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'Parenthood' - 'What's Goin' On Down There?' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 14th 2010 6:36AM
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(S01E07) "Would you boys like to come over for a play date?" - Yoga girl to Crosby

I love 'Parenthood.' Yes, there's a lot of people to keep track of, but it's all good. The show has some great players, but really, all I need is Peter Krause and Lauren Graham. And Dax Shepard and Jason Ritter. He reminds me of his dad, which makes me both happy and sad, but mostly happy.

The kids on this show are awesome, too -- Max Burkholder, Mae Whitman, Tyree Brown ... ok, since I'm filling in for Danny, I'll stop crushing on all the actors and get to the review. Follow me after the jump.

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'Parenthood' - 'The Big O' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 7th 2010 4:23AM
Peter Krause on 'Parenthood'
(S01E06) "Wow, Crosby, you're a dad." - Zeek, after hearing about Crosby's son for the first time


I'll admit it. 'Parenthood' has been a hard show to read. It tries very hard to connect the audience with the human drama of the American family, but at the same time, it expects you to understand and appreciate every problem they come across.

It drags you through their cornfield of sadness and expects you to come out feeling as happy and reserved as the characters do in the end. It makes me wish life actually worked this way. Then it just makes me angrier.

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'Parenthood' - 'The Situation' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 31st 2010 9:29AM
Tyree Brown as Jabbar and Dax Shepard as Crosby Braverman in 'Parenthood' - 'The Situation'(S01E05) It's really getting hard to watch 'Parenthood,' and not in a "Gee, this show is so painfully real that it makes me question the true nature of love and family devotion" kind of way.

It's quite the opposite.

The seams are really starting to show as the episodes try to stretch across an entire season. It now feels so unbelievable because of the lackluster characters and dialogue that I'm starting to feel just as bored as the people look on the screen.

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'Parenthood' - 'Wassup' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 24th 2010 1:30AM
parenthood_nbc_2010_lauren_graham(S01E04) If you are watching 'Parenthood' with the idea of learning anything about how to be a parent, you should consider finding another form of education. The Bravermans seem to be more about how not to parent or "how to get lucky and not screw up our children too much" school of learning. Every week is a lesson in how parents can really make a muddle of their parenting.

Adam and Kristina's attention this week shifted from Max to Haddie. Sarah's advice to Adam was so rigid -- practically lock up your daughter and don't let her out of the house. Considering Sarah's troubled relationship with Amber, why was Adam listening?

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Drew Gets a Libido Lesson on 'Parenthood' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 24th 2010 1:05AM
Parenthood, Drew gets a libido lesson from ZeekThey never actually said the word on 'Seinfeld,' but it was all out in the open on 'Parenthood' (Tue., 10PM ET on NBC). Well, sort of.

"Under no circumstances are you to talk to Drew about the ...," said Sarah, with her dad Zeek ending the sentence, " ... masturbation."

It's just awkward all the way around, especially when Zeek actually did talk to Drew about it, while Drew was in the shower. "When it comes to testosterone, the Braverman men are blessed with an abundance of riches," yelled Zeek through the shower curtain.

Thanks, grandpa, good to know. Now please leave.

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'Parenthood' - 'Man Vs. Possum' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 10th 2010 5:23AM
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(S01E02) "I can deal with anything: disease, illness, broken bone. Give me something I can fix, but I don't know how to deal with this. This is for life." - Adam to Kristina after learning that Max has Asperger's Syndrome

Ferris Bueller once said, "Life moves by pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

And while that bit of movie trivia is actually true (unlike say "Stupid is as stupid does" or "Pain don't hurt"), if actual life went at the speed that 'Parenthood' does, stopping to look at it would require some kind of anti-lock braking system.

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'Parenthood' - 'Pilot' Recap (Series Premiere)

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 3rd 2010 9:45AM
Peter_Krause_Parenthood_NBC(S01E01) There are moments in 'Parenthood' that are so uncomfortably realistic that you might think it's a re-telling of the PBS series 'The Loud Family.' Yes, it's that real in some ways, but is it entertaining and inviting? Would you want to keep up with the Bravermans week after week? That depends. The show offers promise, but it's a jell-o that's yet to be jelled.

It would be hard for any series to go wrong with Lauren Graham and Peter Krause and Craig T. Nelson top-lining the cast. They all acquit themselves well, although the characters are all under more pressure than a pressure cooking with a faulty lid. You just sense explosions around every corner. And that's the way it is with a lot of pilots, especially where there's so large a cast.

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Lauren Graham Gets Giddy Over Crafts on 'Ellen' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 3rd 2010 3:27AM
Ellen DeGeneres, Lauren GrahamWe always knew Lauren Graham did something interesting during her time off. "I started to get a little itchy, and when I get itchy, I turn to crafts!" she said giddily.

In particular, weird iPhone crafts where the 'Parenthood' star adds bizarre stuff to peoples' faces, like wacky hats and wigs and such. Ellen DeGeneres didn't seem the least bit amused about all this. And after this interview on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated), we're convinced that Graham spends most of her free time drinking.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Parenthood' Review: Growing Up Is Hard to Do

by Kelly Woo, posted Mar 2nd 2010 8:00AM
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There's nothing Hollywood loves more than remakes, but you'd think NBC would be a bit wary of tackling yet another one after the recent disasters that were 'Knight Rider' and 'Bionic Woman.' Instead, the once-proud Peacock network is placing a big bet on yet another TV version of the 1989 movie 'Parenthood.' (Who can forget the 1990 version that starred Leonardo DiCaprio? Apparently, we all can.) But will this updated retread hit the ratings jackpot?

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'Parenthood' preview just for TV Squad

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 1st 2010 4:03PM
After what has been a long time coming, NBC's new version of 'Parenthood' is finally premiering tomorrow night. And if the anticipation wasn't already high, TV Squad received an unexpected, very nice little invitation to tune in from Opie himself. Or Richie Cunningham if you prefer.

Yes, that's right, Ron Howard, the executive producer of 'Parenthood,' did a handful of shout-outs to the media and we were included. Aren't we special?

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NBC's Relentless 'Parenthood' Promos: So Many, So Not Good

by Gary Susman, posted Feb 23rd 2010 3:00PM
I really want to like 'Parenthood.' Especially since it seems I can't avoid it. NBC is promoting the new series, which premieres March 2, constantly during the Olympics. And unfortunately, those oft-repeated promos make the show look like grim death.

Watching these clips, you wouldn't even necessarily be able to tell what 'Parenthood's' premise is, unless you already knew that the show is an update of the 1989 Ron Howard movie. As it is, the promos just make the show look like it's about a parent who has trouble communicating with her kids, which makes it like, oh, every other family show in the history of television.

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Lauren Graham in 'Parenthood,' More Than Lorelai Gilmore 2.0?

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 8th 2010 3:04PM
lauren_graham_wb_gilmore_girlsMaybe it's just me, but in every promotion for NBC's upcoming family dramedy 'Parenthood,' the images of Lauren Graham has a 'Gilmore Girls' vibe. Will Lauren be able to convincingly play a new character, divorced mom Sarah Braverman, and erase the nostalgic shadow cast by her performance as single mother Lorelai Gilmore? Or are we to believe what the NBC ads are showing us -- that Sarah B. is really just Lorelai 2.0.

According to Joel, who saw the pilot, Sarah is no Lorelai. She's not chummy-chummy with her children. She's a lot tougher and more of a mom than a buddy. That would definitely be different from 'Gilmore Girls.' Lorelai and Rory's relationship was unique because they were really best friends... most of the time.

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Best TV of the '00s: Comedic Actress

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 2nd 2010 10:02AM
Julia Louis-DreyfusMore of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about the women who made us laugh the most during the decade.

Since Lucille Ball, television has been a bastion of funny ladies, and the '00s were no exception. Like Lucy, many of the women on this list played second fiddle to no one. And those that weren't the stars of their own shows managed to steal the scene anyway the moment they got in front of the camera.

The '00s will probably go down in television history as one of those decades where the sitcom sputtered and almost died -- again! But it's alive and well now, with an amazing turn-around in 2009. But, as this list proves, it was never truly in danger. Throughout the decade these women provided plenty of laughs in both the hour and half-hour formats, proving that as long as we want to laugh, there will be brilliant actresses around to crack us up.

Here's our list of the top funny ladies of the decade:

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NBC Announces 'Parenthood' Premiere Date

by Allyssa Lee, posted Dec 14th 2009 4:00PM
Here's a play date you won't want to miss: NBC has just announced the premiere date for its new midseason drama series 'Parenthood.'

The one-hour dramedy, from the creative dream team of writer/producer Jason Katims ('Friday Night Lights') and producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer ('Arrested Development') will debut in a post-'Chuck' slot on Monday, March 1 at 9PM (this is after both the 'Heroes' season finale on Feb. 8 and the Winter Olympics have aired).

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All Mike M. Wants for Festivus

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 11th 2009 10:02AM
fringe foxIn honor of the great Frank Costanza, and to ring in the holiday season, we're celebrating Festivus here at the Squad by sharing our personal TV wish lists. This year, I'm wishing for ...

  • An awesome end for Dollhouse. I know its cancellation was inevitable – the series was forever tanking in the ratings, and even Joss Whedon devotees were sometimes underwhelmed by it – but I really loved the experimental nature of the show. Dollhouse was a weird, funny and sometimes very dark playground where Whedon could try out new ideas and put new spins on old ones. I'm looking forward to watching the final episodes.

  • More sci-fi stuff on Stargate Universe. I love the slow burn character arcs, but would it kill the writers to shake things up a bit with a little action and some fantastic science fiction-based stories?

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