Carol's Second Act: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Carol's Second Act

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While Carol's Second Act earns high marks for bringing Patricia Heaton front and center, awkward plotting and lackluster jokes hold it back from living up to its star's high standards.

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Critic Ratings: 16

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User Ratings: 79

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Air date: Sep 26, 2019

In the premiere, Carol enthusiastically begins her first day as an internal medicine intern, but has a rocky start when she disregards direct orders from her boss in order to help a patient. Also, Carol meets Dr. Frost, a senior attending physician who may be the ally she needs in her second act.

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Air date: Oct 3, 2019

Carol treats an elderly patient with a fever, Mrs. Zahn, and her tests are inconclusive so she must find a way to work around Dr. Jacobs and hospital policy to take extra time to observe her. Also, Daniel is embarrassed when his fellow interns find out that he doesn't know how to do the basic medical skill of drawing blood.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2019

Carol's standard, run-of-the-mill case turns out to be something more than it seems, while the other interns battle over who gets the patient with a fascinating and rare problem. Also, Daniel makes a crucial mistake that gets Dr. Jacobs attention...by eating her food.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2019

When Dr. Jacobs collapses after running a marathon, Carol becomes her doctor and they clash over her course of treatment. Also, Daniel and Lexie try to help Caleb conquer an old phobia.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2019

Carol has her first solo overnight shift at the hospital, but Dr. Frost's enthusiastic help and involvement become a little more than Carol bargained for. Also, on the interns' rare night off from the hospital, Jenny takes them all out to a bar to find dates.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2019

The hospital is abuzz when Carol is assigned to care for a star college football player with a broken rib. Also, sparks continue to fly between Jenny and Daniel.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2019

When the other interns begin to feel the strain of being first-year residents, Carol tries to help with lessons learned from years as a working mom, but soon realizes that she may have stretched herself too thin. Also, Jenny and Dr. Frost face off when she tries to sell him some of her latest pharmaceuticals.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2019

Carol's dear friend Phyllis is admitted to the hospital, and Carol jealously witnesses what retirement would have looked like for her. Also, Daniel takes credit for Caleb's excellent diagnosis and is bothered when Caleb doesn't seem to mind.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2019

As the hospital hosts therapy dogs to help care for their patients, Carol helps Lexie when the emotional burden of being a doctor becomes too "ruff."

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Air date: Dec 12, 2019

Carol excitedly plans an early Christmas celebration for Jenny, but Jenny's preoccupied with her secret first date with Daniel. Also, the doctors investigate a case of food poisoning at an office holiday party.

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Critic Reviews for Carol's Second Act Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

Literally nothing jells in this ham-handed first half-hour, and it may already be too late for full-blown emergency surgery. Still, Carol's Second Act could well get a decent tune-in due to [Patricia] Heaton's mere presence.

Sep 25, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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Heaton nails the role because she's had so much practice at this, but "Carol's Second Act" does her - and the trope - one better, by ever-so-slightly inverting our Heaton expectations.

Sep 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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The joke-telling isn't particularly sharp - a lot of punchlines revolve around slapstick mischief and the rookies' fear of killing their patients - but Heaton's veteran comic timing and Jalees' sardonic delivery keep the energy afloat

Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a pretty decent act, and Heaton presents it with the same practiced, self-effacing charm. But the show around her isn't nearly as funny.

Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The episode is so annoying that repeats should be shown in New Zealand prisons as punishment.

Feb 27, 2020 | Full Review…

It's not awful, but it's not all that good, either.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Seasoned intern wins fans in heartwarming comedy.

Oct 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Even the natural charisma of Patricia Heaton can't save the groaner jokes that are thrown her way. Still, she more than gamely tries.

Oct 1, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Carol's Second Act could use more punchlines and less impassioned wisdom.

Sep 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Patricia Heaton's one of the few stars that can make a show better by sheer force of will.

Sep 27, 2019 | Full Review…

[Patricia Heaton] shines among a bunch of promising comic actors.

Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…

[Patricia Heaton] has earned enough goodwill to carry her fans past the rougher patches in a genial but otherwise ordinary workplace comedy.

Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Carol's Second Act: Season 1

  • Sep 10, 2020
    The jokes are horrible and the standard multi-camera, standard sitcom format, computer generated laughter only serves to obviate the lazy writing and lazier acting. Patricia Heaton did The Middle for 8 years and it was awesome by comparison. I do not know why she would go out of her way to move backwards.
  • May 10, 2020
    I love this show. I'm hoping that they reconsider.
  • Mar 07, 2020
    In my opinion, It's the worst show of the season.
  • Feb 14, 2020
    I love it!!!! So funny!
  • Jan 26, 2020
    Carol's Second Act is a horrible show. It's supposed to be a comedy, yet there's nothing funny to laugh at - the jokes all fall flat. Time to cancel this series.
  • Jan 23, 2020
    Expected more from Patricia Heaton. Love her in Raymond & The Middle. This was a disappointment.
  • Jan 17, 2020
    I love Patricia Heaton, but this new show was not funny.
  • Jan 15, 2020
    Patricia Heaton definitely carries the show. The supporting characters seem to be forcing out lackluster, forced jokes. It's just not that funny.
  • Jan 14, 2020
    Patricia Heaton is a superb comic actress. Excellent supporting actors. Laugh filled comedy. This show needs to stay on the air.
  • Jan 13, 2020
    boring, and all this SJW crap make it wors

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