One of the best shows on TV…PERIOD!
Huff is a Showtime television series about a successful psychiatrist
Dr. Craig Huffstodt(Hank Azaria) is a family man and a successful psychiatrist who gets a wake-up call when one of his patients, a 15-year-old boy, commits suicide during a therapy session. Huff’s whole existence – as doctor, husband, father, son, brother and friend – goes through a dramatic reawakening as he begins to question who he is, what he’s made of and how he fits in — anywhere. Having always considered himself the eternal caretaker, whose mission is to save people, Huff suddenly realizes that he can’t save everyone. The lines of reality start to blur as he goes from the functionally insane at the office to the daily insanities of life with his family at home. His nurturing nature is tested at nearly every turn and soon his so-called "normal" world and family life start to become as surreal as the world of his patients.
Whenever people talk about the great shows pay cable has to offer, they always talk about HBO. Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Sex and the City, Deadwood… Showtime never gets a mention, despite such great and innovative programs such as Dead Like Me, Jeremiah and now: Huff.
With Huff, like all their shows, Showtime manages to make a show with conflicted, real characters without resorting to graphic sex or violence. The language is still as harsh as ever, but it’s nothing you probably wouldn’t hear in the course of a day if you were in these situations.
Even if HBO gets all the press for their sex and violence, Showtime has another winner with Huff. Great stories, wonderfully real characters who – gasp! – make mistakes, amazing acting… Craig Huffstodt and Hank Azaria are two different people who happen to look and sound a lot alike, I must say. Paget Brewster is completely believable as the harried housewife and who would have thought Blythe Danner could be unlikeable?!
The show’s creator and executive producer is Bob Lowry. Hank Azaria plays the title character, Dr. Craig "Huff" Huffstodt.
The first season of the series (13 episodes) was broadcast on Showtime between November 7, 2004 and January 30, 2005. The second season is currently in production and premiered on April 2, 2006.
Huff is filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Besides Azaria, the cast includes Paget Brewster, Blythe Danner (who won the Emmy Award in 2005 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Izzy), Oliver Platt, Anton Yelchin, Andy Comeau, Kimberly Brooks, and Jack Laufer.
Those making recurring guest appearances on the show during its first season include Lara Flynn Boyle, Robert Forster, Swoosie Kurtz, Annie Potts, and Faith Prince.
Sharon Stone and Angelica Huston are the recurring guest appearances this year.