Mr. Mercedes (TV series)

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Mr. Mercedes
Based onMr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers &
End of Watch
by Stephen King
Developed byDavid E. Kelley
Opening theme
"It's Not Too Late"
by T Bone Burnett
(season 1)

"I Shall Not Be Moved"
by Mississippi John Hurt
(season 2)
"Series of Dreams"
by Bob Dylan
(season 3)

Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes30 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Marty Bowen
  • Wyck Godfrey
  • Chris Long
  • Shane Elrod
  • Tom Lesinski
  • Jenna Santoianni
  • Stephen King
  • Jack Bender
  • David E. Kelley
  • Kate Regan
  • Ellen Stafford
  • Brian Walsh
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time49–57 minutes
Production company(s)
Original networkAudience
Original releaseAugust 9, 2017 (2017-08-09) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

Mr. Mercedes is an American crime drama television series based on the Bill Hodges novel trilogy by Stephen King, which consists of Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, and End of Watch. The series premiered on Audience on August 9, 2017. It was developed by David E. Kelley and stars Brendan Gleeson and Harry Treadaway. In November 2018, it was announced that Audience had renewed the series for a ten-episode third season, which premiered on September 10, 2019.[1]


Retired detective Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved case of "Mr. Mercedes," who claimed sixteen lives when he drove a stolen Mercedes through a line of job-seekers at a local job fair. Meanwhile, brilliant young psychopath Brady Hartsfield, the real Mr. Mercedes, reemerges to focus his attention on Hodges. What begins as an online cat-and-mouse game between the two soon has deadly real-life consequences as an increasingly desperate Hartsfield becomes bent on leaving his mark on the world.

Cast and characters[edit]


Actors are credited among main cast only in the episodes in which they appear.


  • Ann Cusack as Olivia Trelawney (season 1)
  • Katharine Houghton as Elizabeth Wharton (season 1), Olivia and Janey's mother
  • Nancy Travis as Donna Hodges, Bill's ex-wife
  • Makayla Lysiak as Barbara Robinson, Jerome's sister
  • Virginia Kull as Sadie McDonald (season 2), a nurse who cares for Brady who suffers from mild epilepsy
  • Mike Starr as Library Al (season 2), a hospital employee who distributes books to patients and, like Sadie McDonald, suffers from mild epilepsy
  • Brett Gelman as Roland Finklestein (season 3), a smart and passionate defense attorney who represents Lou Linklatter in her murder trial
  • Natalie Paul as Sarah Pace (season 3), an assistant district attorney prosecuting Lou's case who believes in pursuing justice
  • Bruce Dern as John Rothstein (season 3), a reclusive bestselling author living on the fringes of Bridgton, Ohio
  • Kate Mulgrew as Alma Lane (season 3), a resident at Bridgton and a "compelling force" in Morris' life since he was a child
  • Meg Steedle as Danielle Sweeney (season 3), Morris' girlfriend


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110August 9, 2017 (2017-08-09)October 11, 2017 (2017-10-11)
210August 22, 2018 (2018-08-22)October 24, 2018 (2018-10-24)
310September 10, 2019 (2019-09-10)November 12, 2019 (2019-11-12)

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Pilot"Jack BenderDavid E. KelleyAugust 9, 2017 (2017-08-09)
22"On Your Mark"Jack BenderDavid E. KelleyAugust 16, 2017 (2017-08-16)
33"Cloudy, With a Chance of Mayhem"John ColesA. M. HomesAugust 23, 2017 (2017-08-23)
44"Gods Who Fall"Jack BenderDennis LehaneAugust 30, 2017 (2017-08-30)
55"The Suicide Hour"Jack BenderBryan GoluboffSeptember 6, 2017 (2017-09-06)
66"People in the Rain"Jack BenderDennis LehaneSeptember 13, 2017 (2017-09-13)
77"Willow Lake"Jack BenderDennis LehaneSeptember 20, 2017 (2017-09-20)
88"From the Ashes"Laura InnesBryan GoluboffSeptember 27, 2017 (2017-09-27)
99"Ice Cream, You Scream, We All Scream"Kevin HooksBryan GoluboffOctober 4, 2017 (2017-10-04)
1010"Jibber-Jibber Chicken Dinner"Jack BenderDennis LehaneOctober 11, 2017 (2017-10-11)

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
111"Missed You"Jack BenderDennis LehaneAugust 22, 2018 (2018-08-22)
122"Let's Go Roaming"Jack BenderDavid E. KelleyAugust 29, 2018 (2018-08-29)
133"You Can Go Home Now"Jack BenderMike BatistickSeptember 5, 2018 (2018-09-05)
144"Motherboard"Jack BenderSamantha StrattonSeptember 12, 2018 (2018-09-12)
155"Andale"Peter WellerAlexis Deane & Sophie Owens-BenderSeptember 19, 2018 (2018-09-19)
166"Proximity"Laura InnesBryan Goluboff & Alexis DeaneSeptember 26, 2018 (2018-09-26)
177"Fell On Black Days"Jack BenderSamantha Stratton & Mike Batistick & Dennis Lehane[a]October 3, 2018 (2018-10-03)
188"Nobody Puts Brady in a Crestmore"Jack BenderSamantha Stratton & Mike Batistick & Dennis Lehane[a]October 10, 2018 (2018-10-10)
199"Walk Like a Man"Jack BenderDennis Lehane and David E. KelleyOctober 17, 2018 (2018-10-17)
2010"Fade to Blue"Jack BenderDavid E. Kelley and Jonathan ShapiroOctober 24, 2018 (2018-10-24)

Season 3 (2019)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [2]
211"No Good Deed"Jack BenderDavid E. KelleySeptember 10, 2019 (2019-09-10)
222"Madness"Jack BenderDavid E. Kelley & Jonathan ShapiroSeptember 17, 2019 (2019-09-17)
233"Love Lost"Jack BenderDavid E. Kelley & Jonathan ShapiroSeptember 24, 2019 (2019-09-24)
244"Trial and Terror"Jack BenderDavid E. Kelley & Jonathan ShapiroOctober 1, 2019 (2019-10-01)
255"Great Balls of Fire"Laura InnesDavid E. Kelley & Jonathan ShapiroOctober 8, 2019 (2019-10-08)
266"Bad to Worse"Jack BenderDavid E. Kelley & Jonathan ShapiroOctober 15, 2019 (2019-10-15)
277"The End of the Beginning"Jack BenderDavid E. Kelley & Jonathan ShapiroOctober 22, 2019 (2019-10-22)
288"Mommy Deadest"Michael J. LeoneDavid E. Kelley & Jonathan ShapiroOctober 29, 2019 (2019-10-29)
299"Crunch Time"Jack BenderDavid E. Kelley & Jonathan ShapiroNovember 5, 2019 (2019-11-05)
3010"Burning Man"Jack BenderDavid E. Kelley & Jonathan ShapiroNovember 12, 2019 (2019-11-12)



In 2015, Sonar Entertainment optioned the screen rights to Stephen King's novel Mr. Mercedes with the intent of developing into a limited series. David E. Kelley was set to write the series while Jack Bender would direct. Executive producers were expected to include Kelley, Bender, Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, and Gene Stein. Production companies involved with the series were to include Temple Hill Entertainment and Sonar Entertainment.[3]

On May 25, 2016, it was announced that Audience had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The previously announced creative team was still expected to be involved. In addition to writing and executive producing, David E. Kelley was also announced to be serving as the series' showrunner. Additional executive producers announced included Christopher Long, Bart Peters, Jenna Glazier, and Tom Patricia.[4] On May 11, 2017, it was announced that the series would premiere on August 9, 2017.[5]

On October 10, 2017, the Audience Network renewed the series for a second season consisting of ten episodes. It will be based on the three novels in the Bill Hodges trilogy, Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End of Watch.[6] On April 15, 2018, it was announced that the second season would premiere on August 22, 2018.[7] On November 19, 2018, it was announced that Audience had renewed the series for a third season consisting of ten episodes.[8]


Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that Brendan Gleeson and Anton Yelchin had been cast in the series' two lead roles.[4] Following Yelchin's death in June 2016, it was announced that his role had been recast with Harry Treadaway assuming the part.[9] In December 2016, it was announced that Kelly Lynch and Ann-Margret had been cast in the series.[10][11] In January 2017, it was reported that Jharrel Jerome, Justine Lupe, and Breeda Wool, Scott Lawrence, Robert Stanton, and Ann Cusack had joined the main cast, that Mary-Louise Parker was cast a recurring character, and that Ann-Margret's role had been recast with Holland Taylor following an illness in Ann-Margret's family.[12][13][14][15][16][17] On April 25, 2017, it was reported that Stephen King would have a cameo in the series.[18] In January 2018, it was announced that Jack Huston, Maximiliano Hernandez, and Tessa Ferrer had been cast as series regulars in season two.[19][20] In March 2019, Kate Mulgrew, Brett Gelman, and Natalie Paul joined the series for the third season.[21] On April 25, 2019, Meg Steedle had been cast in a recurring role for the third season.[22]


In February 2017, principal photography for the first season began in Charleston, South Carolina.[23] That month, filming took place in the Wagener Terrace area of the city as well as at the Upper King Street restaurant Little Jack's Tavern.[24][25] Filming concluded for the first season by the end of May 2017.[26] In January 2018, Audience announced production for season two would commence the following month in South Carolina.[27]

During filming on March 2, 2019, special effects technician Mike Wilks survived a near-electrocution on set.[28]



On May 8, 2017, Audience released a series of "first look" images from the series.[29] On June 5, 2017, Audience released a "behind-the-scenes" video for the series featuring interviews with the cast and crew.[30] The following day, the first teaser trailer for the series was released.[31] By the end of the month, Audience released a set of promotional photographs featuring the series' main cast.[32]

On July 19, 2018, the series held a panel at San Diego Comic-Con in San Diego, California to promote season two. The panel featured executive producer and director Jack Bender as well as series stars Jack Huston, Max Hernandez, Breeda Wool, Justine Lupe, and Nancy Travis.[33] On July 30, 2018, the official trailer for season two was released.[34]


The series airs on RTÉ1 in Ireland,[35] on Canal+ in Poland,[36] and on Starzplay in the United Kingdom.[37]


Season Critical response
Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1 86% (28 reviews) 71 (17 reviews)
2 100% (8 reviews) 76 (4 reviews)

Critical response[edit]

The first season of Mr. Mercedes has been met with a positive response from critics. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an 86% approval rating with an average rating of 6.42 out of 10 based on 28 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Mr. Mercedes propels its tense, creepy narrative with quick-witted dialogue, strong characters, and terrifying surprises."[38] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the season a score of 71 out of 100 based on 17 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[39]

The second season also received a positive response from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the second season holds a 100% approval rating with an average rating of 6.75 out of 10 based on 8 reviews.[40] Metacritic assigned the season a score of 76 out of 100 based on 4 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[41]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2018 Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actor in a Lead Role – Drama Brendan Gleeson Nominated [42][43]
Saturn Awards Best Action-Thriller Television Series Mr. Mercedes Nominated [44][45]
2019 Satellite Awards Best Television Series – Drama Mr. Mercedes Nominated [46][47]
Best Actor – Television Series Drama Brendan Gleeson Won
Saturn Awards Best Action-Thriller Television Series Mr. Mercedes Nominated [48]
2020 Satellite Awards Best Drama Series Mr. Mercedes Pending [49]
Best Actor in a Drama / Genre Series Brendan Gleeson Pending

Related series[edit]

The character of Holly Gibney that was first introduced in the Bill Hodges trilogy was one of the main characters in King's 2018 novel The Outsider. That novel is being adapted for the 2020 miniseries by HBO, with the Gibney character portrayed by Cynthia Erivo.


  1. ^ a b Some releases credit Dennis Lehane as the sole writer of this episode.


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