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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 18 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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Very good drama, great productions values, and a few twists
10 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

Viewed the first season over the past week on Hulu. Started out a bit boring, then a few sub plots were introduced that seemed pointless at first. But wow!! By the last 2-3 episodes I couldn't stop watching. The character development is very slow, and we are shown the worst of everyone first, it seems. As the show progresses, we see almost everyone has some redeeming humanity (and secrets, always secrets). The backdrop of all this is the cinematic paradise of the American Southwest circa 1940, and a war story that we all know how it ends. I feel like I was invited on a blind date, only to find by the end that I have made all kinds of new friends. I hope to hear WGN is going ahead with season 2.

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