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In 1943, in Los Alamos, New Mexico, a team of government scientists is working on the top secret Manhattan Project in a race to produce an atomic bomb before the Nazis. Meanwhile, their families adjust to a life on the military base.


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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
 Abby Isaacs (23 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Louis 'Fritz' Fedowitz (23 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Jim Meeks (23 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Helen / ... (23 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Frank Winter (23 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Paul Crosley (23 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Liza Winter (23 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Charlie Isaacs (23 episodes, 2014-2015)
Dylan B. Warren ...
 Military Police (23 episodes, 2014-2015)
 American Military (17 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Glen Babbit (15 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Callie Winter (15 episodes, 2014-2015)
Derek Blakeney ...
 Military Driver / ... (15 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Scientist (15 episodes, 2014-2015)
Waylon Brady
(13 episodes, 2014)
 Thatcher (11 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Reed Akley (10 episodes, 2014)
 Col. Emmett Darrow (10 episodes, 2015)
 Jeannie (10 episodes, 2014-2015)


Set against the backdrop of the greatest clandestine race against time in the history of science with the mission to build the world's first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Flawed scientists and their families attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives. Written by Futon Critic

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Nuclear. Family.


Drama | History | War


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Release Date:

27 July 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Манхэттен  »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


For the director/producer 'Thomas Schlamme', the visual pattern for the show when shooting the pilot is influenced by Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971). See more »


The show frequently has the military using Metric distances. The military during WWII were still using customary units (feet, yards, and miles). However, these were military scientists, who would have indeed used metric. See more »


Referenced in De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #7.22 (2016) See more »

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Severely underrated show, great viewing experience
20 November 2015 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Manhattan is perhaps one of the most underrated shows currently on television. The fact that it comes from WGN creates a stigma towards that many viewers are unable to surpass. But trust me once you dwell into the first couple of episodes, you will not regret it.

The writers on this show have done an incredible job in incorporating historical events into a show that is mostly based around fictional characters (although Oppenheimer makes several appearances, and Neils Bohr and Einstein also make brief appearances) and events. This creates a encapsulating drama that accompanies the main storyline about the creation of the atomic bomb. If you are looking for a historically accurate show more about the physics and mathematics behind the atomic bomb this is definitely not the show for you. At its heart it is a fully fledged drama. In particular I would like to commend the writers on drawing out the psychological trauma and difficulties placed on the scientists and individuals responsible for creating the bomb. This creates a more emotional connection to the characters and thus creates a synthetic sympathetic connection to these fictitious characters. Although generic at some stages the story lines are generally full of surprises which you would not expect and forces you to view the next episode, as any good televisions show should. Manhattan is one of those shows that are better watched several episodes in a row as the episodes tend to jump between the main character in focus.

Overall this is a criminally underrated show by the television community and should be given more credit for what has become a gripping show.

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