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

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

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (32)

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…
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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…
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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…
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Vibrant, ridiculous and, to varying degrees, moving.

Sep 21, 2018 | Full Review…
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It encompasses so much it's confusing. Extremely well acted and visually stunning, feels like a not so well executed Black Mirror episode. [Full review in Spanish]

Aug 29, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Despite its imaginative, bizarre imagery and Stone as its captivating protagonist, Maniac -a title which seems to have relatively little bearing on the storyline-dissolves eventually into the merely banal.

Aug 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Maniac might just be Netflix's most ambitious show yet. It's a genre-hopping rollercoaster ride that never lets up for all of its 10 episode run, and it is one of Netflix's best shows of 2018 so far.

Feb 28, 2020 | Full Review…

Ultimately, what makes Maniac so compelling are the performances by its cast.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…

It soothes you with its relaxed atmosphere and deep indie mumbles, then sucker punches you with emotion and deep thots.

Oct 9, 2019 | Full Review…

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

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

Audience Reviews for Maniac: Miniseries

  • Aug 21, 2020
    Started out interesting, then Jonah Hill and Emma Stone started character acting quite badly, not just for a short while but a whole episode. Then it lost me. I couldn't even figure out why this is supposed to be a comedy. I like the actors but this was not fun to watch.
  • Jul 22, 2020
    Maniac is a fascinating tv show with some phenomenal direction and acting
  • Jun 23, 2020
    Started out with some potential. Really enjoyed the setting and some of the characters. The final third of the season is where things fell apart for me. Just silliness with no purpose.
  • May 30, 2020
    She's a maniac, MANIAC on the floor! 10/10.
  • Apr 21, 2020
    A discerning cinema nut once said, "if it gets too complicated, you lose your target audience."
  • Mar 24, 2020
    Mind Blowing, Emotional
  • Mar 16, 2020
    The show starts strong, with a compelling techno-mystery. It quickly and predictably devolves into recurring virtual reality nonsense, which is so uninteresting that I eventually gave up on trying to finish the series.
  • Mar 07, 2020
    Maniac makes me feel constantly confused and unsure of why anything is what it is. The cast members (Emma Stone, Jonah Hill etc.) are brilliant as always, unfortunately they weren't given a great deal to work with. As they were plunged into the strange and abnormal futuristic world that had me worried for the sanity of Cary Joji Fukunaga and Patrick Somerville. That being said on a brighter note: The scene layouts are masterful, as well as the choice of lighting, creating a variety of atmospheres throughout the series (ranging from in patient to trippin on acid.)
  • Feb 02, 2020
    loved every absurd but fascinating second of it.
  • Jan 04, 2020
    surprised more people haven't seen this.

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