Manhattan: Season 1 (2014)



Critic Consensus: Though slow to start, Manhattan is a top-notch drama thanks to a talented cast, beautiful cinematography, and a keen eye for period detail.


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Air date: Jul 27, 2014
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Air date: Sep 28, 2014
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Secrecy and lies drive this 1940s period drama about the birth of the nuclear age, and the fictitious stories of the men and women involved in the clandestine race to build the world's first atomic bomb. The series focuses on the moral dilemmas faced by a ragtag team of scientists headed by brilliant nuclear physicist Frank Winter (John Benjamin Hickey) after they, along with their families, are relocated to the remote desert of Los Alamos, N.M., to work on the top-secret Manhattan Project. For loved ones, asking questions is frowned upon, but that doesn't keep Frank's botanist wife Liza (Olivia Williams) from making some frightening discoveries about the local environment. Meanwhile, her marriage to Frank suffers as he becomes consumed by his mission. Daniel Stern, Ashley Zukerman, Katja Herbers and Rachel Brosnahan also star.


John Benjamin Hickey
as Frank Winter
Olivia Williams
as Liza Winter
Ashley Zukerman
as Charlie Isaacs
Rachel Brosnahan
as Abby Isaacs
Daniel Stern
as Glen Babbit
Alexia Fast
as Callie Winter
Eddie Shin
as Sid Liao
Michael Chernus
as Louis ''Fritz'' Fedowitz
Harry Lloyd
as Paul Crosley
Katja Herbers
as Helen Prins
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Critic Reviews for Manhattan Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (19)

Manhattan should be more gripping and more entertaining.

Jul 23, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A beautifully executed 1940s period drama about the men and women involved in the top-secret Manhattan Project is at once transporting and provocative.

Jul 21, 2014 | Full Review…

In this oversaturated summer of quality drama, "Manhattan" faces tough odds. But it's hard not to root for an underdog.

Jul 31, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Manhattan is awfully overwrought, stocked with personalities as volatile as the radioactive isotopes they're trying to tame. Its melodramatic tone makes it resemble Lifetime's Army Wives more than it does A Beautiful Mind.

Jul 29, 2014 | Full Review…

Carrying the weight of the world can be heavy lifting. Manhattan so far shows every sign of being able to shoulder the load.

Jul 28, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Manhattan... is as exciting as the history that inspired it

Jul 28, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Paranoia is kept at a fever pitch. One of the elements that makes Manhattan work so well as long-form narrative is that the milieu dictates a palimpsest of networks of secrecy.

Nov 18, 2015 | Full Review…

Manhattan is a well-conceived period drama that does a good job conveying the atmosphere of tension and secrecy that surrounded The Manhattan Project during the later years of WWII.

Aug 4, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Manhattan is the result of an unlikely attempt to cross-pollinate Lost with Mad Men, only the audience knows the answer to almost every mystery on the show is "the atomic bomb."

Jul 29, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The cast is incredibly talented and the story tightly written.

Jul 28, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Manhattan: Season 1


One of the biggest surprises of the year, Manhattan might also be one of the best new series of the year. A series that smartly doesn’t have protagonists (everyone is important), this drama with thriller ambitions starts with a couple of bangs and slows a bit on the middle. Which is great, because we got to know these characters intimately and all of them are fascinating, growing and evolving with each passing episode. The consequences of living in such a tight-knight project will also affect them immensely with heartbreaking results. The last 4 or 5 episodes are absolutely relentless on the thriller aspect, pulling great surprises at every turn, making you constantly guess who might be the “spy” even if there is one and their reasons. But also these last episodes are great on concluding certain story lines for these characters. Always aided by great dialogues, soundtracking and adequate cinematography, Manhattan holds great promise for the future.

Francisco G

Super Reviewer

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