Starring Lauren Graham, Parenthood was an engrossing TV drama that ran for six seasons. While it was beloved, not some plotlines were superfluous.
With so many characters and emotional plotlines happening in every single episode, it’s only natural that Parenthood wouldn’t hit all the right notes all the time. Fans saw the Bravermans deal with pretty much every imaginable problem over six seasons, and by the time that the final episode aired, it felt like they all really deserved some happiness — and maybe a nice beach vacation.
There are always going to storylines that viewers would love more of and there will also be episodes that feature strange character choices or storylines that don’t ring true to the show. Here are Parenthood’s worst offenders.
Crosby Wants To Keep Living On His Boat, Causing Tension With Jasmine
Dax Shepard does an incredible job playing Crosby Braverman, and his tension with Jasmine (Joy Bryant) lasts for much of the show. It doesn’t make any sense for Crosby and Jasmine to have some conflict in their relationship because he wants to keep living on his boat and she doesn’t want that. Right away, he should have realized that it was time to grow up.
Sarah Sleeps With A High School Flame
At the beginning of the series, Sarah Braverman (Lauren Graham) is a Parenthood character who isn’t super fleshed out yet. Later on, she becomes a funny and strong person, but at first, she’s a bit all over the place.
When Sarah sleeps with someone she dated in high school, it’s awkward to watch as she’s still living at her parents’ house and doesn’t have an actual place of her own to bring a date. This storyline just proves that she’s too immature, and it’s not a good look.
Adam Is Upset About Haddie Going To Prom
In season 2, Adam (Peter Krause) is upset about his teenage daughter Haddie (Sarah Ramos) going to prom, which seems a little too intense. Sure, Adam cares deeply about his family and he can be a little overprotective, but this was just really strange to watch. Prom is a big deal on many TV shows, but this plotline hit a weird note.
Camille And Zeek Have Marital Issues
Another unnecessary storyline on Parenthood is at the end of the first season when Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) becomes jealous of the art teacher whom Camille (Bonnie Bedelia) has gotten close to and they start having trouble in their marriage.
No one wanted to see the heads of the Braverman family fighting or growing apart, and it felt terrible to watch. It would have been more interesting if they had dealt with another problem, like wanting to sell the house and move somewhere else.
Adam Tells Sarah She Can Be An Intern At His Office
In the second season, Adam tells Sarah that she can be an intern at his office, and it felt like a very lame storyline.
Yes, Sarah was having trouble finding work, but she should have been trying to find something more meaningful and permanent. She was raising two teenagers, after all. It didn’t seem like Adam had to help her in this way, either, since she needed to start taking more responsibility for herself.
Amber Struggles To Leave Ryan
Amber (Mae Whitman) and Ryan (Matt Lauria) have a pretty terrible love story. The family isn’t sure about him from the start and by the fifth season finale “The Pontiac,” it’s clear that Amber is struggling to leave Ryan behind.
Fans know that they shouldn’t stay together, so it was frustrating to watch her hanging onto him when there was really nothing there anymore.
Kristina Has Cancer
Kristina (Monica Potter) is the sweetest wife and mother, but it was devastating for fans to watch her get a cancer diagnosis in the fourth season — and not in a “this show is so good and emotional” kind of devastating.
Instead, the storyline seemed like it was trying too hard to get viewers to feel something. It would have been better if the illness had been something other than cancer, or if Kristina had struggled with something else altogether.
Julia Cheats On Joel With Ed
Julia (Erika Christensen) and Joel (Sam Jaeger) are the focus of many scenes that make viewers cry. In the fifth season of Parenthood, the couple breaks up because Julia became too close to Ed (David Denman), and they even kissed.
This is a totally unnecessary storyline as Joel and Julia already had too many issues in their marriage to count. They didn’t really need anything to break them up as if they had stopped and looked at their relationship, they would have realized that they needed to talk to each other properly. Also, the storyline felt a little corny and overdone.
Adam And Rachel Kiss At Work
There’s another terrible and unnecessary kiss on Parenthood: when Adam’s employee Rachel (Alexandra Daddario) kisses him. It doesn’t make any sense for this storyline to take place because Adam and Kristina are one of the greatest couples on the show, and fans definitely weren’t interested in seeing them go through something like this.
Julia Can’t Adopt Zoe’s Baby After All
Joel and Julia have a tough relationship and it doesn’t get any better when Julia tries to adopt Zoe’s (Rosa Salazar) baby in the third season. Zoe ends up keeping the baby, which is really tough to watch, which was the obvious outcome from the moment that her character was introduced, making this an unnecessary storyline.
It was clear that on a drama like Parenthood where a lot of bad things happen to good people, this wouldn’t wrap up so easily. It’s also strange that Julia would want to raise the baby of a young girl who runs the coffee cart at her office. It just seemed too close for comfort.
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