Mental : Season 1

  • Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: May 26, 2009

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18

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Critic Reviews

  1. If you're bereft without new episodes of "House" this summer and willing to settle for a pale imitation, there's always Fox's Mental.
  2. Mental doesn't blow in with quite as fresh a breeze as "House." But it could get up into that division.
  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. 40
    It's a stubbornly mediocre product that really, really, really wants to be "House" in a hospital psych ward.
  5. 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.
  6. As TV dramas go, Mental is far from unwatchable. But unless you're spending the summer without cable, it's also probably unnecessary.
  7. 40
    The parts of the show that don't seem recycled from previous medical dramas seem recycled from previous crime dramas, with just a few changes of vernacular and gadgetry.
  8. 40
    Mental, a new drama on Fox, starting May 26th, is solidly mediocre; it’s not good, it’s not terrible, and there’s no reason for it to exist.
  9. 50
    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.
  10. Mental's plots are trite and secondary to establishing Gallagher as a policy-defying Brit who says ''Bang on!'' to express enthusiasm.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 7 out of 23
  1. Dr.G.
    Aug 15, 2009
    For years I've been turning OFF the TV Give us more of this and we will tune in.
  2. ShawnM.
    Aug 15, 2009
    This show is funny as heck I laugh my booty off and really hope to see it through another season or two or three. I'm biting thanks.
  3. 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.