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Hannibal (2013–2015)

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Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.


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Series cast summary:
 Will Graham (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
 Dr. Hannibal Lecter (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
 Dr. Alana Bloom (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
 Jack Crawford (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
 Jimmy Price (27 episodes, 2013-2015)
 Brian Zeller (27 episodes, 2013-2015)
 Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (22 episodes, 2013-2015)
 Beverly Katz (18 episodes, 2013-2014)


Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.

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Lee Pace turned down a guest appearance in the first season, due to his commitments with a Broadway play. See more »


The extensive, severe winter settings reveal the Toronto filming sites, rather than represent the Baltimore dramatic setting. Baltimore winters are mild, and snow rarely accumulates on the ground for more than a few days at a time. Yet snow covered landscapes and large accumulations of snow on the streets are common in the series, and there is snowfall to be seen through the window of Hannibal's dining room during nearly every meal. See more »


Will Graham: [Repeated line] This is my design.
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Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Silence of the Lambs (2015) See more »


Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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The most visual – and visually daring – crime show on TV
9 August 2014 | by (wherever good films play) – See all my reviews

Having seen the films based on Thomas Harris' novels, I couldn't for the life of me imagine an actor other than Anthony Hopkins for the role of Hannibal Lecter (although I had seen - and liked - Brian Cox' take on the character in Michael Mann's 'Manhunter' which was released before 'The Silence of the Lambs'). Apart from that, I didn't see the point in retelling a story that had already been told very well on film – and with outstanding actors. For those reasons, I deprived myself of the pleasure of watching 'Hannibal' until the second season of the show started - but boy: am I glad I finally got over myself and did start!

To those who haven't watched it for the same reasons I didn't I can only say: knowing the storyline from the films (or the books) doesn't spoil this in the least; the writers cleverly play with your expectations and they have taken enough liberties that you can never tell what is going to happen. And Mads Mikkelsen makes for a terrific Hannibal. The cat and mouse play between him and Hugh Dancy's Will Graham is a thrilling joy to watch; the conversations between the two are an example of surgically precise writing where every word counts and could - literally – be a concealed weapon (the writing in general is top notch, especially the dialogues).

Visually, this series is unlike anything I've ever seen; the opulence of the images seems to be directly inspired by the aesthetic of oil paintings; whenever food is served or you see the interior of Hannibal's mansion you're reminded of still lives from the Dutch Baroque; certain dreams, visions and hallucinations even recall the works of Hieronymus Bosch. Don't get me wrong: first and foremost this is a gory crime show about an exceptionally well educated and highly intelligent serial killer (and not some "art show") – albeit one with a very unique look.

My verdict: 'Hannibal' offers gory thrills along with amazing images, fascinating characters and an outstanding cast. Perhaps the most visual – and visually daring – crime show ever. 9 stars out of 10.

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