Maniac: Miniseries (2018)


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

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Air date: Sep 21, 2018

Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Owen is the black sheep of the wealthy Milgrim clan. After losing his job, he enrolls in an experimental drug trial.

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Air date: Sep 21, 2018

When her pilfered stash of pills runs out, troubled Annie tries to quit -- but ends up blackmailing her way into the Neberdine study.

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Air date: Sep 21, 2018

Muramoto notices irregularities in Annie and Owen's data. He questions Owen, who recalls the worst night of his life: his brother's engagement party.

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Air date: Sep 21, 2018

After taking the B pill, Annie and Owen find themselves on 1980s Long Island entangled in a strange caper involving a lemur.

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Air date: Sep 21, 2018

Annie and Owen are Arlie and Ollie, grifters attending a séance at the mysterious Neberdine mansion in the 1940s.

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Air date: Sep 21, 2018

Azumi tells James the whole truth about the study's snags and urges him to call his estranged mother, an esteemed therapist.

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Air date: Sep 21, 2018

Owen and Annie take the C pill. No longer connected, he belongs to a Mafia family, and she's a medieval guide hired by an ailing elf princess.

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Air date: Sep 21, 2018

Annia and Ellia continue their quest, and Owen's mafioso father pressures him to protect the family. Greta counsels a bereaved Gertie.

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Air date: Sep 21, 2018

Owen and Annie meet again as a disgraced Icelandic spy and a CIA operative who helps him. Greta implores James to shut down the trial.

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Air date: Sep 21, 2018

After the subjects are discharged, James and Azumi face Neberdine's CEO. Owen and Annie part ways -- until a startling headline sparks a reunion.

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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.

Cast & Crew

Emma Stone
Annie Landsberg
Jonah Hill
Owen Milgrim
Justin Theroux
Dr. James K. Mantleray
Sonoya Mizuno
Dr. Fujita
Gabriel Byrne
Porter Milgrim
Sally Field
Dr. Greta Mantleray
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Audience Reviews for Maniac: Miniseries

  • Jul 05, 2021
    Thrilling, laugh out loud hilarious, thought provoking, and a non-stop fountain of fresh ideas! This is my favorite show of the past few years. The whole cast shines, with Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, and Justin Theroux at peak performance. I can't recommend this flawless show strongly enough. It should win all the Emmys.
  • Feb 20, 2021
    Perfectly acted, wonderfully visual: a black mirror episode from a time that doesn't really exist, mixed with Alice in Wonderland.
  • Jan 30, 2021
    Brilliant. So glad I found this on a "watch if you liked The OA" list.
  • Jan 26, 2021
    The first couple episodes were oustanding. Emotional. Well-acted. Content highly of interest. By Episode 5 it had devolved into an absurd alice in wonderland adventure of disjointed irrelevance. Literally the entire storyline from the beginning was replaced with a completely different show. I will force myself to continue but I'm not hopeful.
  • Jan 14, 2021
    Weird.. Not that great. I can appreciate what they were trying to do- but maybe it was a bit too out there for me.
  • Jan 08, 2021
    This series is so refreshing! The wasn't very anything extraordinary but the execution was really good, good enough to make it work and seem very different to anything I've seen in the past year. It's the exact amount of weird to make it work. The show definitely has some Tarantino influences in it.
  • Jan 01, 2021
    This was both entertaining and fascinating. Unpredictable at moments and even funny, it had depth without taking itself too seriously. It's surrealism, sci-fi and psychological drama all in one. Some segments dragged a bit and the end was a little too cute and neat for me... but over all it was well done.
  • Dec 13, 2020
    After watching all 10 episodes, I can conclude that "Maniac" is a series that makes one reflect on many facets regarding life and human nature, especially in the factors of facing your own demons in order to move on towards a new, peaceful, and positive beginning (even if it is difficult at first); and that people who have suffered problems throughout their lives are capable to stand up themselves against the ignorant and abusive part of society, who underestimate and pins them as "easily manipulable and inferior". For the rest and overall, a truly and dazzling Sci-Fi masterpiece.
  • Nov 26, 2020
    It has a lot of interesting elements, but it was just too slow to hold my attention.
  • Nov 21, 2020
    I recognize the legitimacy of the fact that there will be no more MANIAC, but my God I so wish there would be.

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