TV Shows - Parenthood (1990)
Parenthood was a short-lived television show based on the 1989 Ron Howard directed film of the same name. The film was adapted into a television show in 1990 for NBC. The series delivered seriocomic vignettes on rearing children, revolving around four generations of a middle-class California (the movie however, took place in St. Louis, Missouri) family, the Buckmans. The Huffners of the film were renamed the Merricks on the TV series.
Although the television version of Parenthood was quickly cancelled, it is notable for featuring an unusual number of people who at the time were unheard of but later became famous. One of the writers on the show was Joss Whedon. The cast featured child actors Leonardo DiCaprio, David Arquette, and Thora Birch (billed simply as "Thora" here). The pilot was considered by USA Today and New York Post as the best movies-to-tv spinoff since M*A*S*H.
Due to the large cast, it was once considered to be a twice-weekly series but eventually only a half-hour series spun off the one-hour pilot. The series was one of many movie-to-TV adaptations in the fall of 1990 which included Working Girl, Baby Talk (a follow up to Look Who's Talking), Ferris Bueller and Uncle Buck.
The show was featured on the now-defunct cable network Trio in 2005 as part of their "Brilliant But Canceled" series of shows that were canceled before their time.
Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parenthood_%28TV_series%29
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