Brie Larson’s First Major Role Was As Bob Saget’s Daughter In A Series That’s Impossible To See

By Douglas Helm | Updated

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From left to right: Kat Dennings, Bob Saget, and Brie Larson

Brie Larson may be a superstar now, but she started out in Hollywood as a young child actor. One of her first big roles was in the 2001 sitcom Raising Dad, where she starred alongside Kat Dennings and Bob Saget at just 12 years old. Unfortunately, the short-lived sitcom is nowhere to be found on any streaming services.

Brie Larson‘s first major role was in the sitcom Raising Dad, which unfortunately isn’t currently streaming anywhere.

Raising Dad followed a widower named Matt (Bob Saget) raising his two daughters, Sarah (Kat Dennings) and Emily (Brie Larson). He tries to juggle his fatherly duties while also trying to avoid cramping his daughter Sarah’s style since he teaches English at her high school. The series was created by Jonathan Katz (Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist) and also stars Jerry Adler, Meagan Good, Andy Kindler, and Ben Indra.

The series received mixed, but relatively warm, reviews and didn’t last longer than one season. Despite its sitcom pedigree, with Full House star Saget starring as an amiable single father again, it never quite caught on like his most famous sitcom. While Kat Dennings and Brie Larson gave charming performances as the two kids, they would obviously both go on to do much bigger and better things.

In fact, both Kat Dennings and Brie Larson would eventually make their way to the MCU. While Dennings got there first, Larson’s role was undoubtedly much bigger.

From left to right: Kat Dennings, Bob Saget, and Brie Larson

Kat Dennings first popped up in the early MCU in Thor as Darcy, and would later reprise the role in Thor: The Dark World, WandaVision, What If…?, and Thor: Love and Thunder. Larson, of course, would make her MCU debut in 2019 when she first played Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel.

Though Brie Larson’s sitcom career never really took off, she did take quite a few supporting roles in various films in the subsequent years after Raising Dad. She would get critical acclaim for the short film Short Term 12 in 2013 and quickly breakthrough into the mainstream with her Oscar-winning performance in The Room two years after.

Despite its sitcom pedigree, with Full House star Saget starring as an amiable single father again, it never quite caught on like his most famous sitcom.

Her action blockbuster career would begin in earnest with 2017’s Kong: Skull Island before she eventually reached superstar status in the aforementioned Captain Marvel.

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Brie Larson in Kong: Skull Island

Now Brie Larson is a bonafide action star, with her most recent appearance being in this summer’s Fast X, where she made her debut appearance in the franchise. With the mainline Fast & Furious franchise coming to an end soon, it looks like Larson’s character may continue to be a part of the action.

Alongside Larson, the most recent film also starred Jason Momoa, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriquez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron, Jordana Brewster, Jason Statham, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Cena, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren Scott Eastwood, Alan Ritchson, Luis Da Silva Jr, Leo Abelo Perry, and Daniela Melchior.

Brie Larson’s Future Work

We’ll also finally be seeing Brie Larson return to the MCU later this year with The Marvels, which will be the first Captain Marvel-led film since her 2019 debut.

The Marvels will see Carol Danvers joined by Iman Vellani‘s Kamala Khan and Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau as they suddenly start switching places anytime they use their powers, forcing them to join together to save the universe. The film will also star Samuel L. Jackson, Zawe Ashton, and Park Seo-joon and is expected to release on November 10.

While it’s certainly not a sitcom, we will be seeing Brie Larson return to the world of television later this year with her anticipated Apple TV+ series Lessons in Chemistry, which is based on the best-selling novel by Bonnie Garmus. Lessons in Chemistry sees Larson portray a woman in the 1950s with dreams of being a chemist finding herself pregnant and alone after being fired from her lab.

Larson, who also executive produces the series, is joined by a supporting cast that includes Lewis Pullman, Aja Naomi King, Stephanie Koenig, Patrick Walker, Thomas Mann, Kevin Sussman, and Beau Bridges.

We won’t have much longer to wait to see Brie Larson in the anticipated Lessons in Chemistry, as the show is set to premiere on Apple TV+ on October 13. If you want to check out Larson’s first big TV role in Raising Dad while you wait, you’ll have to look elsewhere than the streaming services. We’ll keep you updated on Larson’s upcoming projects, like the Scott Pilgrim anime, in the meantime.