Hannibal: Season 1 (2013)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Hannibal caters to an intellectual audience that prefers plenty of gore in its psychological thrillers, with a polished presentation of madness.



Critic Ratings: 64


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User Ratings: 2064
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Air date: Apr 4, 2013
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Before SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, before RED DRAGON, Hannibal Lecter was a brilliant psychiatrist in the employ of the FBI. His task: to help an unusually gifted criminal profiler, Will Graham, who is haunted by his ability to see into the minds of serial killers. From the imaginative mind of Bryan Fuller (HEROES, PUSHING DAISIES), and the artful direction of David Slade (THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT), comes a series exploring the early relationship of Thomas Harris? famous characters. This stylized thriller tells an origin story of masterful manipulation.

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Critic Reviews for Hannibal Season 1

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (27)

Classy, creepy, handsomely shot horror.

Jan 14, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There's no small screen violence more disturbing than that of Hannibal, the excellent Silence of the Lambs prequel series created by Bryan Fuller.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Hyperstylized and, at times, hypnotically beautiful, it's a nightmare masquerading as a dream, the rare cannibal story that has the smarts to back up its hunger for brains.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

Hannibal isn't quite the sum of its admittedly evocative parts.

Apr 4, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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That's a problem with the show: It takes itself so seriously, yet is so far-fetched.

Apr 4, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Even if you think you've had enough of serial killers, give Hannibal a try. But keep the lights on. And don't plan to eat while you're watching.

Apr 4, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a slight shame to see such rich material often plumping for the lowest common denominator rather than sophisticated scares, but there's still a lot here to sink your teeth into. Just watch out for the chewy gristle.

Mar 1, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Fantastically unpleasant, with scenes of stylised horror that would give even "Silent Witness" fans nightmares.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Hannibal depicts a heightened reality of trauma in a way that few television shows in recent memory have done, or would even think of doing.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…

This show is one of the best on television, a vicious gut punch counterpoint to the dozens of procedurals that try to top each other with the creativity of their serial killers.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hannibal: Season 1

  • Aug 11, 2019
    Sick, perfect, beautifully shorted and twisted, Hugh's and Mads' performances just perfect. A definitely must-watch
  • May 23, 2019
    The series is one of the finest series in the world in terms of concept and story and attracts the viewer, especially in the second season of the series, culminating in his own story.
  • Apr 17, 2019
    Interesting kills and the behavior of Will Graham make this an intriguing show at first. The underdevelopment and low-key acting of Hannibal and Jack Crawford, as well as many other characters, bring it rapidly into the shade of boring, however. Fans of the macabre and truly creepy characters would be better off simply with the original movies.
  • Apr 07, 2019
    This was so fresh! So exciting! So amazing!
  • Feb 18, 2019
    could not ask for more in a TV show!
  • Jan 13, 2019
    an insane amount of serial killers and deaths as well as completely utopian death-situations (like in saw) does not make a good series, even if the visuals are strong.
  • Nov 05, 2018
    The first season feels more like a prelude of what's to come. A introduction to the characters of sort. Regardless, it's some of the best cinema I've seen (season 2 & 3 far exceed it.)
  • Sep 13, 2018
    One of best series in history. Great performance of Mads Mikkelsen. Mikkelsen is legacy of 70' crime shows and one of most realistic psychology
  • Aug 19, 2018
    Artistic, disturbing and polished with gory presentations, the first season of Hannibal immerses you from the very beginning with its everflowing, smart character development and robust dialogue.
  • Jul 10, 2018
    The whole season is predictable from the early begining which make it all sucks. First episode the entrance is perfect with an amazing flash back which is repeated every single episode which causes the loss of the beauty of the idea itself. the whole series in focused on psycho and sociopath and don't take in consideration the noramal life of the surrounding society. from the first episode you deduce that hannibal is the killer and phsyco psychiatric who takes cover by making friendship with his patients and other people who tends to violence and make them accused of that in a way that's isn't revealed yet. I think all of the 11 episodes are usless except the begining and end of the first season.

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