• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 2005
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24
  1. Its supporting players steal the spotlight from the central character.
  2. "Out of Practice" relies on trite misunderstandings and crude dialogue, both go-to gags for uninspired sitcom scribes.
  3. 50
    If someone turns down the volume, ''Out of Practice" has the potential to become a likable, if conventional, sitcom.
  4. 75
    Practice is the kind of show that will probably appeal to those who like their comedy theatrical.
  5. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    10
    If you expect the worst, your expectations will probably be met.
  6. 38
    In the first few episodes, nothing's happening. No pulse. Doctor, what's wrong? [24 Oct 2005, p.41]
  7. 70
    "Practice" has the kind of easy flow that comes from veteran sitcom experts.
  8. 50
    These pros deserve better than bad jokes and swinging doors.
  9. Although there is nothing compelling... ["Out Of Practice" is a] professional job and not hard to watch.
  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. 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.
  13. 80
    Proves that a conventionally made sitcom can still produce laughter.
  14. 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
    70
    [It] already feels like it's been on air for three seasons... in a good way.
  20. 40
    Has a few funny lines.
  21. At least Henry Winkler didn't ditch Arrested Development for a show that totally blows. [7 Oct 2005, p.64]
  22. Reviewed by: Michael Abernethy
    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
8.8

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
    9
    This was a great show. I am waiting to see the new episodes
  2. serferd
    Nov 30, 2006
    10
    Best TV comedy in years.
  3. Danab
    Oct 25, 2006
    10
    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 »