• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 17, 2012
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 24
  2. Negative: 8 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 14, 2012
    40
    There's nothing initially compelling enough to warrant regular visits, much less house calls.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 17, 2012
    60
    A lead character stuck endlessly agonizing over her fate isn't a character we will watch forever, even though Spiro is one of the freshest and brightest stars on TV this season.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 17, 2012
    30
    Fox's preposterous organized crime/medical show combo platter The Mob Doctor manages to be silly and sappy.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 17, 2012
    10
    An aggressively preposterous mash-up of medical and mob clich├ęs that results in the sort of hack-work melodrama that would defeat even the most brilliant script doctor.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 17, 2012
    25
    As its name indicates, it's half Mob drama, half doctor show, and all terrible.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 11, 2012
    40
    In Fox's new series, The Mob Doctor, trying to reinvent the wheel has led to a truly flat idea.
  7. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 17, 2012
    30
    Feisty is one thing, rude is another. But all of that is of a piece with the show's generally lazy approach to storytelling: A couple of supporting characters are cardboard villains, and a subplot about a minor's surgical procedure doesn't make a ton of sense if you know the first thing about medical privacy laws.
  8. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Sep 17, 2012
    38
    They tried for the tried and true, hoping they'd get "The Sopranos" meets "Grey's Anatomy" while filling the hole "House" left in the schedule. And, like a camel, they ended up with an animal made by committee.
  9. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Sep 17, 2012
    40
    The most earnestly silly show of the fall.
  10. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 17, 2012
    58
    This show almost works, and credit has to go to star Jordana Spiro ("My Boys"), who imbues her Dr. Grace Devlin with equal parts brass and cleverness.
  11. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 14, 2012
    0
    The two-taste-treats-in-one thing worked for Hostess Ding-Dongs, so maybe Fox figured it would work for this ding-dong of a dud for the masochists in the crowd.
  12. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 12, 2012
    42
    Mob Doctor is one of those classically bad concepts that somehow got green-lighted as a series.
  13. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Sep 17, 2012
    60
    Despite the frantic and at times clunky initial execution, there are times when The Mob Doctor shows signs of transcending the typical doc-with-something-extra medical procedural.
  14. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 17, 2012
    70
    Devlin's complex relationship with the gangsters is what elevates The Mob Doctor into something a cut or two above a Grey's Anatomy rip-off.
  15. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 14, 2012
    0
    It's never good news when you start to watch a new show and can't get past quibbling with the whole concept.
  16. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Sep 14, 2012
    75
    No, it's not exactly "House." But it isn't like any other show, either, with its mad mix of moral dilemmas, medical crises, family ties, double-life-living and, y'know, rubouts 'n' stuff.
  17. 50
    The Mob Doctor's pilot is stranded between quality cable nuance and broadcast network spoon-feeding.
  18. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Sep 11, 2012
    63
    The show should focus less on catty hospital politics and more on the inherently compelling conflict of a person who has good reason to do bad things.
  19. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Sep 17, 2012
    37
    Unfortunately, beyond the strained concept, it has ridiculous dialogue and ludicrous situations that the best actors in the world couldn't salvage.
  20. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Sep 17, 2012
    50
    I get the feeling Grace will always do the right thing, which is going to make The Mob Doctor predictable and not all that entertaining.
  21. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Sep 17, 2012
    40
    The pilot is so packed with generic scenes of medical crises and mob muscle-flexing that it feels as if the creators went to a buffet of past series and desperately piled everything they could reach onto the mob doc's plate.
  22. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Sep 17, 2012
    50
    At its heart, The Mob Doctor feels more like a by-the-numbers CBS procedural than an "edgy" Fox drama.
  23. Reviewed by: Michael Landweber
    Sep 17, 2012
    70
    While Grace must seek to do right, The Mob Doctor is most compelling when she has to sort out what that is, and also when she has to justify what she does wrong.
  24. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Sep 12, 2012
    42
    Here's a show descending into self-parody before it even has a self to parody. [14/21 Sep 2012, p.133]
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Sep 24, 2012
    2
    The decent cast deserve a better-written vehicle than this. Here's a tip from the show-it-don't-say-it file: find a way to make your main character plucky without sticking it in the dialogue. The concept probably could have worked, but I don't see this getting renewed. Full Review »
  2. Nov 16, 2012
    6
    Like many others I too desperately wanted to like this show. Simply put, I believe that the stellar cast has been plagued with bad writing. Its just too cliche and at times unbelievable... great acting, bad stories. Full Review »
  3. Jan 24, 2013
    8
    With all the reality shows and I must say very poor choices for NBC, I have enjoyed the show The Mob
    Doctor. The story kept continuing which
    I enjoyed. But as far as I was told my view at 66 really doesn't
    count anymore, the networks are trying to get the 25 year to 45 year old mainly for the commercials That's who really pays the actors.
    Full Review »