Heartbeat: Season 1 (2015)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 25

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Tv Season Info

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.

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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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…

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