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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Soapy but thoughtful drama looks at mysteries of the mind.

TV Fox Drama 2009
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i hated this show

i think kids should not watch this and adults shouldnt either my kids are no longer alowed to watch this

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Mental demystifies mental illness by showing it through the eyes of both the doctors and the patients. It explores the featured disorders in a way that's informative and revealing rather than tragic or sinister. It also highlights the existing tensions in the medical community, which is still full of conflict about the appropriate way to treat patients who suffer from these kinds of afflictions and help them reclaim their lives.

Although the show is open-minded and compassionate, it relies on some so-so dramatics to keep the stories going. Some of Gallagher's treatment tactics are a little far-fetched, and some of the special effects meant to help viewers "see" patients' delusions are a bit over-the-top. And like most medical dramas, Mental intertwines the patients' stories with the staff's romantic and personal relationships. Still, in the end, Mental offers thoughtful -- if not thought-provoking -- entertainment.

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