(I did this with Heroes. Yikes! The one good season hardly justified what followed.)
But I got sucked into the idea of watching the first episode of Parenthood for the following reasons.
- If Ron Howard did Arrested Development, then I want to support his new work so it doesn't get canceled mid season with a 4 episode finale opposite the Winter Olympics (2006, so sad!).
- My wife and I don't mind inviting Lauren Graham into our living room. Gilmore grew on me, so I want to give her a chance.
- Every preview featured a different scene and many made me laugh.
Now, it's pretty clear that Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are not ashamed to borrower from the 1989 comedy, Parenthood they were involved in. In fact, the contrast between certain characters is pretty easy.
I know there was a 12 episode attempt to do a similar show in 1990 that flopped, but now is also noted for some of it's unfamous children stars, now famous...Thora Birch, David Arquette, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Well see how this mid-season start up for NBC does.
Here's my knee jerk thoughts after watching the pilot...
- Drama, Drama, Drama...and did you see the "next time on Parenthood" there's more drama, drama, drama.
- It's like an alternate reality Gilmore Girls, as if, what if Lauren Graham had bad kids and was poor
- Speaking of bad kids, Mae Whitman is totally impressing me. Forget Anne Veal from Arrested Development, this girl the other side of the coin. Nice work.
- I remember when I saw Erika Christensen in Traffic I thought she would go places...she really hasn't, but I was excited to see her in this role and hope this puts her on radar. Although after episode 1, her family was the least interesting.
- Max Burkholder as Max Braverman really did a great job in a role that will probably be discussed the most...a kid with high functioning autism
- Craig T Nelson makes me laugh...in a good way
- I think different people will connect to different characters based on their own parenting experiences and personal stresses, the question is can you handle all the stress of all the characters in a 60 minute episode.
- With the cellphone sequencing in the start of the episode it makes me wonder if Peter Krause's character (Adam Braverman) will continue to be the lead character or if this is a true ensemble?
We'll see if I keep this on my TV watching radar...I hope this is a success story. It certainly has the mixed bag potential to fizzle quick. Here's hoping for success for this multi layered ensemble.