Call the Midwife: Season 1 (2012)

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Call the Midwife is an uplifting and sensitive take on heartbreaking situations.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2012

The drama about a young midwife in 1950s-era East London opens with Jenny Lee [Jessica Raine] arriving at Nonnatus House, a convent of nursing nuns that's a far cry from the private hospital she expected. Her first case: caring for a woman who's on her 25th pregnancy.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2012

New arrival Chummy [Miranda Hart] is welcomed by Jenny, but she gets off on the wrong foot with Sister Evangelina due to her inability to ride a bike and her overwhelming desire to please. In other events, Jenny meets a young runaway who's pregnant.

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Air date: Oct 14, 2012

Jenny befriends an old soldier [Roy Hudd] while serving on the district nursing roster. Trixie and Cynthia, meanwhile, treat a middle-aged woman [Tessa Churchard] who thought her childbearing years were behind her.

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Air date: Oct 21, 2012

The community joins together in the search for a baby girl who was snatched from her baby carriage. Cynthia, meanwhile, cares for a soon-to-be mother [Thomasin Rand] who's developed eclampsia.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2012

Jenny helps the nuns care for Peggy's brother Frank, who's dying of cancer, while the other residents try to help with his money-making scheme: raising a pig named Evie for bacon.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2012

Sister Monica Joan develops pneumonia and is later accused of theft, with the real possibility that she could be sentenced to jail causing much concern within the Nonnatus House community. In other events, Chummy's mother visits in order to meet her new beau.

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Series 1 opens in 1957 with young nurse Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine), who hails from the wealthy English countryside, discovering that her first placement is not the private hospital she'd expected, but Nonnatus House, a clinic run by an order of nursing nuns in London's impoverished East End. Among the patients she helps: a woman on her 25th pregnancy, a 15-year-old prostitute and an elderly soldier suffering from leg ulcers. While Jenny adjusts to her new life, fellow rookie Chummy (Miranda Hart) gets off on the wrong foot with Sister Evangelina (Pam Ferris) due to her inability to ride a bike, a skill that's needed in order to reach patients.

Critic Reviews for Call the Midwife Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (14)

Despite the blood and the labor, Call the Midwife is filled with heart.

Apr 2, 2014 | Full Review…

Every birth is a moment of true suspense.

Sep 30, 2012 | Full Review…

I've already been stunned by its wholesome story lines of sororal connection and its acute critique of social inequality; this is a show that does not sanitize the labor, physical and psychological, that is required of its subjects.

May 8, 2020 | Full Review…

It was... all as sweet as the cake Parfitt's Sister Monica Joan kept scoffing before the others could eat it; and I suspect it will be equally addictive. Miranda Hart arrives next week; I fear I will be watching.

Apr 2, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The advice here is to forget the politics and enjoy the performances and the trip back in time.

Apr 2, 2014 | Full Review…

This immensely absorbing drama is worth any trouble it takes to catch up with its singular pleasures.

Apr 2, 2014 | Full Review…

Call the Midwife is a celebration of life

Aug 11, 2017 | Full Review…

Lovers of Downton Abbey's sumptuous Britishness and Mad Men's vintage style will be in absolute ecstasies just soaking in the visuals of Call the Midwife.

Apr 2, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

With no new Downton Abbey episodes for months, the next best thing is PBS Masterpiece's Call the Midwife.

Apr 2, 2014 | Full Review…

Midwife offers a similar mix of warm drama with moments of character comedy that should appeal to Downton Abbey fans.

Sep 30, 2012 | Full Review…

Despite a tendency to err on the side of superficiality, Call the Midwife is generally sensitive and understanding when it comes to maternal matters.

Sep 30, 2012 | Full Review…

The full drama develops slowly, so give yourself time if you want to fully enjoy the series.

Sep 30, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Call the Midwife: Season 1

  • Jul 19, 2017
    Enjoyable. love the soundtrack. Pretty wholesome. My curiosity over the man Jenny loves is peaked quite. Only reminds me of how much I always wanted to Midwife. Subject matter and a few topics are more grown up. A few bits of cussing and one makeout scene: i can confidently introduce the show to my mum or watch with some younger family.
  • Jul 10, 2017
    Absolutely love Call the Midwife, cannot wait til next season starts.
  • Apr 30, 2015
    Love this show! Can't wait for season 4 to come to Netflix. Stories about how love impacts family and community told through the eyes of a group of nurses. Thought provoking and inspiring stories. A most watch for the romantics out there. So refreshing to watch instead of all the reality show craziness, questionalbe dramas, bad news and political shenanigans we have on TV today.

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