Maniac: Miniseries (2018)


Critics Consensus

Maniac enthralls with its dazzling visuals, adventurous narrative, and striking performances from both Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.



Critic Ratings: 98


Audience Score

User Ratings: 2011
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Air date: Sep 21, 2018
Air date: Sep 21, 2018
Air date: Sep 21, 2018
Air date: Sep 21, 2018
Air date: Sep 21, 2018
Air date: Sep 21, 2018
Air date: Sep 21, 2018
Air date: Sep 21, 2018
Air date: Sep 21, 2018
Air date: Sep 21, 2018

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Set in a world somewhat like our world, in a time quite similar to our time, Maniac tells the stories of Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill), two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial, each for their own reasons. Annie's disaffected and aimless, fixated on broken relationships with her mother and her sister; Owen, the fifth son of wealthy New York industrialists, has struggled his whole life with a disputed diagnosis of schizophrenia. Neither of their lives have turned out quite right, and the promise of a new, radical kind of pharmaceutical treatment -- a sequence of pills its inventor, Dr. James K. Mantleray (Justin Theroux), claims can repair anything about the mind, be it mental illness or heartbreak -- draws them and ten other strangers to the facilities of Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech for a three-day drug trial that will, they're assured, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve all of their problems, permanently. Things do not go as planned.


Justin Theroux
as Dr. James K. Mantleray
Emma Stone
as Annie Landsberg
Jonah Hill
as Owen Milgrim
Sally Field
as Dr. Greta Mantleray
Sonoya Mizuno
as Dr. Fujita
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Critic Reviews for Maniac Miniseries

All Critics (98) | Top Critics (29)

It's a visually compelling, often funny show that is sharp on a number of contemporary themes.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Maniac plays with genre and dramatic expectations to gain insight into the human condition in ways that other programs can't touch.

Sep 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Dive in, don't think, enjoy. You most likely will, by the way.

Sep 19, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Clever and inventive.

Sep 17, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

For those looking to study a TV show, look no further. For those looking to fall in love, well, there's no pill for that.

Sep 14, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Stone is built for this kind of project, having demonstrated in films as varied as La La Land and Birdman that she can be a classic leading lady or a grubby character actress, a girl next door or a glamour puss.

Sep 24, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

'Maniac' is stimulating, different and occasionally very smart. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 9, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

All in all, Maniac episode one is more of an intriguing start than a strong one, but with lots of potential being set up for the show to go in exciting directions over the remaining nine episodes.

May 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite the retro-future setting, Maniac is very much of our times. It seems like every other day that fundamental aspects of truth, subjectivity and accountability are being questioned in all sorts of ways from all sorts of places.

May 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Ultimately, Maniac works because of the simplistic themes at the core of its labyrinthine structure - of connection, love and friendship.

May 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Maniac: Miniseries

  • 2d ago
    Time wasting Series...
  • 5d ago
    Starts out with an interesting premise. Slowly devolves into a train wreck. Unwatchable by the penultimate episode. Jonah Hill playing a gangster defies credibility.
  • Aug 02, 2019
    Great acting and creative visuals. Could have been written better with more meaning instead of just weirdness and with a sharper direction.
  • Jul 26, 2019
    If you like shows that demand your attention, surprise you, and keep you guessing - but never use your attention, curiosity, or intelligence in a cheap, manipulative, or cliched way - then Maniac might make you very happy. It's dark, funny, and at times emotional. There were a few times when I had to rewind to understand what Owen was saying (he mumbles a bit), and the accents some of their alter egos used sometimes took a minute or two to get used to, but those were minor weaknesses. Great show. Satisfying and believable conclusion.
  • Jun 30, 2019
    Visually compelling yes, but often weird just for the sake of it! Love Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, all the way from their Superbad days, but lost interest throughout the mid-part of this series.
  • Jun 20, 2019
    This limited series is a masterpiece if I've ever seen one.
  • Jun 07, 2019
    The casting is spot on for this bizarre, kitschy, existential sci-fi romp. Despite the atypical premise (or perhaps as a result of it) and the soft sci-fi (more like fantasy masquerading as sci-fi) leading us into shared mindscapes and a wide variety of unusual milieus, it all manages to feel grounded and sane within its own maelstrom. It's heartfelt without being cloying and it's sentimental without telling you how to feel. It tackles good and evil, right and wrong, issues of mental health, addiction, and human connection -- all without ever thumping us over the head. The characters are simply real to us, in no small part due to the fantastic work of Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, and really the whole of the cast. Highly recommended.
  • May 26, 2019
    Absolutely blown away by this mini-series and can't say enough. It was the perfect mixture of trippy psychological thriller/drama, quirky and hilarious at the right times, and an outstanding cast who bring the emotional depth you only wish you could see in many other films/series. The trailer was an underwhelming representation of the true substance of this series but that may be for the best (whether intentional or not) as it left much of the greatest plot lines to be discovered, which in my opinion was the best way to watch the series; with an open and curious mind. This series has a solid plot with moral substance, but manages to take you on an unpredictable ride with little twists and turns along the way and makes for an awesome journey. The only downside is not being able to take the ride over and over again. That being said, I really hope they expand this in some way...
  • May 22, 2019
    Weird, hilarious little sci-fi fantasy gem.
  • May 21, 2019
    am vazut doar primele 3 episoade

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