• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 23, 2009
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
41

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 9 out of 17
  1. It sounds soapy, but it's all handled well enough, and with enough humor, that we believe it.
  2. In spite of some talented actors, it all seems more scripted than lived, referring not the world but a world of things you've seen on TV, handled well enough to make Mercy passable, but never exceptional, television.
  3. 60
    If Ozzie and Harriet, the original sitcom mom and dad, might have some trouble recognizing themselves in any of this, surely Houlihan, the bullied boy-toy nurse of M*A*S*H, will raise a clenched fist of solidarity with the hardbitten Iraq war veteran Veronica Callahan of Mercy.
  4. The class divide is ugly and pronounced, much more so than on “Nurse Jackie,” where Jackie’s best friend is a surgeon happiest in the proximity of $600 pumps. Quickly, Sonia’s aspirations are shown to be untenable.
  5. 60
    Looking for a show to stave off "ER" withdrawal? Have Mercy; it's (you'll pardon the expression) strong medicine.
  6. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    50
    Any effective moments are outweighed by thumpingly obvious sentimentality, hospital stereotypes, and undignified "girl talk."
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    Grading on a curve amid TV's viral nurse outbreak, the series proves more engaging than "Hawthorne" and less dour than "Nurse Jackie." Initially, though, it just doesn't quite possess the requisite spark that would leave people begging for Mercy.
  8. Reviewed by: Randee Dawn
    40
    Ultimately, despite an attempt to raw up the scene with topical war references, Mercy ends up being just another hospital soap opera that audiences have seen, and seen done better.
  9. 37
    There are some remarkably good actors going to waste here, most of whom will no doubt wipe this showoff their résumé the moment they get the chance.
  10. 30
    Mercy is a bunch of played-out hospital cliches placed together in hopes of being the next “Grey’s.’’
  11. When it comes to Mercy, they (and we) should probably expect none.
  12. Mercy isn't just derivative; it's stridently, obnoxiously derivative.
  13. Unlike "Jackie," nothing in Mercy feels real or believable, particularly the naivete of the recent grad student newbie nurse, who acts as if she's never been in a hospital.
  14. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    30
    There's no reason to pile on here, but this show needed many more months of gestation before getting thrown to the wolves.
  15. Mercy echoes all the worst efforts of "Nurse Jackie" without the brilliance of Falco to make you forget the shortcomings. Hell, it makes "Hawthorne" seem almost watchable.
  16. 12
    Mercy manages to stumble across a few not-awful moments here and there, but the bad moments are so cringe-inducing that the show ought to come with a warning label telling consumers this derivative melodrama is potentially toxic.
  17. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    10
    Yes, I saved the worst for last. NBC’s mawkish new nurse melodrama Mercy has no mercy.

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