The Alienist: Season 1 (2018)

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The Alienist

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The Alienist boats an impressive cast and superb production design, but a sluggish pace and too many tropes keep it from truly standing out in an overcrowded genre.

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Critic Ratings: 80

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Air date: Jan 22, 2018

A psychologist, a newspaper illustrator, a secretary and a police commissioner begin an investigation outside the law to find a serial killer targeting boy prostitutes in 1896 New York City.

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Air date: Jan 29, 2018

The investigation heats up as Sara gets her hands on a clue and Kreizler tries to connect the evidence left behind by the serial killer; tensions rise within the police department.

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Air date: Feb 5, 2018

Innovative evidence leads the team to discover a crucial element in the case has gone missing; Kreizler and Moore interview a witness to find out what happened to Moore at the brothel; Sara attempts to live in a world outside the investigation.

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Air date: Feb 12, 2018

Kreizler and Sara discuss the capacity to kill; Moore goes on a date; Byrnes and Capt. Connor keep an eye on a potential suspect; Roosevelt finds himself under public scrutiny.

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Air date: Feb 19, 2018

The team learns more about the killer; Moore and Sara share an intimate moment; Kreizler seeks advice from an old mentor; Roosevelt takes action.

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Air date: Feb 26, 2018

The team hatches a plan to catch the killer; Moore checks in on a friend; Kreizler faces his own self-doubt about the investigation; Roosevelt attends an event with the city's elite; Sara looks into Kreizler's past; Connor acts on impulse.

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Air date: Mar 5, 2018

Kreizler and Moore follow a lead; Sara visits a hospital and is forced to confront her past; Cyrus, Kreizler's carriage driver, recovers from his injuries; Byrnes and Connor plot against the team; Detectives Marcus and Lucius Isaacson work on a clue.

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Air date: Mar 12, 2018

Kreizler and Moore travel to Washington, D.C.; Sara goes rogue in pursuit of the truth; Lucius tells Marcus a secret; Byrnes and Connor tighten their grip on the investigation.

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Air date: Mar 19, 2018

Kreizler mourns the loss of a friend; Sara pushes the team to forge ahead; Moore warns his friend the killer will strike again; Cyrus seeks revenge.

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Air date: Mar 26, 2018

Kreizler confronts the demons of his past; Moore tells Sara the truth; Connor takes matters into his own hands; the team closes in on the killer as time runs out.

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Cast & Crew

Daniel Brühl
Dr. Laszlo Kreizler

Actor
Luke Evans
John Moore

Actor
Dakota Fanning
Sara Howard

Actor
Brian Geraghty
Theodore Roosevelt

Actor
Douglas Smith
Marcus Isaacson

Actor
Matthew Shear
Lucius Isaacson

Actor
Matt Lintz
Stevie

Actor
Ted Levine
Byrnes

Guest Star
David Wilmot
Capt. Connor

Guest Star
Jakob Verbruggen
Executive Producer
Cary Fukunaga
Executive Producer
Eric Roth
Executive Producer
Hossein Amini
Executive Producer
E. Max Frye
Executive Producer
Steve Golin
Executive Producer
Rosalie Swedlin
Executive Producer
Chris Symes
Executive Producer
Marshall Persinger
Co-Executive Producer
Jamie Payne
Co-Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Alienist: Season 1

Audience Reviews for The Alienist: Season 1

  • Nov 07, 2021
    One of the best detective thriller horror tv shows that I have ever seen.
  • Oct 15, 2021
    The book was better than this season, but it's definitely an awesome fast-paced mystery. Lots of action and great sense of place/time (duh, it's a historical drama/mystery).
  • Mar 05, 2021
    Absolutely sensational first season, loved every episode and was excited for more seasons, very disappointing that season 2 was so poor.
  • Feb 04, 2021
    At least "Freud" tried to be bold and different, this one is just looking nice, but all other aspects are so weak. There is no point in almost have of the scenes of each episode, just a way to fill 55 minutes of screen. Do not waist your time with this. Not sure how it got such a high score
  • Dec 05, 2020
    Starts off strong and intriguing, starts to drag around episodes 6-8, and then quickly picks up the pace with a satisfying ending. It is interesting to see the differences and similarities to how people thought about serial killers then and now. Some things we may never understand about human behavior. Finally, the way this series brought 1800s New York to life is quite a sight.
  • Nov 18, 2020
    I didnt think much to be honest, it was all a bit wooden. Laslo's accent was stilted and emotionless, whilst the story could've been thrilling and a bit scary, it was lacklustre and slow. It wasn't very clever, I didnt feel empathy for any of the characters and there was a lot of pseudo CSI stuff being pushed into the cracks. In fact I was hoping someone would come in and massacre the whole cast to put them out of their misery. I got the feeling they were trying to drag it out for as many episodes as possible. I watched 4 episodes, which was 2 more than it deserved.
  • Nov 15, 2020
    This show is an excellent period drama/crime mystery with a great plot and pace. It has a Jack the Ripper type of feel. The characters are interesting, and the casting is well done. Luke Evans is just fantastic in this show. Also glad to see the originality of having a unique and strong character like Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning) in the story.
  • Nov 07, 2020
    Exceptionally well made series!
  • Nov 06, 2020
    Good production values but boy it's dull. Daniel Bruhl is bland and mansplainy. Dakota Fanning is uptight and is seriously not interesting and Luke Evans is a poor choice of a leading man because there is no chemistry with Fanning...... In fact there's not much chemistry between any of them.
  • Nov 02, 2020
    Good, but constantly misses at being 'Great'. The story is good, but the machismo and misogynistic tempo of the Police and protagonists are too exaggerated. It seems to limit its reach, as a result... Well acted, and enjoyable, however.

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