• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 14, 2005
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 22
  2. Negative: 10 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    Although the show works a little too hard at being quirky, "Head Cases" does deliver a pair of well-defined protagonists, but initially not the kind of obsessive-compulsive magnetism it will need to flourish in a pretty inhospitable timeslot.
  2. "Head Cases" has good leading men but a crushingly bad premise.
  3. The show is neither funny enough to be a comedy nor dramatic enough to be an engaging drama.
  4. 40
    The marriage of opposites is a simplistic and overused premise for a TV series, and ''Head Cases" doesn't travel very far beyond it.
  5. 38
    O'Donnell is humorless, formless and vacant; Goldberg is manic and grating.
  6. The predictability and triteness of "Head Cases" make it difficult to type even a sentence in favor of any part of this series.
  7. 63
    A show with a promising premise that could be a winner.
  8. It's too schematic by half, the banter rarely ascends to the level and wit, and it contains barely a believable moment... but it is not without a certain energy and cast-based charm.
  9. 90
    A gaspingly funny show that you ought to watch early and often.
  10. Mostly, it is a case load borrowed from "L.A. Law" and "Boston Legal." But the two troubled lawyers are amusing.
  11. 0
    Most of the shows now on network television, whether repugnant or tolerable or actually worthwhile, are competently and professionally directed, edited and photographed, but "Head Cases" is a mess even as a piece of storytelling.
  12. The title could have many meanings, but primarily it refers to the people, all 27 of them, who might find something to like in this misfit buddy-lawyer dramedy.
  13. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    30
    Too many moments feel false, overblown or contrived.
  14. 20
    One of the more embarrassing new series this season.
  15. Part improbable comedy, part unrealistic drama, "Head Cases" is nonetheless a clever series that gets incredible mileage out of its two central characters.
  16. An uneven but so far entertaining buddy show.
  17. Had "Boston Legal" not perfected the art of office insanity, "Head Cases" ... actually, nope, can't even say it would have a shot in that circumstance.
  18. This is David E. Kelley on his worst days with wildly improbable plot developments and much forced humor.
  19. 88
    The show's appeal is its breezy verbiage and well-suited cast.
  20. All alone, Goldberg is beside himself, as if Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler struggled for possession of his soul.
  21. 60
    "Head Cases" might have more of a chance if it gets a little bit sharper, edgier, funnier and surprising. But it's a likable, potentially promising premise, buoyed by the expert casting of its leads.
  22. 70
    The Practice should have been this much fun.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. MillieH
    Nov 21, 2005
    8
    This is a good show. Needs to develope the characters but has possibilities.
  2. steveW
    Nov 10, 2005
    8
    I liked this show very much. I am so tired of watching other peoples awful children, swapping of parents and kiddy porn 90210. Bring back television the way it was ment to be watched, with a plot and a story. Full Review »
  3. CindyJ
    Nov 2, 2005
    8
    Put it back on...take this other crap off.