Private Practice is a spin-off of the American television dramedy Grey's Anatomy. Created by Shonda Rhimes, the series chronicles the life of Dr. Addison Montgomery as she leaves Seattle Grace Hospital for Los Angeles in order to join a private practice.
The series aired in the USA on ABC from 26 September, 2007 to 22 January, 2013. There are 111 hour-long episodes in six seasons.
Private Practice premiered in South Africa on M-Net on Thursday 24 January 2008, at 19h30. It also aired on DStv's M-Net Holiday, M-Net Series and M-Net HD channels and was moved to M-Net Series for the final season. The final season later repeated on M-Net Series Zone as well. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 5 premiered on M-Net and M-Net HD on Monday 5 March 2012, at 21h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 22 episodes in the fifth season.
From Shonda Rhimes, the Golden Globe-winning creator of Grey's Anatomy, comes the story of a team of gifted doctors working together to change the lives of their patients for the better as they look to one another for friendship and love.
Having made a home in Los Angeles and among her friends at the practice, renowned neonatal surgeon Addison Montgomery may have at last found true love with fellow doctor and longtime friend Sam Bennett.
But just as things have become romantic for the two of them, their friends question if their relationship - so complicated by the presence of Sam's ex—Addison's best friend, Naomi — has a chance.
Oceanside Wellness' co-founders, Naomi and Sam, nearly lost their daughter, Maya, in a car accident that took the life of the practice's own Dell. It was Addison's surgical talents that saved both Maya and her newborn baby.
In the wake of the accident, Naomi focuses on Maya, her grandchild, and on a possible merger between her current practice, Pacific Wellcare, and Oceanside Wellness.
Initially giving up custody of their child to Pete after enduring a near-fatal trauma, Violet has returned more mentally sound and sure of her role as a mother.
Having bitterly fought for custody in court, Pete and Violet came through the drama not only ready to co-parent, but ready to be with one another. It's soon after this realization that the two decide to get married and begin a new life together.
At long last, through numerous bumps in the road, break-ups and make-ups, Charlotte and Cooper are engaged to be married, but the trip to the altar may not be an easy one.
The newest addition to the practice, Dr. Amelia Shepherd, is as gifted a surgeon as her Seattle-based brother, Derek, but is struggling to find herself as she learns to fit in with this close-knit group of surgeons.
And Pacific Wellcare psychiatrist Sheldon Wallace is embittered after having pursued many of the women in the practice and come up empty-handed.
The doctors of Oceanside Wellness and Pacific Wellcare work on the most difficult cases, patients whose medical needs often pose moral and ethical dilemmas.
Though they may heatedly disagree at work, and though their personal lives may complicate matters, at the end of the day they are the best of friends, always ready to be there for each other.
Private Practice stars Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Forbes Montgomery, Tim Daly as Dr. Pete Wilder, Audra McDonald as Dr. Naomi Bennett, Paul Adelstein as Dr. Cooper Freedman, KaDee Strickland as Dr. Charlotte King, Brian Benben as Dr. Sheldon Wallace and Caterina Scorsone as Dr. Amelia Shepherd, with Taye Diggs as Dr. Sam Bennett and Amy Brenneman as Dr. Violet Turner.
Private Practice was created by Shonda Rhimes and is executive-produced by Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Mark Tinker, Steve Blackman and Craig Turk. Private Practice is an ABC Studios Production.
Note: the show was moved from M-Net to M-Net Series for the final season. Transmissions on M-Net were simulcast in HD from Season 3.
Season 1 (9 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 24 Jan 2008 | Finale: 20 Mar 2008 | Thursdays, 19h30
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 27 Jan 2008 | Finale: 23 Mar 2008 | Sundays, 18h00
Channel: M-Net Holiday | Premiere: 8 Dec 2008 | Finale: 16 Dec 2008 | Daily, 20h00
Season 2 (22 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 6 Jul 2009 | Finale: 30 Nov 2009 | Mondays, 20h30
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 1 Nov 2009 | Finale: 28 Mar 2009 | Sundays, 18h00
Season 3 (23 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 12 Jul 2010 | Finale: 13 Dec 2010 | Mondays, 20h30
Season 4 (22 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 4 Jul 2011 | Finale: 28 Nov 2011 | Mondays, 20h30
Season 5 (22 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 5 Mar 2012 | Finale: 30 Jul 2012 | Mondays, 21h30
Season 6 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 8 Jan 2013 | Finale: 2 Apr 2013 | Tuesdays, 20h30
Channel: M-Net Series Zone | Premiere: 9 Jul 2013 | Finale: 30 Jul 2013 | Mon-Thu, 18h30