The WORST Episodes of Parenthood (2010)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 29, 2019

Network: NBC

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.

Aaron Brownstein Must Be Stopped

#1 - Aaron Brownstein Must Be Stopped

Season 6 - Episode 8

After a heartbreaking discovery, Max wages a propaganda campaign against another Chambers Academy student. Kristina shields Max from punishment at school, but she can't save him from the pain of young love. Amidst financial troubles at the Luncheonette, Jasmine takes a job to support her family, and Crosby feels like a failure. Hank must put his foot down when Ruby abuses his trust. Amber suffers some pregnancy pains with Crosby by her side.

star 7.31
199 votes
Writers: Jessica Goldberg
Mr. Honesty

#2 - Mr. Honesty

Season 3 - Episode 10

An inappropriate moment at work disrupts Adam and Kristina’s marriage. Meanwhile, Crosby and Jasmine reconnect after clearing up Jabbar’s misunderstanding of their relationship. In an attempt to boost his college applications, Drew seeks out extracurricular activities and Amber is uncertain about her future. Also, a meeting with Zoe’s boyfriend may jeopardize Julia and Joel’s adoption plan.

star 7.40
140 votes
Writers: Monica Henderson
Take the Leap

#3 - Take the Leap

Season 2 - Episode 19

Kristina and Adam have a surprise meeting with the principal of Max's school; Jasmine and Crosby become nostalgic for their past; Julia and Joel receive upsetting news.

star 7.53
137 votes
Writers: David Hudgins
Trouble in Candyland

#4 - Trouble in Candyland

Season 4 - Episode 10

Mark becomes increasingly impatient as Sarah tries to help Hank reconnect with his family; Julia asks Kristina for advice when Victor gets frustrated with school; Adam and Crosby try to save the Luncheonette and record an album for Glen Hansard.

star 7.54
167 votes
Directors: Dylan K. Massin
Writers: Jesse Zwick
A Potpourri of Freaks

#5 - A Potpourri of Freaks

Season 6 - Episode 4

Max meets a new friend who means more to him than Kristina and Adam initially expect. After an awkward run-in with Sandy, Sarah tries to understand her place in Ruby's life, and conflict-averse Hank must test out his diplomacy skills. Julia and Joel fear that the uncertainty of their separation is harming their children. Crosby tries to avert crisis at the Lunchonette by chasing down Oliver, who has gone off-the-grid.

star 7.55
203 votes
Directors: Peter Krause
Writers: Ian Deitchman, Kristin Rusk Robinson
Forced Family Fun

#6 - Forced Family Fun

Season 3 - Episode 7

Kristina plans a family night but it doesn't go as she expected. Crosby fears Jasmine's date will replace him as Jabbar's dad. Julia steps in Zoe's life and Zeek continues to question Sarah's involvement with Seth.

star 7.57
139 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: Sarah Watson
I'm Cooler than You Think

#7 - I'm Cooler than You Think

Season 2 - Episode 3

Amber starts spending a lot of time with her new friend Kelsey which makes Sarah jealous. Sarah’s coworker, Mike, gives her advice on the situation. Elsewhere, Julia pushes Joel for another baby. Meanwhile, Adam struggles with his relationship with Max.

star 7.57
157 votes
Directors: Michael Waxman
Writers: Bridget Carpenter
Just Go Home

#8 - Just Go Home

Season 2 - Episode 15

Sarah and Adam discuss a situation with Haddie. Meanwhile, Haddie, Amber and Max run into Alex. Crosby and Jasmine meet with her reverend for pre-marital counseling. Elsewhere, Drew meets his father, Seth, for breakfast.

star 7.59
145 votes
Writers: Bridget Carpenter
Road Trip

#9 - Road Trip

Season 3 - Episode 12

Zeek decides to go on a road trip to visit his mother for her 86th birthday and the whole family tags along. However, the disaster bound trip doesn't prove as troublesome as the birthday girl.

star 7.61
138 votes
Directors: Jessica Yu
Writers: David Hudgins

#10 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

We are introduced to the very unique Braveman family. Single mom Sarah, and her two kids Amber and Drew, are moving back home with Sarah's parents Zeek and Camille. Julia, Sarah's sister and complete opposite is a successful attorney trying to do both, work and motherhood, alongside her stay-at-home husband, Joel. Sarah's younger brother, Crosby is a commitment-phobe who must accept adult responsabilities when his old flame Jasmine shows up with a kid. Meanwhile, the older sibling of the Bravemans, Adam, his wife Kristina and their teenage daughter Haddie learn that their little boy, Max has Asperger's Syndrome. Although each sibling has its own problems, this reunion may be the push they needed to help each other with the challenges that every family faces while raising children and starting over.

star 7.62
286 votes
Directors: Thomas Schlamme
Writers: Jason Katims
Hey, If You're Not Using That Baby...

#11 - Hey, If You're Not Using That Baby...

Season 3 - Episode 2

Max goes to public school, a move that worries Kristina; Sarah and Mark's relationship progresses while Haddie and Alex's takes a hit; the stress of adoption takes a toll on Julia; and Adam rethinks his career path.

star 7.64
150 votes
Writers: Kerry Ehrin
Slipping Away

#12 - Slipping Away

Season 2 - Episode 21

Amber quits her job and begins to fall down a dangerous and destructive path. Crosby works with Joel to mend his relationship with Jasmine. Meanwhile, Kristina and Adam overhear a disturbing phone call, which strains their relationship with Haddie. Elsewhere, Sarah makes progress with her stage play with the help of Zeek's, old friend Gilliam T. Blount.

star 7.64
148 votes
Writers: Kerry Ehrin
Step Right Up

#13 - Step Right Up

Season 3 - Episode 3

Amber enjoys her independence, while Sarah tries to maintain a connection to her daughter; Jasmine starts dating and wonders about her role in the family; Kristina frets over Crosby and Adam's new venture; Alex has good news; and Zeek counsels Drew on relationships.

star 7.64
143 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: David Hudgins
A House Divided

#14 - A House Divided

Season 2 - Episode 14

Kristina refuses to accept Haddie’s, relationship with Alex, causing her to move in with her grandparents. Sarah puts her foot down at work and demands a higher salary to pay for Amber’s tuition. Meanwhile, Max makes a camping trip with Zeek extremely difficult. Julia throws a bachelorette party for Jasmine welcoming her to the Braverman tribe, while Adam gets more than he bargained for during a meeting with Crosby, shocking the entire family.

star 7.66
151 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
Writers: Tyler Bensinger
It Is What It Is

#15 - It Is What It Is

Season 3 - Episode 14

Zeek gets shocking news from his doctor; Crosby advances on a new relationship; Amber's boss's actions confuse her; Adam and Kristina become concerned about the cost of college; Julia worries Zoe will want to keep her baby.

star 7.68
133 votes
Directors: Michael Weaver
Writers: Eric Guggenheim
Tales from the Luncheonette

#16 - Tales from the Luncheonette

Season 3 - Episode 6

Kristina takes on too much; Adam and Crosby try to impress Cee Lo Green with their new studio; Mark worries about Seth's role in Sarah's life; Zeek creates doubts for Julia and Joel; and Drew takes steps to advance things with Amy.

star 7.68
151 votes
Writers: Kerry Ehrin

#17 - Missing

Season 3 - Episode 11

Kristina and Adam discover harsh consequences come with two full-time jobs; Crosby and Jasmine confront their relationship issues and Sarah and Mark think about future plans.

star 7.69
143 votes
Directors: Dylan K. Massin
Writers: Sarah Watson

#18 - Politics

Season 3 - Episode 15

Mark invites Sarah to a friend's engagement party which stirs up a serious conversation about a baby in their future. Meanwhile, Amber receives a job promotion but questions her own qualifications, Adam and Crosby clash over business strategy for The Luncheonette and Zoe's behavior causes Julia and Joel to question their adoption agreement.

star 7.69
137 votes
Directors: Peter Krause
Writers: Sarah Watson
I Hear You, I See You

#19 - I Hear You, I See You

Season 2 - Episode 1

Kristina tries to teach Haddie how to drive while Adam tries to find a balance between his work and personal life. Joel and Julia must explain the birds and the bees to Sydney. Zeek works with Joel to fix a leaky roof in the guest house.

star 7.69
161 votes
Writers: Jason Katims
You Can't Always Get What You Want

#20 - You Can't Always Get What You Want

Season 4 - Episode 9

Julia struggles with her new role as a stay-at-home mom; a disruptive neighbor threatens the future of the Luncheonette; Mark and Sarah can't agree on relationship and parenting issues.

star 7.70
156 votes
Writers: Bridget Carpenter
Put Yourself Out There

#21 - Put Yourself Out There

Season 2 - Episode 9

Sarah convinces Amber to meet with an important colleague of Gordon's. Meanwhile, Kristina frantically attempts to obtain a birthday invite for troublesome Max. Camille takes a class with the man she once had an affair with, making Zeke jealous. Elsewhere, Crosby and Joel band together to direct Jabbar's school play. Haddie's relationship with an unexpected love interest deepens.

star 7.71
149 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: Bridget Carpenter
If This Boat is a Rockin'

#22 - If This Boat is a Rockin'

Season 2 - Episode 8

Adam confronts a man in defense of Max. Crosby and Jasmine delve into domestic discussions, beginning with the selling of Crosby's boat. Meanwhile, Sarah and Gordon spend an afternoon together, which carries on until sunrise the next morning, creating tension with Amber and Drew. Elsewhere, Haddie discovers intriguing information about Alex.

star 7.71
146 votes
Writers: Tyler Bensinger
Let's Be Mad Together

#23 - Let's Be Mad Together

Season 5 - Episode 5

Joel seeks boundaries with Peet; Adam and Crosby better their business by setting boundaries with the band; Julia and Camille discover they have something in common; Sarah talks to Ryan and Amber.

star 7.72
190 votes
Directors: Dylan K. Massin
Writers: Jessica Goldberg
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

#24 - One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Season 4 - Episode 14

Joel and Julia consider the long-term effects of adopting Victor; Jasmine and Crosby are frustrated when Renee oversteps her boundaries; Hank is concerned when Mark and Sarah have a talk about their relationship.

star 7.72
157 votes
Writers: Bridget Carpenter
The Scale of Affection Is Fluid

#25 - The Scale of Affection Is Fluid

Season 6 - Episode 5

Max gathers intel on his new friend in search of common ground. Though Kristina fears he'll get his heart broken, he is more determined than ever to pursue this new relationship -- especially after some botched advice from Adam. Amber makes an unexpected connection and finds herself smitten. Julia's new love interest shows up at the family BBQ and runs into Joel. Crosby lets loose with Zeek and Jasmine grows concerned about her husband.

star 7.72
205 votes
Directors: Bethany Rooney
Writers: Jesse Zwick