Animal Practice is NBCís primetime comedy about a witty Veterinarian and his staff. The show primarily stars Justin Kirk. Kirk played Dr. George Coleman. Dr. Coleman kind of has a ďDr. HouseĒ thing going on as he is a brilliant veterinarian but he doesnít really care about anyone but himself. Heís a little rough around the edges but once you start pulling back the onion, you find out that deep down heís a great guy.
The series starts by introducing Joanna Garcia-Swisher as Dorothy Crane. Dorothyís grandmother used to run the animal hospital where everyone works and when she died she left the practice to Dorothy. As a side note, Dorothy and Dr. Coleman used to be an item and itís evident that they still love each other.
Other cast members include Bobby Lee (a hilarious comic you will probably recognize from Mad TV), Kym Whitley (who has been casted in numerous television shows including Thatís So Raven), Betsy Sodaro (who Iíve never seen on a television show or in a movie before) and Tyler Labine (who was in the movie Invasion). Bobby Lee and Tyler Labine played veterinarians and Kym Whitley and Betsy Sodaro played nurses. The hands-down most memorable character of the television show however is Crystal the Monkey who plays Dr. Rizzo.
I didnít plan on watching this show however I was cruising through the On Demand section of my television service when I bumped into Animal Practice. I immediately noticed that the characters do a good job of playing off of each other and I couldnít stop laughing. There was a lot of good dialogue and story lines as well.
My favorite episode was titled, Dr. Yamahazing and it was about Bobby Leeís character trying to get out of the shadow of Dr. George Coleman. Dr. Yamamoto gets his chance when the Mayorís dog needs to be operated on. The city loves Dr. Yamamoto until there becomes a suspicion that he botched the surgery. Later on, the cast finds out that Dr. Yamamoto didnít mess up however the damage has been done and Dr. Coleman has been thrown back into the spotlight.
Unfortunately after I finished watching 7 episodes there were no more loaded on my On Demand. When I went to do a little research I found out that the show had been cancelled. There were a total of 9 episodes originally taped but the last 2 episodes were not broadcast on NBC. If you'd like to see them, NBC did however release the last 2 episodes onto NBC.com and Hulu.