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Parenthood: Mixed Reviews, Cancel or Keep It?

ParenthoodAfter endless commercials during the Olympics and lots of print ads, NBC’s Parenthood has debuted. The show has experienced several bumps on its journey to primetime but now it’s finally here and NBC has high hopes for the series. Will it be a hit?

Parenthood revolves around the extended and very colorful Braverman family of Northern California. The large cast includes Lauren Graham, Peter Krause, Craig T. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia, Mae Whitman, Miles Heizer, Erika Christensen, Sam Jaeger, Dax Shepard, Joy Bryant, Monica Potter, Sarah Ramos, and Max Burkholder.

Last night’s premiere debuted to an average of 8.1 million viewers with a 3.1 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic. That put Parenthood in second place in total viewers (behind The Good Wife) but in first place in the demo. There was also very little erosion of the audience during the course of the episode.

While it’s positive that Parenthood won its timeslot in the demo, the numbers are surely not as good as NBC was hoping for, especially considering all of the promotion. Still, considering the state of the rest on NBC’s schedule, this should be considered a victory for the ailing peacock network.

As per usual, we’ll have to see how many viewers return week after week to know if Parenthood has a real chance at survival. For now, things look positive.

What do you think? Is Parenthood worth watching or are you changing the channel? Cancel or keep it?


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{ 280 comments… read them below or add one }

Deb September 25, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Keep the show……


Teresa Williams May 9, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Keep the show


Kathy Himenes September 26, 2014 at 3:40 am

Keep the show, its one of the best on tv so why take it off, make no sense at all! It’s about family, love, children, problems, life in gereral, nothing else like it on tv !!!!


Valerie April 9, 2014 at 4:51 pm

I love this show. It is one of a very few shows that isn’t about sex or violence. I’m sick of all the crap on TV and then a quality show comes on and the network wants to cancel it. Please don’t cancel!!!!


Hiedi April 7, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Keep it! This is one of the few feel good family shows on TV these days!


Pat January 17, 2014 at 1:44 am

I for one am getting tired of the show. I wish the writers would come up with some better story lines. The season started out promisingly enough with Christina’s mayoral campaign, but in subsequent weeks the show seems to have floundered and is not moving in any direction. The marital problems between Julia and Joel aren’t enough to sustain my interest and I wish Drew’s needy girlfriend would just go away. Didn’t we already go through this when Christina and Adam had similar troubles with their marriage? Maybe the writers are planning something, like writing some of the characters out, and I should be more patient and wait for the outcome. I have watched the show regularly since it first went on the air. I really like some of the characters on Parenthood and have mixed feelings about whether it should stay or go. I would rather see a show be cancelled while it is still decent than have it remain on the air and get boring. Maybe they need some new characters? I don’t like to criticize without offering some possible solutions. There certainly are enough people on the show to allow for some originality. I guess that’s a problem for shows that have been on the air for 5 years or more. Either the actors don’t want to stay after their original contracts are up, or they don’t want to go although their characters basically are just filler with no interesting story lines to keep viewers interested. Guess that’s why even good shows go off the air sooner or later.


Danielle August 5, 2013 at 5:19 am

They should keep this show I mean come one this is a good show and I’m 16. I love this show.


Rose March 17, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Parenthood is a genuine and worthwhile show. My whole family loves it! Including our 9 year old and 11 year old! RENEW it PLEASE PLEASE!


Marie McGlade February 1, 2013 at 10:26 am

Please renew. This is one of my favorite shows and it is very well written.


Sue May 26, 2012 at 9:32 am

What parent can’t relate to this show? Definitely parental/sibling therapy. Please keep it alive!


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rj gereau April 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm

PARENTHOOD is one of the absolute few that deserves a slot somewhere. True fans will find it and support it. Some shows, such as this one, should not be lost in the ratings game. Quality deserves a different standard. I truly hope others see this as well. Friday would be an ideal day for this great program to air and thrive. I’ll be sad if it’s cancelled already, I haven’t heard that yet, so let it be and bring it back.


Debbie April 23, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Call NBC tell them to RENEW!! 1.818.840.4444


Debbie April 23, 2012 at 10:09 pm

A MUST KEEP! We all love this show!! I find myself laughing one minute and crying the next…feeling annoyed and over joyed!!! I can relate to most of the challenges that they face and others I can understand the struggle of the decisions….WHY would this show be cancelled???? IT is SOOO good!! COme on NBC! Be smart! This one is worth keeping!


John March 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Please keep Parenthood on. It is heartwarming and teaches lessons.


John March 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Please keep! It is a heartwarming and heart rendering show.


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