As Victor’s adoption deadline draws near, Julia and Joel contemplate the long term effects of this decision. Renee oversteps her boundaries and intrudes on Crosby and Jasmine. Upon advice offered by Zeek and Amber, Ryan seeks to make amends with Joel. Meanwhile, Mark and Sarah discuss their relationship, concerning Hank. Kristina (Monica Potter) supports Max with a unique campaign.
Previously on Parenthood Season 4 Episode 13 "Small Victories", Drew and Amy receive news that will forever change their relationship, leading Mark to express his concerns to Sarah. Adam and Kristina are presented with new parenting dilemmas as they help Max navigate through life as a teenager. Crosby is growing increasingly impatient with his mother-in-law Renee causing conflict with Jasmine. Victor is confrontational towards Julia and Joel causing them to question their parenting abilities.
On this week's episode title "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back", As Victor’s adoption deadline draws near, Julia and Joel contemplate the long term effects of this decision. Renee oversteps her boundaries and intrudes on Crosby and Jasmine. Upon advice offered by Zeek and Amber, Ryan seeks to make amends with Joel. Meanwhile, Mark and Sarah discuss their relationship, concerning Hank. Kristina (Monica Potter) supports Max with a unique campaign.
Parenthood is a one-hour drama inspired by the box office hit of the same name. This re-imagined and updated Universal Media Studios/Imagine Television production follows the trials and tribulations of the very large, very colorful and imperfect Braverman family.
Sarah Braverman (Lauren Graham, "Gilmore Girls") is a financially strapped single mother trying to raise two teenaged kids, the bright but rebellious Amber (Mae Whitman, "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World"), and sullen and sensitive Drew (Miles Heizer, "ER").
On the home front, Sarah and her kids live with Sarah's larger-than-life, headstrong father, Zeek (Craig T. Nelson, "Family Stone," "Coach"), and pillar-of-strength mother Camille (Bonnie Bedelia, "Heart Like a Wheel"), who are dealing with their own marital issues.
Meanwhile, Sarah's sister and complete antithesis, Julia (Erika Christensen, "Traffic") is a successful corporate attorney trying to juggle work and motherhood, alongside her loving but increasingly restless stay-at-home husband, Joel (Sam Jaeger, "Eli Stone").
Commitment-phobe Crosby (Dax Shepard, "Baby Mama"), Sarah's younger brother, is helping raise a five-year-old son he had out of wedlock with former flame Jasmine (Joy Bryant "Antwone Fisher").
However, it's Adam (Peter Krause, "Six Feet Under"), the oldest Braverman sibling, who has had to relinquish his expectations about what constitutes a "normal" family, as he, his quietly forceful wife Kristina (Monica Potter, "Trust Me") and independent-minded teenage daughter Haddie (Sarah Ramos, "American Dreams"), struggle to cope with their eccentric son and Haddie's little brother Max (Max Burkholder, "Brother and Sisters"), who has Asperger's Syndrome.
Although each sibling and family has its own share of everyday challenges to grapple with, they still manage to be there for each other in their hours of need.
Serving as executive producers are Oscar winners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer ("A Beautiful Mind," "Frost/Nixon"); Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights"), who wrote the pilot episode; and David Nevins ("Friday Night Lights," "Arrested Development").
It's loosely based on the 1989 film, Parenthood, with Ron Howard and Brian Frazer. They previously tried to make it into series when it first came out. The show has a lot going for it like casting veteran actors and actresses like Lauren Graham who I saw in Guys and Dolls. She plays the unemployed, divorced daughter Sara who returns home with her two teenage children Amber and Drew. Amber's played by Mae Whitman who was great in "Thief." Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia play the parents and grandparents. They once played husband and wife in a television movie almost 30 years ago. The rest of the cast isn't familiar to me but they're doing a good job. They've changed the family's location from the Midwest to Berkeley, California. I like the Asperger's storyline where the ideal parents must accept and learn to cope with their son, Max, who wears a pirate costume and has unusual habits. The scene where Max's parents must come to terms with his Asperger's Syndrome was memorable. The comedy and drama are mixed together and it's a bit more realistic. I would hope this show does well in it's Tuesday night line-up.