Parenthood is an American television drama series developed by Jason Katims and produced by Imagine Television and Universal Television for NBC.
Universal Television is the television production subsidiary of the NBCUniversal Television Group and, by extension, the production arm of the NBC television network.
The National Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcast television network that is a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast.
The show tells of the Braverman clan, which comprises an older couple, their four children, and their families.
One of the grandchildren depicted has Asperger syndrome, which has gained attention throughout the press.
Asperger syndrome, also known as Asperger's, is a developmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.
Loosely based on the 1989 film of the same title, the series is the second adaptation of the film to air on television, preceded by the 1990–91 TV series, which also aired on NBC.
Following on the heels of the critically acclaimed TV series Friday Night Lights, Katims approached Ron Howard and Brian Grazer with the idea of creating an updated, modern adaptation of the 1989 film and bringing it to television.
Ronald William "Ron" Howard is an American actor and filmmaker.
The series was well received by television critics and earned several nominations and awards, including one Vision Award, a Critics' Choice Television Award, two Television Academy Honors awards, four Young Artist Awards, and three Entertainment Industries Council PRISM Awards.
The Young Artist Award is an accolade bestowed by the Young Artist Association, a non-profit organization founded in 1978 to honor excellence of youth performers, and to provide scholarships for young artists who may be physically and/or financially challenged.
Despite strong reviews, the series never gained a strong audience; the pilot received the highest audience figures, with ratings declining thereafter.
The series finale aired on January 29, 2015.