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'The Parent Test' Premieres on ABC with Families Led by LGBTQ Parents

'The Parent Test' Premieres on ABC with Families Led by LGBTQ Parents

Dennis Williams, a single Gay dad, appears with son Elan on ABC's The Parent Test
Courtesy of ABC/Hulu, The Parent Test

Gay Dad, Dennis Williams, ABC's The Parent Test

Premieres on ABC December 15 at 10PM and Hulu for streaming

The Parent Test: Which Way Is the Right Way? (Premieres: ABC, Thursday 12/15, 10PM)

“Which Way is the Right Way?” – Twelve families, including two families with parents identifying as LGBTQ+, are put under the microscope in the ultimate parenting stress test. The series premiere episode of “The Parent Test,” will air THURSDAY, DEC. 15 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG). You can also watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the following day of each episode premiering.

From hot-button topics and emotional challenges to shared learnings, the search to find today’s most effective parenting styles begins. In the special premiere episode, families take on the 'High Dive Challenge' and the 'Yes Day Challenge.' Hosted by Ali Wentworth and parenting expert Dr. Adolph Brown, these families may have conflicting opinions on how to raise their families, but they all share the common goal of raising happy, healthy children.

The Parent Test - Official Trailer -

Disney's ABC is committed to inclusion and representation in casting. Executive producer/showrunner, Charles Wachter said this in an email statement to in response to why diversity was important for those appearing on The Parent Test: "In casting the series, we were truly looking for a diversity of parenting styles—that represented every type of parent and every type of parent experience. In doing that, and in casting that wide net, it led naturally to seeing every type of representation as well, which was critical. Parenting turned out to be the perfect safe space for exploring differing lifestyles and experiences with warmth and compassion. They were all bound equally by the love of their children."

Longtime executive at Warner Bros. Discovery and single gay parent from New York City and The Parent Test participant, Dennis Williams, said this about his experience in an interview: "The producers impressed me first as they were approaching me and my son, Elan, as parent/child first and foremost. They share my values that inclusion means all parents are equal and this was not a 'checking a box' exercise. They recognize parents come from all communities."

Williams joined a wide variety of 11 other families from across the country including another family headed by two LGBTQ identifying parents. Williams continued, "In the workplace, I have always been supported by my company Warner Bros. Discovery as a gay single parent. In going in front of the camera for 'The Parent Test' and as soon as we shared experiences with a diversity of other thoughtful and compassionate parents, you realize we all simply love our children regardless of our identities."

The series premiere episode of “The Parent Test,” will air THURSDAY, DEC. 15 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG).. New episodes continue on THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2023 (9PM EST), on ABC (TV-PG). You can watch episodes the day after broadcast on Hulu.

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