Exclusive Parenthood First Look: Friday Night Lights' Matt Lauria Joins the Braverman Clan!

Matt Lauria makes his much-anticipated Parenthood debut next Tuesday (NBC, 10/9c), and we have your exclusive first look at the Friday Night Lights grad seamlessly finding his place among the Bravermans.

The following shots — from his second episode, airing Oct. 9 — seem to reveal that the close-knit clan wastes little time welcoming Lauria’s Ryan into the fold. As TVLine first reported, the actor joins the beloved drama’s Season 4 as a soldier formerly stationed in Afghanistan who strikes up an unlikely friendship with fellow war vet Zeek (Craig T. Nelson).

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Peruse our pics below of Lauria and Co. at Victor’s first baseball game, and then hit the comments with your snappy judgements!

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  1. mia says:

    Oh, I smell a romance with Amber coming.

  2. Lauren says:

    Yeahhh Amber get you some!

  3. rebecca says:

    yay!! i adored him on FNL.

  4. Xandra says:

    Too bad Gilded Lilys didn’t get picked up, I was looking forward to it.

  5. forwarddad says:

    So many new faces on this show.

  6. dryedmangoez says:

    Love Katims bringing on FNL alums onto Parenthood.

  7. ggny says:

    Is he playing a love interest for Amber?

  8. Christian says:

    Damn he’s bulked up since FNL. He looks even yummier, if that’s possible!

  9. YowzaPowza says:

    I’d prefer a love interested for Drew over Amber.

  10. YowzaPowza says:

    What does that have to do with anything?

    • Olivia says:

      It has to do with Parenthood, obviously….

      • YowzaPowza says:

        I was responding to Ari, who responded to my comment that I would rather see him as a love interest for Drew, than Amber. Her response was that girl Drew was seeing just broke his heart, and that she would like for Amber to date someone who looks “semi-normal,” which makes no sense in response to my comment. Because Drew having his heart broken by a girl and Amber dating someone who “looks normal” is irrelevant. Obviously…

  11. Mr. E says:

    Getting tired of story lines with Amber having an inappropriate or simply ill-advised work relationship/dalliance. how many times can they go to that well? If the intro of Matt’s character leads to something w/ Amber, at leat it’s a fresh take and could possibly last significantly longer.

  12. Robin says:

    Didn’t his character on FNL join the military? Rather fitting that he’s playing a veteran on here. I’d like him with Amber…but I’m not sure they’ll go that direction.

  13. I’ll always remember him as the gay assistant Roy from Lipstick Jungle :)

  14. Jen says:

    Didn’t watch FNL, I remember Matt from the short-lived (unfortunately) Chicago Code. Loved him on that. Nice to see him on Parenthood.

    • JessP says:

      I’m reserving judgement about whether or not he’d be good with Amber, but I do hope it’s not another inappropriate relationship. She still seems so young to me, and I’m only 28. @Jen: Who was he on Chicago Code?

  15. linda west says:

    he was great in FNL. Amber needs a solid relationship right now, hope its him (~:

  16. gg says:

    My snappy judgement – Sara is trying way to hard to be young. The hat and glasses are terrible!

    • Debba says:

      I agree with the comment about Sara wearing the hat & glasses. I really like Jason Ritter as an actor, but he’s too young for Sara’s character. I’m glad they added Ray Romano as a possible mature love interest for Sara.

  17. Julie Dawn says:

    I would love to see Amber with someone I enjoy looking at.

  18. sarah says:

    Amber needs a good realtionship for once! I also love that Jason Ritter is there too!

  19. Cakins says:

    wth is sara wearing? who wears that to a ball game? plus everyone else is wearing “summer looking” clothes and she’g got on a blazer…? Anyways, I really enjoy this show. Great cast!

  20. Criss Kramer says:

    I do not want to see Jason Ritter get hurt by the relationship btwn ‘Sara’ and Ray Romano.