Mr. Mercedes: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
Mr. Mercedes

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 28


Audience Score

User Ratings: 577
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Air date: Aug 9, 2017
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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.


Brendan Gleeson
as Detective Bill Hodges
Harry Treadaway
as Brady Hartsfield
Kelly Lynch
as Deborah Hartsfield
Jharrel Jerome
as Jerome Robinson
Scott Lawrence
as Detective Peter Dixon
Robert Stanton
as Anthony "Robi" Frobisher
Breeda Wool
as Lou Linklatter
Justine Lupe
as Holly Gibney
Ann Cusack
as Olivia Trelawney
Mary-Louise Parker
as Janey Patterson
Holland Taylor
as Ida Silver
Makayla Lysiak
as Barbara Robinson
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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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…

The players keep warm what could be a chilly exercise.

Aug 10, 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…

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
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • 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.
  • May 15, 2018
    loved the books. they could not have chosen better actors for these roles. can't wait to see the next season. in fact I still have season 1 recorded on my dvr so I can watch it again, especially right before season 2 begins. Mr. Mercedes is in my top five favorite shows.
  • May 11, 2018
    BEst. Series. Ever. dark and chilling - exactly what you'd expect from mr. king. it mostly followed the book, too, which is always a plus.
  • Jan 17, 2018
    Dark, honest and perfect.
  • Dec 16, 2017
    Very close to Stephen King's excellent book. Brendan Gleeson is in fine form and Harry Treadaway is positively evil! Took me a couple of episodes to realize that was Kelly Preston as Brady's alcoholic mom. What a great actress!!!
  • Dec 13, 2017
    Although some parts of the plot were very slow moving, it was overall a good show because of the acting and because of the plot's content.

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