• Network: PBS , BBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 1, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Oct 26, 2012
    90
    This immensely absorbing drama is worth any trouble it takes to catch up with its singular pleasures.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Sep 21, 2012
    88
    This BBC hit is the soppily tender story of '50s midwives in London's East End. [1 Oct 2012, p.38]
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Sep 21, 2012
    83
    The show is a scrubbed-clean soap. [28 Sep 2012, p.66]
  4. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 14, 2012
    100
    The cast is marvelous, the gritty, post-war set pieces are meticulously recreated and, even with all the warm-water enemas and splattered afterbirth, the story always has its eye on uplift and good cheer.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. JBM
    Oct 27, 2012
    10
    The only thing negative I have on this show is the title. But the characters are engaging and you quickly find yourself cheering for them. The settings are outstanding as are the costumes and details. A solid drama with just enough small bits of comedy to keep it digestable. Full Review »
  2. May 21, 2014
    9
    This show has really grown on me. The characters are engaging and change during the seasons. The stories tug at your heart. At first, my husband had no interest in watching it, but gradually started sticking around longer and longer, until now he looks forward to each episode like I do. The stories are sometimes tragic, sometimes heart warming, sometimes funny. It may be a little too much for children due to the birthing scenes and some subject matter, but it's definitely worth a try. Full Review »