Out of Practice

TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Bland-but-harmless entertainment; OK for teens.

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Positive Messages

Family members are at times too sarcastic with each other, but in the end, they love and respect each other.


There is mild sexual innuendo, as many of the characters are navigating the dating world.


Mild ("damn," "hell," "ass," etc.).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some social drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the majority of the adult characters are dealing with romantic relationships, from dating to divorce, and there are mild sexual innuendos sprinkled throughout. What's more, the show's writers have created somewhat jaded, sarcastic characters, which results in rude comments directed toward family members.

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What's the story?

>CBS's sitcom OUT OF PRACTICE tells the story of a family of doctors whose only commonality is their profession. Henry Winkler stars as Stewart Barnes, a gastroenterologist going through an ugly divorce with Lydia (Stockard Channing), a cardiologist. He's dating his assistant, Crystal (Jennifer Tilly), a vacuous but well-meaning woman who is a patient of Oliver (Ty Burrell), Stewart's handsome, confident plastic surgeon son. Rounding out the family are Ben Barnes (Christopher Gorham), a couples' counselor navigating his own romantic labyrinth, and his sister, Regina (Paula Marshall), who works in an emergency room.

Is it any good?

Out of Practice has all the hallmarks of the classic sitcom: goofy hi-jinks, major misunderstandings, and sharp writing. It's no Friends, but it's sure to satisfy the viewer looking for a few laughs. But it's important to note that since the cast is made up primarily of adults, the series features mature storylines involving sex and drinking and themes such as finding love in middle age.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to treat family members with respect. Is it OK to talk to your parents the same way you talk to your siblings? Why or why n ot? Why is it important to love and value family members? Are these characters modeling good or bad family relationships?

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