Hannibal: Season 1 (2013)



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


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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


Maybe not my favourite, and maybe not the highest replay value, but certainly from a technical standpoint the BEST show on television right now.


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An intelligent and gruesome revision of one of the most iconic characters in the history of cinema. Season 1 brought together many promising actors both old and new to create the ensemble. It follows the "monster of the week" format while maintaining a main plot, the main plot itself wasn't that great but there were plenty of interesting deaths displayed in the show. I am genuinely surprised to see this being produced by NBC, I usually don't expect much from them but Hannibal kept my interest going till the end.


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Mads Mikkelsen is one of the best actors ever. And with him as the incredibly scary Hannibal Lector, we are truly in for a ride. This is an incredibly start for a series that will probably only get better and better as it goes on. With great supporting characters like Hugh Dancy's Will Graham and Laurence Fishburne's Jack Crawford, this season always gives me something to look forward for every week. However, there are some characters in the show that truly irritates me, and those are Abigail Hobbs and Freddie Lounds. Those are some characters that I could definitely live without. And unfortunately, these characters fill a little bit more than they actually should in the show, so it's far from a great beginning, but it surely has potential to become something memorable.


Super Reviewer


An undeniable feast of gorgeous cinematography and masterfully effective visuals, Hannibal honors its source material with a more intellectual depiction of the character, resulting in a highly intricate psychological thriller, superbly handled by it's mighty performances -- though it often feels its complexity falls off short.


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