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Heartbeat - (S01E03)


While working with a patient who can only speak backwards, Alex also finds herself challenged to speak when she and Pierce, after being caught in a compromising position, are sent to therapy.

Episode Title: Backwards
Airs: 2016-03-30 at 20:00
  • Jeff Korbelik

    George is the reason to tune in. She’ll be the reason why you keep coming back.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Isaac Feldberg

    TV is glutted with generic medical dramas, from the ridiculous “Night Shift” to the thoroughly middle-of-the-road “Code Black.” This one marks a very slight improvement, elevated by a fine protagonist played by a fine actress.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    It bounces off the walls of St. Matthew’s, with its rush-about protagonist flirting, sobbing, threatening, cajoling and commiserating, all the while trying to find the true meaning of something or other. Sedative, please. STAT.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Rob Lowman

    While the likable cast--which includes D.L. Hughley, Jamie Kennedy and Maya Erskine--is easy to root for, there is little else to distinguish Heartbeat from numerous other medical shows.

    Los Angeles Daily News Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    I’d ask for a script doctor, but it’s time to call the code and be done with it.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Mitchel Broussard

    Some characters spark and it’s far from the mess it could have been, but like every medical show since Grey’s Anatomy‘s 8th season (yes, including Grey’s Anatomy), it employs the genre’s tropes in a manner that barely feels like it has a pulse of its own.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Daniel D'Addario

    Heartbeat has welcome flashes of true weirdness. But the show isn't thoughtful enough to earn its insouciance.

    Time Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Some of it might have been written by a computer, sure, but a better class of computer than sometimes is hired to write for TV. The cast, which also includes D.L. Hughley as a psychologist, Maya Erskine as a nurse and Jamie Kennedy as an unkempt, somewhat obnoxious doctor (softened in later episodes), is pleasant company.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    Heartbeat does have moments that are satisfying emotionally. Yet the TV trope of the hospital with its motley cast of dedicated caregivers--the contemporary trajectory goes from “St. Elsewhere” to “ER” to “Grey’s Anatomy”--is difficult to riff on in a fresh way. So surgeon Dr. Alexandra Panettiere ( Melissa George) has to jump the shark by being a superwoman.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    Plenty of fascinating medical material here for a series. And yet, Heartbeat botches the job, because the dialogue, direction and supporting characters are wearisomely artificial.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    As long as the much better Grey's is still on the air, there's absolutely no reason to watch this insipid variation.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Michael Slezak

    All of Alex’s quirks (she has a tendency to spit while talking) and surgical brilliance (practically on a whim, she pulls off a heart transplant procedure that only four others have managed before her) can’t mask the grim fact that she’s ultimately a collection of threadbare drama-series clichés. ... Even worse, the show’s supporting characters are all some combination of bland, unbelievable, and/or reprehensible.

    TVLine Full Review
  • Amber Dowling

    Unfortunately, by the end of the first hour, viewers may find themselves looking for a pulse rather than committing to future installments, let alone pondering the state of female medical practitioners in the industry and their work-home life balance.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    It is so overstuffed with action and complications and heavy breathing that it never comes close to being credible.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    This star showcase does [Melissa George] no favors.... Dr. Alex doesn’t invite favorable comparisons to any doctor with dignity, and I would guess this series will not have a very long life.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The relationships are paint-by-numbers predictable as are the plots and Alex's I-know-better-than-everyone-else reactions. Heartbeat has a pulse but just barely.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The series plays like a rather pallid “Grey’s Anatomy” knockoff, featuring another doctor who cares desperately about her patients, runs roughshod over subordinates and bosses alike, and walks and talks very, very fast.

    Variety Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Homicidally irritating. Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    Heartbeat is, sadly, a show without much of a pulse.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Gwen Ihnat

    Where Grey’s benefits from an ensemble approach, Heartbeat pins all its hopes on this one surgeon, and the problem is that she’s obnoxious, and nearly infallible.... That’s why Heartbeat is doomed: We’ve seen more compelling versions of all of this before.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    It's completely ridiculous.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    This series recycles just about every TV medical drama cliché you can imagine. It's not just that it's predictable, but it's utterly unbelievable. And all attempts to make it quirky and delightful just make it lame and dumb.

    The Salt Lake Tribune Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Heartbeat feels like it sprung to life from a computer program that had been fed the scripts of every medical drama in the last two decades. It has no pulse. Full Review