Parents' Guide to

Private Practice

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Grey's spin-off is entertaining, but for adults only.

TV ABC Drama 2007
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Adult Context

While I enjoy watching this show myself as it forces me to think about controversial topics I would not recommend for children of any age. It shows drug use (oral, sniffing and intravenous). There are many adult issues in the cases the doctors in the show have as well as in their personal lives.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 12+

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (10):

Private Practice is an enticing series that's equal parts medical drama and soap opera. It's easy to get wrapped up in the intricacies of the characters' complicated lives, and their revolving workplace romances keep things, well, lively. Smart writing and a talented cast enable the show to handle the intense, real-life subject matter it explores, and the fact that it makes a concerted effort to present weighty issues like mental illness, homosexuality, and addiction from multiple viewpoints gives viewers plenty to ponder after it's turned off.

Of course, it's this same content that rules it out as an option for any but the sturdiest viewers, since it doesn't shy away from violence, sexual content, or raw human emotion. Life-and-death scenarios are commonplace throughout the show, and plenty of characters die. It's the show's adherence to sticking closely to reality (with the expected amount of melodrama) that gives it merit for adults but at the same time makes it problematic for most teens.

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