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MentalNetwork: FOX
Episodes: 13 (hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: May 26 — August 14, 2009
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Chris Vance, Jacqueline McKenzie, Marisa Ramirez, Derek Webster, Nicholas Gonzalez, Annabella Sciorra, Edwin Hodge, Warren Kole, Amanda Douge, Jaime Ray Newman, and Lex Medlin.

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TV show description:
This series takes place in Los Angeles and centers around an unorthodox psychiatrist who gets named as Director of Mental Health Services of a hospital. His coworkers soon begin to wonder if he’s any more stable than his patients.

Dr. Jack Gallagher (Chris Vance) is British, yet has lived in the States for some time because his stepfather is American. Dr. Gallagher’s style of treating patients is to get inside their heads, yet most of his fellow doctors don’t understand this method at all. Part of his interest in psychiatry could be due to his sister, Becky (Amanda Douge), having schizophrenia and currently being MIA. He might also be dealing with clinical depression himself.

One person knows exactly what she’s up against with Dr. Gallagher; hospital administrator Nora Skoff (Annabella Sciorra). She has a romantic history with him and her conservative ways of running the hospital don’t mesh too well with Dr. Gallagher’s methods of treating patients. Dr. Veronica Hayden-Jones (Jacqueline McKenzie) is even more unhappy with Dr. Gallagher. She thinks she should have gotten the job as Director of Mental Health Services. She has other problems though, cheating on her husband with one of the other doctors.

Dr. Chloe Artis (Marisa Ramirez) seems to be one of the few that actually appreciate Dr. Gallagher. She feels her residency is beneath her, until he shows her everything that psychiatry can be. She is pursued relentlessly by first-year resident Dr. Arturo Suarez (Nicholas Gonzalez). He seems to have only one thing on his mind, even though Dr. Artis has told him that she’s a lesbian. Dr. Carl Belle (Derek Webster) wants to see Dr. Gallagher fail and blackmails Dr. Suarez into spying on him, knowing that the resident falsified his transcripts to become a doctor.

Series Finale

Episode 13 — Bad Moon Rising
Nora must make a difficult decision and Dr. Gallagher sees a therapist about his recent problems. While meeting in Dr. Gallagher’s apartment to solve a hospital budgetary crisis, the personnel are taken hostage by a man who believes he’s a wolf man.
First aired: August 14, 2009.


What happened next?

The show has not been revived or remade.


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camilla January 19, 2015 at 4:08 pm

I think this was the best role Chris Vance has done; although he is smokin’ hot as the Transporter. Mental had so much potential as an ongoing series. But now I would love to see a movie letting us in on what Dr. Gallagher has been doing since he was fired by the hospital. Did he come to terms with his own demons; was he able to go back to his art of psychiatry helping people with their demons; did he make peace with his stepfather and continue his relationship with his sister, finally being part of the family; did he find anyone to love and commit to??????? When he left the hospital to go on his journey of discovery and healing, did he find what he needed so that he could pursue his calling as a brilliant psychiatrist devoted to healing minds and alleviating suffering?? Chris Vance did such a great job of making his character Dr. Gallagher so human. Despite the fact that he was a brilliant and compassionate doctor; he had flaws and internal struggles; or maybe that’s why he was such a wonderful doctor. Anyway, I’d love to see Chris Vance reprise his role as an older and perhaps wiser Dr. Gallagher.


ovidiu March 8, 2012 at 7:20 am

They had a lot of courage making this movie. I believe they had a great idea and is unique. I love it! Good job!


Patricia Campbell February 18, 2011 at 3:11 am

i really enjoyed the series,and thought the acting was superb, the storylines were tastefully, dealt with. Would love to see another series made.Please!


LG January 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Psychology is increasing in interest and media. More college students are entering the field. The general public needs to be more aware of mental illness, to destroy the stigma associated with curable disorders. Please bring back the show. They were loving characters that generated hope.


Taje December 1, 2010 at 4:13 am

Please bring back the show…it wasnt advertised enough. I know this because I have gotten people hooked on this show and now there are no more episodes. I wanted to know what happened after Dr. Gallagher got fired and what happened with his sister and where the hospital was going from there since firing him??? I have all these unanswered questions!


fan November 14, 2010 at 8:16 am

Please continue this show I really liked it and I am so surprised that it did not continue. why why why this show was awsome. I love this series Please bring back the series Mental.


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