The Great Dr. Scott

Ages: 13 - 16Manufacturer: Litton Entertainment

The Great Dr. Scott is another entry in the growing field of programming dedicated to pet lovers and their animal companions. This documentary-style show follows Australian vet Scott Miller, who runs a clinic outside of London, where everything from cats and dogs to owls and reptiles walk through his doors.

Dr. Scott, as he’s called, is an affable animal-lover and that genuine affinity for his patients drives the show as he goes through the emotional process of diagnosing and treating their maladies. Interviews with the vets and pet owners are woven with a narrator to drive multiple storylines in the course of the half-hour, and pop-up graphics provide additional basic animal facts. In one episode, a German Shepard develops an awkward gait; and the vet staff search for the owner of a lost cat. In another episode, Dr. Scott dives into the water with a dog in need of hydro-therapy; a cat with respiratory symptoms experiences serious complications during a routine procedure; and after diagnosing a vision-impaired parakeet, Dr. Scott clips her wings to ensure she doesn’t injure herself by flying.

The series does not resort to over-the-top sentimentality or sensationalism to tell its stories, and there aren’t a lot of bells and whistles, either. It’s simply a slice-of-life look at a veterinary practice and Dr. Scott’s busy days split between the “office” and occasional “house calls” in the field. If you’re an animal lover, The Great Dr. Scott makes for pleasant family viewing.

Gina Catanzarite ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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