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The first original scripted drama produced by PBS in over a decade, Mercy Street is a medical show by way of a historical drama, an American story that takes its cues from British period pieces and fills its cast with strong American actors.
Mercy Street milks ample drama from the terrifying prospect of facing even the most minor of procedures in an era in which anesthesia was considered unnecessary and the most scientific testing involved sniffing.
The fact that PBS has created original content for the first time in many years is significant. More important, the fact that it's as well done as Mercy Street only adds to our hope that there will be more PBS originals to follow.
Among the many, many screeners of January premieres that landed on TV critics' desks for consumption over the holidays, Mercy Street was one of the more tantalizing offerings: Each episode made me want to see more.