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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Series cast summary:
Rachel Brosnahan ...  Abby Isaacs 23 episodes, 2014-2015
Michael Chernus ...  Louis 'Fritz' Fedowitz 23 episodes, 2014-2015
Christopher Denham ...  Jim Meeks 23 episodes, 2014-2015
Katja Herbers ...  Helen Prins 23 episodes, 2014-2015
John Benjamin Hickey ...  Frank Winter 23 episodes, 2014-2015
Harry Lloyd ...  Paul Crosley 23 episodes, 2014-2015
Olivia Williams ...  Liza Winter 23 episodes, 2014-2015
Ashley Zukerman ...  Charlie Isaacs 23 episodes, 2014-2015
Dylan B. Warren Dylan B. Warren ...  Military Police 19 episodes, 2014-2015
Alan Humphrey Alan Humphrey ...  American Military 10 episodes, 2014-2015
Daniel Stern ...  Glen Babbit 15 episodes, 2014-2015
Alexia Fast ...  Callie Winter 14 episodes, 2014-2015
Derek Blakeney Derek Blakeney ...  Military Driver / ... 11 episodes, 2014-2015
Steve Larese Steve Larese ...  Scientist 11 episodes, 2014-2015
Waylon Brady Waylon Brady 10 episodes, 2014
Stafford Douglas ...  Thatcher 11 episodes, 2014-2015
David Harbour ...  Reed Akley 10 episodes, 2014
William Petersen ...  Col. Emmett Darrow 9 episodes, 2015
Ben Hall Ben Hall ...  Joey Isaacs 10 episodes, 2014-2015
Miles Hall Miles Hall ...  Joey Isaacs 10 episodes, 2014-2015
Lauren Chavez-Myers ...  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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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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Better than people give it credit for
10 August 2014 | by monk-bakerSee all my reviews

Now people from Los Alamos give it poor historical reviews, but it is mostly because they don't get why they don't use real people (easy answer? It makes for better TV). I moved there in 91 and left last year. I still read the news from online as I used to live there a few blocks from bathtub row, and across the street from a retired scientist that worked on it, some of the only buildings from that time left (historical buildings now) early grade school you learn all about this stuff. Anyway that's the view your going to get.

While being fictional characters they are basically treated in the same way real families are. Lie detectors, one PO Box (1663 in a tow 45 minutes away.) Lots and lots of secrets. The dumb name of the bomb (gadget, the prototype and proof of concept)other historical things people are missing is there were two groups one created fat man the other made little boy.

Any historical event turned into TV or movies will not be exact historical accounts, especially when there are national secrets that will never be released. (want your neighbor to build these bombs in his wood shed?)

If you visit the town compare the show to the info at the Bradbury science museum (though there isn't anything else really there.) They don't have much online. But in person it's everything I'm guessing the show will have and interesting things from things since the Manhattan Project.

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