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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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 Will Graham (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Dr. Hannibal Lecter (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Dr. Alana Bloom (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Jack Crawford (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Jimmy Price (27 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Brian Zeller (27 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (22 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Beverly Katz (18 episodes, 2013-2014)
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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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Freddie Lounds was written as an unattractive, shabbily dressed, middle-aged male tabloid print journalist in the original novel (and this version was used in the previous film adaptations). The TV series changed the role to Fredricka "Freddie" Lounds, a young, beautiful, fashionable, female Internet blogger. See more »

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Despite being head of the behavioral sciences unit within the FBI, Jack Crawford displays gaps in expertise that should be a given. For instance, when Will Graham fails the clock test, he asks whether this is something that Will could fake. See more »

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Will Graham: I don't find you that interesting.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You will.
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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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