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Private Practice is a spin-off of the television series, Grey's Anatomy. The series ran for 6 seasons from September 2007 to January 2013. The show was broadcast on ABC, the same network that broadcasts Grey's Anatomy.

Main PlotlineEdit

The series focuses on Dr. Addison Montgomery, who relocates from Seattle to Los Angeles, needing a big change in her life. In Los Angeles, Addison joins the private practice of her friends Naomi, a fertility specialist and endocrinologist, and Sam Bennett, an internist and cardiothoracic surgeon.

At the practice, Addison also gets to work together with psychiatrist Violet Turner, pediatrician Cooper Freedman, alternative medicine and infectious diseases specialist Pete Wilder, and receptionist and trainee midwife Dell Parker. All staff members of the practice have privileges at the local St. Ambrose Hospital, where Charlotte King is Chief of Staff.

While in Los Angeles, Addison continues to help pregnant women while looking for love and a child of her own.

ProductionEdit

Created by Shonda Rhimes, the series chronicles the life of Dr. Addison Montgomery as she leaves Seattle Grace Hospital for Los Angeles in order to join a private practice.

Rhimes also serves as executive producer alongside Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Mark Tinker and Marti Noxon; the latter serving as showrunner for the first season only in lieu of Rhimes' duties on Grey's Anatomy. The backdoor pilot which aired on May 3, 2007 was directed by Michael Grossman. Produced by ABC Studios, The Mark Gordon Company and ShondaLand Productions, the series was officially greenlit and given a thirteen-episode order on May 11, 2007. It aired on Wednesday nights on 9:00PM Eastern/8:00PM Central. Due to the Writers Guild of America strike, the show only completed a production of 9 from the 13 ordered episodes for its first season. On October 18, 2007, ABC ordered a full season for the show, completing a total of 22 episodes for its first season. The show premiered on September 26, 2007 on ABC, airing between Dancing with the Stars and Dirty Sexy Money.

Private Practice was shown in encores on Thursday nights at 10:00PM Eastern/9:00PM Central following Grey's Anatomy due to the hiatus/cancellation of Big Shots.

On February 11, 2008, ABC picked up Private Practice for the 2008-09 television season.

Cast and CharactersEdit

A list that contains all characters can be found here.

Current Main CastEdit

Former Main CastEdit

EpisodesEdit

Notes and TriviaEdit

  • Merrin Dungey played the role of Dr. Naomi Bennett in the backdoor pilot but was replaced by Audra McDonald in June 2007.
  • Unlike Grey's Anatomy, none of the seasons of Private Practice has had a two-hour premiere or a two-hour finale. However, unlike Grey's Anatomy, the third and fifth season have had two-hour mid-season finales: The Parent Trap and Blowups served as the third season's mid-season finale, while Who We Are and The Breaking Point served as the fifth season's mid-season finale. These two two-hour events are Private Practice's only two-hour episodes, whereas Grey's Anatomy has had many more.
  • On her youtube page, Kate Walsh made vlogs answering questions from fans about the show.
  • It is sometimes called PPP which stands for Private Practice Program.
  • There is no season of the show where all the main characters appear in all episodes.
  • According to Caterina Scorsone and Betsy Beers, the show's set was one of the best and most relaxed sets ever, with everyone always happy and cuddling and massaging each other.

DVD ReleasesEdit

Season ReleaseEdit

Season OneEdit

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The "Private Practice: The Complete First Season – Extended Edition" boxset was released in region 1 on September 16, 2008 by Buena Vista Home Entertainment. On March 16, 2009 and December 3, 2008, the DVD was released in regions 2 and 4 respectively. The run time of the DVD is 394 minutes.

Set Details

The boxset contains the 9 episodes of the season, with two extended. The DVD box contains 3 discs. Other set details are:

  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Subtitles: English, French, and Spanish
Special Features

Additional to the episodes, the season 1 DVD set also contains a couple of special features:

  • Kate Walsh - Practice Makes Perfect: Spend some quality time with Kate Walsh and get a taste of her life beyond the confines of the Private Practice Set.
  • Alternative Ensemble: Behind the Scenes of Private Practice
  • Two Extended Episodes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Audio Commentaries

Season TwoEdit

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The "Private Practice: The Complete Second Season" boxset was released in region 1 on September 15, 2009 by ABC Studios. On March 1, 2010 and November 2, 2009, the DVD was released in regions 2 and 4 respectively. The run time of the DVD is 946 minutes.

Set Details

The boxset contains the 22 episodes of the season, with two extended. The DVD box contains 6 discs. Other set details are:

  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Subtitles: English, French, and Spanish
Special Features

Additional to the episodes, the season 2 DVD set also contains a couple of special features:

Season ThreeEdit

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The "Private Practice: The Complete Third Season" boxset was released in region 1 on September 14, 2010 by ABC Studios. On March 21, 2011 and November 3, 2010, the DVD was released in regions 2 and 4 respectively. The run time of the DVD is 989 minutes.

Set Details

The boxset contains the 23 episodes of the season. The DVD box contains 5 discs. Other set details are:

  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Subtitles: English, French, and Spanish
Special Features

Additional to the episodes, the season 3 DVD set also contains a couple of special features:

Season FourEdit

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The "Private Practice: The Complete Fourth Season" boxset was released in region 1 on September 13, 2011 by ABC Studios. On April 2, 2012 and October 12, 2011, the DVD was released in regions 2 and 4 respectively. The run time of the DVD is 986 minutes.

Set Details

The boxset contains the 22 episodes of the season. The DVD box contains 5 discs. Other set details are:

  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Subtitles: English, French, Chinese, and Spanish
Special Features

Additional to the episodes, the season 4 DVD set also contains a couple of special features:

Season FiveEdit

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The "Private Practice: The Complete Fifth Season" boxset was released in region 1 on September 11, 2012 by ABC Studios. On February 3, 2013 and November 14, 2012, the DVD was released in regions 2 and 4 respectively. The run time of the DVD is 946 minutes.

Set Details

The boxset contains the 22 episodes of the season. The DVD box contains 5 discs. Other set details are:

  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Subtitles: English, French, and Spanish
Special Features

Additional to the episodes, the season 5 DVD set also contains a couple of special features:

  • The Practice of Parenthood – Filmmakers and cast discuss the addition of children to the series this season, the different kinds of family the show explores, and how being a parent affects the cast, both as actors and in their person lives.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Bloopers

Season SixEdit

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The "Private Practice: The Complete Sixth and Final Season" boxset was released in region 1 on May 7, 2013 by ABC Studios. On December 2, 2013, and November 5, 2013, the DVD was released in regions 2 and 4 respectively.

Set Details

The boxset contains the 13 episodes of the season. The DVD box contains 3 discs. Other set details are:

  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Subtitles: English, French, and Spanish
Special Features

Additional to the episodes, the season 6 DVD set also contains a couple of special features:

Special BoxsetsEdit

  • A box set with all 6 seasons is available in the UK.

MusicEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. The DVD lists this scene as being meant for Blind Love, but what happens and the order on the DVD suggests it was actually meant for the season premiere.
  2. The DVD lists this scene as being meant for Blind Love, but what happens and the order on the DVD suggests it was actually meant for the season premiere.

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