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Three Rivers: Season 1 (2009-2010)




Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 9

A run-of-the-mill medical drama, Three Rivers offers little beyond an attractive cast to stand out from the pack.


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 7

A run-of-the-mill medical drama, Three Rivers offers little beyond an attractive cast to stand out from the pack.


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This medical drama follows the team at Three Rivers Medical Center, an acclaimed transplant hospital, during their day-to-day challenges and duties. Lead surgeon Dr. Andy Yablonski (Alex O'Loughlin) is highly skilled but works too hard; Dr. Miranda Foster (Katherine Moennig) is following in her father's footsteps and trying to live up to his reputation; resident Dr. David Lee (Daniel Henney) is somewhat of a womanizer who is more interested in his romantic connections; newcomer Ryan Abbott

Genre: Drama

Network: CBS




Air date: Oct 4, 2009

Place of Life

At the Three Rivers Hospital in Pittsburgh, a clinic specializing in organ transplants, Dr. Andy Yablonski is the highly-skilled workaholic lead organ transplant surgeon, whose good-natured personality and sarcastic wit makes him popular with both his patients and colleagues. His co-workers include Dr. Miranda Foster, a surgical specialist with a rebellious streak and fiery temper who strives to live up to her deceased father's excellent surgical reputation; Dr. David Lee, a womanizing surgical resident who's broken as many hearts as he's replaced; Ryan Abbott, the inexperienced new transplant coordinator who arranges the intricately choreographed process of quickly and carefully transporting organs from donor to patient; Dr. Sophia Jordon, the dedicated head of surgery who has no patience for anyone who hasn't sacrificed as much as she has for the job; and Pam Acosta, Andy's no-nonsense operating assistant and best friend. In the season opener, a young pregnant woman's life hangs in the balance when she suffers a massive heart attack and Andy tells her that the only way to save her is for her to undergo a heart transplant. When complications arise with the donor's family, whom is a fatally injured construction foreman, Andy races the clock to save not only her life but that of her unborn child.

Air date: Oct 11, 2009

Ryan's First Day

Andy, Lisa and the rest of the team work to save an 18-year-old college student in need of a double lung transplant, only to find that she cannot be placed on the list. Andy looks for alternatives to save her life. Meanwhile, Dr. Jordan has a patient in need of new kidneys and issues arise with the donor. Also, Andy and Miranda treat a former patient, who needs a new heart as well as a second chance with mending fences with his estranged son.

Air date: Oct 18, 2009

Good Intentions

Andy goes out on a limb for a patient, who is a former drug user in convincing the UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) to allow the transplant, which takes a turn for the worse when the patient disappears from the hospital before the surgery. Meanwhile, Dr. Jordan treats a very dedicated lawyer who ends up threatening to sue her. Also, David and Ryan encounter a unique situation when they head to pick the donation.

Air date: Oct 25, 2009

Code Green

Following a bus crash, the parents of a high school football player must make a heartbreaking decision whether to donate his organs to save the lives of his fellow teammates. Meanwhile, Andy and Ryan race against the clock to find a procurement team to give a boy a heart transplant he desperately needs.

Air date: Nov 1, 2009

Alone Together

Andy's police detective wife Rena, arrives at Three Rivers when her partner, Detective Phillip Lombardi, suffers a heart attack, where its soon revealed that Lombardi needs a new heart due to an aortic aneurysm. Andy ends up risking everything by trying a new procedure to save him. Meanwhile, an old patient returns to Three Rivers with a secret about Dr. Jordan.

Air date: Nov 8, 2009

Where We Lie

Lisa responds to an accident at a local fair in which an eight-year-old boy is seriously injured and this bring up some painful memories. Meanwhile, Andy and David continue to work on getting a VAD for Kuol before it is too late. Also, Miranda and Dr. Jordan treat a young girl who collapsed during a gymnastic event and must deal with a personal issue.

Air date: Nov 15, 2009

The Luckiest Man

Andy treats Victor, a car crash patient who's dying from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) who wants to die from his injuries so his organs can be used to save others at Three Rivers. Meanwhile, David deals with the parent of three young foster children, suffering from pulmonary hypertension, who refuses to be admitted into the hospital. Miranda deals with a former heart recipient, named Barbara, who's new heart begins to cause complications, while Ryan is stuck with planning a donors-recipients reception at the hospital.

Air date: Nov 22, 2009

The Kindness of Strangers

Tracy Allen is the wife of a San Francisco billionaire who arrives at Three Rivers in need of a new liver. But complications set in when David and Pam travel to Youngstown, Ohio to pick up one from the donor, a murder victim of highwaymen, a setback occurs when the liver is cancer ridden. As a result, Tracy's husband, John, defies Dr. Jordan's advice and resorts to buying a new liver for her on the black market. Meanwhile, a friend from Andy's criminal past, named Michael, resurfaces who anonymously gives a hearty donation to the hospital for Kuol's heart transplant as a bargaining chip to get Andy to resume his old life of crime before entering med school. Also, Miranda and Andy try to treat a young couple who are infected by an unknown pathogen.

Air date: Jun 5, 2010


An unknown aggrieved man shoots new bride to be Kim Mullins. Her new husband Sam agrees to organ donation when she is declared brain dead but her mother Nancy is against it and gets a court order to stop Sam. Miranda goes out of her way to find lungs for her patient Mark Wilson and goes to South Carolina in the hope of harvesting Kim's organs and college basketball player Anton Weathers needs a new heart and hopes to benefit from Kim also but is devastated when he finds he will not be able to go pro after his transplant.

Air date: Jun 12, 2010

A Roll of the Dice

Andy must decide if he will allow a woman to start a "daisy chain" and donate her kidney to another patient on the chain until an exact match is found for her husband. Meanwhile, Andy suspects that a recent patient is rejecting his new heart.

Air date: Jun 19, 2010

Every Breath You Take

A female firefighter must decide if she should donate part of her lung to her captain, who mistreats her. Meanwhile, Andy's uncle shows up with a stab wound and asks Andy not to report the incident because he fears it will violate his parole.

Air date: Jun 26, 2010

Case Histories

Andy's nemesis, arrogant heart surgeon Dr. Luc Bovell, returns to Three Rivers after a long absence and with pioneering robotics that could change the face of surgery at Three Rivers. Meanwhile, David's long-dormant Korean is tested when a Korean female air-passenger is admitted and he has to act as translator.

Air date: Jul 3, 2010

Status 1A

When Kuol has a stroke, Andy puts him at the top of the donor list to receive a new heart. However, his transplant is put in jeopardy when the cops threaten to seize the money that was raised for Kuol's surgery.

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (9)

The show labors to achieve originality and entertain, even in this premiere episode.

October 12, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters

It's entirely possible that a great series could have this as its sole subject, but "Heartland" wasn't that show and neither is "Three Rivers."

October 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger

It's an adequate, conventional CBS-y medical drama.

October 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

You can be reasonably certain a show may have problems if you can't decide whether it's a comedy or a drama.

October 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Newsday

Maybe "Three Rivers" just needs its own transplant.

October 12, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

If it can hang on long enough, maybe "ER" or "St. Elsewhere" will donate a soul.

October 12, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

Among a waiting room of new medical dramas, this operation has the best chance of avoiding rejection.

October 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety

Sometimes, it really is kinder just to pull the plug.

October 12, 2009 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Oh, hey, look - it's a hospital drama. Never saw that coming. Doctors and nurses - and really good-looking ones at that - in a hospital saving lives? What will they think of next?

October 12, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

"Three Rivers" seems to trust the drama of its subject matter, the appeal of its characters and the talent of its cast enough to go gently into this Sunday night.

October 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

The show appears to be a friendly study in hard work and good manners.

October 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

"Three Rivers" is just more TV gurney sprinting - the same material that drove "ER'' for 15 seasons.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

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