Mr. Mercedes is a thriller television series based on the Mr. Mercedes book by Stephen King. The first season premiered on August 9th, 2017. The second season premiered on August 22, 2018. On September 10, 2019, the third season premiered.
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.
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. On May 11, 2017, it was announced that the series would premiere on August 9, 2017.
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. On April 15, 2018, it was announced that the second season would premiere on August 22, 2018.On November 19, 2018, it was announced that Audience had renewed the series for a third season consisting of ten episodes.
- Brendan Gleeson as Bill Hodges
- Harry Treadaway as Brady Hartsfield
- Kelly Lynch as Deborah Hartsfield
- Jharrel Jerome as Jerome Robinson
- Scott Lawrence as Peter Dixon
- Robert Stanton as Anthony Frobisher
- Breeda Wool as Lou Linklatter
- Justine Lupe as Holly Gibney
- Mary-Louise Parker as Janey Patterson
- Holland Taylor as Ida Silver
- Ann Cusack as Olivia Trelawney
- Katharine Houghton as Elizabeth Wharton
- Makayla Lysiak as Barbara Robinson
- "Pilot (Mr. Mercedes)"
- "On Your Mark"
- "Cloudy, With a Chance of Mayhem"
- "Gods Who Fall"
- "The Suicide Hour"
- "People in the Rain"
- "Willow Lake"
- "From the Ashes"
- "Ice Cream, You Scream, We All Scream"
- "Jibber-Jibber Chicken Dinner"
- Missed You
- Let's Go Roaming
- You Can Go Home Now
- Fell on Black Days
- Nobody Puts Brady in a Crestmore
- Walks Like a Man
- Fade to Blue
- No Good Deed
- Lost Love
- Trial and Terror
- Great Balls of Fire
- Bad to Worse
- The End of the Beginning
- Mommy Deadest
- Crunch Time
- Burning Man
The first season of Mr. Mercedes was 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." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the season a score of 71 out of 100 based on 17 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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. Metacritic assigned the season a score of 76 out of 100 based on 4 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Notes and references
|The Hodges/Gibney metaseries|
|Novels||Mr. Mercedes • Finders Keepers • End of Watch • The Outsider|
|Short stories||If it Bleeds|
|Adaptations||Mr. Mercedes (TV Series) • The Outsider (TV Series)|
|Characters||Bill Hodges • Holly Gibney • Jerome Robinson|