Black Box: Season 1 (2014)

Season 1
Black Box

Critics Consensus

Despite a strong cast that includes Kelly Reilly and Vanessa Redgrave, Black Box relies too heavily on unusual medical cases to offset a string of silly TV cliches about mental illness.



Critic Ratings: 29


Audience Score

User Ratings: 93
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Air date: Apr 24, 2014
Air date: May 1, 2014
Air date: May 8, 2014
Air date: May 15, 2014
Air date: May 22, 2014
Air date: May 29, 2014
Air date: Jun 19, 2014
Air date: Jun 26, 2014
Air date: Jul 3, 2014
Air date: Jul 10, 2014
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Kelly Reilly
as Dr. Catherine Black
Ditch Davey
as Dr. Ian Bickman
David Ajala
as Will Van Renseller
Ali Wong
as Lina Lark
Laura Fraser
as Reagan Black
Vanessa Redgrave
as Dr. Hartramph
David Chisum
as Joshua Black
Terry Kinney
as Dr. Owen Morely
Tasso Feldman
as Leo Robinson
Aja Naomi King
as Ali Henslee
Sepideh Moafi
as Farrah Mahmoud
Ali Ahn
as Tinker
Tracee Chimo
as Mackenzie
Rachel Brosnahan
as Delilah Buchanan
Olivia Birkelund
as Karina Black
Sharon Alexander
as Hospice Nurse
Dartel McRae
as Resident #1
Edward Herrmann
as Dr. Raynaud
Ellen Parker
as Lucy Dacy
David Rasche
as Hunter Black
Zach Shaffer
as Teacher
Kathleen McNenny
as Yvonne Guiness
Kal Parekh
as Operating Room Nurse
Ross Gibby
as Keith Harlow
Sawyer Barth
as Young Joshua
Jeremy Rishe
as Anesthesiologist
Paul Rescigno
as Truman #2
Zachary Fine
as Peter Raynaud
Lulu Wilson
as Young Catherine
Armand Schultz
as Paul Guiness
Rana Roy
as Yoga Instructor
Luke Forbes
as Resident #2
Josh Green
as Anthony Guiness
Kevin Cahoon
as Frankie
Zach Appelman
as Danny Walker
Erin Darke
as Claire Tymoschuk
Lee Roy Rogers
as Danny's Mom
April Hernandez Castillo
as Elmira Villetti
Margot White
as Sissy O'Brian
Montego Glover
as Phoebe Schwartz
Adrienne Warren
as Carrie Waylan
Trini Alvarado
as Beatrice King
Dan Fogler
as Fred Baker
Bruce Altman
as Hank Pratt
Max Darwin
as Gordon
Marjan Neshat
as Mira Darvish
Noah Unger
as Daniel Myers
Tom Pelphrey
as Joseph Moran
Joe Avellar
as Male Doctor
Gavin-Keith Umeh
as Mike Villetti
Steve Schirripa
as Joey Giordano
Elliot Villar
as Bomb Squad Tech
Becky Ann Baker
as Eileen Giordano
Moti Margolin
as Crazy Man
Erick Abbate
as Oliver Frank
Michael Pemberton
as Lionel Stark
Elizabeth Stanley
as Jennifer Redmond
Larry Wendorf
as Middle-aged Man
Guiesseppe Jones
as Captain Duffy
Colby Minifie
as Maddy Temko
Ioana Alfonso
as Trauma Attending
Alfredo Díaz
as Dish Washer
Alfredo Díaz
as Dish Washer
Nathan Klau
as Man with Poodle
Simon Feil
as ICU Doctor
Darren Johnson
as Dr. Finney
Steven Huack
as Larry Janson
Lucia Spina
as Gabriella Mozza
Josh Green (XXVIII)
as Anthony Guiness
Victoria Leigh
as Young Catherine
Tyson Driscoll
as Skylar Redmond
Chaz Menendez
as Guard #1
Annika Pergament
as News Reporter
William Parry
as Grandfather
Susan Pourfar
as Tracy Myers
Alexis Suarez
as Paramedic
Joel Perez
as Mexican Carson
Jodi Harris
as Mona Temko
Rebecca Nelson
as Grandmother
Susan Bennett
as Store Employee
Richard Hoehler
as Middle Aged Man
Q. Smith
as Singing Woman
Brendan Griffin
as Young Hunter
John Mondin
as Security Guard
Julee Cerda
as Stylist
Adriane Lenox
as Ruby Gibson
Chen Drachman
as Photographer
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Critic Reviews for Black Box Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (18)

This is, hands down, the worst series of the year, with the most annoying lead character in a season with many annoying lead characters.

Apr 24, 2014 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

Black's condition is no joke - except when it is. The series is severely manic-depressive itself and emotionally manipulative in both modes.

Apr 24, 2014 | Full Review…

Watching Black go off her meds and in a sense, "Hulk out," is too laughable to be harrying.

Apr 24, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

Black Box hasn't quite found the sweet spot between two TV genres it's trying to straddle.

Apr 24, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The characters, their situations, the tone, an incredibly specific character perspective and thus Black's bipolar mind -- it's all clear, forceful, yet unforced and riveting.

Apr 24, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Its clinically quirky heroine makes for a memorable premiere episode, but in later episodes, her flavor is diluted in a stew of typical plot lines and characters, and we're watching just another good but unmemorable hospital show.

Apr 22, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This medical procedural gets hopelessly lost in the details and struggles to maintain a balance between its lead character's personal problems and the standard case-of-the-week plot lines.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Reilly is compelling...and it turns what could have been a retread of House into something more interesting.

Apr 22, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It sounds intriguing, but what makes Black Box such a unique endeavor also makes it a chaotic, hellish program.

Apr 29, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Black Box is awful. It aims for high art, but it's pure juvenilia.

Apr 24, 2014 | Rating: 2/10 | Full Review…

For Black Box to work, you have to empathize - or at least sympathize - with Catherine. Which is tough to do given that this character knows that her behavior is hurting people around her but she makes no effort to stop.

Apr 24, 2014 | Full Review…

Black Box probably won't turn out to be the Grey's successor. It likely will prove too gonzo for some viewers and not smart or subtle enough for others.

Apr 24, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Black Box: Season 1

  • Sep 17, 2016
    One thing I like about the series is the crossover of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry. Too bad it's now cancelled.
  • Apr 18, 2015
    Honestly, this show was absolutely outstanding. I feel that it was truly ahead of its time. The only thing that brought it down was how cerebral it was. There was always a lot to think about after every episode, so much so that it could overwhelm its audience. But the casting and writing was so smart and well executed, no one was to blame for the demise of the show other than the audience.
  • Jul 25, 2014
    absolutely amazing!! must have a season 2!!!
  • Jul 24, 2014
    Love love love this show. Excellent storyline, great acting and a drama that grabs you and doesn't let go. Excellent fresh spin on a medical drama. Hope there is a season 2
  • Jul 19, 2014
    One of those shows on tv that thinks its smart, edgy and relevant when in fact it's soo not. The mental "cases" are just an exercise in mental illness cliches, over acting, people screaming and throwing things at walls, pushing over tables and some bad melodrama nonsense. For a show centered around "the brain" it doesn't have a single thought in its head.
  • Jul 11, 2014
    Great show! Keeps me on my toes!
  • Jul 01, 2014
    One of the more intelligent shows on TV. I keep rooting for Catherine, (Rotten Tomatoes you need to fix your typo) even though she insists on living on the edge of a cliff. That's the fun of it.
  • Jun 24, 2014
    Well written, directed, acted and set in the perfect location (NYC), this is not a "House" replacement but in certain moments comes close to it - when the writers trust their main character and allow her to act our her "syndrome". I hope they let her "forget" her pills again and allow the show to be wild, as it so refrishingly was in the first two episodes. Great potential - more courage please!
  • May 25, 2014
    This is my first time reviewing a TV show on rotten tomatoes and what not better way to start it off by reviewing the new ABC medical drama Black Box,which is a real weird show if you ask me but let's get down to it. Black Box stars such great talents as Laura Fraser,Vanessa Redgrave,and such others. Though with a title called Black Box you would expect it to be a horror TV show right.well no it's actually about a neuroscientist who has a mental illness. The big problem I have with this shown is that it uses mental illness cliches a lot of the time instead of being an actual story. Also it's main character is kind of a dull lead. Other characters don't help either to ratain itls problems. Black Box's story is so weak it can't even describe it's characters really well either. But the one good thing about this show is that it's cast is trying to do there hardest to make you realize what struggle there character is in. I also liked this one part where I think her head blew up because of such low prices In the grocery store but then again I could be wrong but who knows. So at the end of it, Black Box has a strong cast and a lot of moments were I laughed. But other then that, Black Box has so many illness cliches and a bland main character and a terribly told story. Next time I will share my thoughts on the new CBS sitcom Bad Teacher. But first I'll review the movie tonight bye and happy memorial day.
  • May 23, 2014
    Even one star is one too many. I can't believe it wasn't cancelled after the first episode. Total waste of time.

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