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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 1, 2004
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Starring: Kimberly Brooks, Paget Brewster, Hank Azaria
  • Summary: Dr. Craig "Huff" Huffstodt (Hank Azaria) is a very successful psychiatrist who is thrown into turmoil after a 15 year old patient commits suicide in his office.

    Huff's family consists of his son Byrd (Anton Yelchin), brother Teddy (Andy Comeau), his antagonistic mother Izzy (Blythe
    Danner), who is critical and nosey, but means well, and his strong-willed wife Beth (Paget Brewster). Huff's best friend, Russell Tupper (Oliver Pratt), makes frequent appearances to provide a different perspective.

    This is the story of a psychiatrist who has spent his entire life helping others find peace and clarity while his own state of mind is in constant question. The suicide of his patient has now forced him to re-evaluate everything. We watch as a midlife crisis erupts into brief outbursts of delusion. The series is interspersed with fantasy sequences which expose Huff's take on his family and work as he struggles with his daily life.
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  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: M.S. Mason
    Jan 28, 2014
    100
    Hank Azaria is luminous, and with a knockout ensemble cast, Huff is sure to be a hit. [5 Nov 2004, p.16]
  2. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    Jan 28, 2014
    90
    The real accomplishment here is creator Bob Lowry's complex, thought-provoking insights into upper-middle-class highs and lows today. [5 Nov 2004, p.3]
  3. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jan 28, 2014
    75
    Oddly compelling even though it's not nearly as edgy and smart as it thinks it is. [5 Nov 2004, p.51]
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jan 28, 2014
    75
    This is a show with many virtues. Now, if Huff can just learn the virtue of restraint, Showtime may finally have the hit it has been working so hard to find.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 28, 2014
    60
    seven episodes in, I'm still not entirely sure what it's "about," in a big-picture sense. That Huff manages to stay interesting says something about its topnotch cast and occasional surprises, though at times the writing risks becoming too precious for its own good. All told, it's something less than the water-cooler show the network is seeking.
  6. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jan 28, 2014
    50
    For every talented performer or performance, there's one that doesn't quite work. For every scene that hits the right comedic or dramatic tone, there's another that tries too hard, tells too much or falls too flat.

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