Parenthood

The WORST episodes of Parenthood

Every episode of Parenthood ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Parenthood!

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.

Last Updated: 7/18/2022Network: NBC
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Road Trip
star
7.05
517 votes

#1 - Road Trip

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/3/2012

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.

Directors: Jessica Yu
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Solace
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7.14
635 votes

#2 - Solace

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 5/11/2010

Zeek makes his presence known while crashing with Adam and Kristina. Elsewhere, Camille focuses on her art instead of focusing on her husband. Trying to get her father out of debt, Julia enlists the help of her old college flame much to Joel's chagrin. Meanwhile, Amber feels guilty about betraying Haddie and Crosby thinks about settling down with Jasmine and Jabbar.

Directors: Ken Whittingham
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Mr. Honesty
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7.19
627 votes

#3 - Mr. Honesty

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/22/2011

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.

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A House Divided
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7.26
443 votes

#4 - A House Divided

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/1/2011

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.

Directors: Ken Whittingham
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Namaste No More
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7.27
644 votes

#5 - Namaste No More

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 5/4/2010

When Crosby and Jasmine's relationship heats up, they have to decide how to explain it to Jabbar. Elsewhere, Adam and Kristina are on the search for friends but find that the process is more difficult than they thought. Sarah learns about Zeek's financial problems. Meanwhile, Julia becomes the new coach of Sydney's soccer team and Haddie goes to Amber for advice when her boyfriend starts pressuring her into having sex.

Directors: Ken Whittingham
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Aaron Brownstein Must Be Stopped
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7.30
210 votes

#6 - Aaron Brownstein Must Be Stopped

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/13/2014

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.

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Just Smile
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7.31
571 votes

#7 - Just Smile

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/10/2012

Crosby is frustrated when Adam unexpectedly steals the spotlight for a local newspaper's piece on the Luncheonette. Meanwhile, Amber struggles in a new job and Sarah becomes overwhelmed with thoughts of having a baby. Also, Julia and Joel try to resist interfering in Zoe's personal life.

Directors: Michael Weaver
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Forced Family Fun
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7.31
485 votes

#8 - Forced Family Fun

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/1/2011

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.

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It Is What It Is
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7.38
649 votes

#9 - It Is What It Is

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/17/2012

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.

Directors: Michael Weaver
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Perchance to Dream
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7.40
669 votes

#10 - Perchance to Dream

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/27/2010

Kristina is excited by the opportunity to help an old acquaintance run for Lieutenant Governor in Sacramento, but doesn't feel hip enough among the young generation of campaign workers. Meanwhile, Jasmine and Crosby agree to go on an official date.

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Put Yourself Out There
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7.43
526 votes

#11 - Put Yourself Out There

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/16/2010

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.

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Damage Control
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7.43
519 votes

#12 - Damage Control

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/4/2011

Crosby has trouble teaching Jabbar to clean his room. Meanwhile, Zeke finds Drew drinking beer with guys from school. Adam and Kristina get to know Alex at dinner with Haddie and Max. Joel and Julia explain death to Sydney.

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Missing
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7.43
464 votes

#13 - Missing

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/29/2011

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.

Directors: Dylan K. Massin
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Rubber Band Ball
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7.43
593 votes

#14 - Rubber Band Ball

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/20/2010

The Braverman family is on high alert when Amber’s ex-boyfriend Damien arrives from Fresno. Zeek takes Adam on a road trip for investment advice and some father-son bonding. Meanwhile, Julia and Joel worry that Sydney might be suffering from Asperger’s and Crosby wants to help plan Jabbar’s birthday party.

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Man Versus Possum
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7.45
649 votes

#15 - Man Versus Possum

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/9/2010

Adam and Kristina try to cope with their son's Asperger's Syndrome. Sarah is job hunting with the help of Zeek that pushes her to dream big. Meanwhile, Crosby bonds with his son and Julia deals with a difficult mom from Sydney's school.

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No Good Deed
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7.48
463 votes

#16 - No Good Deed

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/21/2010

Adam and Sarah struggle to find balance between personal and professional life, while Julia deals with the delicate balance of social structure for six-year-olds. Crosby learns about the difficulties of being a father.

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The Booth Job
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7.48
447 votes

#17 - The Booth Job

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/12/2010

Kristina asks Adam to go with her to an Asperger's support group; Gordon (William Baldwin) makes an unexpected decision after Sarah's performance at the shoe booth exceeds expectations; Camille and Zeek take ballroom dancing classes.

Directors: Adam Davidson
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If This Boat is a Rockin'
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7.49
522 votes

#18 - If This Boat is a Rockin'

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/9/2010

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.

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The Deep End of the Pool
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7.49
652 votes

#19 - The Deep End of the Pool

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/16/2010

After Max gets kicked out of school, Adam and Kristina explore the best educational options for their son. Sarah hits a wall when she ends things with Jim and succumbs to car problems. Meanwhile, Crosby spends a fun-filled day with Jabbar and Julia realizes that she’s missing out on her daughter’s life.

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In-Between
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7.49
594 votes

#20 - In-Between

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/8/2011

Amber gets a taste of what her mother had to deal with when she decides to let Seth stay with her. Adam tries to get physical with Kristina while Crosby struggles to come to terms with the idea of another man in Jabbar's life. Drew and Amy decide to take a step forward in their relationship.

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Team Braverman
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7.51
641 votes

#21 - Team Braverman

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 5/18/2010

Sarah and Adam argue about their daughters’ behavior; Jasmine auditions for a New York dance company.

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I'm Cooler than You Think
star
7.53
533 votes

#22 - I'm Cooler than You Think

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/28/2010

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.

Directors: Michael Waxman
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The Situation
star
7.53
703 votes

#23 - The Situation

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/30/2010

Drew helps Adam connect with his son Max, when Max rejoins the baseball team. Sarah makes a new friend, Amber's English teacher, Mr. Cyr. Meanwhile, Crosby feels pressured to have a baby sooner than he thought and Julia tries to teach Sydney self-protection.

Directors: Michael Engler
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Hey, If You're Not Using That Baby...
star
7.54
553 votes

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

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/20/2011

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.

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A Potpourri of Freaks
star
7.54
214 votes

#25 - A Potpourri of Freaks

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/16/2014

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.

Directors: Peter Krause
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