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Watch the Pilot of Animal Practice Now (VIDEO)

MONKEY MONKEY MONKEY! NBC is betting that a monkey in a doctor's coat can pass as comedy in its upcoming new series Animal Practice. The network previewed the pilot episode last night right in the middle of its coverage of the Olympics closing ceremonies (??? No Kate Bush???), but if you happened to be watching the thrilling ending of Breaking Bad on loop or witnessing Falling Skies botch another episode or being surprised that True Blood can still be tolerable, we have the Animal Practice pilot right here.

Animal Practice stars Justin Kirk (Weeds) as the chief veterinarian at the country's largest animal hospital. He's been described as the Dr. House of the pet world, a cranky scalpel genius who loves animals but can't stand their owners. Tyler Labine, Bobby Lee, and Joanna Garcia-Swisher co-star, but all the talk is about Crystal the monkey, who you'll recognize as Annie's Boobs from Community.

The pilot is a bit sloppy and some of the gags are cheap, but come on guys, MONKEY ON AN AMBULANCE! This is one of those shows where we'll have to wait to see a handful of episodes before making a decision, because the pilot is all about the lowest common denominator instead of what it could be. Animal Practice got a unique setting going for it, now it just needs to stop throwing poop.

Animal Practice isn't the only show NBC has aired early; don't forget to also take a look-see at the first episode of the Matthew Perry comedy Go On.


Animal Practice returns to NBC for its "time period premiere" on September 26 at 8pm.


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I'd watch anything with Justin Kirk, I think his style of comedy is always entertaining, Bobby Lee is pretty funny also. I think having Tyler Labine play the straight man isn't working, they should get rid of the angela character and let that be his role.
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I got to agree that if the best laughs come from a monkey in a doctors suit then that can't be good for the show on the long term...
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I liked it and I think it's going to get better. They have a good cast, they just have to exploit it properly.
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Pardon me but doesn't the chimp look a lot like Wayne Brady? :P
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Bad. :(
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I think you're being a bit optimistic, I found almost everyone unlikeable except Crystal, may give it one of two more episodes, but did not enjoy it nearly as much as Go on.
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It'll get better, it'll get better!
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How much do you get paid for your astroturfing Tim? At least you should be honest about it.

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Nope. When the monkey gets the biggest laughs of the episode, you know there is a problem. The head Doc seems like he is being written to copy too many douchey docs that have been presented as characters before and the actor doesn't pull it off. He isn't funny, And I kind of wanted to slap him halfway through the episode.



The other two docs are worthless, especially given how naturally funny Bobby Lee and Tyler Labine are. They are being wasted in the roles as easy punchlines I could almost see Tyler being a better head doc than Justin Kirk. Because he can be snarky and funny at the same time. Kirk thus far can't.



The Veterinary Technician is I presume the result of boisterous over the edge female characters over the past few years in movies like Bridesmaids with Melissa McCarthy's character. Except that was done well and this was not.



The best part was Joanna Garcia who looked damn good. But didn't seem to fit. Her straight character simply isn't strong enough to balance out the unlikability of Kirk's Doc and the idiocy of Lee's and Labine's docs. Not to mention the ridiculous Vet tech. I am going to give it another episode. But I doubt it is going to get any better.
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Andy becomes a vet!
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When I started watching this, I was really interest, then the more dialogue and stuff that happened, the more bored I got. 2/3 through it I just started cleaning each and every key on my keyboard, taking out the key, putting them in distilled water, and cleaning them, and that still was more amusing than the episode.



Might see another couple of episodes, but I did not like anyone. Not even Tyler Labine.
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Eh, i didn't laugh that much, the jokes felt forced and corny. Might watch the next 2 episodes, but if it stays the same I won't continue watching it
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Sorry, not edgy enough for me. I was waiting for it to be something like Scrubs or Childrens' Hospital, but set in an animal hospital. There were so many moments that deserved a great joke, but all of the attempts fell flat. And Justin Kirk's character isn't likeable. There are many douche bag characters on TV who are fun, but Dr. Coleman is just annoying. The monkey was the best part of the show. When the pilot for Go On came out a few days ago, I said I didn't really like it. But I think that show is still better than Animal Hospital.
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I usually give every show that I'm even remotely interested in like 2 or 3 episodes to decide of I really want to watch it. But I got about 3 minutes into this one and turned it off. Just not really for me, and it seems like the humor is very been there done that. Unless I hear that it makes some miraculous turn around, I won't be tuning in. I will be watching Go On though! I loved the pilot!
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