The BEST Episodes of Mercy Street

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 4, 2020

Network: PBS

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.

The Diabolical Plot

#1 - The Diabolical Plot

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 21, 2016

President Lincoln’s visit sets in motion a diabolical rebel plot and offers an opportunity to free James Sr. Dr. Foster uncovers a scheme to undermine him at the expense of his patients. Aurelia recovered from her surgery makes a bold decision.

star 8.18
146 votes
Directors: Jeremy Webb
Writers: David Zabel, Jason Richman
The House Guest

#2 - The House Guest

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 29, 2017

A house guest becomes the focus of Alice’s schemes. When Mary falls ill, Foster’s attempts to care for her antagonize the new chief. Charlotte tries to contain the smallpox epidemic and Samuel has to make a difficult decision.

star 8.15
151 votes
House of Bondage

#3 - House of Bondage

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 5, 2017

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.

star 8.10
138 votes
Balm in Gilead

#4 - Balm in Gilead

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 22, 2017

The staff unites to save one of their own. A former slave turned activist arrives in town, causing a rift between Foster and Mary. The Greens are in disarray; Emma and Frank’s romance ignites and Samuel plans for a reunion with Aurelia.

star 8.02
175 votes
One Equal Temper

#5 - One Equal Temper

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 5, 2017

As Pinkerton looks at the Greens more closely, they join forces to hide an ugly secret. McBurney, hoping to distance Foster from Mary, sends him to a nearby army camp on a house call. Alice helps Frank escape and Samuel earns Charlotte’s respect.

star 7.97
138 votes
Unknown Soldier

#6 - Unknown Soldier

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 19, 2017

Lisette re-creates on paper the face of a disfigured, amnesiac soldier, leading to a family reunion. When Anne’s plans to be made head nurse fail, she rejoins Hale to undermine McBurney’s authority. Pinkerton questions the Greens, causing a rift.

star 7.97
145 votes
Southern Mercy

#7 - Southern Mercy

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 12, 2017

After the Second Battle of Bull Run, Hopkins and Emma set out to rescue a stranded group of wounded Union soldiers. Lisette, a hospital observer, discovers the truth about a young soldier, shocking Foster. Hopkins and Emma share an intimate moment.

star 7.84
127 votes
The Belle Alliance

#8 - The Belle Alliance

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 7, 2016

During a Union ball at their house, the Green girls and Frank initiate a daring plan to help Tom escape. Mary releases Dr. Foster, still shaky from his detox, from his “quarantine” so he can guide Samuel through a delicate operation.

star 7.80
193 votes
Directors: Jeremy Webb
Writers: Jason Richman
The Dead Room

#9 - The Dead Room

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 14, 2016

The unexpected visit of a hospital inspector throws the staff into disarray. Mary feels empathy for a deserter, while Silas makes Samuel pay for his arrogance. A family tragedy forces James Sr. to take a risky step to earn his family’s respect.

star 7.80
181 votes
Directors: Jeremy Webb
Writers: Rob Hanning
The New Nurse

#10 - The New Nurse

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 17, 2016

New England nurse Mary Phinney navigates her first day in Mansion House, a hotel turned Union hospital in an occupied Southern town. Mansion House owner James Sr. struggles to preserve the family fortune as daughter Emma secretly searches for her beau.

star 7.68
316 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
Writers: David Zabel, Lisa Wolfinger
The Uniform

#11 - The Uniform

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 31, 2016

Dr. Foster confronts his family’s divided loyalties when his mother and wounded Confederate brother arrive. Alice is shocked to find her fiancé, Tom, deeply changed by war. Samuel and Aurelia try to persuade a slave boy to seize a chance at freedom.

star 7.64
198 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
Writers: Alex Metcalf
The Haversack

#12 - The Haversack

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 24, 2016

Confederate belle Emma nurses her wounded friend. Dr. Foster wrestles with his marriage and career as Mary tries to improve her patients’ lives with Samuel’s help. Aurelia submits to Silas’ advances in exchange for his help.

star 7.53
228 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
Writers: David Zabel