Parenthood Season 4 Premiere (2012) “Family Portrait”

Parenthood Season 4 Premiere Family Portrait (4)

Parenthood “Family Portrait” Season 4 Episode 1 airs Tuesday, September 11 on NBC (10-11 p.m. ET).

Episode Synopsis: The Braverman family gathers for a family portrait before Haddie (Sarah Ramos) departs for college, while Kristina (Monica Potter), Adam (Peter Krause) and Max (Max Burkholder) have a hard time digesting the new change. Meanwhile, Julia (Erika Christensen) and Joel (Sam Jaeger) struggle to adjust to their newly adopted son’s behavior and worry about their family’s future. Newlyweds Jasmine (Joy Bryant) and Crosby (Dax Shepard) disagree on the spiritual beliefs they should teach Jabbar (Tyree Brown). Mark (Guest Star Jason Ritter) proves his commitment to Sarah (Lauren Graham) by altering a Braverman tradition, while she attempts to prove her worth as an assistant to photographer Hank Rizzoli (Guest Star Ray Romano). Also, Amber (Mae Whitman) navigates a new job at The Luncheonette. Craig T. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia, Miles Heizer, Savannah Paige Rae and Xolo Mariduena also star.

Show Summary: “Parenthood” is a one-hour drama inspired by the box-office hit of the same name. This re-imagined and updated Universal Television/Imagine Television production follows the trials and tribulations of the very large, very colorful and imperfect Braverman family.

Sarah Braverman (Lauren Graham, “Gilmore Girls”) is a financially strapped single mother trying to raise two teenaged kids, the bright but rebellious Amber (Mae Whitman, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”) and sullen and sensitive Drew (Miles Heizer, “ER”).

On the home front, Sarah and her kids live with Sarah’s larger-than-life, headstrong father, Zeek (Craig T. Nelson, “Family Stone,” “Coach”), and pillar-of-strength mother Camille, (Bonnie Bedelia, “Heart Like a Wheel”), who are continuously dealing with their own marital issues.

Meanwhile, Sarah’s sister and complete antithesis, Julia (Erika Christensen, “Traffic”) is a successful corporate attorney trying to juggle work and motherhood, alongside her loving, but increasingly restless stay-at-home husband, Joel (Sam Jaeger, “Eli Stone”.) Having encountered difficulties getting pregnant, Julia and Joel welcomed an adopted son, Victor (newcomer Xolo Mariduena) into their family.

Crosby (Dax Shepard, “Baby Mama”), Sarah’s younger brother who once struggled with commitment issues, is now married to former flame Jasmine (Joy Bryant, “Antwone Fisher”). Together, they are raising their young son, Jabbar (Tyree Brown).

However, it’s Adam (Peter Krause, “Six Feet Under”), the oldest Braverman sibling, who has had to relinquish his expectations about what constitutes a “normal” family as he and his quietly forceful wife Kristina (Monica Potter, “Trust Me”) struggle to cope with their eccentric son Max (Max Burkholder, “Brother & Sisters”), who has Asperger’s Syndrome, while raising a toddler as their eldest child heads off to college.

Although each sibling and family has its own share of life and everyday challenges to grapple with, they still manage to be there for each other in their hours of need.

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