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Release Date:
30 January 1976 (USA) See more »
Show business legend Danny Thomas plays grumpy old Dr. Jules Bedford in a short-lived comedy that ran for 27 episodes.
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Danny Thomas ... Dr. Jules Bedford (27 episodes, 1976-1977)

David Spielberg ... Dr. David Bedford (27 episodes, 1976-1977)
Dena Dietrich ... Molly Gibbons (27 episodes, 1976-1977)

Didi Conn ... Helen (27 episodes, 1976-1977)

Shelley Fabares ... Jenny Bedford (27 episodes, 1976-1977)

Mike Evans ... Lenny (13 episodes, 1976-1977)

Series Directed by
Noam Pitlik (12 episodes, 1976-1977)
Bill Persky (8 episodes, 1976)
Tony Mordente (3 episodes, 1976)
Richard Kinon (2 episodes, 1976)

Roger Morden (unknown episodes)
Lawrence K. Philips (unknown episodes)
Mel Pitler (unknown episodes)
John Tyndall (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Steve Gordon (27 episodes, 1976-1977)
Bernie Kahn (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Arnold Somkin (3 episodes, 1976)
Bruce Kane (2 episodes, 1976)

Series Produced by
Paul Junger Witt .... executive producer (1 episode, 1976)
Martin Ryan Rosenberg .... associate producer (1 episode, 1976)
Tony Thomas .... producer (1 episode, 1976)

Mimi Baker .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Tony Brigham .... producer (unknown episodes)
Steve Gordon .... producer (unknown episodes)
Daniel K. Thomas .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Woo-Ping Yuen .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
James Di Pasquale (1 episode, 1976)

Jacques Grassi (unknown episodes)
David Shire (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Lloyd Ahern Sr. (1 episode, 1976)
Series Film Editing by
Michael Pozen (1 episode, 1976)
Series Casting by
Judith Holstra (1 episode, 1976)
Gail Melnick (1 episode, 1976)
Series Art Direction by
Kim Swados (1 episode, 1976)
Series Set Decoration by
Edward J. McDonald (1 episode, 1976)
Series Makeup Department
Patricia Miller .... hair stylist (1 episode, 1976)
Robert Sidell .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1976)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Barry .... assistant director (1 episode, 1976)

Ronald Jacobs .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Charles David Forrest .... sound (1 episode, 1976)
Hal Watkins .... sound (1 episode, 1976)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Hank Briere .... key grip (1 episode, 1976)
Series Music Department
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor (1 episode, 1976)
David Shire .... composer: theme music (1 episode, 1976)
Series Other crew
Sam Denoff .... executive consultant (1 episode, 1976)
Walter D. Dishell .... medical advisor (1 episode, 1976)
Steve Gordon .... executive story consultant (1 episode, 1976)
Ronald Jacobs .... production executive (1 episode, 1976)
Bernie Kahn .... story editor (1 episode, 1976)
Pat Miller .... script supervisor (1 episode, 1976)
James Niver .... technical coordinator (1 episode, 1976)

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30 min
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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Classic, brilliant, hilarious, poignant & long forgotten!, 22 July 2005
Author: zacdawac from New York, NY

I don't remember that many specific details about this program. It's been a while since I've seen it, and to the best of my knowledge, it's been a while since it's been available to be seen. However, I do remember that this was a funny, meaningful and intriguing program, right up there with the best intelligent classic television comedies of the seventies.

Certain actors were meant to play gruff old men, and absolutely thrived when they did. Danny Thomas was one of them. Walter Matthau, of course, was another. Even when these performers were young, their successful characters generally had the personalities of jaded, sardonic, crotchety seniors. Walter, of course, peaked as old geezers like KOTCH and as Willy Clark of THE SUNSHINE BOYS, twenty years before he ever became a genuine GRUMPY OLD MAN. And as the old grumpy doctor in THE PRACTICE, genuine senior citizen Danny Thomas was at his best. Showbiz folklore is that Danny also felt that this was a masterpiece of a program, and that he never forgave NBC for canceling it.

What's most significant about THE PRACTICE, and what's not even mentioned here in IMDb, is that a good amount of the episodes were written by the absolutely brilliant Steve Gordon. Steve, of course, made his mark by writing and directing one of the truly great comedies of the last quarter century, ARTHUR. Unfortunately, Steve died shortly after that, and never had the chance to leave us with more of his true genius. If Steve had lived another few years, his name might be in the film history books, next to Preston Sturgess. For that reason alone, this small bit of his creativity needs to be shared with the world. I can't imagine why this program has not been released on DVD. Maybe it's because Steve and Danny aren't around to make it happen.

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