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 Mental sounds a lot like "House" or "The Mentalist" or whatever other foreign-born-actor-playing-a-haunted-man drama you can think of, well, it is. Only nowhere near as good.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The creators of Mental couldn’t take Gallagher any further up the mean-spirited scale, so instead they went too far in the other direction and ran smack into cliché.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Despite some nebulous personal baggage involving a mysterious woman from his past, the character's simply not interesting enough to carry the show virtually alone.
  7. An early scene from this Tuesday’s premier of the new Fox series Mental, a drama about a psychiatric ward in a fictional Los Angeles hospital, is representative of the larger problems that plague this ill-conceived show.
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.