Out of Practice

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Monday 9:30 PM Sep 19, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Ben, who is a couples counselor, learns that his wife may be leaving him. This news comes to him at his own 30th birthday party with all his family present, including his father's new girlfriend.

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  • Pilot

    From the producers of Frasier comes this show about a family full of doctors. Instantly the viewer gets that Frasier-esque feel as the dialogue is carefully timed and it features a family all bickering amongst each other. Where it fails is that nobody on the cast is Kelsey Grammer, John Mahoney or David Hyde Pierce. Ty Burrell is good here, but the rest of the cast, like Paula Marshall and Henry Winkler, have been better on other shows like Gary Unmarried and Happy Days, respectively.

    The show had some potential, but CBS did not crank out hits at the time like they do now.moreless
  • Pretty great start for the series...

    What a great start to this series. I absolutely love the character of Ben and Christopher Gorham was absolutely perfect in the role. All of the cast was great, but I loved Stockard Channing's character. I absolutely adored when Regina forgot to get her brother a birthday present and Lydia revealed that she had gifts in the trunk of her car for both men and women as "spare" gifts. Henry Winkler, was not a funny as I thought he was going to be, but it was just the first episode so we have time. Also, I didn't think Jennifer Tilly was going to work, but I think I might be wrong.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this pilot and it kind of reminded me of "Arrested Development" except it was filmed inside a studio with an audience. I thought Kelsey Grammer's director was wonderful and Christopher Lloyd and Joe Keenan's writing was reminiscent of their days on "Frasier".

    I certainly hope this series continues for years to come. Personally, I felt it was WAY better than "Two and a Half Men" has ever been.moreless
  • I was pleasantly surprised by the pilot episode of this series, it was funny, and carried itself well with a few good one-liners and a cast that seemed fairly cohesive, I think given time this could be an excellent series.moreless

    It is obvious that the writing team that was responsibe for Frasier came up with this, as jokes about the missing wife were reminiscent of \"Marris\" in Frasier. However, got the feeling that the supporting cast such as Stockard Channing and Henry Winkler will hold this show. The dialogue was witty and comedy fast paced. The characters have lots of room for development, but being a pilot episode they seemed much more interesting than other sit-coms this season. Nothoing too origional, but this one has promise and intelligence.moreless

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