Critical Condition: Mary Kills People

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➢ “From Canada, home of crazy ideas like universal health care and kindness to refugees, comes another wacky concept: a racy prime-time drama about euthanasia … Caroline Dhavernas of Hannibal plays Mary Harris, brilliant emergency-room surgeon by day and merciful dispenser of death to the terminally ill by night.” — New York Times.

➢ “Mary Kills People is, yes, definitely, a black-comedy-drama about euthanasia. … It is inevitably called provocative. It sure is that, on several levels. It is also remarkably assured, droll and adult. It’s very smart and utterly intriguing. Watch episode one and you’re sucked into anticipating the second hour with pleasure.” — The Globe and Mail.

➢ “Mary Kills People is an energetic, savvy programme that combines elements of crime thrillers, medical soaps, and propulsive character drama, employing all those recognisable forms to illuminate the complexity of the knotty issues at its core.” — Variety.

➢ “Grounded and believable, with the dry, witty, old-fashioned self-assurance of a Barbara Stanwyck or Katharine Hepburn, Dhavernas shades her comedy with drama, and playing drama is never more than a breath away from comedy.” — Los Angeles Times.

➢ “It’s a serious and stylishly watchable drama, thanks mostly to Dhavernas’s capable performance of a morally ambiguous person with too many dangerous irons in the fire, and [Jay] Ryan’s portrayal of a hurt-and-handsome lawman struggling to do his job, even though he’s in love with his suspect.” — The Washington Post.

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