Out of Practice : Season 1

  • Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24

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Critic Reviews

  1. "Out of Practice" relies on trite misunderstandings and crude dialogue, both go-to gags for uninspired sitcom scribes.
  2. Its supporting players steal the spotlight from the central character.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    If you expect the worst, your expectations will probably be met.
  4. 50
    If someone turns down the volume, ''Out of Practice" has the potential to become a likable, if conventional, sitcom.
  5. 75
    Practice is the kind of show that will probably appeal to those who like their comedy theatrical.
  6. 70
    "Practice" has the kind of easy flow that comes from veteran sitcom experts.
  7. Although there is nothing compelling... ["Out Of Practice" is a] professional job and not hard to watch.
  8. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    In the first few episodes, nothing's happening. No pulse. Doctor, what's wrong? [24 Oct 2005, p.41]
  9. 50
    These pros deserve better than bad jokes and swinging doors.
  10. 10
    A purported sitcom, it draws no laughs... but does manage the impressive achievement of making Stockard Channing and Henry Winkler, playing Gorham's parents, thoroughly unlikable.
  11. 60
    Boasts the strongest cast of any new sitcom.
  12. 80
    Proves that a conventionally made sitcom can still produce laughter.
  13. Tonight's episode employs the same he's-talking-about-one-thing, she's-talking-about-another, and neither-one-knows-it farcical convention that was frequently featured in Frasier, and goes back at least to Moliere. These pros bring it off with panache.
  14. The Hollywood Reporter
    Reviewed by: Barry Garron
    With its superb cast, impeccable direction and mostly sharp writing, "Out of Practice" demonstrates simultaneously how polished and professional a sitcom can be and why TV comedy, with a few notable exceptions, is in such a funk.
  15. 75
    "Out of Practice" is that increasingly rare old-fashioned sitcom that delivers decent laughs.
  16. It isn't as funny as it should be.
  17. 25
    "Out of Practice" lives in a comedy vacuum: All its laughs are trapped inside and can't get out.
  18. 80
    In Keenan and Lloyd’s world of dizzy, barb-tossing sophisticates, this group is confident and well-armed: Channing’s patented ladies-who-lunch tartness, Winkler’s nervous defensiveness, Burrell’s blasé arrogance, Marshall’s droll delivery and Gorham’s frustrated sensitivity all mix like a well-shaken cocktail, even if it’s the kind that gets tossed in somebody’s face.
  19. Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    [It] already feels like it's been on air for three seasons... in a good way.
  20. 40
    Has a few funny lines.
  21. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Whitney Pastorek
    At least Henry Winkler didn't ditch Arrested Development for a show that totally blows. [7 Oct 2005, p.64]
  22. 40
    Had Keenan and Lloyd devoted more time to providing their characters with depth and less to flinging insults, viewers might have developed empathy for them and better understood why they feel such aggression toward one another.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 35
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 35
  3. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. VivekA
    Mar 15, 2007
    This was a great show. I am waiting to see the new episodes
  2. serferd
    Nov 30, 2006
    Best TV comedy in years.
  3. Danab
    Oct 25, 2006
    I loved the show, It was so funny. I was looking forward to seeing it come back. Now that its not on anymore I'm disappointed. Please I loved the show, It was so funny. I was looking forward to seeing it come back. Now that its not on anymore I'm disappointed. Please bring it back. Full Review »