Maura Tierney was originally cast as Sarah. Initially, NBC moved the show's slated fall release to mid-season, when Tierney was diagnosed to have breast cancer. But, due to her cancer treatment, she eventually had to leave the show and Lauren Graham replaced her.
Showrunner Jason Katims, who previously ran the show "Friday Night Lights", cast many "FNL" actors on "Parenthoods in recurring or guest roles, including Michael B. Jordan, Minka Kelly, Matt Lauria, Jeff Rosick, and Angela Rawna.
Andrew McMahon of Jack's Mannequin was asked to submit a possible theme song for the series. He ended up writing a song entitled "Casting Lines" but by the time he gave it to the producers they had already settled on using Bob Dylan's Forever Young. "Casting Lines" appears on Jack's Mannequin's third album "People and Things".
There is always someone wearing plaid in every scene, even if it's very subtle.
Maura Tierney was originally cast as Sarah, but after filming the pilot, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. NBC pushed back the series to 2010 with the hopes that she could be treated and resume filming but she chose to drop out instead. Helen Hunt was courted for the role but she declined. Lauren Graham was then offered the part and she accepted it.
In this episode, Amber (Mae Whitman) wears a banana costume to a Halloween party. This is a reference to Whitman's previous TV series, "Arrested Development," which prominently featured a recurring banana costume.
The title "Meet the New Boss" is an allusion to the song "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who - presumably leading into Adam entering the music business.
Max tells Alex that he (Max) knows that high school parties have alcohol because he watches the TV show "Friday Night Lights." Alex is played by Michael B. Jordan, who played the quarterback Vince Howard on "Friday Night Lights." Also, the two shows share a showrunner, Jason Katims.