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Parenthood - (S02E02)

Comedy . Drama

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.

Episode Title: No Good Deed
Airs: 2010-09-21 at 10:00 pm
  • James Poniewozik

    Parenthood shows a funny, affecting, distinctive voice that you'll want to keep listening to.

    Time Full Review
  • Rick Porter

    Its first two episodes do give the show a very strong foundation on which to build.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Paige Wiser

    Parenthood strikes all the right notes, although it's not yet can't-miss television. It's sweet and funny and heartbreaking, and relatable to the point of cliche.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Tere's real promise in Parenthood. In time, we may all genuinely care whether Crosby and Sarah find themselves, or at least grow up.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    It does the near impossible for any extended-family drama: It manages to be poignant and funny without becoming ridiculously soapy and larded with cliches.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    While everyone is terrific, Tierney brought it to another level. Graham's Sarah is more frenetic than the low-key Tierney's version, but kudos to Graham for stepping in and making Sarah her own. Solid stuff all around.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Parenthood isn't better than "Modern Family," but it's different--it's its own creation, thanks to the deft touch and careful characterizations developed by executive producer Jason Katims and his writers.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Randee Dawn

    Parenthood, like the experience itself, is an evolving tale, and one worth watching.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    All those plot threads could be beneficial in sustaining the series on a serialized basis, but Parenthood's multifaceted vision of family risks feeling too precious in places.

    Variety Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    The Bravermans are more interesting than the sum of their plights. The actors sparkle, even in muted form, but the Berkeley they inhabit feels a lot like upscale Brentwood, minus the Lexus sports cars and nanny cams.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Though filled with far more tender and often tear-jerking moments than actual laughs, the first hour of Parenthood seems a solid and steady enough vehicle for such a brilliant cast.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Like the movie that inspired it, Parenthood isn’t an instant classic, but it’s smart and warm and knowing, and it casts its net so wide that at least part of it should connect with you.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    What it lacks thus far are the laugh-out-loud oments that made the movie such a joy....That's not to say Parenthood isn't worth a look. Graham, the adorable "Gilmore Girls" alum, rocks the heck out of every scene she's in.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Even when the show gets a bit melodramatic or overwrought, however, Parenthood's good intentions radiate throughout its many story lines. But do good intentions make for reliably compelling family drama? That depends on your tolerance for its frequent tonal shifts and occasional manic intervals.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    A decent but slightly pedestrian family drama that throws off a "Brothers & Sisters" vibe whenever its sibling characters are in the same room.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Aaron Barnhart

    This one starts out at a frenetic clip, and even A-list talent is helpless in the face of the formulaic banter that such occasions demand. Only when the show slows down--midway through, does Parenthood suggest that it may have something worth watching.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    It has a very good cast, and Katims has a great track record. But he doesn't seem to have quite figured this one out yet.

    Deseret News Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    I've only seen two episodes and while I'm not yet ready to move in with the Bravermans, I'm at least curious to see what they're doing next.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    The overstuffed pilot piles on a few too many weepy crises, many involving Adam’s young son (who may have Asperger’s syndrome), but the strong cast’s considerable charm breaks through.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Parenthood is liberally spiced with humor, and like all Ron Howard productions, it also has regular moments designed to make our hearts feel all toasty. But other parts aren't funny at all for the large Braverman family around which the show revolves.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Parenthood is a fairly promising ensemble dramedy that shows TV expanding beyond an emphasis on nuclear families to look at broader family systems reaching from ages 5 to 75.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    This adaptation of the hit 1989 movie is emotionally ample, as any decent family drama should be, but the premiere feels like a dowdier cousin of shows already out there.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Adam Keleman

    With such a talented writer on board, Parenthood deserves a few more episodes to iron out some of its more trite, movie-of-the-week storylines, allowing its multifaceted characters, and all their routine tribulations, to organically manifest as life consequently unravels.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Unfortunately, whenever the show wanders beyond Graham and Nelson to the generally bland characters around them, your mind may wander as well.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    It’s a series that zips along in one direction, suddenly accelerates in another and veers out of control into a swamp of sugar and schmaltz.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    On Parenthood, a top-notch cast of veteran actors struggles to wrestle a mountain of cliches into submission.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Packed with appealing actors (Peter Krause in the Martin role; Craig T. Nelson in Robards's paterfamilias role), this new Parenthood is boring, disorganized and weirdly missing the tender texture of its original source.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Watching this dismal intragenerational cluster of families is sort of like seeing a Roots for the cannibal gangs in The Road.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Daynah Burnett

    Even though Parenthood‘s parents are all making completely misguided choices, the series doesn’t consider these as a means to education, through which the adults might reach that kind of self-awareness. That lack of consideration is the series’ most unfortunate waste of a promising storyline, one that could have imbued this second version with something refreshing or even revelatory.

    PopMatters Full Review
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