STUDIO: 20th Century Fox
MSRP: $49.98
RATED: Not Rated
RUNNING TIME: 572 minutes
• Episode Commentaries

• Deleted Scenes

• Featurettes

• Gag Reel

The Pitch

Wharton Memorial Hospital is about to get a dose of their new wacky doctor.

The Humans

Chris Vance, Jacqueline McKenzie, Derek Webster, Nicholas Gonzalez and Marisa Ramirez

The Nutshell

Dr. Jack Gallagher is now heading up the psych services at Wharton Memorial. He has to deal with his fair share of crazies and the serious hospital administrator. Watch as Dr. Gallagher manages romance and deals with this fellow staff members. If that wasn’t enough, you also have the freaks of the week stopping by the Psych ward. The DSM-IV has never been funnier than with Mental.

Buffalo Bill has glaucoma.

The Lowdown

Mental – The Complete Season One continues the usual FOX fare of dumping a crap show on the market and seeing what floats. Originally, the executives found a setup that worked with their Freak of the Week episodes. David Carradine plays a lighting strike victim with great ease. Never uttering a word, you truly accept that he could be found in a closet one day. That was mean, I should quit.

Back to the show, we find that nobody knew what was going on. They started off with an interesting rip on House, then they tried to rip off Grey’s Anatomy. When that didn’t work, they seemingly tried to take a single script and stretch it out for two final episodes. A lot of people might want to applaud a serious take on hysterical pregnancy, but I can’t. This is just another show wasting time on a major network.

The later episodes dealt with office politics, as Dr. Gallagher had to prove that there was a method to his madness. The usual medical show fans will eat it up, while the thinking viewer will be bored to tears. How many times do we have to watch recycled hero wank about firefighters, cops, doctors and the other bastards that keep us from truly going savage? I welcome the return of the television bastard. Shows like this kill my love for first-responders.

Somebody’s going to get a timeout.

The Package

DVD comes with select commentaries and a few deleted scenes. There’s also a couple of featurettes and a gag reel. Basically, it’s your standard issue TV on DVD release. The show seems to have been shot with HD aspirations, so I hope that FOX takes a shot at releasing it on Blu-Ray in the future. But, I’d be surprised to see if the show returns. A quick google search should determine its fate.

5.0 out of 10