When Fox announced House’s final season, I think what they really meant to say is that you could continue watching it on NBC if it meant that much to you, but with a menagerie of exotic animals thrown in for good measure! Although a curmudgeon doctor and a cast of cute creatures might sound like a sleeper hit in the making, my favorite network’s newest pet sitcom Animal Practice fails to impress. While watching the pilot I found myself thinking about what I was going to do for dinner, if I had any laundry I needed to wash, and other things amongst my daily routine - the exact things I expect television to take me a way from, for 22 minutes I want to lured into an experience..and not a torturous one.
- The dynamic between Justin Kirk’s character, George Coleman and Joanna Garcia’s character, Dorothy Crane. We already know that they are eventually going to get together but I love the pairing of the show’s most empathetic and apathetic characters, I think it will work for them in the future.
- Crystal the Monkey is as adorable as ever, can animals be nominated for Emmy’s?
- Tyler Labine’s character Dr. Doug Jackson, even though he didn’t have any fantastic lines or anything, he is the only supporting character who didn’t make me want to gag. Hopefully this show finds itself centering on Justin Kirk, Joanna Garcia, and Tyler Labine for the comedic bits instead of emphasizing their quirky and mediocre supporting cast as they did in this episode.
- Kym Whitley’s Juanita, I’m sorry but isn’t the Nazi busy with another medical show right now? Is this show just going to be a mash-up of medical series tropes, if so I’d at least like some Scrubs styled fun. Personally I didn’t see the need in this character as Joanna Garcia has already been established as the show’s straight man (and she’s much better at it), if they’re going to play up the supporting cast’s quirk factor at least make her something other than redundant.
-Glimpses of exotic animals, I don’t know if I’ve ever been teased as much in a show as I was when they wheeled in that tiger from the zoo only to cut to the vets cleaning up after the procedure. Not cool, Animal Practice. I think the pilot would’ve been much more interesting if it had focused on Dr. Coleman trying to get in on the surgery or something to that effect.
- Bobby Lee, please get rid of Bobby Lee or else I’m going to have to put my TV on mute every time he comes on screen.
Even though I feel like I ripped into this a bit, I’ll probably still try out a few more episodes, does that make me a masochist?