After unexpectedly playing a significant role in a woman’s labor and delivery, Julia realized that she wants to adopt.

Season 3

Adam Braverman and his Family

Parenthood TV Show Image (2) Kristina is going back to work to support her family during Adam’s unemployment.  She is pregnant will be giving birth soon.  The couple will once again be parents to a newborn but this time during middle age.  Will they have the same energy as they used to?  They also have to deal with the possibility that the child could also have Asperger’s.  Unemployed for months, Adam feels the stress of providing for his pregnant wife and family.  He deals with job hunting in a bad economy.  Would a business venture with Crosby the solution?  Haddie enters her senior year.  She will continue to assert her independence and experiment with things that are against her “good girl” image.  Boyfriend Alex’s demons and skeletons in his closet will be revealed and the couple will go through relationship speed bumps.  Will they come out of it unscathed?  Max, found to be academically gifted, is mainstreamed into normal school to challenge him academically.  He’s having a hard time making friends, he may be academically above most kids his age and older but socially behind others his age.

Sarah Braverman and her Family

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Could Sarah be finally lucky in career and romance?  An old flame returns to the scene and her play is being produced.  Will love be sweeter the second time around?  Could things be looking up for her in the career department as playwright?  Amber, wanting to start fresh from her previous troubles, decides to move out and seek independence.   Being an independent person herself, Sarah understands but it doesn’t mean she’s not gonna get emotional about it.  Sarah strives to remain a part of Amber’s life.  With no college prospects, Amber has to decide what to do with her life as she explores the real world and see what’s out there.  Like his mom, Drew will be lucky in the romance department with the help of Grandpa Zeek.  He will have a have a potential love interest that could help him come out of his shell.  Dad, Seth, also reappears once again.  Will he bring him trouble for his kids and ex-wife?

Crosby Braverman and his Family

Crosby and Jasmine decided to split up but they will have to explain to Jabbar that they will not be getting married.  Crosby will be dealing with Jasmine dating other men as they co-parent Jabbar.  He is also planning to pursue a business venture but he wants to do it with Adam.  If they push through with this business venture, will they get along as business partners?  Jabbar helps out cousin Max in his first days at mainstream school.  But something happens that ends up with friction between Crosby and Adam.

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Julia Braverman-Graham and her Family

Julia and Joel proceed with adopting another kid.  They go thru the rigorous process of adoption.  Will they be successful?

Starring

  • Craig T. Nelson as Zeek Braverman
  • Bonnie Bedelia as Camille Braverman
  • Peter Krause as Adam Braverman
  • Monica Potter as Kristina Braverman
  • Sarah Ramos as Haddie Braverman
  • Max Burkholder as Max Braverman
  • Lauren Graham as Sarah Sarah Braverman
  • Mae Whitman as Amber Holt
  • Miles Heizer as Drew Holt
  • Dax Shepard as Crosby Braverman
  • Joy Bryant as Jasmine Trussell
  • Tyree Brown as Jabbar Trussell-Braverman
  • Erika Christensen as Julia Braverman-Graham
  • Sam Jaeger as Joel Graham
  • Savannah Paige Rae as Sydney Graham

Season 3 Premiere

September 13, 2011 (TUEDAYS), 10/9c on NBC

Season 3 Promo

Spoilers

  • Cee Lo Green guest stars as himself who will be Adam and Crosby’s first potential client
  • Rafi Gavron (Life Unexpected) guest stars as Troy Quinn, the deadbeat but charming boyfriend of preggo coffee girl Zoe.  He meets with the Julia and Joel and shocks them when he demands serious monetary compensation for Zoe’s “services.”
  • Alexandra Daddario (White Collar) will guest star as Adam and Crosby’s receptionist.  She will have a story arc for a couple of episodes.

Parenthood Official Site

http://www.nbc.com/parenthood/