Mercy Street: Season 1 Reviews

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November 16, 2018
The blood and tragedy don't feel gratuitous, but rather honest portrayals of a turbulent time in American history based on true events in Alexandria, Va. starting in 1861.
August 7, 2018
Hopefully timing and word of mouth will turn the series into a deserving contender in a Sunday television landscape packed with viable options.
June 12, 2018
Well-meaning but oh so somber, Mercy Street is a rare, born-in-the USA drama for a network that has relied on the British for almost everything in this genre.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 29, 2016
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.
February 26, 2016
A drama that exults the quality of mercy in an improvised Virginia hospital during the Civil War.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 2, 2016
Soapy Civil War hospital drama has lots of blood, history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 21, 2016
Although some aspects of the ploy may be predictable, the drama emerging from the many conflicts of the Civil War period, both ideological and physical, promise to demand attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 19, 2016
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.
January 19, 2016
It's entertaining, for sure, and immediately watchable, especially for those that love a historical drama.
January 19, 2016
At heart, Mercy Street... is a medical soap opera - Grey's Anatomy with crinolines - and that's the show's most entertaining aspect.
January 15, 2016
Mercy Street's problem is an ineffable lack of cohesion and oomph. The blood is spilling, but the heart's not pumping.
January 15, 2016
This six-episode miniseries... hugs the middle of the road so steadfastly, it makes Call the Midwife look like something by David Lynch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 15, 2016
Competing in a universe where TV plots that once would have taken a season are torn through in an hour or two, Mercy Street is probably right to keep the pot boiling.
January 15, 2016
It would be more exciting if it took more chances. But it's an earnest effort, and reminds us that all that compelling stories don't need to be told with an English accent.
January 15, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 15, 2016
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.
January 15, 2016
A shame that it quickly reveals itself to be a fiddle-dee-disappointment.
January 15, 2016
Despite the lovely title, used by both musician Peter Gabriel and poet Anne Sexton, the show is obvious and inauthentic as it tells the story.
January 14, 2016
Mercy Street offers a mishmash of standard-issue medical drama storylines and self-conscious attempts to tackle the social issues of the 1860s.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 14, 2016
PBS is to be commended for delving into the stories of men and women of all backgrounds just trying to survive a meat-grinder of a war without losing their souls (or too many limbs).
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