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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 Hospitalmarker in order to join a private practice in Los Angelesmarker. The series was created by Shonda Rhimes, who also serves as executive producer alongside Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Mark Tinker and Marti Noxon; the latter serving as showrunner due to Rhimes's duties on Grey's Anatomy.

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
Taye Diggs Sam Bennett Internal Medicine, formerly Cardiothoracic Surgery Season 1 - Present
Amy Brenneman Violet Turner Psychiatry Season 1 - Present
Paul Adelstein Cooper Freedman Pediatrics Season 1 - Present
KaDee Strickland Charlotte King Urology, Sexology Season 1 - Present
Chris Lowell William "Dell" Parker Nursing, Midwifery Season 1 - Present

Source:, accessed May 18, 2007

Recurring guest characters

  • Brian Benben as Sheldon Wallace (16 episodes): Psychiatrist from the Pacific Wellcare Group, dated Violet
  • David Sutcliffe as Officer Kevin Nelson (13 episodes): LAPD officer, then SWAT officer, dated Addison
  • Grant Show as Dr. Archer Montgomery (6 episodes): Addison's brother, world-class neurologist
  • Jayne Brook as Dr. Meg Porter (5 episodes): Doctors without Borders physician, Pete's ex-girlfriend
  • Jay Harrington as Dr. Wyatt Lockhart (5 episodes): Medical oncologist working for Pacific Wellcare Group
  • Hailey Sole as Betsy Parker (5 episodes): Dell's daughter
  • Sharon Leal as Sonya (5 episodes): Sam's girlfriend
  • Amanda Detmer as Morgan Gellman (5 episodes): Addison's pregnant patient, Noah Barnes' wife
  • Josh Hopkins as Dr. Noah Barnes (5 episodes): Morgan Gellman's husband, had an affair with Addison, cardiothoracic surgeon employed at St. Ambrose Hospital
  • Agnes Bruckner as Heather (4 episodes): Dell's wife, Betsy's mother
  • Amanda Foreman as Katie Kent (4 episodes): Violet's patient, who attacked her
  • James Morrison as William White (3 episodes): Pacific Wellcare Group owner
  • Stephen Collins as "The Captain" Montgomery (3 episodes): Addison's father
  • Idina Menzel as Lisa King (2 episodes): Pete's girlfriend
  • Max Burkholder as Ben King (2 episodes): Lisa King's son
  • Michael Patrick Thornton as Dr. Gabriel Fife (2 episodes): genetics specialist working for Pacific Wellcare Group

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. 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. The broadcast served as the 22nd and 23rd episodes of the season (out of 25), and was directed by Michael Grossman, according to Variety. Gossip columnists Kristin Veitch and Michael Ausiello reported that the spinoff would be set in Los Angelesmarker.

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. On May 5, 2007 it was announced, On The Ellen Show, that Private Practice was part of ABC's 2007 fall line-up. 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.


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. On July 11, 2007, it was announced that a new character, played by KaDee Strickland, had been added to the main cast.

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, Jayne Brook, and Josh Hopkins also appeared in Private Practice.


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


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

Season one (2007-2008)

Private Practice was picked up for a full season of 22 episodes on October 19, 2007. 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. On October 21, 2008, the network picked up the show for a full second season. On November 6, 2008, TV Guide reported that Private Practice would feature a multi-episode crossover arc with Grey’s Anatomy in February.

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. 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.


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."

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."

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."

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
2 Wednesday 9:00PM (2008)

Thursday 10:00 PM (2009)
October 1, 2008 April 30, 2009 2008-2009 #52 9.20
3 Thursday 10:00 PM October 1, 2009 Spring, 2010 2009-2010 #25 9.85

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
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Taye Diggs
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Audra McDonald
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series Shonda Rhimes
People's Choice Award Favorite New TV Drama Private Practice
2009 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Taye Diggs
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Audra McDonald
Hollywood Music in Media Awards Outstanding Music Supervision - TV Alex Pastavas

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)
  • 2009: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Audra McDonald for playing "Dr. Naomi Bennett", nominated)
1 win and 4 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)
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 Region 1 DVD on September 15, 2009 and will be released on the 9th of December on Region 4 in New Zealand. The DVD release contains all 22 episodes from the second season presented 6 discs.


Country Network
Argentinamarker Sony Entertainment Television
Australia Channel Seven
Austriamarker ORF 1
Belgiummarker RTL-TVI and VijfTV
Brazilmarker Sony Entertainment Television
Bulgariamarker Fox Life
Canadamarker 'A' Owned by CTV, broadcaster of Grey's Anatomy
Colombiamarker Sony Entertainment Television
Costa Ricamarker Sony Entertainment Television
Croatiamarker Nova TV
Chilemarker Sony Entertainment Television
Denmarkmarker Kanal 4
Ecuadormarker Sony Entertainment Television
Finlandmarker MTV3
Francemarker TF1marker
Germanymarker Pro7
Greecemarker Fox life, ANT1
Hong Kongmarker Star World, ATV World
Hungarymarker RTL Klub
Irelandmarker RTÉ 2
Indiamarker Star World
Israelmarker yes stars Drama\yes stars HD
Italymarker Foxlife, Rai Due
Japanmarker WOWOW
Malaysiamarker ntv7, Star World
Mexicomarker Sony Entertainment Television, Azteca 7
Middle East Showseries
The Netherlandsmarker NET 5
New Zealandmarker TV2
Norwaymarker TV2
Paraguaymarker Sony Entertainment Television
Perumarker Sony Entertainment Television
Philippinesmarker Studio 23
Polandmarker Fox Life
Portugalmarker Fox Life and RTP2
Romaniamarker Prima TV
Serbiamarker Fox Life
Singaporemarker MediaCorp TV Channel 5
Sloveniamarker Kanal A
South Africa Mnet
Spainmarker FOX and Antena 3
Swedenmarker TV4
Switzerlandmarker TSR, SF zwei
Thailandmarker Star World
Turkeymarker DiziMax
United Kingdommarker Living
Venezuelamarker Sony Entertainment Television


  1. 'Grey' shifts for Vernoff, Noxon The Hollywood Reporter
  2. Private Practice' Recast: Merrin Dungey out, Audra McDonald in, on the 'Grey's Anatomy' spinoff, Los Angeles Times
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  5. "Private Practice": Kate Walsh Dishes on What's Ahead, E! Online, October 22, 2008
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  7. Exclusive! "Private Practice", "The Big Bang Theory" and "The Unit" Picked Up,, October 18, 2007
  8. ABC Gives 2008-09 Pick-Ups to Nine Shows,, February 11, 2008
  9. ABC picks up "Private Practice"
  10. Exclusive: Multi-Episode Grey's Anatomy/Private Practice Crossover Is in the Works" TV Guide. November 6, 2008. Retrieved on November 7, 2008.
  11. ABC Hands Out Early Pickups,, April 23, 2009
  12. "Private Practice" - Episode 3.03 - Bailey and the Crossover, Spoiler TV, August 5, 2009
  13. Bionic Woman - Private Practice - TV - Review - New York Times
  18. Private Practice Season 2 6-disc DVD Box Set Picture & Information

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