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Sam Jaeger as Joel Graham

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Sam Jaeger portrays Joel Graham, Julia's husband on Parenthood

Sam Jaeger stars as Joel Graham on NBC's Parenthood.

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Joel Graham (Sam Jaeger) is a stay-at-home dad. He is married to a corporate attorney, and they have a five year old together.

Joel Graham's Family

Parenting Challenge

Joel is always at home with Sydney. She wants him to do things for her more than her mother because, "Daddy does it better." This leads his wife Julia to feel like Joel is their daughter's favorite parent. He's caught in the middle of making both his wife and daughter happy.

Memorable Quotes from Joel Graham

"Hey, you're a hot mom!"

"That's my father-in-law, ladies and gentlemen. I'm actually not kidding."

"Who here is ready to pay $300 for VIP parking at Sycamore Charter?"

"Oh geez, I'm sorry. I forgot the cardinal rule. Only a Braverman can criticize another Braverman."

Episodes Featuring Joel Graham

Episode 1: Pilot
Daughter Sydney has made it clear that she prefers Daddy over Mommy. This makes working mom Julia feel like her daughter doesn't appreciate the sacrifices she's making for her family. Full Episode Recap

Episode 2: Man Vs. Possum
Joel has a new friend: stay-at-home mom Racquel. The two spend a lot of time together planning a school fundraiser. Her quirky, outgoing, overbearing personality quickly annoys Joel's wife Julia and the two hash it out at the fundraiser. Full Episode Recap

Episode 3: The Deep End of the Pool
Joel and Sydney attend swimming classes together. When Julia shows up to watch, she thinks her daughter should be doing more than just blowing bubbles in the water. Julia decides to teach her daughter how to swim, but this creates a scene in front of the other parents when Sydney can't do it. Joel's mad, Sydney's upset and Julia feels awful. Full Episode Recap

Episode 4: Whassup
Joel and Julia need a date night. But they have reservations about hiring Julia's niece Amber as the babysitter. They reluctantly agree but their date night is interrupted when Julia is called away for an emergency. Full Episode Recap

Episode 5: The Situation
When Julia complains she's not adventurous, Joel shows up at her work and makes her go swimming at the close community pool. Full Episode Recap

Episode 6: The Big "O"
Julia confronts Joel about Racquel's touchy-feely style. He admits she tried to kiss him once. Full Episode Recap

Episode 7: What's Goin' On Down There?
Joel's wife Julia begins to question her career path after niece Haddie spends a day with her at the law firm. Full Episode Recap

Episode 8: Rubber Band Ball
Julia and Joel start to wonder if Sydney has Asperger's syndrome like her cousin Max. They're relieved when she's found to be a gifted child instead. Full Episode Recap

Episode 9: Perchance to Dream
Julia teaches Sydney a lesson about lying. Full Episode Recap

Episode 10: Namaste No More
Joel's wife Julia is taking on a new role: soccer coach. Full Episode Recap

Episode 11: Solace
Joel isn't too happy when Julia asks her old college boyfriend to help her dad with his money problems. Full Episode Recap

Episode 12: Team Braverman
Joel signs Julia up for the Angel Committee at Sydney's school. Full Episode Recap

Episode 13: Lost and Found
Julia tries to help Zeek get out of his financial situation, but he won't listen. Full Episode Recap

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