Ever notice how the TV show Parenthood is actually just a more middle class version of the cancelled (but awesome) TV show Dirty Sexy Money? Let’s compare shall we? And while we are at it, we can compare the character’s styles as well…

Dirty Sexy Money

The Darling family look to sensible, reliable family man Nick George (played by Peter Krause) to solve all of their problems. He has his own problems but then shrugs his shoulders and/or rolls his eyes and then dives in to their drama and straightens their lives out. The demands on his time and his emotional reserves by this family are a source of stress on his own marriage and his relationships with his children.

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Parenthood

The Braveman family look to sensible, reliable family man Adam Braverman (played by Peter Krause) to solve all of their problems. He has his own problems but then shrugs his shoulders and/or rolls his eyes and then dives in to their drama and straightens their lives out. The demands on his time and his emotional reserves by his extended family are a source of stress on his own marriage and his relationships with his children.

(Yes, I know that the TV show Parenthood is supposed to be based on the popular movie starring Steve Martin and Keanu Reeves. Other than having a star-studded cast, the two productions don’t strike me as similar. In fact, I’ve seen the movie a few times but did not even make the connection at first. The character names have been revised from the 80′s Karen, Frank, and Larry Buckman to more contemporary names like Sarah, Crosby, and Max Braverman.Ron Howard directed the movie and he is Executive Producer for 2 episodes of the TV series so far.)

The Characters

You can spot many parallels between the characters in both shows, from the Alpha and treacherous Patriarch, strong yet somewhat spaced out Matriarch, irresponsible (but growing) brother, the list goes on – just look at the two cast photos above and compare (they are like mirror reflections of each other).

In the meantime, here at Celebrity Icing we will just look at a few characters (and their style).

The Flaky Sister

Natalie Zea in Dirty Sexy Money

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Lauren Graham in Parenthood

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The Ambitious Career Woman

Lucy Liu in Dirty Sexy Money

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Erika Christensen in Parenthood

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Other similarities

William Baldwin

William Baldwin appears in both shows. In Dirty Sexy Money, Baldwin plays Senator Patrick Darling IV. In Parenthood, he plays Adam Braverman’s boss Gordon Flint.