Private Practice is a spin-off of the popular medical drama series Grey Anatomy’s. However, because of its introduction during a two-hour special of Grey’s Anatomy (which some believe was a bad start for the new spin-off series), many believe that the show is often not given the chance that it deserves. Yet, after six seasons on the air despite the negativity, what is it that makes Private Practice a fan favorite?
1. The characters.
One of the reasons that many people enjoy watching Private Practice is because of the smaller cast. With Grey’s Anatomy’s cast being so large, it is often difficult for each character to have an appropriate amount of screen time for substantial plot development.
With a smaller cast, Private Practice is given the chance to develop the characters more. There is more time to focus on the believable flaws and problems. However, some fans feel that the patients instead get more of the screen time that the main characters should have. While some fans like getting to know the reoccurring characters better, others would rather the screen time go to developing the main characters further.
2. The maturity.
When people watch both of the shows, they often report that they find the main characters of Private Practice to be more mature. The increased level of maturity could mainly have to do with the fact that both the characters and cast members are older and more experienced. In fact, there are fans that believe that Kate Walsh acted even better in the spin-off series because she was surrounded by actors closer to her own age.
It is even said by fans that the actors of the spin-off series are better able to keep their monologues fresh and more unique to their characters as opposed to those in Grey’s Anatomy. The ability to deliver more unique monologues can simply be because the actors are more experienced than the younger cast featured in Grey’s Anatomy.
3. The story development.
At the beginning of the series, the reviews from critics and fans alike were mixed. Unfortunately, many people felt that the earlier episodes were slow or difficult to get into. However, with each new episode, it seemed as though the fans warmed up to the show.
It is believed by many that as long as you think of Private Practice as its own show and not a spin-off series, then it is easier to like. However, as stated before, because its pilot was integrated into a Grey’s Anatomy special, it was difficult for many people to comprehend. With so many new characters thrown at the audience, it did not go over well with fans and critics alike.
There are still those that feel the two shows are too alike, but many others still enjoy Private Practice on its own merits. With the sixth season being the last one, there will no doubt be fans that will be unhappy to see the show come to an end.
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