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Saving Hope: Season 1 (2012)

Saving Hope: Season 2
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Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 12

The characters are appealing, but Saving Grace's slow place and unconvincing mix of spirituality and medicine hold it back.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 5

The characters are appealing, but Saving Grace's slow place and unconvincing mix of spirituality and medicine hold it back.



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Season Info

Season 1 of this Canadian hospital drama introduces us to Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks), a charming surgeon who falls into a coma and ends up roaming the halls of Hope Zion hospital in "spirit" form. As he observes the care given to patients, his fiancée, Dr. Alex Reid (Erica Durance), teams up with the rest of the staff to save his life and keep the hospital up and running. Over the course of the season, complications arise in the surgical suites and in Alex's personal life, thanks to Dr.

Network: NBC




Air date: Jun 7, 2012


"Pilot", 6/7/12: Hope Zion Hospital's Chief of Surgery, Charlie Harris ends up in a coma and finds himself wandering the halls in spirit form. Stuck between worlds, he watches as his fiancee and the hospital staff fight to keep patients. HD Version

Air date: Jun 14, 2012


"Contact", 6/14/12: Alex Reid treats a young boy with mysterious symptoms while dealing with the arrival of Charlie's ex-wife. Elsewhere in the hospital, Joel Goran and Maggie Lin try to help a patient who refuses life-saving treatment. HD Version

Air date: Jun 21, 2012


"Blindness", 6/21/12: After Charlie s hand moved in the last episode, Alex has high hopes for his recovery, while she treats a patient who already has multiple surgeries under his belt. HD Version

Air date: Jun 28, 2012

The Fight

"The Fight", 6/28/12: A sleep-deprived Alex takes on a night shift in the ER where an all-star hockey enforcer may be skating full-speed towards an early death. HD Version

Air date: Jul 5, 2012

Out of Sight

"Out Of Sight", 7/5/12: A high profile double hand replantation becomes Alex s chance to prove to Kinney that she is still capable of being Chief Surgical Resident. In the ICU, Maggie believes a homeless man may have been misdiagnosed. HD Version

Air date: Jul 12, 2012

The Great Randall

"The Great Randall", 7/12/12: When a severely injured man under the spell of hypnosis can't remember his identity, the hypnotist who put him under is called into the hospital where he uses his psychic ability to connect Charlie and Alex. HD Version

Air date: Jul 19, 2012

Consenting Adults

"Consenting Adults", 7/19/12: A routine surgical procedure goes awry when Alex s patient, a soon-to-be-wed young woman, falls into a coma. HD Version

Air date: Jul 26, 2012


"Heartsick", 7/26/12: With Charlie's life hanging in the balance, Alex and Dawn go head-to-head over who gets to be his legal decision maker - but are forced to put personal matters aside when they do a heart transplant surgery together.

Air date: Aug 16, 2012

Bea, Again

"Bea, Again", 8/16/12: With Charlie removed from his ventilator, all he and Alex can do is wait and ask themselves: is this really it? HD Version

Air date: Aug 23, 2012

A New Beginning

"A New Beginning", 8/23/12: When Joel gets cold feet in the OR, Kinney takes him with her on a Continuing Medical Education assignment in her hometown to help clear his head.

Air date: Aug 30, 2012

The Law of Contagion

"The Law Of Contagion", 8/30/12: When a plane is forced to land due to a sick passenger, Alex performs emergency surgery and discovers that this passenger may have brought a deadly and contagious virus into the hospital. HD Version

Air date: Sep 1, 2012

Ride Hard or Go Home

A last-resort operation is performed on Charlie, who must confront his past in order to awake from his coma. Elsewhere, Joel leads risky surgery on a female jockey, and Alex could potentially cross a line when working with an Alzheimer's patient.

Air date: Dec 23, 2013

Pink Clouds

In the Season 1 finale, Alex confronts game-changing questions following a monumental turn of events. Elsewhere, Joel scrambles to save a patient suffering from a rapidly spreading flesh-eating disease.

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (12)

Though there may indeed be more things in heaven and Earth than are dreamt of in our philosophy, a soapy medical drama is probably not the best venue in which to discuss them.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

Another uneasy mix of the spiritual and the medical.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

A sober, intelligent, placidly paced drama as only the Canadians can make. Saving Hope is better than probably even NBC realizes.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday

As far as medical stories go, there's not much in Saving Hope viewers haven't seen before (and better) elsewhere, including on Grey's Anatomy.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It's not bad so much as tired.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: HitFix

You've definitely got to disengage your brain to sit through an episode.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Half of the show is a tonal mess, and the other half is bland mush.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club

This Ghost-meets-A Gifted Man-meets-Grey's Anatomy has some fun, clever and emotion-stirring moments.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

Though the show promises to deliver a new twist on the genre, Saving Hope's focus on recycled hospital drama storylines and one-note characters feel more like a Very Special episode of Private Practice.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

It might be just what the doctor ordered for Grey's withdrawal.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

It just doesn't give you much to hang onto.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

The sloppy sentimentality is cheap and unearned, greasy camera lenses notwithstanding.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

As short-term entertainment, this could fit the bill quite nicely.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer

Its characters are comparatively compelling even when they're falling a little short.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

We've seen this kind of manipulative, heartstring-tugging material before and it's not written well enough here to make it interesting again.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source:

The amiable diversion from north of the border wins no points for originality, but boasts a winning lead in Erica Durance.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety

The characters are so appealing that I wonder whether the show wouldn't have been fine without the weirdness.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

These medical scenes are competent but forgettable, while the scenes of Charlie's peregrinations are sometimes interesting and funny but surprisingly infrequent.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

At times it's hard to tell which is less compelling - the relationships among the hospital staff or the brief glimpses of patients' life-and-death battles, which culminate quickly, if not always satisfactorily.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A medical drama with a supernatural twist, Saving Hope is a compelling hour of television.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
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