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March 03 2010

Parenthood: the old vs. the new. An article that discusses the old version of Parenthood (for which Joss was a staff writer) and, most interestingly, includes a video of his episode.

I've never seen any of Joss's Parenthood stuff, so I thought people might enjoy this little look into the past.

Hah! I never knew there was a "Parenthood" show before the new one, and I certainly never knew Joss was a part of it. I just watched the movie about a week ago for the first time since I was about nine. I kind of loved it. This show, though fine, did lose some of the sparkle of the movie, at least going by this episode alone. Ed Begley, Jr. is no Steve Martin, and where was Rick Moranis' family? Although, I will say that Leo did a good job with Leaf Phoenix's character, and David Arquette as Keanu Reeves is inspired. And I love that Thora Birch was just Thora back then. Awesome. Thanks for the post.
That would explain things. Recently put on a BtVS Season 1 DVD and in the "Special Features" section, there's a bio of JW and it said he was writing on NBC's "Parenthood". I thought it predicting the future!
I actually really like the writing in that episode. The jokes are really funny in a Gilmore Girl-esque kind of way. The actors did pretty much manage to ruin the comedy. If I were to envision Lauren Graham and Scott Patterson playing the parts of the mother and father, this would probably be a moment of TV genius. I think it takes a Joss to let that kind of writing shimmer through average acting.
The only thing I know about Parenthood was that I watched it for the few minutes (barely) of Tom Hulce. Wasn't really a fan of the large amount of the movie that I saw.

I think I had actually heard of Joss writing the old show somewhere. And I had heard of the new version that they were making. Kind of not interested.

My interest kind of started and ended with Tom's brief appearance (though pretty 'meh' on content). Though I did like bits of Steve Martin's and Martha Plimpton's performances (it's always fun seeing Martha Plimpton and Rick Moranis--talk about nearly dead careers--ditto with Hulce, for that matter--he'll always be Wolfi and Pinto). Mostly the kiddie party scene for Martin. Moranis' nerd-making of his kid was epically cute.

[ edited by NileQT87 on 2010-03-04 00:34 ]
You knew that Raccoon was going to get it, but I'm a little surprised at Joss...it should have been more abrupt and out of the blue. Too much build-up and pre-splat reaction from the parents took the surprise and fun out of it! :)
I thought that was pretty damn great. The jokes were funny and I liked the characters. It was a little bit schmaltzy but not that bad

I'm surprised because I saw one of Joss's Roseanne episodes and thought it was awful. Maybe he just had better material to work with here (and his Roseanne script might have been rewritten - Joss has said that happened a lot)
You knew that Raccoon was going to get it, but I'm a little surprised at Joss...it should have been more abrupt and out of the blue. Too much build-up and pre-splat reaction from the parents took the surprise and fun out of it! :)

In fact, he should have made it like The Body. Existential despair and a raccoon
Not my kind of show (never heard of the old one) but I may check out just for the divine, under appreciated Peter Krause. As long as there's no laugh track.

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