'Animal Practice' review: Charismatic cast delivers lighthearted fun for everyone -- except animal lovers

When "Animal Practice" premiered in August, it instantly became one of the most reviled shows in the history of American TV. And for that, the show itself was not to blame (not much, anyway). But NBC chose to break away from their live (not live) coverage of the Olympic Closing Ceremony Aug. 12 to showcase the veterinarian sitcom starring Justin Kirk, JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Crystal the Monkey instead of the live (not live) performances of no-names like Muse and The Who. But TV audiences are a forgiving sort, and should be open to judge "Animal Practice" on its own merits when it debuts in its regular time slot tonight (Sept. 26). But does it have any merits? Animal lovers (guilty!) probably don't think so. Besides the indignity of a Capuchin monkey performing tricks, Dr. George Coleman's (Kirk) womanizing vet treats his practice like a nightclub. His first patient in the pilot, for example, is...



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