The Best Episodes of Parenthood (2010)

Last Updated: Nov 3, 2018

From writer/executive producer Jason Katims, this contemporary re-imagining of the blockbuster 1989 film depicts the colorful and imperfect Braverman family -- four grown siblings sharing the headaches, heartaches and joy of being parents. When Sarah Braverman, a financially strapped single mother, returns home to her parents and siblings in Berkeley, California after packing up her Fresno apartment and uprooting her two inconvenienced kids, Amber and Drew, she is greeted by her opinionated father, Zeek, and strong mother, Camille, who are privately dealing with their own marital issues. As Sarah is reunited with her siblings -- sister Julia and brothers Crosby and Adam -- all struggling with issues of their own, it's clear that the Braverman reunion is just what they need to face the everyday challenges of modern family life.

May God Bless and Keep You Always

#1 - May God Bless and Keep You Always

Season 6 - Episode 13

In the excitement of her big day, Sarah surrounds herself with the original Braverman clan. Meanwhile, Hank approaches Zeek for his blessing and asks Drew for a special favor. Amber adjusts to life as a new mom with a little help from her grandparents. Julia and Joel get a phone call that forces a life-changing decision. Max gets his first job, while Crosby and Adam reach an understanding about the Luncheonette. Kristina presents Adam with a new plan for the future of Chambers Academy, and for their family.

star 8.93
196 votes
Writers: Jason Katims
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There's Something I Need to Tell You...

#2 - There's Something I Need to Tell You...

Season 4 - Episode 5

Kristina shares her health news with the family; Joel is nervous as Victor plays in his first baseball game; Sarah is caught in a tender moment with Hank.

star 8.41
168 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: Jason Katims
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The Pontiac

#3 - The Pontiac

Season 5 - Episode 22

Haddie comes home for the summer, while Adam and Crosby reminisce about their childhood and also reenact some childish antics. Amber reunites with Ryan and struggles to let him go, meanwhile Sarah finally addresses Hank’s request. Victor conquers his fears and Julia and Joel are there to support him, while Zeek surprises him with a driving lesson. Drew realizes a mistake and goes after what he wants.

star 8.31
200 votes
Writers: Jason Katims
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My Brother's Wedding

#4 - My Brother's Wedding

Season 3 - Episode 18

The Bravermans come together to celebrate a momentous event while Julia and Joel strive to overcome the emotional rollercoaster adopting a child has put them through. Also, Crosby and Adam decide on the fate of The Luncheonette and Sarah makes a difficult decision about her future.

star 8.21
149 votes
Writers: Jason Katims
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Remember Me, I'm the One Who Loves You

#5 - Remember Me, I'm the One Who Loves You

Season 3 - Episode 17

The Bravermans come together to celebrate a momentous event while Julia and Joel strive to overcome the emotional rollercoaster adopting a child has put them through. Also, Crosby and Adam decide on the fate of The Luncheonette and Sarah makes a difficult decision about her future.

star 8.18
149 votes
Directors: Jason Katims
Writers: Kerry Ehrin
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We Made It Through the Night

#6 - We Made It Through the Night

Season 6 - Episode 12

Camille and Zeek make a decision concerning Zeek's health. Sarah makes a big decision and shares some good news with her dad. Adam and Crosby clash over differing business opinions, and Adam stands his ground, deepening the tension between the brothers. Amber rushes to the hospital with labor pains, and the Bravermans flock to her side.

star 8.14
162 votes
Directors: Jason Katims
Writers: Jason Katims
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Family Portrait

#7 - Family Portrait

Season 4 - Episode 1

As Haddie prepares to head off to college, the Bravermans gather for a family portrait; Joel and Julia worry about the behavior of their newly adopted son; Sarah tries to impress a photographer with her skills as an assistant.

star 8.11
170 votes
Writers: Jason Katims
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Just Like Home

#8 - Just Like Home

Season 5 - Episode 15

Julia's siblings offer support during a tough time; Jasmine and Crosby stay with Zeek and Camille; Drew turns to Amber for advice on girls.

star 8.09
188 votes
Writers: Ian Deitchman, Kristin Rusk Robinson
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Qualities and Difficulties

#9 - Qualities and Difficulties

Season 2 - Episode 18

Adam and Kristina find it difficult to talk to Max about his Asperger's Syndrome and come to Dr. Pelickan for guidance. Sarah revisits her relationship with Mark Cyr when she goes to him for help with her latest project. Elsewhere, Crosby attempts to mend his relationship with Jasmine, while Julia and Joel prepare to celebrate their eight-year anniversary.

star 8.07
154 votes
Writers: Bridget Carpenter
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What to My Wondering Eyes

#10 - What to My Wondering Eyes

Season 4 - Episode 11

Kristina and Adam are faced with a health scare; Jasmine and Crosby celebrate their first Christmas as a family; Sarah feels torn between Mark and Hank; Ryan and Amber have relationship problems.

star 8.06
156 votes
Writers: Jason Katims
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These Are the Times We Live In

#11 - These Are the Times We Live In

Season 6 - Episode 7

Amber hopes to prove herself as a future mother when she agrees to babysit Max and Nora, but the results are disastrous. Sarah comes to Amber's side for support. Joel and Julia make strides toward a final decision on their relationship. Hank has a heart-to-heart with Sandy, who is surprised and moved by how Hank has grown. Meanwhile, Drew is guilted into hanging out with Zeek, and an unexpected adventure draws Drew away from his studies.

star 8.05
199 votes
Writers: Sarah Watson
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I'll Be Right Here

#12 - I'll Be Right Here

Season 4 - Episode 6

Kristina is dismayed when she learns that Max is giving a speech on the same day as her surgery; Drew disagrees with Sarah's decision to move in with Mark; Ryan asks Amber out.

star 8.05
152 votes
Directors: Jessica Yu
Writers: Sarah Goldfinger
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Tough Love

#13 - Tough Love

Season 3 - Episode 16

Julia struggles to detach herself from getting too involved in Zoe's life, Kristina reacts to Amber and Bob Little's plans to go off on a weekend business trip together and Max tries to use his Asperger's as an excuse to get out of P.E. Meanwhile, Sarah and Mark's plan to have a baby elicits an unexpected reaction from Drew.

star 8.04
151 votes
Writers: Monica Henderson
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Hard Times Come Again No More

#14 - Hard Times Come Again No More

Season 2 - Episode 22

Sarah and the rest of the Braverman family worry about Amber's well-being after an accident. Meanwhile, Max 's behavior upsets Adam, and Julia unexpectedly plays a big role in a woman's labor and delivery. Also, Kristina helps with Haddie's transition into womanhood and Crosby tries to convince Jasmine to visit his new proprerty.

star 8.04
163 votes
Writers: Jason Katims
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Nora

#15 - Nora

Season 3 - Episode 5

Kristina goes to the hospital with unlikely company; Julia and Joel receive good news; Crosby is bothered by Jasmine's dates; Seth returns and could put a damper on Sarah's relationship with Mark; and Amber helps Max reconcile with Jabbar.

star 8.04
163 votes
Writers: Jason Katims
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I'm Still Here

#16 - I'm Still Here

Season 5 - Episode 21

Crosby finds himself in a tough housing situation and reaches out to Joel for help. Julia musters up the courage to talk with Sarah about her current situation. Kristina receives some devastating news and puts all her energy into fighting for the charter school, meanwhile Amber also hears of unsettling news and Hank steps up to the plate.

star 8.04
196 votes
Writers: Ian Deitchman, Kristin Rusk Robinson
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Together

#17 - Together

Season 4 - Episode 7

Adam and Kristina face difficulties as she deals with her continuing treatment; Sarah and Zeek worry about Amber and Ryan's relationship; Julia focuses on building a bond with Victor.

star 8.04
152 votes
Writers: Eric Guggenheim
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Because You're My Sister

#18 - Because You're My Sister

Season 4 - Episode 15

In the fourth season finale, Jasmine and Crosby plan an anniversary get away and receive exciting news. Kristina and Adam prepare for the next phase of her treatment. Drew learns the results of his college applications. Amber and Ryan discuss the future of their relationship. Joel and Julia plan an event for the entire Braverman family. Meanwhile, Sarah is forced to make a decision about her relationships with Mark and Hank.

star 8.03
173 votes
Writers: Jason Katims
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Left Field

#19 - Left Field

Season 4 - Episode 2

Jasmine and Crosby define the boundaries of their marriage; Sarah's new boss (Ray Romano) helps her understand Drew's feelings; Kristina receives potentially life-altering news.

star 8.00
161 votes
Writers: David Hudgins
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Happy Birthday, Zeek

#20 - Happy Birthday, Zeek

Season 6 - Episode 2

Kristina tries to meet the individual needs of her students, and the school's lunch vendor quits suddenly; Zeek must make a decision about his health; Sarah struggles with her feelings about Amber's news.

star 8.00
203 votes
Writers: Sarah Watson
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Fraud Alert

#21 - Fraud Alert

Season 5 - Episode 19

Joel and Sarah celebrate their accomplishments; Adam takes Max on an adventure to cheer him up after a field trip gone wrong; Amber surprises Sydney and Victor.

star 7.99
180 votes
Directors: Bethany Rooney
Writers: Jason Katims
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It Has to Be Now

#22 - It Has to Be Now

Season 5 - Episode 1

The new Braverman baby causes a stir; Kristina takes on another kind of fight; Joel and Julia face challenges; Hank returns; Amber's boyfriend returns home.

star 7.99
197 votes
Writers: Jason Katims
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Limbo

#23 - Limbo

Season 5 - Episode 17

Jasmine and Crosby butt heads over how to raise Aida; news about Joel troubles Julia; Kristina and Adam intervene when Max interrupts Sarah and Hank's work flow.

star 7.99
180 votes
Writers: Jessica Goldberg
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The M Word

#24 - The M Word

Season 5 - Episode 6

Joel and Julia try to keep everything together; Adam and Kristina ask the family for help as they focus on the campaign trail.

star 7.98
178 votes
Directors: James Ponsoldt
Writers: Julia Brownell
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The Offer

#25 - The Offer

Season 5 - Episode 18

Old feelings of abandonment resurface when Joel gets confused about where to pick up Victor; Sarah anxiously waits for a response on her final project; Amber encourages Drew to take his life back.

star 7.98
172 votes
Writers: Sarah Watson
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