"Mercy Street" (TV show) is a Civil War-based drama series on PBS.

The series follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the Civil War — New England abolitionist Mary Phinney and Confederate supporter Emma Green. The Green family's luxury hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, has been transformed into Mansion House, a Union Army hospital tending to the war's wounded. Inspired by memoirs and letters from real doctors and nurse volunteers at Mansion House Hospital, this new drama reveals the stories of those struggling to save lives while managing their own hardships.

The cast includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("The Returned," "Smashed," "The Spectacular Now") as Nurse Mary Phinney, a feisty New Englander and widow who is a newcomer at Mansion House Hospital; Josh Radnor ("How I Met Your Mother," "Liberal Arts," Broadway's "Disgraced") as Jedediah Foster, the civilian contract surgeon who grew up in a privileged Southern slave-owning household as the son of a wealthy Maryland landowner; Gary Cole ("Veep," "The Good Wife," "Entourage") as James Green, Sr., patriarch of the Green family, struggling to maintain his family business while living in an occupied city; Peter Gerety ("Syriana," "Charlie Wilson's War," "Flight," "God's Pocket," "The Wire," "Prime Suspect") as Dr. Alfred Summers, chief surgeon at Mansion House, who has risen to the rank of major by virtue of his age, not skill; Norbert Leo Butz ("Bloodline") as Dr. Byron Hale, an old-school army surgeon who lives life by the book. While Hale has an eye for the nurses, he has an ongoing relationship with Nurse Anne Reading; McKinley Belcher III ("Power," "Madam Secretary," "Chicago PD," "Show Me a Hero") as Samuel Diggs, a black laborer harboring a secret knowledge and ability in medicine, which he learned as a boy servant; Shalita Grant ("NCIS: New Orleans," "Bones") as Aurelia Johnson, a beautiful, stoical "contraband" working as a laundress at the hospital, and trying to bury her past; newcomer Hannah James as Emma Green, an entitled Southern young woman who volunteers as a nurse at Mansion House Hospital, the facility established on the site of her family's luxury hotel; and Cherry Jones ("24"), guest star, as Dorothea Dix, known as Miss Dix, the formidable superintendent of Union Army nurses.

Also starring are Jack Falahee ("How to Get Away With Murder") as Frank Stringfellow; AnnaSophia Robb ("The Carrie Diaries," "The Way, Way Back," "Bridge to Terabithia") as Alice Green; Cameron Monaghan ("Shameless") as Tom Fairfax; Donna Murphy ("Resurrection," "Hindsight," Broadway's "Passion," "The King and I") as Jane Green; Tara Summers ("Stalker," "Rake," "Boston Legal") as Anne Hastings; L. Scott Caldwell ("Southland," "Lost," "ER," "The Fugitive") as Belinda; Suzanne Bertish ("Rome") as Matron Brannan; Wade Williams ("Prison Break," "Draft Day") as Silas Bullen; Luke Macfarlane ("Brothers and Sisters," "Over There") as Chaplain Hopkins; and up-and-coming actor Brad Koed as James Green, Jr.

To depict a realistic and accurate account of this era, the writers and producers collaborated with historians and medical experts, including James M. McPherson ("Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era"), Dr. Stanley Burns (medical advisor to the HBO/Cinemax series, "The Knick"), Shauna Devine ("Learning from the Wounded, the Civil War and the Rise of Medical Science"), Jane Schultz ("Women at the Front: Hospital Workers in Civil War America"), George Wunderlich, director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Audrey Davis, director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, and Anya Jabour ("Scarlett's Sisters," "Young Women in the Old South").

Season 2

Season two picks up directly from the dramatic events at the end of the season one finale, continuing to explore the growing chaos within Alexandria, the complicated interpersonal dynamics of Dr. Foster, Nurse Mary and the Mansion House staff, the increasingly precarious position of the Green family and the changing predicament of the burgeoning black population. The season will introduce a number of new elements, taking us closer to the fight and into the halls of Confederate power, all set against the intensifying war, starting with the Seven Days' Battle and culminating with Antietam.
"Mercy Street" is a production of Sawbone Films and Scott Free Productions. Executive producers include Ridley Scott ("Gladiator" and "Thelma & Louise"), David W. Zucker ("The Good Wife") and co-creator Lisa Q. Wolfinger ("Desperate Crossing, The Untold Story of the Mayflower") ; co-creator and writer David Zabel ("ER"); co-executive producer Clayton Krueger; and producer David Rosemont. Funding for the series has been provided by the Anne Ray Charitable Trust and the Sloan Foundation. Additional support is provided by a grant from the Virginia Motion Picture Opportunity Fund, with additional funding by Electric Entertainment and public television viewers.


Network: PBS
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: January 17, 2016
Seasons: 2
Production Companies:
Sawbone Films
Scott Free Productions
Electric Entertainment

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