Series 1 - Episode 1: Pilot

Episode 1: Pilot

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Camille (Bonnie Bedelia) and Zeek Braverman (Craig T Nelson) have four adult children. Their eldest son, Adam (Peter Krause), has a successful marriage and a family of his own. His brother, Crosby (Dax Shepard), meanwhile, is a 32-year-old commitment-phobe with a long-suffering girlfriend.

Second daughter Sarah (Lauren Graham) is a single mother who has two kids by an unreliable musician. Sarah’s circumstances are made all the more unbearable by the presence of her younger sister, Julia. Happily married, Julia works full-time as a corporate lawyer while her husband is a stay-at-home dad to their daughter. When Sarah loses her job as a barmaid, she is forced to return to the fold, moving her brood into her parents’ house. Catapulted back into small-town life, Sarah is frustrated by her loss of independence.

Sarah and her children receive a warm welcome from Camille and Zeek. However, Amber and Drew are none to happy about sharing a bedroom and constantly being under their grandparents’ noses. Sullen Drew is determined to find a way to move to Fresno to live with his deadbeat dad, while rebellious Amber sets about trying to corrupt Adam’s angelic daughter, Haddie. Much to Sarah’s chagrin, she succeeds spectacularly in doing so when the girls are seized by the police. “You made me mad and you embarrassed me and it’s going to be a long time before you earn my trust back,” Sarah tells Amber.

As well as dealing with the moods and whims of her teenage offspring, Sarah must also contend with Julia’s unwanted attempts to put her big sister’s life in order. After bumping into Sarah’s college boyfriend, Julia suggests the pair go on a date. Sarah reluctantly agrees, but when she comes face to face with her old flame, she is unimpressed. Not only has his physical appearance changed for the worse, he is working full-time in a cafe. Furious, Sarah storms off to berate her sister for such a disastrous set-up. “Is this who I am to you?” she seethes. “I know I’m not a big lawyer who walks around in the weekends in a Juicy pantsuit. Does that mean I have to go out with a fat, balding barista?”

Elsewhere, Adam encourages his son, Max, to play baseball, although the child seems afraid to join in. Zeek suggests that Adam could be a bit more disciplined with Max, but Adam refuses to take his dad’s advice. “I don’t want him to feel like everything in life is a war,” he says. When Max becomes involved in a classroom brawl, he is expelled from school. Later, an educational psychologist delivers some shocking news that will change the boy’s future and the family’s focus.

Meanwhile, Crosby digs in his heels when girlfriend Katie announces her intention to become pregnant via a sperm donor. “Every time the word commitment comes up, you wince,” she tells him. However, a meeting with an old flame sees Crosby’s life take a surprising turn.

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Comments (26)

  • Gezquester

    almost 2 years ago

    Gezquester

    EVERYONE! In case you haven't noticed or don't know, the season 2 starts again on 18 June @ 2PM on 5*!!!!

  • kip

    2 years ago

    kip

    when will you be obtaining the rights to air Season 1 on demand5 please?

  • bib1961

    almost 3 years ago

    bib1961

    Hi Demand_FIVE, Please, when WILL you be getting the rights to show Parenthood on Demand 5? I've managed to watch a couple of recent episodes but I'd really like to start from the beginning.

  • Jonny

    almost 3 years ago

    Jonny

    i hope that channel 4 or the BBC picks up Parenthood, coz there catch ups work!

  • ashley

    almost 3 years ago

    ashley

    Great(!) thanks for nothing -.-

  • Demand_FIVE

    almost 3 years ago

    Demand_FIVE

    Thanks for your feedback. Unfortunately we don’t have the rights to show Parenthood on Demand 5. Apologies for the inconvenience.

  • Kayjay

    3 years ago

    Kayjay

    I emailed chanel 5 over a week ago about it not being available and am still waiting for a reply. Very poor customer service.

  • Monica

    3 years ago

    Monica

    Demand 5 sucks! Hurry up and give your customers what was promised to them!

  • Saz

    3 years ago

    Saz

    The song in the opening credits is by bob dylan and is called forever young... i never knew this had started an i need to catch up!! come on demand 5!!

  • RachaelB

    3 years ago

    RachaelB

    Hello...Earth to Channel5...Is there anyone there????.....A simple reply would only be polite!

  • RachaelB

    3 years ago

    RachaelB

    Would be really good if someone at channel 5 could please respond to the question of why Parenthood is not available to watch and will it ever be? I'm really disappointed not to be able to watch it here!!

  • cr

    3 years ago

    cr

    it wont let me catch up :(

  • Kayjay

    3 years ago

    Kayjay

    Is nobody at channel 5 reading these comments? Why is this not available on demand 5?

  • Z

    3 years ago

    Z

    Please put this on demand 5, i have missed both of the episodes now and want to catch up before the third.

  • Monica

    3 years ago

    Monica

    is there any point in having Demand 5 if they dont even show the episodes!

  • caz

    3 years ago

    caz

    what's the song from the trailer? anyone know??

  • fatima

    3 years ago

    fatima

    when will this be on demand 5, please can someone answer this?

  • Monica

    3 years ago

    Monica

    When will this be avaliable on Demand 5? Can't wait to watch it!!

  • Maureen

    3 years ago

    Maureen

    Why is this episode not on demand 5 - I really want to see it before 14th April and episode 2!

  • Kym

    3 years ago

    Kym

    Whys this not on demand 5?

  • R

    3 years ago

    R

    Im so glad you are showing this here eventually! I got the DVDs fromt he US, and you cut bits out though, still at least its finally here!

  • Meghan

    3 years ago

    Meghan

    my new favourite channel! :D

  • Hannah

    3 years ago

    Hannah

    YES! Been waiting to for Lauren Graham to get back to the UK screen, it's a brilliant show! Role on Thursday night :D

  • Gina

    3 years ago

    Gina

    I'm so happy. Thanks5*, Im already in love with this show!

  • Jo

    3 years ago

    Jo

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU 5!!! FINALLY!!!

  • Mel

    3 years ago

    Mel

    Fantastic... its being shown in the UK at last, thanks 5.

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