- Funny Moments: Sheldon and Cooper decided to switch seats while waiting for the results of Pete's surgery based entirely off events that happened beforehand.
- Ensemble Dark Horse:
- Charlotte, for many fans, once she was defrosted. Probably helps that KaDee Strickland pulls off the whole Southern-Belle Texas-accented charm with perfect ease.
- Amelia proved popular enough that she was eventually absorbed into the parent show Grey's Anatomy, after Private Practice was canceled.
- Fan-Preferred Couple: Pete and Violet, Cooper and Violet in season 1, later Cooper and Charlotte.
- Addison and Sam. ADDISON AND SAM, until recently when he started getting indecisive.
- Also, Naomi and Gabriel.
- Addison and Jake, on the grounds he actually likes kids and her.
- Sheldon and Amelia have a pretty passionate fan base, although Ryan and James don't often get the Die for Our Ship treatment ( although that may be because Ryan did).
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Early in Season 3, in order to get some perspective on one of her patients, Violet poses Cooper a hypothetical: Charlotte is raped, falls pregnant by the rapist, and decides to keep it. Cooper responds with "Don't hypothetically rape my girlfriend!". A year later, Charlotte being raped is no longer a hypothetical.
- Growing the Beard: Every fan will have a different answer to "When did the show completely step out of the shadow of Grey's Anatomy and become its own entity?", but they can all agree that "Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?" is a contender.
- Harsher in Hindsight:
- In an early episode that dealt with STD's, Maya reassures her mother that she's still a virgin. A couple years later she gets pregnant.
- Sheldon turning down Amelia's advances to him becomes this when her drug addiction resurfaces and he develops a massive concern for her. He even lampshades it as a regret.
- Heartwarming Moments: When Cooper finds out that Charlotte was raped, he sits down with her, tells her he loves her (no matter what), vows to protect her, and ultimately helps her find the strength to identify her rapist. May also be a Tear Jerker for some. It was just that good.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Sam in episode 2 of the first season, upon seeing Charlotte, declares her not a member of the Practice... a season or two later...
- Jerkass Woobie: Charlotte, as of the episode in which she was brutally raped and beaten.
- Moment of Awesome: Sheldon turning down Amy's advances, and telling her to try again once she grows the hell up.
- The Scrappy: Let's just say that some characters were worthy of that sinister title in some seasons, prior to Character Development. Initially Violet was one, but slowly pulled herself out of this category. Then Sam became one because of his treatment of Addison in late seasons.
- Ship Sinking: Cooper and Violet after he got together with Charlotte and lost his feelings for Violet.
- Addison and Pete at the end of Season 3, when they respectively choose Sam and Violet.
- Sheldon and Amelia, after she straight-up tells him she'll never love him back during her intervention. While they still got back together, they're more akin to friends than an actual couple. Doesn't help that the latter just went through the death of her boyfriend and son.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot!: Began as a saner, more mature counterpart to Grey's Anatomy, only to gradually sink to levels of hysteria even Grey's would deem garish. One could say it started as Grey's Anatomy on antidepressants, and ended as Grey's Anatomy on a cocktail of Meth and Bath Salts.
- The Woobie: They take turns. Actually, there isn't a single character who didn't end up as the woobie at one point or another in the show.
- Wangst: Holy shit, where to even start? Let's just say these people make The Winchesters look like a perfectly happy, well-adjusted, picket-fence-rockin' family.
YMMV / Private Practice