PBS has another hit on their hands, but there still aren’t nearly enough people watching Mercy Street. With the season finale hitting this Sunday, March 5th (8pm ET), I want to share a preview and give you a chance to catch up.
When the second season premiered, the official hashtag (#MercyStreetPBS) trended for almost the full hour, and peaked at #3 for nationwide ranking, which is a fantastic win for the show, but despite the solid rankings and ratings the show is enjoying, it isn’t enough. Not only is the show a wonderful look at a small slice of Civil War-era America, but it has a cast to envy, and they are certainly living up to expectations. Josh Radnor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jack Falahee, Gary Cole, and many more deliver characters that are engaging beyond the standard of television productions.
You can catch up on the season at PBS.org and by way of the PBS apps on iOS, Android, Roku, and more.
You can catch the preview clip above, and get some hints from the episode images below.
If you’re already a fan, make sure you know what’s coming, but if you aren’t (or, you know someone who isn’t), binge the season now so that you can tune in Sunday.
Season Two Finale – “House of Bondage” – After Antietam, the Greens suffer a setback and Pinkerton’s inquiry heats up. Foster and Samuel visit Foster’s family plantation, where they intervene in a difficult labor. The hospital staff unites to oust their hated chief. In Boston, Mary’s condition worsens.
Inspired by real people and events, Mercy Street goes beyond the front lines of the Civil War and into the chaotic world of the Mansion House Hospital in Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia. Mercy Street takes viewers beyond the battlefield and into the lives of Americans on the Civil War home front as they face the unprecedented challenges of one of the most turbulent times in our nation’s history.
Set in Virginia in the spring of 1862, Mercy Street follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the conflict: Nurse Mary Phinney (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a staunch New England abolitionist, and Emma Green (Hannah James), a naive young Confederate belle. The two collide at Mansion House, the Green family’s luxury hotel that has been taken over and transformed into a Union Army hospital in Alexandria, a border town between North and South and the longest Union occupied city of the war. Ruled under martial law, Alexandria served as the melting pot of the region: with soldiers, civilians, female volunteers, doctors, wounded fighting men from both sides, runaway slaves, prostitutes, speculators and spies.