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      Season 1 – Out of Practice

      2005 Comedy List
      Reviews Ben Barnes is an earnest couples counselor whose medical family doesn't consider him to be a "real" doctor because he doesn't have M.D. after his name. But despite their lofty credentials, Ben might be the best prescription for the future of this wacky clan. Read More Read Less

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      Episode 1 Aired Sep 19, 2005 Pilot When Ben invites his whole family to dinner, a chance encounter with his father's new girlfriend and an unwanted call from Ben's wife spoil the occasion. Details Episode 2 Aired Sep 26, 2005 We Wanna Hold Your Hand Lydia tries to rally the family in support of Ben, but he catches wind of it and decides to take matters into his own hands. Details Episode 3 Aired Oct 3, 2005 And I'll Cry if I Want To Lydia throws a party to prove that she is OK with the relationship between Stewart and Chrystal. Details Episode 4 Aired Oct 10, 2005 The Truth About Nerds and Dogs Lydia is jealous when the family dog, Monty, perks up in Stewart's company, until she learns that he has been bribing Monty with food. Details Episode 5 Aired Oct 17, 2005 Brothers Grim Oliver breaches his confidentiality agreement, telling his family the name of a famous actress he helped, and must sell his new apartment and move in with Ben. Details Episode 6 Aired Oct 24, 2005 The Heartbreak Kid Ben must distance himself from his mother so she can confront her fear of dating after divorce. Details Episode 7 Aired Nov 7, 2005 Key Ingredients When Crystal takes an innocent gesture the wrong way, Stewart panics and turns to his sons for advice. Details Episode 8 Aired Nov 14, 2005 The Wedding On the same week that Lydia and Stewart's divorce is finalized, the family attends the wedding of an old friend, who also happens to be Oliver's ex-girlfriend. Details Episode 9 Aired Nov 21, 2005 Thanks As the family tries to avoid any disasters during the holiday, each reminisces about Thanksgivings past. Details Episode 10 Aired Nov 28, 2005 Guilt Trip Lydia sees Ben at dinner with another woman and fears she is being replaced. Details Episode 11 Aired Dec 19, 2005 New Year's Eve When a handsome man charms Lydia at the hospital, she invites him to the kids' New Year's party, not knowing that he is Crystal's father. Details Episode 12 Aired Jan 9, 2006 Yours, Mine or His? A snowstorm traps the family in a vacation cabin, and a home pregnancy test has each of the Barnes men in a panic. Details Episode 13 Aired Mar 22, 2006 Model Behavior Oliver tries to prove to Ben that he is not shallow by starting a relationship with an annoying woman. Details Episode 14 Aired Mar 29, 2006 Hot Water Miscommunication and bad luck mar the Barnes family's Valentine's Day. Details Episode 15 Aired Apr 5, 2006 You Win Some, You Lose Some Oliver and Lydia exploit their familial relationships when doing so affords them the chance to get ahead. Details Episode 16 Aired Apr 12, 2006 Doctor of the Year The family learns that a magazine has named one member a top doctor of the year. Details Episode 17 Aired Apr 19, 2006 Restaurant Row When Ben and Oliver run into a former crush, the two brothers compete for her affections. Details Episode 18 Aired Aug 12, 2006 Losing Patients Oliver and Ben get into a fight over their patients moving between their practices. Details Episode 19 Aired undefined Doctor's Without Bidders Oliver tries to look younger for the hospital's annual bachelor auction; Stewart and Crystal turn to Ben for counseling. Details Episode 20 Aired undefined If These Floors Could Talk Lydia decides to redocorate her apartment; Stewart tries to bring Lydia and Crystal closer together. Details Episode 21 Aired undefined The Lady Doth Protest Too Much Lydia and Stewart push Ben to ask out an attractive woman living next door; an apologetic Naomi returns home. Details Episode 22 Aired undefined Breaking Up Is Hard to Do and Do and Do Oliver realizes he dates the female versions of himself; Regina realizes that many of the women she dates are still in the closet; Ben struggles to get a date. Details

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      Tim Goodman San Francisco Chronicle Out of Practice is comedy mush. Rated: 2/4 Nov 14, 2018 Full Review Maureen Ryan Chicago Tribune More traditional but still enjoyable is Out of Practice the second addition to CBS' strong Monday-night comedy lineup. Apr 2, 2018 Full Review

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      wayne s This show was excellent and fun. It just shows how important timing and time slots are in the "TV game". What an amazing cast. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A gem -- very funny! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Post a review

      Season Info

      Sheldon Epps, Mark Cendrowski, Joe Regalbuto, James Widdoes, Philip Charles MacKenzie, Bob Kherr, Kelsey Grammer, Gail Mancuso, Scott Ellis
      Executive Producer
      Joe Keenan, Christopher Lloyd
      D.J. Nash, Sivert Glarum, Alex Barnow, Joe Keenan, Bob Daily, David Litt, Michael Jamin, Marc Firek, Christopher Lloyd
      Original Language
      Release Date
      Sep 19, 2005