Manhunt: UNABOMBER (2017)



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Engrossing and affecting, Manhunt: Unabomber uses a taut, meticulously constructed narrative to uncover the facts behind the oft-exaggerated true story.



Critic Ratings: 29


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User Ratings: 503

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Air date: Aug 1, 2017

FBI profiler Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald joins the Unabomb Task Force in 1995; Fitz recommends new methods of profiling but finds no allies among the agents in charge. In 1997, Fitz is tasked with confronting Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber.

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Air date: Aug 1, 2017

When the elusive Unabomber threatens to blow up a jetliner, Fitz must determine if the threat is real. In 1997, Fitz confronts Ted for the first time.

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Air date: Aug 8, 2017

Linguist Natalie Rogers helps Fitz find clues about the Unabomber's identity in the Manifesto, but their findings face skepticism at the UTF. In 1997, Ted claims he can invalidate all of the evidence against him.

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Air date: Aug 15, 2017

The Unabomber will stop bombing if his Manifesto is published. Fitz pushes for publication with S.A.C. Ackerman, who presents Fitz's argument to Attorney General Janet Reno.

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Air date: Aug 22, 2017

Fitz receives linguistic proof that Ted is the Unabomber. He tracks down Ted's brother David, who is astonished at the accuracy of Fitz's profile.

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Air date: Aug 29, 2017

In a letter to his brother, Ted recounts the key events from his past that informed his decision to engage in terrorist activities.

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Air date: Sep 5, 2017

Fitz tries to find a linguistic connection that will secure an arrest warrant while the FBI closes in on Ted's cabin in Montana.

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Air date: Sep 12, 2017

When Ted fails to have the evidence against him invalidated, Fitz makes one last appeal to him to plead guilty.

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Manhunt: UNABOMBER tells the dramatic and gripping true story of the FBI's hunt for the Unabomber, the deadliest serial bomber in history. The story focuses on FBI Agent and Criminal Profiler Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald who pioneered the use of forensic linguistics to identify and ultimately capture the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski.

Cast & Crew

Sam Worthington
Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald
Paul Bettany
Ted Kaczynski
Chris Noth
Don Ackerman
Jane Lynch
Janet Reno
Mark Duplass
David Kaczynski
Michael Nouri
Bob Guccione
Ben Weber
Andy Genelli
Brian F. O'Byrne
Frank McAlpine
Greg Yaitanes
Executive Producer
Andrew Sodroski
Executive Producer
Jim Fitzgerald
Consulting Producer
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Critic Reviews for Manhunt UNABOMBER

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (15)

Engrossing at times and well worth watching, though the writing is often graceless and the direction haphazard.

Jul 28, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Manhunt: Unabomber is marvelously constructed, deeply felt and one of the year's best.

Jul 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Manhunt is an all-out winner. It draws great tension and frustration out of the bureaucracy of this particular federal bureau and takes the time to detail the Unabomber's motives as well as his methods.

Sep 6, 2017 | Full Review…

The result is television that (occasionally) fails to pop with excitement, but nevertheless engages on an almost Fincher-ian level. Add in the fact that it's all really true, and looking away from Manhunt is a hard thing to do.

Aug 3, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Manhunter: Unabomber easily represents Discovery Channel's best foray into scripted TV -- a taut, gripping account that touches upon aspects of the investigation many have doubtless forgotten or, more likely, never knew.

Aug 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Clunes proves as good at drama as he is at comedy.

Jun 19, 2019 | Full Review…

For those seeking more style over substance, the show falls a little short. It's worth tuning in for the performances and sticking around for the gripping narrative in play.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This show had me entirely invested and binging through the entire series.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Thanks to the quick pace and assured handling, along with a few notable badasses, Manhunt is imminently watchable.

May 8, 2018 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

The capture of Kaczynski is a moment many of us remember well, but this harrowing retelling reveals the inside story of the hunt for the Unabomber-and what, or who, turned the brilliant, damaged Ted Kaczynski into a man who killed.

Jan 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Psychologically acute and unexpectedly suspenseful, Manhunt elevates the procedural to high drama.

Aug 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Manhunt: Unabomber has a by-the-book feel -- a lot of forensics and theories.

Aug 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Manhunt: UNABOMBER

  • May 18, 2021
    It could have been so much better, it was shallow, full of filler and cringefully bad writing. Way too much cliché too which made it just felt so painful to watch. I understand it is based off of real events but please at least try to make the style realistic, not a crime show from the 90s. it could've been a much better film than a drawn out series but even then, whoever is writing this dialogue really needs to go outside and speak to people, please. Waste of time, don't bother.
  • Feb 13, 2021
    Gripping series that just blows the mind! Highly recommended!
  • Feb 07, 2021
    Took a few episodes to get me hooked, but eventually it was worth it. A bit slow and plodding in parts but I stuck with it until the end and it passed the time away.
  • Jan 11, 2021
    It is kind of entertaining but utterly shallow and primitive
  • Dec 30, 2020
    Great acting and storytelling 👌👌👌
  • Dec 17, 2020
    Good show but way too much propaganda BS. Completely stereotypical BS. It seriously makes me so p*ssed off. This is how they see us. This is how Hollywood sees normal people. We're a bunch of morons. Apparently we all have awful southern accents that don't even sound real, and love guns more than our wives and kids, and they show a church basically praising and worshipping the guy that made all the bombs which is obviously not something they would ever do at all, I don't know of a single church or Christian that would praise that... any real Christian would think he's a sinner and going to hell... and then oh the militia is on his side and BS like that, which is not what any militia stands for at all. So stupid.
  • Jun 10, 2020
    Could have been so good if they didn't throw every cliché in the book at it. Lots of standing and staring at paperwork and whiteboard moments. Script is just as bad. Wanted to like it but it bored me.
  • May 10, 2020
    Must have taken a lot of effort to take this story and make it so boring. Stretched out the interesting bits and filled with fluff of some guy stood over a mapped out pole of documents whilst repeating himself in whispers it loses you along the way. Cliched boredom.
  • Apr 28, 2020
    Smart rookie at the FBI comes up with a new method to catch bad guys. No one believes him until his methods are starting to work. When you phrase it like this, it isn't very original (like Mindhunters, which is also on Netflix). However, the dialogues are interesting. You can understand parts of the bad guy's philosophy (not his actions) which made me binge watch this series.
  • Apr 26, 2020
    Based on true events, we are told at the beginning of every episode. The Unabomber was named Ted Kaczynski. He was a bipedal mammal, as were the FBI agents hunting him. Beyond that, I am completely unsure of anything else portrayed in this docudrama. The main character, Agent Fitzgerald, wasn't even in many of the places the show puts him in. That's just the beginning of the factual dissonance within. The writers, in so many words, say Fitzgerald is composited and other liberties taken a because we are too stupid or lazy to have been interested in the actual story. I, for one, would have been more interested in a truthful telling of the story, instead of this dramatized whatever it is. If Discovery ever puts their hack squad to work on the Apollo 13 story there will be one composite astronaut aboard, a love story subplot and it will involve Mars, not the Moon. I really feel cheated out of the time I did spend watching this before the hamfisted dramatization efforts became so glaringly obvious to me that I had to do a little research online to see if I was being fed a load. Bingo. After just a few minutes I came to the conclusion that I could count on EVERY dramatic moment leading up to UNABOMs arrest being made from whole cloth. Shame on you Discovery.

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