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We finally say goodbye to Addison and company on Private Practice's final TV-on-DVD edition....
Buena Vista / 559 Minutes / 2012-2013 / Unrated / Street Date: May 7, 2013
Medical dramas like Grey’s Anatomy and ER try to take the glitz and glamour out of their stars. Think about it – George Clooney may have been People magazine’s sexiest person of the century or whatever during his stint on his legendary series, but he rarely got a chance to look his best: he was too busy being covered with sweat, blood, and guts to make sure his hair looked just right. And while Grey’s Anatomy may have some pin-up moments outside of the surgical wing – pretty much everybody on that show shows a little skin once in a while – most of the time, its protagonists find themselves deep in the thick of it.
This is not the case with Private Practice, the Grey’s Anatomy spin-off starring Kate Walsh, which finally wraps up its surprisingly extensive six-season run with this TV-on-DVD set. In the series, Dr. Addison Montgomery (Walsh) has long since left the drama and the steely grey of Seattle’s Grace Hospital (site of so many GA dilemmas) for the sun and sand of Los Angeles to start fresh. Of course, the transition wasn’t exactly easy – no good TV is easy, after all – but Addison gave it a shot anyway.
The modus operandi of Private Practice has always been cliffhangers above dramatic finesse, and this Complete Sixth and Final Season set takes that mantra to heart. Even the most devoted enthusiasts of the show must admit to some seriously cheesy moments here and there – a quick perusal of online viewer response to The Next Episode proves this (“WORST SHOW EVER!”) – but once a show really sets its hook in your jaw, it really has to jump the shark before you abandon it for good, and Private Practice, no matter how slight and relatively pointless it becomes, never colors outside the lines in any sort of offensive manner.
It ain’t great TV, but those who have been following Addison all these years will nevertheless need to see how the lady turns out.