• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 12, 2011
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jan 11, 2011
    40
    Everything is all up in your grill. The touching moments aren't just touching; they're mauling. The life lessons aren't just suggested; they're shouted at you.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 12, 2011
    67
    In true "Grey's" fashion, each newbie is challenged with a case that dredges up the personal issues that brought them to this isolated spot, where, according to Ben, it's like practicing medicine in 1952 in a Third World country
  3. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    Jan 11, 2011
    63
    "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes brings us another soapy doctor drama, set in a lush jungle instead of a hospital.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jan 5, 2011
    58
    Melodrama, rippling musculature, straight-from-a-Valentine's-Day-card dialogue: There's no reason Off the Map can't become a hit. It just has to avoid sincerity like the plague. Or gangrene.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 11, 2011
    50
    There aren't any particularly wince-inducing moments, but nor are the various grabs for the heartstrings as successful as they are when "Grey's" is at its best. No lows, but no highs, either.
  6. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jan 11, 2011
    40
    Alas, it all plays just as sappy as it sounds, even with the gorgeous and ridiculous distractions of make-do medicine.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jan 12, 2011
    60
    After you watch Wednesday night's premiere of ABC's doctor drama Off the Map, you might think the title means the show hasn't quite found its path yet. You'd be right. But it's got a shot to get there, with an engaging ensemble cast and a novel premise that could prove useful.
  8. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 10, 2011
    83
    [Rhimes] may still be up to her old tricks, but here they seem fresh and energetic. Best of all, she has a solid young cast that pulls them off well.
  9. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jan 20, 2011
    75
    This enjoyable series from the Grey's Anatomy team is sort of Doctors Without Borders--who are also without too many clothes. [24 Jan 2011, p.41]
  10. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jan 12, 2011
    50
    So what we have here is another show in which pretty, mildly tortured people perform deeds of medical derring-do while trying to figure out how they, and various parts of their individual anatomies, might fit together.
  11. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 11, 2011
    30
    It's a shame that the writing makes Off the Map so unwatchable.
  12. Reviewed by: Cynthia Fuchs
    Jan 12, 2011
    40
    The trouble is, they don't surprise you. Their routes to redemption are laid out early and often.
  13. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jan 11, 2011
    50
    The real challenge for the writers is to use the show's formula without becoming so enslaved to it that they fail to allow the characters to move beyond being cliches.
  14. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jan 11, 2011
    40
    No matter how many times the show piles on another complication for the patients of the week, everything about the characters and the cases has a been-there, done-that feeling, and that rote quality is not mitigated by the occasional acknowledgement of the show's jungle setting.
  15. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jan 11, 2011
    50
    Off the Map takes few chances with plot or characters.
  16. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jan 12, 2011
    40
    In practice, Off the Map plays like a rote example of "It's _____, but set in _______!" school of programming, in which the background is much more interesting than the foreground.
  17. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 12, 2011
    40
    The conditions at the clinic and surrounding villages are unnervingly primitive, which adds to the drama and the stakes of many of these emergency triage cases. But it's the painfully earnest dialogue that could really make you ill.
  18. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jan 11, 2011
    37
    Sadly, it takes even less time to realize that Map is a near-criminal waste of talent.
  19. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 10, 2011
    40
    The series opens with the doctors taking a cliff plunge into the inviting ocean, but this is a show where nothing qualifies as a creative leap, much less the sort of dive to merit keeping Off the Map on viewers' radar.
  20. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jan 12, 2011
    30
    ABC's feverishly dumb new drama Off the Map takes fans of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" on an arduous trip to a tiny village in the tropics, "somewhere in South America." It's echh in the time of cholera.
  21. Reviewed by: Mikey O'Connell
    Jan 13, 2011
    50
    OTM doesn't immediately grab us the way "Grey's" or "Private Practice" did--though the latter did suffer an admittedly rocky start. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that there seems to be a bit of an identity crisis happening here.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Jan 19, 2011
    10
    This show is a lot like Greyâ
  2. Jan 13, 2011
    4
    Pretty darned average stuff, but not as horrible as I thought it could be. Seems like I've seen it all before. But there's something about the actress from "Wonderfalls" which seems to give the show some promise. The guy from "Friday Night Lights" needs a better role. I'll watch the next episode while doing some work around the house, and if it doesn't pick up, it'll be gone. Full Review »
  3. Jan 13, 2011
    1
    A better title for this show should be ''Not Another Hospital Drama''. The lines are repetitive, the story is predictable and the geographical descriptions inaccurate. The title ''Off the Map" states that every place south of the United States is indubitably â Full Review »