The curtains are closing on ABC’s hit series “Private Practice.” Now in its sixth season, the “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off is down to its final two episodes in the series.
Knowing that your show is being canceled in advance (versus the norm where you find out mid-season, or at the end of the season with no chance to write more episodes) allows the writers a chance to beautifully tie up loose ends and give the series closure. The writers of “Private Practice” are doing exactly that.
But they’re not doing it in the traditional “Private Practice” episode format. Instead, they’ve taken a gamble this season by making each of the final episodes character vignettes focusing on one character at a time, through a narrative from the point of view of a given character. And it’s a gamble that’s paid off.
Taking the audience on an emotional roller-coaster ride week after week as week the Seaside Health and Wellness family has had us experience Addison’s (Kate Walsh) life as a new mom in a healthy, stable relationship with soon-to-be husband Jake (Benjamin Bratt); Charlotte’s (KaDee Strickland) turmoil being confined to a months long bedrest with triplets; Cooper’s (Paul Adelstein) struggles to support his wife, son and premie daughter; Violet’s (Amy Brenneman) acceptance of her husband’s sudden and tragic death; Sheldon’s (Brian Benben) secret suffering of prostate cancer (which was one of the most touching episodes of the series); Amelia’s (Caterina Scorsone) endeavors to move beyond her addictions, the baggage of her past and give dating and love another chance; and Sam’s (Taye Diggs) attempts to let go of a relationship gone-wrong.
At current stance, we’ve experienced a few rare moments of show creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes‘ happy ending, which is certain to say tragedy and turmoil are just around the corner in the final two weeks. But I have a feeling things will end nicely overall.
The Verdict: I’ve never loved “Private Practice” as much as I do right now. Having had lukewarm feelings about the show off and on the past few years, it’s crazy that in it’s final hours I’ve never felt more excited or more invested in this series than I do now. It’s safe to say the cast, the crew, the writing — are simply at their very best.
Airs: Tuesdays at 10 p.m./9 p.m. CT
Cast: Kate Walsh, Benjamin Bratt, KaDee Strickland, Paul Adelstein, Brian Benben, Caterina Scorsone, Griffin Gluck, Taye Diggs, Amy Brenneman