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Dr. Owen Morely
Dr. Ian Bickman
Will Van Renseller
Dr. Catherine Black
Will the writers keep Catherine cycling in and out of bipolar episodes and superficial cases weekly, as an easy way to stoke the drama? She doesn't deserve that, and neither do viewers.
This is, hands down, the worst series of the year, with the most annoying lead character in a season with many annoying lead characters.
Black's condition is no joke - except when it is. The series is severely manic-depressive itself and emotionally manipulative in both modes.
Watching Black go off her meds and in a sense, "Hulk out," is too laughable to be harrying.
Black Box hasn't quite found the sweet spot between two TV genres it's trying to straddle.
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.
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.
Reilly is compelling...and it turns what could have been a retread of House into something more interesting.
It sounds intriguing, but what makes Black Box such a unique endeavor also makes it a chaotic, hellish program.
Black Box is awful. It aims for high art, but it's pure juvenilia.
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.
Audience Reviews for Black Box: Season 1
Sep 17, 2016One thing I like about the series is the crossover of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry. Too bad it's now cancelled.
Apr 18, 2015Honestly, 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, 2014absolutely amazing!! must have a season 2!!!
Jul 24, 2014Love 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, 2014One 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, 2014Great show! Keeps me on my toes!
Jul 01, 2014One 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, 2014Well 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, 2014This 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 probably.so bye and happy memorial day.
May 23, 2014Even one star is one too many. I can't believe it wasn't cancelled after the first episode. Total waste of time.