Heartbeat: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
Heartbeat

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Heartbeat is a Frankensteined drama made up of hospital genre cliches and unlikable characters, though the cases-of-the-week are sporadically interesting.

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Episodes

Air date: Mar 22, 2016

In the premiere, heart-transplant surgeon Alexandra Panttiere, who's as unorthodox in the OR as she is with the two men in her life, takes on a new case.

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Air date: Mar 23, 2016

Alex suggests risky surgery for conjoined twins with cancer; and she questions her relationship with Pierce.

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Air date: Mar 30, 2016

Alex takes on the case of a young man who, due to neurological damage, speaks sentences backwards in order to test new technology. Jesse agrees with the decision, but Millicent doesn't.

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Air date: Apr 6, 2016

Alex and Pierce are at odds about whether the hospital should provide an experimental treatment for patients with advanced-stage cancer. In other events, Max wants to change the family dynamic with Alex; and Ji Sung connects with Callahan.

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Air date: Apr 20, 2016

On the anniversary of her sister's death, Alex performs heart surgery on a patient who fears she can't leave her personal grief out of the operating room. In other events, Millicent dates a sexy artist; and Pierce wants a bigger role in Alex's family.

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Air date: Apr 27, 2016

A case brings back memories for Alex, Jesse and Millicent when they try to save a heart transplant patient who sustained devastating injuries in a car crash.

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Air date: May 4, 2016

Alex and Ji Sung fight to save the life of a transgender woman with breast cancer; and a consultant from another hospital forces Jesse to confront his feelings for Alex.

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Air date: May 11, 2016

An unlikely donor emerges when Alex's father needs a new kidney; and family secrets threaten the father-daughter bond.

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Air date: May 18, 2016

Alex tries to fulfill a dying wish made by a young heart patient.

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Air date: May 25, 2016

In the Season 1 finale, a mysterious illness sends the hospital into lockdown; and leaves Alex fighting to save the lives of Jesse, Pierce and Ji-Sung. In other events, Millicent deals with the consequences when Alex disobeys the CDC; and an elderly man's search for his missing wife causes Alex to make a major decision about her love life.

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Melissa George stars in the one-season-and-done medical drama as heart-transplant surgeon Alex Panttiere, who bucks convention on the job at St. Matthew's Hospital in L.A. and also in her personal life. She handles an array of tricky cases, including—in the opener—going against procedures after the heart she needs for a patient is given to someone else; and, later, figuring out how best to handle conjoined twins who have cancer. She also performs surgery on the anniversary of her sister's death; fights to save the life of a transgender woman with breast cancer; and struggles to save a patient's life while the hospital is in lockdown mode. On the personal front, she deals with a gay ex-husband, a boyfriend and a former flame who's just re-entered her life—and workplace.

Cast & Crew

Nick Berry
Stuart Golland
Tricia Penrose
Gina Ward
William Simons
Alf Ventress
Clare Wille
DS Rachel Dawson
Nikki Sanderson
Dawn Bellamy
Rupert Ward-Lewis
PC Don Wetherby
Steven Blakeley
Derek Fowlds
Oscar Blaketon
Lisa Kay
Carol Cassidy
Gwen Taylor
Peggy Armstrong
David Lonsdale
David Stockwell
Peter Benson
Bernie Scripps
Paul Walker
Director
Keith Richardson
Executive Producer
Ken Horn
Director
Tim Dowd
Director
John Anderson
Director
Barry Woodward
Writer
Gavan Theoditis
Director
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Critic Reviews for Heartbeat Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (15)

Heartbeat is another forgettable medical drama that... will only leave audiences feeling sorry for doctors and their love lives, and scared to ever enter a hospital like this.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

NBC's Heartbeat is an annoying anachronism of a show, a program that openly steals ideas from better shows like Grey's Anatomy, ER and House, but has no idea what to do with them.

Mar 22, 2016 | Full Review…

The rest of us aren't likely to last much past the scene in which Alex pounds on the glass walls in her boss' office and shrieks, "I'm not leaving without my heart!" Whatever. Just go.

Mar 22, 2016 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

One wishes the series would fixate less on the chaos of [Dr.] Panttiere's love life. For all the longing gazes and hasty workplace hookups, Heartbeat is at its most pulse-pounding when it simply steps back to let her do her job.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Heartbeat seems like a Rhimes show, but it isn't one. It's Grey's Anatomy without the charm.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

With its rush-about protagonist flirting, sobbing, threatening, cajoling and commiserating, all the while trying to find the true meaning of something or other. Sedative, please. STAT.

Mar 18, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Given the fact that Heartbeat tries to present Alex as a feminist role-model, it's unfortunate that she is defined almost entirely by the men around her.

Mar 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Mawkishly manipulative when it isn't being annoyingly self-satisfied, Heartbeat works off an overused prescription pad of familiar plot devices.

Mar 22, 2016 | Full Review…

NBC's new medical drama Heartbeat is Grey's Anatomy for morons.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

While the likable cast - which includes D.L. Hughley, Jamie Kennedy and Maya Erskine - is easy to root for, there is little else to distinguish "Heartbeat" from numerous other medical shows.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

The show's supporting characters are all some combination of bland, unbelievable, and/or reprehensible.

Mar 21, 2016 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

The moribund midseason series is a patchwork operation that sloppily stitches together bits and pieces of healthier hospital shows, past and present.

Mar 18, 2016 | Full Review…

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