Black Box : Season 1

  • Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 24, 2014
Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 27
  2. Negative: 13 out of 27

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Apr 22, 2014
    91
    Black Box creates compelling people while smartly pondering identity, relationships, connection--it doesn't need the amped-up atmosphere.
  2. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Patrick Gomez
    Apr 18, 2014
    88
    The procedural elements of the medical drama hum along nicely, but it's Reilly's performance outside the operating room that makes this show worth watching. [28 Apr 2014]
  3. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Apr 23, 2014
    83
    Black Box doesn’t have that show’s [HBO's Enlightened] subtlety, but it’s certainly demonstrated an interest in creating a portrait of a contradictory and flawed, but powerful and engaging female character.
  4. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Apr 18, 2014
    80
    Ms. Reilly, who is otherwise appealing, brings an all-too-steady intensity to the role of Catherine--a kind that makes it hard to tell, on occasion, whether the doctor is on her medication or off it. That aside, and despite some madly improbable adventures in the hospital's brain-surgery unit, creator Amy Holden Jones and team have delivered a Black Box whose content is both smart and seductive.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Apr 24, 2014
    75
    This everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to storytelling does not help Black Box to be taken seriously.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Apr 22, 2014
    75
    It’s a solid start for a series that holds a lot of promise if given the chance to grow.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Apr 21, 2014
    75
    We not only see how those stories [of her patients] play out, but how Black’s story does, too. We see how her ailment affects her relationships with her boyfriend (David Ajala) and her family, and what little control she has over her life.
  8. This is a show that has its heart in the right place, but is, ironically, pretty mindless.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 10 out of 36
  1. Apr 24, 2014
    7
    Very solid, somewhat borderline. Yet at the same time, compelling and intriguing enough to bring you back for the next 12 episodes. The showVery solid, somewhat borderline. Yet at the same time, compelling and intriguing enough to bring you back for the next 12 episodes. The show can be VERY melodramatic at times--yet the tone, mood, and aspects of the show row along nicely to make this psych medical drama worth-watching--but mostly because of Vanessa Redgrave's stellar performance and the suspense that Kelly Reilly brings to Dr. Catherine Black. Full Review »
  2. Apr 26, 2014
    4
    An unbelievably (can't get past the first commercial) bad show. Having been a mental health professional and wondering if the visual mediaAn unbelievably (can't get past the first commercial) bad show. Having been a mental health professional and wondering if the visual media would ever do a decent series about mental health I am again disappointed. The writing is bad, the acting is bad, the thinking is bad! I knew it might be terrible when I saw Vanessa Redgrave in the credits. How often do we have to see great talents whoring themselves in old age? This is like "Monk" on steroids, "Sherlock" on PCP, or Jim Carrey on Viagra. Somebody read R.D. Laing and drummed the old hoary idea that the mentally ill are just misunderstood geniuses, and then threw in the M.D. from "House" (why do Brits always play these roles?) to oversee the asylum. Full Review »
  3. Jun 4, 2014
    10
    Black Box is the most compelling, interesting new show this season. As another reviewer has stated, unless you have known someone whoseBlack Box is the most compelling, interesting new show this season. As another reviewer has stated, unless you have known someone whose behavior can turn so dramatically when meds are missed, the lead character's behavioral changes may seem absurd. I find the various plot lines to be engaging, NOT confusing. You do have to watch all episodes in sequence, and it is very helpful to be able to re-play to fully understand all the interplay. I sincerely hope the show will be renewed for future seasons. Full Review »