• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 14, 2006
  • Season #: 1

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 24
  2. Negative: 11 out of 24
  1. After one hour, we not only care about the patients - but care quite a bit about the doctors.
  2. The question is not whether "3 Lbs" is familiar and predictable, but whether "3 Lbs" is entertaining. It is, and mostly because it is so familiar and predictable.
  3. [3 Lbs.], as medical shows go, is pretty, full of the kind of light-show graphics the "CSIs" and "House" have led us to expect.
  4. 50
    This show could use some brain surgery itself.
  5. It never finds a compelling vision while inside those heads to suggest it will be anything more than a good, but not great, hospital drama.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Like on House, we go inside the body, zooming from nerve endings to the mind's exotic landscape, where surreal images convey mystery maladies. If only 3 LBS were as provocative.
  7. Although competently produced, the series about doctors who specialize in brain maladies lacks a dramatic spark. Characters aren't fully formed; stories aren't arresting. Sometimes it even seems like the show was created from the transplanted organs of other series.
  8. Make no mistake, "3 Lbs." is a show that will better appeal to the CBS audience than "Smith" did, but it's a pretty generic show.
  9. 50
    There's nothing remotely fresh or original about "3 Lbs." But it is well made, reasonably diverting and lucky to be on CBS.
  10. 40
    What’s depressing about “3 lbs” is that there’s no passionate spark behind it; it’s a doctor drama made by committee.
  11. While it's quite watchable if you don't expect much from it, and while even though the cast is good company... the show is not vivid or daring enough to overcome one's sense of having seen it all before.
  12. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    It's hard to escape the sense we're watching the bastard child of the union between "Shark" and "House."
  13. 37
    The most important lesson from tonight's premiere is that there isn't a single plot point this yawn-a-minute show won't feel the need to hammer home.
  14. 30
    3 Lbs. seems like microwaved leftovers.
  15. You'll see nothing that hasn't been done on other networks and with higher skill, energy and imagination.
  16. 30
    If they can emphasize the science over the tiresome characters, they might add a few ounces to this lightweight copycat.
  17. A forgettable amalgam of "House", "CSI", and every hospital soap opera ever made.
  18. Who wants to watch a less funny, vaguely cuddlier House impersonator?
  19. As hard as Tucci tries -- and he tries very hard -- he can't make Dr. Doug Hanson into Dr. Gregory House. It's not his fault; the writers simply don't give him the dialogue and depth that Hugh Laurie gets to play with on "House.''
  20. 20
    Stuffed with incomprehensible medical jargon and grisly shots of exposed brains, 3 Lbs. would be a major annoyance even if it had an original thought in its seriously underweight head.
  21. 3 Lbs. is the most boring new show this season.
  22. 20
    Hanson might be enough to fill a few paragraphs in an old Reader's Digest "Most Unforgettable Character" featurette, but the thought of spending an hour with him every week is about as attractive as having (place name of your least favorite medical procedure here) with the same frequency.
  23. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    There's perverse fun to be had in watching "3 lbs." Count the groans as you spot yet another trite piece of formula.

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