The Alienist: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
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.



Critic Ratings: 78


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Air date: Jan 22, 2018

The series premiere. A young boy prostitute is found butchered on an unfinished bridge, spurring an alienist, newspaper illustrator, secretary and police commissioner to begin an investigation outside the law to find the serial killer.

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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. Kreizler takes Moore, Sara, Marcus and Lucius to Delmonico's in New York and informs them they are going to be working together as a team to catch the killer.

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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. Kreizler challenges them to look within themselves.

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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.

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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.

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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 is running out.

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The Alienist opens when a series of haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes grips New York City. Newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (Geraghty) calls upon criminal psychologist (aka alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl) and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. They are joined by Sara Howard (Fanning), a headstrong secretary determined to become the city's first female police detective. Using the emerging disciplines of psychology and early forensic investigation techniques, this band of social outsiders set out to find and apprehend one of New York City's first serial killers.

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Critic Reviews for The Alienist Season 1

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (35)

The Alienist spends more time telling you what's going on beneath the surface than allowing for any real depth to emerge.

Jan 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The result is a series that has all of the brooding intensity of Fukunaga's HBO show, but little of the necessary narrative energy to pull it off.

Jan 23, 2018 | Full Review…

What must have come to life in the pages of the book struggles to find so much as a spark on the screen -- difficult, admittedly, through the pall of smoke and shadows that tend to choke it.

Jan 22, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's a lushly rendered, gritty tale with the kind of nudity, gore and explicit themes often seen in today's quality TV shows. But it's still a largely predictable story.

Jan 22, 2018 | Full Review…

... somewhat unique in setting but same old/same old in terms of the overall genre.

Jan 22, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Serial killers are always intriguing because they feel so alien, but The Alienist can't will itself to be anything more than an R-rated update.

Jan 22, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The Alienist is far more entertaining than its reputation might indicate...

Jul 28, 2020 | Full Review…

The series made a blatant bid for the inclusion of all those on the outside looking in. And in doing so, the show could not have been timelier or more modern or wholly necessary.

Oct 21, 2019 | Full Review…

What makes this show special is the story they are exploring-it's disturbing, frightening, and morbid. Shows often shy away from controversial topics, but The Alienist dives headfirst into the dramatic pit of its story.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

What will entice viewers is how The Alienist does not shield the audience from the nitty-gritty details of the crime.

Sep 18, 2019 | Full Review…

If it's not something that appeals to you or you're looking for a quality series, there are many better ones out there. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 19, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

An atmospheric and deliciously morbid period crime piece that the fans of the genre should not miss. [Full review in Spanish]

Jun 16, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Alienist: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Oct 07, 2020
    Can't stop watching!
  • Sep 21, 2020
    O início da série é boa, você acha que ela é legal. Mas aí a série começa a enrolar muito e o final... bem, deixa MUUUITO a desejar.
  • Sep 18, 2020
    It's a story of another really smart white guy with a loyal best friend and like most crime TV shows a tough but ultimately willing chief of police to help. There is very little done to actually delve into any of the characters to make them lovable or relatable and everyone has a sad back story. The kind of lack of prejudice this shows for a period drama is funny. But cinematography is on point, the sets & costume look realistic, the look and feel is catchy.
  • Aug 26, 2020
    I loved season one. TNT dragged their feet too long for the next season. Season two was predictable and appeared just thrown together to appease the fans. I do not think I will watch season 3.

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