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TV Episodes The Best Episodes of Parenthood  

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There are so many good episodes of Parenthood, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "May God Bless and Keep You Always" the best, or is "How Did We Get Here" your favorite episode of Parenthood? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Parenthood are, let's rank every Parenthood episode from best to worst.

Loosely based on the 1989 film of the same name, Parenthood aired on NBC from March 6, 2010 to January 29, 2015, concluding after six seasons. It was the second TV adaptation of the film, the first airing in 1990 (to 1991). Parenthood, which centered on the Braverman family and spanned three generations, starred Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Monica Potter, and Erika Christensen. In 2012, Ray Romano joined the Parenthood cast after expressing his admiration for the show. During its run, it was nominated for various awards, among them the Gracie Awards, Critics' Choice Television Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and People's Choice Awards.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Parenthood, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Parenthood episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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May God Bless and Keep You Alw... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 6 Episode 13: Parenthood Series Finale - in the excitement of her big day, Sarah (Lauren Graham) surrounds herself with the original Braverman clan.

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There's Something I Need T... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 4 Episode 5: Kristina shares heavy, emotional news with the family; Julia makes a life changing decision while Joel supports Victor in a new activity; Sarah experiences an awkward moment at work.

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What To My Wandering Eyes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 4 Episode 11: Christmas with the Bravermans brings the family closer together.

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The Pontiac is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 5 Episode 22: The Season Five Finale of Parenthood is a fresh start for the Braverman clan.

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We Made it Through the Night is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 6 Episode 12: As the series nears an end, emotions run high.

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How Did We Get Here? is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 6 Episode 10: Zeek's taken to the hospital and his family gather near him, anxiously awaiting news.

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Let's Go Home is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 6 Episode 11: A picture is worth a thousand words.

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Nora is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 3 Episode 5: Kristina and Julia receive unexpected surprises that will change their families' lives while Sarah's past troubles return. Jason Ritter and John Corbett guest star.

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Remember Me, I'm the One W... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 3 Episode 17: Julia and Joel prepare to welcome their new baby boy, Adam considers an appealing offer, and Jasmine and Crosby confront past feelings.

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Hard Times Come Again No More is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 2 Episode 22: Season finale --Amber is involved in an accident, Adam's career is altered and Sarah debuts her play-Richard Dreyfuss and Michael B. Jordan guest star.

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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 1 Episode 1: From Executive Producers Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Jason Katims, "Parenthood" introduces us to the very large, very colorful and imperfect Braverman family.

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Cold Feet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 5 Episode 20: Making a decision isn't quite as easy as it seems.

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Because You're My Sister is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 4 Episode 15: Jasmine and Crosby celebrate their anniversary and receive exciting news while Julia and Joel plan a family event.

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These are the Times We Live in is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 6 Episode 7: The truth hits hard.

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The Offer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 5 Episode 18: The Braverman's learn that communication is key.

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One More Weekend With You is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 4 Episode 8: A weekend full of activity unfolds for the Bravermans as party planning, road trips, and parenting dilemmas provide the family with some unexpected experiences.

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I'm Still Here is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 5 Episode 21: When tough times hit the Braverman's stick together.

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Promises is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 5 Episode 11: The Braverman's step out of thier comfort zone to make new friends and some enemies along the way.

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My Brother's Wedding is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 3 Episode 18: Season Finale - the Bravermans celebrate a union as Sarah faces a hard decision; Julia and Joel start their next chapter and Adam decides the fate of the luncheonette.

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Just Like At Home is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 5 Episode 15: Family always comes first for the Braverman's.

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Happy Thanksgiving is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 2 Episode 10: Adam discovers surprising news at work; Sarah's Thanksgiving dinner guest causes tension with Miles -- William Baldwin ("Dirty Sexy Money") Guest Stars.

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Amazing Andy and His Wonderful... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 2 Episode 16: Max has a birthday party, Seth and Drew bond, while Crosby and Jasmine's relationship takes a surprising turn -- John Corbett, Michael Emerson and Minka Kelly guest star.

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The Waiting Room is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 6 Episode 3: The Bravermans face an uncertain road.

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Everything Is Not Okay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 4 Episode 3: Kristina is torn apart after receiving emotional news while Zeek's behavior worries his children. Max struggles in a new environment.

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Do Not Sleep With Your Autisti... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 2 Episode 17: Crosby pays for his mistake, Adam and Kristina are faced with a huge problem, Seth disappoints again, Sydney makes a decision -- John Corbett, Minka Kelly, and Michael B. Jordan guest star.

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Tough Love is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 3 Episode 16: Drew discovers Sarah and Mark's plan to have a baby.

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New Plan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 2 Episode 20: Crosby makes a surprise purchase, Haddie attends her prom, Amber and Julia both receive disappointing news -- Michael B. Jordan guest stars.

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Together is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 4 Episode 7: Adam and Kristina face challenges as she recovers from surgery and prepares for the next phase of her treatment; Amber and Ryan's relationship develops causing concerns for Sarah and Zeek.

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Orange Alert is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 2 Episode 6: Trick or Treat! The Braverman family celebrates Halloween -- William Bladwin Guest Stars.

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The Talk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 4 Episode 4: Jasmine and Crosby explain an emotional lesson to Jabbar while Kristina learns to accept a new normal; Joel puts his faith in Victor while he tries out a new activity and Sarah begins to see sensitivities in her new boss.

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Qualities and Difficulties is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 2 Episode 18: Adam and Kristina make an effort to talk to Max, Crosby gets himself into more trouble and Sarah finds a new passion -- Jason Ritter and Tom Amandes guest star.

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The Scale of Affection is Flui... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 6 Episode 5: Romance has its complications.

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It Is What It Is is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 3 Episode 14: Zeek receives startling news from his doctor; Crosby finds a new relationship and Julia doubts Zoe's commitment.

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5 2
Lean In is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 6 Episode 9: Parenting is a bumpy ride.

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Vegas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 6 Episode 1: Sarah (Lauren Graham) steals Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) away on a birthday trip to Las Vegas, and what unfolds will set the Bravermans on a dramatic season-long course.

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Too Big to Fail is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 6 Episode 6: Family always comes first.

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Just Smile is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 3 Episode 13: Adam unexpectedly steals the spotlight from Crosby; Amber is thrown into a new job and Sarah's thoughts turn to a baby.

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Trouble in Candyland is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 4 Episode 10: Sarah deepens her involvement with Hank, further straining her relationship with Mark. Julia experiments with new techniques to alleviate Victor's frustration with school. Meanwhile, Amber helps Ryan secure a job working on Joel's construction crew. Glen Hansard ("Once"), Ray Romano ("Men of a Certain Age"), and Matt Lauria ("Friday Night Lights") guest star.

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Politics is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 3 Episode 15: Sarah and Mark contemplate having a baby, Amber struggles to accept a job promotion, Adam and Crosby look to grow their business and Julia and Joel continue to fear the worst about the adoption.

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Missing is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 3 Episode 11: Kristina and Adam discover harsh consequences come with two full-time jobs; Crosby and Jasmine confront their relationship issues and Sarah and mark think about future plans -- Jason Ritter guest stars.

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I'll Be Right Here is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 4 Episode 6: Kristina heads into surgery as the Bravermans lend their support.

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Sore Loser is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 3 Episode 9: Sydney learns a hard lesson on winning and losing; Adam experiences marriage doubts; Kristina tries to help Max fit in and Drew disobeys Sarah.

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Namaste No More is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 1 Episode 10: Sarah discovers her father's secrets while Julia shows her competitive side when she coaches her daughter's soccer team.

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I Hear You, I See You is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 2 Episode 1: Adam has his hands full with work and family needs, and Sarah struggles to find the right career path -- William Baldwin ("Dirty Sexy Money") and Minka Kelly ("Friday Night Lights") Guest Star.

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Team Braverman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 1 Episode 12: The Bravermans are at war over Haddie and Amber.

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Rubber Band Ball is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 1 Episode 8: Amber's ex is back in her life while Julia worries that Sydney has Asperger's.

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Seven Names is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 2 Episode 7: Adam faces a major dilemma at work, Jasmine and Crosby announce their future plans and Sarah deals with personal and professional issues. William Baldwin Guest Stars.

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Mr. Honesty is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 3 Episode 10: A moment at work threatens to divide Adam and Kristina, and Julia and Joel's planned adoption goes off course.

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Whassup is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 1 Episode 4: The Braverman parents are at a loss when Haddie has a secret boyfriend and Drew becomes a man.

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The Deep End of the Pool is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of Parenthood
Season 1 Episode 3: Adam and Kristina have their hands full when Max gets kicked out of school while Sarah struggles with her love life.