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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 26, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
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  • Summary: No more dancing in a towel for Addison as the show's creator promises the show will be more serious.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. It's hard to imagine reinventing the concept of the doctor show. But in a way, that's what Private Practice sets out to do in its new-look second season Wednesday--and it doesn't do a bad job.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    Rhimes (who co-wrote the premiere with Marti Noxon) weaves the dense web of life-or-death medicine and romantic whimsy well enough, and the program is so slickly written and performed it's easy to overlook the familiar patterns that are emerging; still, it would behoove both the characters and show to take a deep breath and find the key players some kind of extracurricular hobby--even if that just means lusting after strangers, perhaps, instead of co-workers.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    50
    Creator Shonda Rhimes promised deeper, sharper medical stories this season to tether this show to the ground, and tonight Private Practice delivers those - even if the so-called "moral gray" area of each feels contrived.
  4. 40
    Though it’s better, Private Practice is not good enough.
  5. 37
    Practice is still terrible, and I'm still not ready to give up.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    33
    The combined writing talents of creator Shonda Rhimes and Buffy the Vampire Slayer mainstay Marti Noxon cannot resuscitate the ailing subplots now infecting the Oceanside Wellness medical practice.
  7. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    25
    After nine tepid episodes (and a subpar season of Grey's) last year, there's less reason than ever to care about the dramedies and quirky cases of sexy doctors at a ritzy "wellness center," and the return episode trudges along like a 44-min. chore.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6