Animal Practice Season 1 Review “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Coleman”

Whatever good will the first episode or two of Animal Practice had instilled in me is quickly being sapped away, and "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Coleman" is another stinker, as far as I’m concerned. It’s a useless episode, introducing a cardboard cut-out of a sitcom mother character who failed to make me laugh in any way, and the side plots are both A. boring and B. barely even present.

Dr. Coleman’s mother comes to visit, using the pretense of a sick cat named "Cat" to spend some time with her son, except she’s a miserable upper east side hag who’s mistreated him his whole life, and also, a racist. It’s like they threw Lucille Bluth, Mallory Archer, Colleen Donaghy, and that blonde woman onThe New Normal into a pot, reduced that mixture into a rich creamy sauce, dumped that sauce down the drain, stuck a post-it with the phrase "cranky old broad" written on it in sharpie to a plate, and served it to us as dinner. Nothing she did was fresh, new, surprising, or the least bit interesting. Of course it’s not her cat. Of course George lies to her, too, and they make up in what is apparently becoming the show’s signature scene, "completely unearned emotional payoff." Read More...


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