• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 4, 2009
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. Three Rivers seems to trust the drama of its subject matter, the appeal of its characters and the talent of its cast enough to go gently into this Sunday night.
  2. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    63
    The cases are inventive, and the acting is low key. Entertainmentwise, the series is nothing special.
  3. Reviewed by: Katherine Stevens
    63
    With run-of-the-mill storylines and likeable doctors, Three Rivers is neither adrenaline-pumping, like NBC's Trauma, nor genre-busting, like House. Instead, the show appears to be a friendly study in hard work and good manners.
  4. 60
    As assembly-line products go, Three Rivers isn't half bad.
  5. These medical shows aren't brain surgery, but most of them are dead on arrival anyway. Three Rivers shows up at least with a healthy pulse.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    This is a template as well-worn as "Marcus Welby, M.D.," albeit with greater visual style and an accelerated pace--as well as an underlying "pay it forward" message about organ donation.
  7. It's not a gratuitous failure and makes enough sense to see to the end.
  8. Reviewed by: Lesley Smith
    50
    Unlike crime dramas, when the body is usually cleanly dead, by its very nature Three Rivers lingers on the processes of death and near-death at both ends of the story. Just how many poignant farewells can an audience take?
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    50
    At this point, everything about it feels generic.
  10. It's not great, it's not awful. It's an adequate, conventional CBS-y medical drama about transplant surgeons set at Pittsburgh's fictional Three Rivers Regional Medical Center.
  11. 50
    Three Rivers tries to work around the failings of its script through quick cuts and colored gels, but they're a vain attempt to build excitement where none exists.
  12. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    42
    Three Rivers is a masterful send-up of old medical TV show conventions, dating back to the '50s, with a parade of cliches so obviously and hilariously inane that you will laugh until your side aches.
  13. For viewers, it's almost impossible to stay awake.
  14. Three Rivers plays like a show that was put together in one made up of transplant advocates.
  15. The material is so inherently dramatic that there are occasional moments where Three Rivers is affecting despite itself. But it's also a danger sign that one of the premiere episode's story lines has absolutely nothing to do with a patient in need of an organ.
  16. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    40
    The supporting cast is diverse, but uniformly bland. Three Rivers isn’t as laughably awful as NBC’s "Mercy," but it’s possibly more forgettable.
  17. 30
    Sure, the show will raise awareness of organ donation; but it is certainly not going to raise the profile of good TV drama. Casting and nuanced writing might have helped, but neither are in evidence here.
  18. Reviewed by: Randee Dawn
    30
    perhaps a segment of CBS' audience will enjoy the sedative-like effects of Three Rivers, which injects sincerity and competence back into the profession with such unabashed ease that it's possible to overlook that this is utter drivel.
  19. 25
    Daniel Henney is the new handsomest man on TV and it's a pleasure to watch him walk the halls in scrubs. But even he can't make me believe what Three Rivers is selling. For that, I'd need a brain transplant.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Mar 9, 2012
    10
    I love this show. It is very entertaining and enjoyable. I really hope that they do not cancel it. I know that I would be highly disappointed. It is different than all the other shows out there. I like the cast well. Full Review »
  2. Jan 6, 2011
    9
    I really enjoyed this show! It's too bad CBS pulled the plug on it so early on. Finally there was a medical drama on TV that revolved around actual medicine (not sex and scandals like other medical dramas), and had strong, evolving characters that the audience could empathize with. The writing could have been a bit better, but overall I think this show was really great. Full Review »