10 Worst Episodes of Parenthood

The trials and tribulations of the very large, colorful and imperfect Braverman family.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jan 08, 2023.

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Parenthood - S1E1

#10 - Pilot (Season 1 - Episode 1)

We are introduced to the very unique Braveman family. Single mom Sarah, and her two kids Amber and Drew, are moving back home with Sarah's parents Zeek and Camille. Julia, Sarah's sister and complete opposite is a successful attorney trying to do both, work and motherhood, alongside her stay-at-home husband, Joel. Sarah's younger brother, Crosby is a commitment-phobe who must accept adult responsabilities when his old flame Jasmine shows up with a kid. Meanwhile, the older sibling of the Bravemans, Adam, his wife Kristina and their teenage daughter Haddie learn that their little boy, Max has Asperger's Syndrome. Although each sibling has its own problems, this reunion may be the push they needed to help each other with the challenges that every family faces while raising children and starting over.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 296 votes.

Parenthood - S2E15

#9 - Just Go Home (Season 2 - Episode 15)


Sarah and Adam discuss a situation with Haddie. Meanwhile, Haddie, Amber and Max run into Alex. Crosby and Jasmine meet with her reverend for pre-marital counseling. Elsewhere, Drew meets his father, Seth, for breakfast.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 147 votes.

Parenthood - S3E12

#8 - Road Trip (Season 3 - Episode 12)

Zeek decides to go on a road trip to visit his mother for her 86th birthday and the whole family tags along. However, the disaster bound trip doesn't prove as troublesome as the birthday girl.

The episode was rated 7.62 from 141 votes.

Parenthood - S2E3

#7 - I'm Cooler than You Think (Season 2 - Episode 3)


Amber starts spending a lot of time with her new friend Kelsey which makes Sarah jealous. Sarah’s coworker, Mike, gives her advice on the situation. Elsewhere, Julia pushes Joel for another baby. Meanwhile, Adam struggles with his relationship with Max.

The episode was rated 7.59 from 158 votes.

Parenthood - S3E7

#6 - Forced Family Fun (Season 3 - Episode 7)

Kristina plans a family night but it doesn't go as she expected. Crosby fears Jasmine's date will replace him as Jabbar's dad. Julia steps in Zoe's life and Zeek continues to question Sarah's involvement with Seth.

The episode was rated 7.59 from 140 votes.

Parenthood - S2E19

#5 - Take the Leap (Season 2 - Episode 19)


Kristina and Adam have a surprise meeting with the principal of Max's school; Jasmine and Crosby become nostalgic for their past; Julia and Joel receive upsetting news.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 139 votes.

Parenthood - S6E4

#4 - A Potpourri of Freaks (Season 6 - Episode 4)

Max meets a new friend who means more to him than Kristina and Adam initially expect. After an awkward run-in with Sandy, Sarah tries to understand her place in Ruby's life, and conflict-averse Hank must test out his diplomacy skills. Julia and Joel fear that the uncertainty of their separation is harming their children. Crosby tries to avert crisis at the Lunchonette by chasing down Oliver, who has gone off-the-grid.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 205 votes.

Parenthood - S4E10

#3 - Trouble in Candyland (Season 4 - Episode 10)


Mark becomes increasingly impatient as Sarah tries to help Hank reconnect with his family; Julia asks Kristina for advice when Victor gets frustrated with school; Adam and Crosby try to save the Luncheonette and record an album for Glen Hansard.

The episode was rated 7.55 from 169 votes.

Parenthood - S3E10

#2 - Mr. Honesty (Season 3 - Episode 10)

An inappropriate moment at work disrupts Adam and Kristina’s marriage. Meanwhile, Crosby and Jasmine reconnect after clearing up Jabbar’s misunderstanding of their relationship. In an attempt to boost his college applications, Drew seeks out extracurricular activities and Amber is uncertain about her future. Also, a meeting with Zoe’s boyfriend may jeopardize Julia and Joel’s adoption plan.

The episode was rated 7.42 from 142 votes.

Parenthood - S6E8

#1 - Aaron Brownstein Must Be Stopped (Season 6 - Episode 8)


After a heartbreaking discovery, Max wages a propaganda campaign against another Chambers Academy student. Kristina shields Max from punishment at school, but she can't save him from the pain of young love. Amidst financial troubles at the Luncheonette, Jasmine takes a job to support her family, and Crosby feels like a failure. Hank must put his foot down when Ruby abuses his trust. Amber suffers some pregnancy pains with Crosby by her side.

The episode was rated 7.31 from 200 votes.

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