|Directed by||Alan Myerson|
|Starring||David Arquette |
Ed Begley Jr.
Zachary La Voy
Max Elliott Slade
|Opening theme||"I Love to See You Smile" performed by Randy Newman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||12 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Ron Howard|
David Tyron King
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production companies||Imagine Television|
|Original release||August 20, 1990 –|
August 11, 1991
|Preceded by||Parenthood (1989 film)|
|Followed by||Parenthood (2010)|
Parenthood is an American sitcom television series based on the 1989 film of the same name. Executive produced by Ron Howard (who also directed the film), the series aired for one season on NBC from August 20, 1990 to August 11, 1991.
Parenthood was one of many failed movie-to-TV adaptations in the 1990–91 season, also including Baby Talk on ABC's TGIF (a follow up to Look Who's Talking), Ferris Bueller on NBC and Uncle Buck on CBS.
The series delivered seriocomic vignettes on rearing children, revolving around four generations of a middle-class California family, the Buckmans (the movie however, took place in St. Louis, Missouri). The Huffners of the film were renamed the Merricks on the TV series.
The pilot episode was considered by USA Today and the New York Post as the best movie-to-TV spinoff since M*A*S*H. However, ratings for the series were low and Parenthood was canceled after 12 episodes.
The series is notable for featuring a number of people who at the time were unheard of but later became famous. One of the writers on the show was Joss Whedon. The cast featured Leonardo DiCaprio, David Arquette, and Thora Birch (billed simply as "Thora" here).
Cast and characters
- David Arquette as Tod Hawks (portrayed by Keanu Reeves in the film)
- Jayne Atkinson as Karen Buckman (portrayed by Mary Steenburgen in the film)
- Ed Begley Jr. as Gil Buckman (portrayed by Steve Martin in the film)
- Thora Birch as Taylor Buckman (portrayed by Alisan Porter in the film)
- Maryedith Burrell as Helen Buckman (portrayed by Dianne Wiest in the film)
- Leonardo DiCaprio as Garry Buckman (portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix in the film)
- Mary Jackson as Great Grandma Greenwell (portrayed by Helen Shaw in the film)
- Zachary La Voy as Justin Buckman (reprising his role in the film)
- Sheila MacRae as Marilyn Buckman (portrayed by Eileen Ryan in the film)
- Bess Meyer as Julie Buckman Hawks (portrayed by Martha Plimpton in the film)
- Susan Norman as Susan Buckman Merrick (portrayed by Harley Jane Kozak in the film)
- Ken Ober as Nathan Merrick (portrayed by Rick Moranis in the film)
- Ivyann Schwan as Patty Merrick (reprising her role in the film)
- Max Elliott Slade as Kevin Buckman (portrayed by Jasen Fisher in the film)
- William Windom as Frank Buckman (portrayed by Jason Robards in the film)
*Max Elliott Slade, who portrayed Kevin Buckman on the TV series also portrayed a younger version of Steve Martin's character in the film.
This section needs a plot summary. (June 2017)
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"Pilot"||Allan Arkush||Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel||August 20, 1990||101|
|2||"My Dad Can Beat Up Your BMW"||Allan Arkush||David Tyron King||September 22, 1990||102|
|3||"The Plague"||Alan Myerson||Joss Whedon||September 29, 1990||103|
|4||"I Never Invested for My Father"||Betty Thomas||David Tyron King||October 6, 1990||104|
|5||"Love Stinks"||Allan Arkush||Russ Woody||October 13, 1990||105|
|6||"Cars & Cards"||Alan Myerson||Glen Merzer||October 20, 1990||106|
|7||"Hollow Halloween"||Allan Arkush||Jerry Lacy||October 27, 1990||107|
|8||"Small Surprises"||Matia Karrell||Joss Whedon||November 3, 1990||108|
|9||"Take My Parents, Please"||Allan Arkush||TBA||November 10, 1990||109|
|10||"Thanksgiving with a T that Rhymes with B that Stands for Basketball"||Betty Thomas||David Tyron King||November 17, 1990||110|
|11||"Gil vs. the Deck"||Matia Karrell||Allison M. Gibson||December 16, 1990||111|
|12||"Fun For Kids"||Allan Arkush||David Tyron King, Joss Whedon||August 11, 1991||112|
A new television adaptation of the movie premiered on NBC in March 2010 and ran until January, 2015. Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia played the parental roles, joined by Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Erika Christensen, Dax Shepard and Monica Potter.
- "Parenthood Takes To Air". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-11-07.
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- Collins, Monica. ""Parenthood," Fun for Kids of All Ages," USA Today, August 20, 1990.
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