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Follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the Civil War - New England abolitionist Mary Phinney and Confederate supporter Emma Green.
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Series cast summary:
McKinley Belcher III ...  Samuel Diggs 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Suzanne Bertish ...  Hospital Matron Brannan / ... 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Norbert Leo Butz ...  Dr. Byron Hale 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Gary Cole ...  James Green 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Hannah James ...  Emma Green 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Brad Koed Brad Koed ...  James Green Jr. / ... 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Luke Macfarlane ...  Chaplain Hopkins 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Donna Murphy ...  Jane Green 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Josh Radnor ...  Dr. Jedediah Foster 12 episodes, 2016-2017
AnnaSophia Robb ...  Alice Green 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Tara Summers ...  Anne Hastings 12 episodes, 2016-2017
L. Scott Caldwell ...  Belinda 11 episodes, 2016-2017
Wade Williams ...  Silas Bullen 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ...  Mary Phinney 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Emily Marie Palmer ...  Sister Isabella 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Luray Cooper ...  Abel Melcher 8 episodes, 2016-2017
Jack Falahee ...  Frank Stringfellow 7 episodes, 2016-2017
Peter Gerety ...  Dr. Alfred Summers 7 episodes, 2016-2017
Jacob Dacus ...  Orderly Kendrick 7 episodes, 2016-2017
Shalita Grant ...  Aurelia Johnson 6 episodes, 2016
Patina Miller ...  Charlotte Jenkins 6 episodes, 2017
Bryce Pinkham ...  Clayton McBurney III 6 episodes, 2017
Kelly Badger Hofmann Kelly Badger Hofmann ...  Musician on Capital Steps / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Cameron Monaghan ...  Tom Fairfax 5 episodes, 2016
Russ Tiller ...  Banfield 5 episodes, 2016-2017
Brían F. O'Byrne ...  Allan Pinkerton 5 episodes, 2017
Paul D'Elia Paul D'Elia ...  Metcalf Thug / ... 5 episodes, 2016-2017


Based on real events, Mercy Street takes viewers beyond the battlefield and into the lives of a distinctive cast of characters - doctors, nurses, contraband laborers and Southern loyalists - realizing the chaotic world of Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia, and the Mansion House Hospital in the early years of the Civil War. Written by PBS

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17 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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Richmond, Virginia, USA See more »

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Mostly unremarkable but with a few pleasant surprises
28 February 2016 | by Q-PandaSee all my reviews

I had high hopes for Mercy Street. Fictionalized history has become increasingly popular in recent years, and this show had potential to be one of the more memorable ones, with a previously untapped setting and a cast full of talented actors. Sadly, the show has turned out to be mostly unremarkable.

The basic premise is simple: a widowed woman is sent to become head nurse at a military hospital converted from a hotel in Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia. On top of this premise, the show's writers have piled enough dramatic crises and neurotic characters to populate a full soap opera. Everyone is constantly shouting at each other and plotting behind each other's backs.

Given the setting, conflict and friction is understandable, and of course a drama needs, well, drama. But with only six episodes, they've created enough plot lines to easily fill a US-standard 22-episode season, if not more. Everything is just so busy that the only way we learn anything about the characters is through their conflicts. Calm moments are few and far between. Most performances border on scenery- chewing, except of course when they jump well past that border.

That said, there are a number of things to enjoy. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, always a treat, seems so comfortable with the trappings of the period you'd think she was born into it. Donna Murphy is exquisite as the quintessential Southern matriarch, turning borderline overacting into a virtue. Tara Summers has channeled all the snarky disdain of Alan Rickman while Jack Falahee is the spitting image in looks and charm of a young Johnny Depp. Gary Cole, one of the few cast members not constantly gnaw at the walls, adds just enough temper to his usual near-deadpan dryness to be a realistic Southern businessman trying to hold onto what little he has left after the Union takes everything.

The real surprise, though, is Josh Radnor. If you've only seen him in How I Met Your Mother, you'd have no idea that he's capable of the quietly powerful performance he turns in here. Yes, he does spend a lot of time chomping on the set, but he balances that with more subtle moments that reveal significant talent he hasn't had much opportunity to utilize. In many ways, he reminds me of Mandy Patinkin in his younger days.

Ultimately, the show is entertaining enough to be worth watching if you like fictionalized history. Just don't expect more from it than it is.

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