Black Box : Season 1

  • Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 24, 2014
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 68
  2. Negative: 27 out of 68

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  1. 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 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 talentsAn 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. Expand
  2. May 17, 2014
    4
    It's all kinda messy... Too much is going on too fast.

    I don't feel the characters. I didn't connect with any of them, and I don't see it happening. :/ Like, you see all the truble and pain but you just can't feel it. There's something missing there.

    I just don't buy it.
  3. Apr 26, 2014
    5
    As is obvious from the few reviews in already, this show about a woman/doctor with bi-polar disorder is getting bi-polar responses. Manic or depressive. Like or hate. While I watched the show I was initially impressed by the fact that they got their medical terms and symptomatology essentially right. Not always true on TV medically oriented shows.

    My wife, understandably, found the
    As is obvious from the few reviews in already, this show about a woman/doctor with bi-polar disorder is getting bi-polar responses. Manic or depressive. Like or hate. While I watched the show I was initially impressed by the fact that they got their medical terms and symptomatology essentially right. Not always true on TV medically oriented shows.

    My wife, understandably, found the show too intense and therefore somewhat annoying. That might be a reflection of Ms. Reilly. Cameron Diaz (Homeland) did mental intensity lots better. Basically, I enjoyed the show and would like to see it continue and develop. I do think the actor playing the egotistical surgeon needs to explain if his first name is really "Ditch".
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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
  1. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Jun 24, 2014
    40
    Reilly is intense and watchable.... But other elements of Black Box feel unconvincing, and overfamiliar, which is disappointing, considering the potential.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Apr 24, 2014
    42
    There’s no way to self-medicate against the relentless drear of this new medical drama.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Apr 24, 2014
    33
    A clumsy, pretentious, cliché-riddled mess that just happens to have a woman at the center of things.