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Private Practice
Private Practice intertitle
Format Medical Drama
Created by Shonda Rhimes
Starring Kate Walsh
Tim Daly
Audra McDonald
Paul Adelstein
KaDee Strickland
Chris Lowell
with Taye Diggs
and Amy Brenneman
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 48 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Shonda Rhimes
Marti Noxon
Betsy Beers
Mark Gordon
Mark Tinker
Jon Cowan
Robert Rovner
Location(s) Los Angeles, California, USA
Running time 42 min.
Original channel ABC
Original run September 26, 2007 – present
Related shows Grey's Anatomy
External links
Official website

Private Practice is a medical drama television program which premiered on September 26, 2007 on ABC. A spin-off of Grey's Anatomy, the series chronicles the life of Dr. Addison Montgomery, played by Kate Walsh, as she leaves Seattle Grace Hospital in order to join a private practice in Los Angeles. The series was created by Shonda Rhimes, who also serves as executive producer alongside Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Mark Tinker and Jon Cowan & Robert Rovner, who serve as showrunners due to Rhimes's duties on Grey's Anatomy.[1]


Cast and characters

Main characters

Actor Role Specialty Starring
Kate Walsh Addison Forbes Montgomery Neonatal Surgery, OB/GYN (Maternal-fetal Medicine), Medical Genetics Season 1 - Present
Tim Daly Peter Wilder Alternative Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Critical Care Season 1 - Present
Audra McDonald Naomi Bennett OB/GYN (Reproductive endocrinology and infertility) Season 1 - Present
Paul Adelstein Cooper Freedman Pediatrics Season 1 - Present
KaDee Strickland Charlotte King[2] Urology, Sexology Season 1 - Present
Chris Lowell William "Dell" Parker Nursing, Midwifery Season 1 - Present
Taye Diggs Sam Bennett Internal Medicine, Cardiothoracic Surgery Season 1 - Present
Amy Brenneman Violet Turner Psychiatry Season 1 - Present

Source:, accessed May 18, 2007

Recurring guest characters

  • Brian Benben as Sheldon Wallace (22 episodes, season 2-3): Psychiatrist from the Pacific Wellcare Group, dated Violet
  • David Sutcliffe as Officer Kevin Nelson (13 episodes, season 1-2): LAPD officer, then SWAT officer, dated Addison
  • Geffri Maya as Maya Bennett (10 episodes, season 1-3): Naomi's and Sam's daughter
  • Michael Patrick Thornton as Dr. Gabriel Fife (8 episodes, season 3): Genetics specialist working for Pacific Wellcare Group
  • Hailey Sole as Betsy Parker (7 episodes, season 2-3): Dell's daughter
  • Grant Show as Dr. Archer Montgomery (6 episodes, season 2): Addison's brother, world-class neurologist
  • James Morrison as William White (6 episodes, season 2-3): Pacific Wellcare Group owner
  • Jayne Brook as Dr. Meg Porter (5 episodes, season 2): Doctors without Borders physician, Pete's ex-girlfriend
  • Jay Harrington as Dr. Wyatt Lockhart (5 episodes, season 2): Medical oncologist working for Pacific Wellcare Group
  • Sharon Leal as Sonya (5 episodes, season 2): Sam's girlfriend
  • Amanda Detmer as Morgan Gellman (5 episodes, season 2-3): Addison's pregnant patient, Noah Barnes' wife
  • Josh Hopkins as Dr. Noah Barnes (5 episodes, season 2): Morgan Gellman's husband, had an affair with Addison, cardiothoracic surgeon employed at St. Ambrose Hospital
  • Agnes Bruckner as Heather (5 episodes, season 2-3): Dell's wife, Betsy's mother
  • Christina Chang as Vanessa (4 episodes, season 3): Neonatologist from St. Ambrose Hospital, Sam's girlfriend
  • Amanda Foreman as Katie Kent (4 episodes, season 2-3): Violet's patient, who attacked her
  • Stephen Lunsford as Dink (4 episodes, season 3): Maya's husband
  • Stephen Collins as "The Captain" Montgomery (3 episodes, season 3): Addison's father
  • Idina Menzel as Lisa King (2 episodes, season 2): Pete's girlfriend
  • Max Burkholder as Ben King (2 episodes, season 2): Lisa King's son
  • Rosanna Arquette as Corinne (2 episodes, season 3): Dink's mother

Production history


On February 21, 2007, The Wall Street Journal reported that ABC was pursuing a spin-off of Grey's Anatomy featuring Kate Walsh's character Addison Montgomery.[4] Subsequent reports affirmed the report, stating that an expanded two-hour broadcast of Grey's Anatomy (which aired May 3, 2007) would serve as a backdoor pilot for the spinoff. The backdoor pilot episode features Montgomery on leave from Seattle Grace Hospital, the clinic in Los Angeles is named the Oceanside Wellness Centre.[5] The broadcast served as the 22nd and 23rd episodes of the season (out of 25), and was directed by Michael Grossman, according to Variety.[6] Gossip columnists Kristin Veitch and Michael Ausiello reported that the spinoff would be set in Los Angeles.[7][8]

Broadcast history

On May 3, 2007, the backdoor pilot of Private Practice aired on ABC, the pilot was in the double episode of Grey's Anatomy entitled "The Other Side of This Life", and gave a brief description of the characters in Private Practice. The cast included Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy & NYPD Blue), Paul Adelstein (Prison Break), Tim Daly (Wings, The Nine, The Sopranos), Taye Diggs (Kevin Hill, Day Break, Rent), Chris Lowell (Veronica Mars, Life As We Know It) and Merrin Dungey (Alias, Summerland). The 2-hour episode averaged 21 million viewers, 1.9 million more viewers than Grey's Anatomy's third season 19.1 million viewers-per-episode average at the time of its airing. The episode was also #1 in the 9pm and 10pm timeslots.[9] On May 5, 2007 it was announced, On The Ellen Show, that Private Practice was part of ABC's 2007 fall line-up.[10] The first television promotion for the series aired during the season finale of Grey's Anatomy. The series premiere aired on September 26, 2007 averaging 14.41 million viewers being the most watched show in its time slot. The series premiered on British television on July 15, 2008, on LIVING. It was later moved to Thursday at 10:00 p.m. after Grey's Anatomy during mid-season 2009, to make room for the return of Lost.[11]


On June 29, 2007 it was announced by ABC that Merrin Dungey, who played the role of Naomi Bennett, would be replaced by four time Tony winner Audra McDonald. ABC gave no reason for this change.[12] On July 11, 2007, it was announced that a new character, played by KaDee Strickland, had been added to the main cast.[13]

Numerous guest spots have been played by actors of Joss Whedon's shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, such as Amy Acker, Emma Caulfield, D.B. Woodside, Alexis Denisof, and Amber Benson. This is due to the fact that Marti Noxon, who used to be one of the executive producers for the show, was also a writer for both "Buffy" and "Angel" and the executive producer for "Buffy".

Tony Award Winner Idina Menzel appeared in two episodes during the second season. Menzel is married to Private Practice star Taye Diggs. David Sutcliffe,[14] Jayne Brook,[15] and Josh Hopkins[16] also appeared in Private Practice.


Private Practice films a lot of their exterior shots (as well as some of their outdoor storylines) in Santa Monica, California. The Oceanside Group building can be found at the corner of 4th and Wilshire in Santa Monica, California. It is actually a bank.

Addison Montgomery and Sam Bennett live in rare Santa Monica beachfront houses right on the sand, which in reality would cost upwards of $4 million each.


Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Discs
1 9 2007 September 16, 2008 March 16, 2009 December 3, 2008 3
2 22 2008 – 2009 September 15, 2009 March 1, 2010 November 2, 2009 6
3 23 2009 – 2010 TBA TBA TBA

Season One (2007)

Private Practice was picked up for a full season of 22 episodes on October 19, 2007.[17] This was subsequently reduced to 9 due to the writers strike.

The first season deals with Addison's move from Seattle to Los Angeles and her attempts to adjust to a very different type of working environment at Oceanside Wellness Group, a co-op private practice. The first season also deals with her budding relationships with her new co-workers. Among them include her best friend Naomi Bennett, a fertility specialist, and her ex-husband Sam Bennett, who specializes in internal medicine. Also working within the practice is psychiatrist Violet Turner, pediatrician Cooper Freedman, alternative medicine specialist Pete Wilder, and receptionist Dell Parker. It is revealed early on that the Bennetts established the practice with the rest of the doctors owning a share of it as well. Charlotte King, who serves as chief of staff at St. Ambrose Hospital, works with Oceanside Wellness through her dealings with Sam and her sexual relationship with Cooper.

Season Two (2008-2009)

Private Practice was renewed for a second season on February 11, 2008 by ABC, along with fellow freshmen series Pushing Daisies, Samantha Who?, and Dirty Sexy Money.[18] On October 21, 2008, the network picked up the show for a full second season.[19] On November 6, 2008, TV Guide reported that Private Practice would feature a multi-episode crossover arc with Grey’s Anatomy in February.[20]

The first half of the second season dealt with the practice's financial troubles. Naomi reveals to Addison that they are in danger of losing the practice due to unpaid debt causing Addison to tell Sam. This in turn causes a shift within the practice making Addison the new boss. Adding to the drama was the competition of a new practice, Pacific Wellcare. This new practice, located within the same building as Oceanside Wellness, was run by Charlotte causing turmoil for her and Cooper.

Another happening within this season is the dynamic between Sam and Naomi who by the finale realize they can no longer be friends as well as the deepening romantic relationship of Cooper and Charlotte. Addison was romantically linked with Kevin Nelson (played by David Sutcliffe), a police officer, but later realized their relationship was going nowhere. Towards the end of the season, Addison falls in love with cardiovascular surgeon Noah Barnes, who as it turns out, is married and is expecting his first child. Matters become more complicated when Addison realizes that Noah's wife is one of her patients.

Archer Montgomery (Grant Show), Addison's playboy brother, also made sporadic appearances causing trouble for her and Naomi. Archer was found to be with an aggressive brain tumor which was later diagnosed as parasites. Addison sought the professional help of her ex-husband, Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey). After Derek successfully saved Archer, Addison discovered he was back to his old tricks cheating on Naomi.

Violet stirred some of her own drama when she began dating Sheldon (Brian Benben), who works for Pacific Wellcare, and Pete. During the latter half of the season, Violet was found to be pregnant although she did not know who the father of her baby was. Meanwhile, Dell struggled with his own issues caused by his former girlfriend's drug habits and the fight for custody of his daughter Betsy.

Some of the medical cases that caused a stir and tension among the doctors at Private Practice was the issue of abortion (a first for the practice), the sex re-assignment of a newborn, the sexual activity of a 12 year old, the switching of embryos for two mothers-to-be and a young couple who later discovered they were siblings.

Season Three (2009-2010)

ABC renewed Private Practice for a third season on April 23, 2009.[21] The third season premiered on Thursday, October 1, 2009. Series creator Shonda Rhimes announced that the third episode of the season will feature Grey's Anatomy's Chandra Wilson, as she flies to Los Angeles to operate on a patient on a particular medical procedure.[22]


Private Practice's first episode was somewhat panned by critics and the New York Times described the show's characters as "collectively offer[ing] one of the most depressing portrayals of the female condition since The Bell Jar."[23]

Robert Bianco from USA Today has stated that "in McDonald, Tim Daly, Taye Diggs, Paul Adelstein and Amy Brenneman (though she's incredibly badly used), Practice has cornered a sizable amount of TV talent, and because of that talent alone, it's worth risking a few more weeks to see if the long-promised improvements take hold."[24]

The worldwide reception was similar. "The Australian News" noted that although "the show boasts a good cast of solid TV veterans, including Amy Brenneman, Taye Diggs and Tim Daly, but the execution lets them down."[25]

U.S. television ratings

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Private Practice.

Season Timeslot (EDT) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 Wednesday 9:00 P.M. September 26, 2007 December 5, 2007 2007-2008 #36 11.5[26]
2 Wednesday 9:00PM (2008)
Thursday 10:00 PM (2009)
October 1, 2008 April 30, 2009 2008-2009 #52 9.20[27]
3 Thursday 10:00 PM October 1, 2009 Spring, 2010 2009-2010 #27 9.35 (to date)

The series premiere on September 26, 2007 attracted 14.41 million viewers and is currently the series' highest rated episode.


The list of awards and nominations for Private Practice

By year

Year Award Category Recipients Result
2008 BMI Film & TV Awards BMI TV Music Award Chad Fischer, Tim Bright Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Taye Diggs Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Audra McDonald Nominated
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series Shonda Rhimes Nominated
People's Choice Award Favorite New TV Drama Private Practice Nominated
2009 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Taye Diggs Won
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Audra McDonald Nominated
Hollywood Music in Media Awards Outstanding Music Supervision - TV Alex Pastavas Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actor Joey Luthman Won
2010 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Taye Diggs Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Audra McDonald Nominated
GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Individual Episode in a series without a regular LGBT character "Homeward Bound" Nominated
"Wait and See" Nominated
PRISM Awards Drama Series Multi-Episode Story Line "Contamination"/"What Women Want"/"Yours, Mine and Ours" Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress Emily Rae Nominated

By award

NAACP Image Awards
  • 2008: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Taye Diggs for playing "Dr. Sam Bennett", nominated)
  • 2008: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Audra McDonald for playing "Dr. Naomi Bennett", nominated)
  • 2008: Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series (Shonda Rhimes for "Private Practice", nominated)
  • 2009: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Taye Diggs for playing "Dr. Sam Bennett", won)[28]
  • 2009: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Audra McDonald for playing "Dr. Naomi Bennett", nominated)
  • 2010: Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (Taye Diggs for playing "Dr. Sam Bennett", nominated)
  • 2010: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Audra McDonald for playing "Dr. Naomi Bennett", nominated)
1 win and 6 nominations
People's Choice Award
  • 2008: Favorite New TV Drama (nominated)
1 nomination
BMI Film & TV Awards
  • 2008: BMI TV Music Award (Chad Fischer, Tim Bright, won)
1 win
Hollywood Music in Media Awards
  • 2009: Outstanding Music Supervision - TV (Alex Pastavas, nominated)[29]
1 nomination
GLAAD Media Awards
  • 2010: Outstanding Individual Episode in a series without a regular LGBT character (episode 2.12 "Homeward Bound", nominated)
  • 2010: Outstanding Individual Episode in a series without a regular LGBT character (episode 2.17 "Wait and See", nominated)
2 nominations
PRISM Awards
  • 2010: Drama Series Multi-Episode Story Line (episodes: 2.11 "Contamination", 2.19 "What Women Want" and 2.22 "Yours, Mine and Ours", nominated)[30]
1 nomination
Young Artist Award
  • 2009: Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actor (Joey Luthman, won)
  • 2010: Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress (Emily Rae, nominated)
1 win and 1 nomination

DVD release

Private Practice: The Complete First Season – Extended Edition was released on Region 1 DVD on September 16, 2008. The DVD release includes all 9 episodes from the first season presented on 3 Discs. Also Private Practice First Season is now on iTunes. The Region 2 DVD was released on March 16, 2009.

Private Practice: The Complete Second Season was released on DVD in Region 1 on September 15, 2009[31] and on November 4, 2009 in Australia for Region 4.[32] The DVD release contains all 22 episodes from the second season presented 6 discs.


Country Network
Argentina Argentina Sony Entertainment Television
Australia Australia Channel Seven
Austria Austria ORF 1
Belgium Belgium RTL-TVI and VijfTV

2010: Voice!

Brazil Brazil Sony Entertainment Television
Bulgaria Bulgaria Fox Life, BNT 1
Canada Canada 'A' Owned by CTV, broadcaster of Grey's Anatomy
Colombia Colombia Sony Entertainment Television
Costa Rica Costa Rica Sony Entertainment Television
Croatia Croatia Nova TV
Chile Chile Sony Entertainment Television
Denmark Denmark Kanal 4
Ecuador Ecuador Sony Entertainment Television
Estonia Estonia Fox Life
Finland Finland MTV3
France France TF1
Germany Germany Pro7
Greece Greece Fox life, ANT1
Hong Kong Hong Kong Star World, ATV World
Hungary Hungary RTL Klub
Republic of Ireland Ireland RTÉ 2
India India Zee Cafe
Israel Israel yes stars Drama\yes stars HD
Italy Italy Foxlife, Rai Due
Japan Japan WOWOW
Malaysia Malaysia ntv7, Star World
Mexico Mexico Sony Entertainment Television, Azteca 7
Middle East Showseries
Netherlands The Netherlands NET 5
New Zealand New Zealand TV2
Norway Norway TV2
Paraguay Paraguay Sony Entertainment Television
Peru Peru Sony Entertainment Television
Philippines Philippines Studio 23
Poland Poland Fox Life
Portugal Portugal Fox Life and RTP2
Romania Romania Prima TV
Serbia Serbia Fox Life
Singapore Singapore MediaCorp TV Channel 5
Slovenia Slovenia Kanal A
South Africa South Africa Mnet
Spain Spain FOX and Antena 3
Sweden Sweden TV4
Switzerland Switzerland TSR, SF zwei
Thailand Thailand Star World
Turkey Turkey DiziMax
United Kingdom United Kingdom Living
Venezuela Venezuela Sony Entertainment Television


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