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  • Series Premiere Date: May 26, 2009
  • Season #: 1
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 39 Ratings

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  • Summary: Chris Vance is Dr. Jack Gallagher, the nonconformist new director of the psychiatric section of a Los Angeles hospital.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Health & Lifestyle
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. 63
    You don't have to be nuts to love Mental, which is a kind of schizophrenic "House"--but you do have to be willing to suspend disbelief to the point of, well, insanity.
  2. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    Gallagher's played by Chris Vance ("Prison Break"), who tries to overcome the cheesy script with a British accent and a little dignity. He fails.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    It is so numbingly derivative--effectively a dull mash-up of "House" and "Private Practice"--that you quickly forget it's also numbingly silly. But then, maybe that's the whole idea.
  4. Mental was produced on a relative shoestring by Fox Telecolombia, and there's a flatness not only to the sets (which look not unlike what you might see on a Univision show), but the dialogue and characterizations.
  5. Reviewed by: Randee Dawn
    Ultimately, the problem is that while someone's used considerable brain power to put all these pieces together, they clearly just haven't thought things through.
  6. 30
    On Tuesday night, we're going to see if you can get it from television, with three shows that--intentionally or otherwise--document seriously disturbed minds, with results ranging from riveting to revolting. Tending toward the latter is Mental.
  7. 30
    Jack delivers to every brilliant-offbeat doctor expectation, which means that for all his hyper-performative charms, Jack is also tedious, right down to the zipper in his forehead that marks commercial breaks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 7 out of 23
  1. DeniseJ.
    Aug 15, 2009
    Yes, while it has a similar feel to it as "house" (Mind you house is a VERY successful show...) it is all the same fresh and EXCITING! Some scenes make you crack up while others bring emotional turmoil and torture to your soul. We are ALWAYS wondering however, what will happen next! I pray we will be blessed with a season 2 perhaps jack will find a way to open his own clinic and snag his previous co-workers/boss to join his team leaving the bay guy and his pharmaceutical company endorsers to fail terribly without a team who actually cares thus it's doors closing and referrals up the yang coming to Jacks team, lol. Expand
  2. AaronA.
    Aug 15, 2009
    * Yes, yes, yes! At last a show that holds my attention! Love it and look forward to seeing a whole lot more of it.
  3. Dr.G.
    Aug 15, 2009
    For years I've been turning OFF the TV Give us more of this and we will tune in.
  4. DianaC
    May 28, 2009
    I don't watch a lot of TV but I like this show. The doctor and hospital shows are tired. This is refreshing and fascinating for those who have an interest in psychology and the workings of the mind. Expand
  5. GwennethS
    Jun 6, 2009
    Not good, not bad...mediocre. Another disappointment. The Mentalist and "The Unusuals" score high with me...and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for possible success of the upcoming "The Philanthropist"... I miss "Life"..."Lie to Me" and "Castle"...Sure hope they make it back in the fall. I think it will be curtains for "The Listener" and "Mental". Expand
  6. RandylK
    Jul 25, 2009
    Isn't anyone bothered by the sound effects in the segue clip going into commercials? What does the elevator ding have to do with anything on the show other than the very sick joke of "their elevator doesn't go all of the way to the top". Expand
  7. AndyA
    Jul 31, 2009
    Well I was liking Foxes new show Mental until I saw the episode, "Do Over" and it suggests reincarnation may be valid. Mental's concept of psychiatry is living in a dream world; too bad. Psychiatry doesn Expand

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