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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 26, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 25
  2. Negative: 7 out of 25
  1. Private Practice at first glance looks like it's about to die. But by the end of its premiere tonight it has miraculously come back to life, apparently without even the aid of a tall, handsome, mysterious script doctor.
  2. 63
    Still, for all the show's flaws, here's the good news: Practice is far better than the dismal Grey's episode that introduced it.
  3. I was disappointed by the opening episode, which left me with the distinct impression that Taye Diggs (playing a newly divorced doctor in the practice) and Tim Daly (Walsh’s first love interest on the show, but I’m sure not the last) were simply working off their ABC contracts that began on other, now-canceled shows. The portrayals of alternative medicine were unfortunate and too much forced zaniness.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    The pleasure to be extracted from Private Practice--well, not so much pleasure as cringey curiosity--resides entirely in trying to figure out what's really going on inside the actors' heads as they skip through this latest Adults Are the New Spoiled Brats fantasy from "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes.
  5. Private Practice manages to turn the viewer off in an entirely different way from the moment it starts.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    This lightweight medical drama still needs serious script surgery.
  7. 20
    Private Practice is just plain McLousy, from its stock cast of whiny healers down to the hokey, gimmicky medical cases of the week.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 45
  2. Negative: 13 out of 45
  1. SeanO.
    Sep 26, 2007
    Move over Grey's. At least PP has a main female character that everyone likes. Best new show of the year so far.
  2. ZachH.
    Sep 26, 2007
    Pure genius!
  3. MaryP.
    Feb 15, 2009
    Give Private Practice a chance !! It's a great show !! New Characters and relationships, internesting medical cases, Addison that we all love, ect. Expand
  4. Nov 4, 2011
    I think that some of the negative reviews did not watch the whole first season. Actually I love the characters. Then I agree with those who didn't like the pilot, I taught it was cheap and the actors not good enough, but, after watching the whole first season, I liked it.. A lot. Expand
  5. JulieL.
    Sep 27, 2007
    I had great hopes for PP and I have to admit that i was a little bit disappointed (too much for one episode....) But just give them a chance.
  6. KevinL.
    Sep 26, 2007
    A huge disappointment. The large following of Grey's Anatomy might want to skip this spin-off. The writing is weak and Kate Walsh and her supporting cast doesn't seem to mend with the script and the lame writing. This more "hip and modern" medical drama doesn't seem to have the intensity or any sort of factor to hold the viewers in because the premise of this show lacks all aspects of a good drama. My advice, is stick to Grey's Expand
  7. caladoniak.
    Sep 26, 2007

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