Mr. Mercedes: Season 1 (2017)


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Mr. Mercedes

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Mr. Mercedes propels its tense, creepy narrative with quick-witted dialogue, strong characters, and terrifying surprises.



Critic Ratings: 28


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User Ratings: 605

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Air date: Aug 9, 2017

The series premiere opens two years into the retirement of ex-homicide detective Bill Hodges, who's haunted by his last case—a massacre that left 16 people dead. When the demented culprit begins to torment Hodges, he is compelled to revisit the case.

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Air date: Aug 16, 2017

As Hodges struggles to maintain his sanity, both Pete and Ida take notice. Deborah worries about Brady, who gives her a window into his latest work. Hodges connects with Olivia Trelawney's sister Janey, who hires him as a private detective.

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Air date: Aug 23, 2017

Hodges and Janey dig deeper into the circumstances surrounding Olivia's death. Hodges uses Debbie's Blue Umbrella to turns the tables on Brady. Jerome's father intervenes in his relationship with Hodges.

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Air date: Aug 30, 2017

Ida is hurt as Hodges and Janey's relationship intensifies; Lou is disturbed by an interaction with a customer; and Deborah takes Brady to the cemetery, where they reflect on their difficult past.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2017

The cat and mouse game between Hodges and Brady escalates; Hodges has an upsetting conversation with Janey's mother; and Deborah's drinking almost causes an accident at the Hartsfield home.

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Air date: Sep 13, 2017

Hodges struggles with the past as it concerns his daughter, Allie. As Deb attempts to make a change for the better, Brady interferes. Robi continues pressuring Brady to impress their bosses. Hodges connects with Janey's niece, Holly.

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Air date: Sep 20, 2017

As Hodges helps Janey through a difficult time, their connection deepens. Realizing he still needs their help, Hodges brings Jerome and Holly back into the investigation. Deborah confronts Brady with her concerns.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2017

A critical error puts Brady in the center of a crisis of his own making. Holly and Jerome make a pivotal discovery. After a tragedy sends Hodges reeling, he goes to visit his daughter, Allie.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2017

Jerome and Holly tell Hodges their concerns about the Mercedes Killer. Tensions continue to escalate between Brady and Robi. As details about the investigation emerge, Hodges, Pete, and Izzy close in on their suspect.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2017

When another murder victim is discovered, suspicions about Brady are confirmed. As the police prepare for another massacre, Hodges fears for the safety of those he loves.

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The first season of the mystery-thriller series based on a novel by Stephen King opens with a man in a clown mask driving a stolen car into a crowd, killing everyone; the crime is then investigated by Detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson). Two years later, Bill Hodges is now retired, but is still haunted by the case of "Mr. Mercedes." When the killer himself, Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway), leaves a message on his answering machine taunting him, the former detective launches himself into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse. He's helped by his neighbor, Jerome (Jharrel Jerome), and Janey (Mary-Louise Parker), the sister of the original owner of the Mercedes.

Cast & Crew

Brendan Gleeson
Bill Hodges
Robert Stanton
Anthony 'Robi' Frobisher
Breeda Wool
Lou Linklatter
Scott Lawrence
Pete Dixon
Jharrel Jerome
Jerome Robinson
Kelly Lynch
Deborah Hartsfield
Harry Treadaway
Brady Hartsfield
Mary-Louise Parker
Janey Patterson
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Mercedes Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (11)

David Kelly and Stephen King have been entertaining the masses for many decades now, yet in Mr. Mercedes, they're both doing some of their best work in years.

Aug 9, 2017 | Full Review…
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This is an all-star crew operating at near the peak of their abilities. It makes for a tight, terrifying story of a retired cop and the madman who got away but won't go away.

Aug 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Mr. Mercedes is premium-unleaded nightmare fuel right out of the gate, without even a touch of the strange or supernatural.

Aug 7, 2017 | Full Review…

The drama comes off as an unappealing combination of Stephen King's most ghastly horror moments mashed into a hard-boiled detective story. It doesn't earn its violence, even with a game cast and compelling ideas.

Aug 7, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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The players keep warm what could be a chilly exercise.

Aug 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Mr. Mercedes is a fine example of something that has been less frequent over the years -- an effective Stephen King adaptation carried by strong performances and smart writing choices.

Aug 9, 2017 | Full Review…

The performances are strong throughout the show and writing is solid as well. Unfortunately, even the well-written dialogue is held back.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The genius of this series was that all of the characters, even the most minor, were so quirky and so well cast that they seemed to have lives that extended beyond their presence on screen.

Sep 25, 2017 | Full Review…

The bedrock is King's book. TV hasn't always done justice to fiction's greatest living storyteller. Mr Mercedes looks like it will.

Sep 22, 2017 | Full Review…

I may have my quibbles about some of it, particularly in terms of the unnecessary changes, but overall, it's a pretty solid adaptation to date.

Aug 31, 2017 | Full Review…

David E. Kelley definitely still has it, but working with some constraints - adapting a novel and/or working with a forceful director like Bender or Jean-Marc Vallée - makes it easier for him to remind us of that fact.

Aug 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Executive producer and writer David E. Kelley has delivered another powerful adaptation on the heels of his Emmy-nominated Big Little Lies for HBO.

Aug 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mr. Mercedes: Season 1

  • Jun 05, 2019
    Certain novels would make great films and I honestly thought this Stephen King book was better suited to the cineplex, I was wrong. Great cast and creepy premise that grows better with each episode. Unsure where season 2 will go, but at least this show received a season 2 and 3 for that matter. I've joined this series at the right time and fingers crossed 2 and 3 deliver. 05/06/2019
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  • Dec 27, 2019
    Good. Half true to the book , which was much better, but still worth the time to watch.
  • Dec 18, 2019
    I don't get the high reviews. I read the book which was really good but the tv series feels like a low budget, b/c-level adapation. I'm on episode two and will likely pull the plug. Defiintely not worth the $1.99 per episode on Amazon.
  • Nov 15, 2019
    WONDERFUL . Great acting and wonderfully directed. Would HIGHLY recommend. Stephen King be proud.
  • Nov 03, 2019
    Hadn't read any of the books this was based on but gave it a try as it was based on a Stephen King book. Pleasantly surprised at how good this series was. As a fan of Stephen King, and even some of the worst King film/tv adaptations, I'm used to sitting through at lot of cringey/cheesy acting. I'm happy to say there wasn't a lot in this series with all the actors managing to portray the recurring characters in a mostly believable way. Brendan Gleeson and Harry Treadaway manage to pull off the main two roles in the series perfectly and can't think of any other actors that would do a better job. Special mention for Robi (Robert Stanton) and Lou (Breeda Wool) for their shop based scenes. Having spent many years working in similar environments they pull off the sort of relationship I've seen a lot of - Employee who doesn't really want to be there but needs the paycheck and Manager who is desperately trying to get ahead despite unreasonable targets from above. Really looking forward to the 2nd series when I can find some time.
  • Oct 01, 2019
    It's been a long time since I've seen such good acting go to waste. Every one of them is pitch perfect. Watch this only if you're a fan of the art form.
  • May 24, 2019
    Amazing merciless show about a serial killer playing a cat & mouse game w/ the detective that's trying to catch him & it having real repercussions!
  • Apr 13, 2019
    En af de bedste bog adoptioner jeg har set.
  • Sep 12, 2018
    Compelling, edge of the seat, nail biting TV. The lead character is as endearing as he is repellant and his arch nemesis is as weird and awful as they come. This is a world peopled with dark, deep and multilayered characters. Couldn't stop watching.
  • Jul 29, 2018
    Great adaptation from the book, looking forward to the next season.

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