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 ...  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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Drama | History | War


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The show lasts 2 seasons and takes place from July 1943 - 1945 sans some flashbacks. 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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Remarkable cinematography adds to the human drama behind the making of the first A- bomb. **UPDATE**
29 July 2014 | by Dr_SaganSee all my reviews

{review based on the Pilot + scenes from the 2nd episode}

This a semi-fictional depiction of what happened in Los Alamos, New Mexico during World War II. As you probably know the Manhattan Project was a research and development project for the first Atomic Bomb, thus the name of the show Manh(A)ttan with the middle A stylized as separated.

The series follows the lives of the families living in a strict, military controlled, village in the middle of the desert. In that place paranoia rules. Because of the big secret (the development of the "gadget" as they call it) everyone is considered a possible leak or a suspect for espionage. Their correspondence to the outside world is controlled, the army makes random checks to them and their belongings, they even have to take polygraph tests if they seem more suspicious than others.

The production has nothing to envy from a feature film. Attention to detail. Countless extras and above all a remarkable cinematography. The way they make you feel the "space", the atmosphere of this place is extraordinary.

I hope it will continue in the same fashion and not consume itself in many subplots and little dramas that will make it tiresome. (If it does, it wouldn't be the first time a great pilot is followed by mediocre episodes). But for now...

***Highly recommended.

{{{UPDATE after having seen 9 episodes}}}

Unfortunately my fears have been realized. The show is full of pointless subplots and is now boring and far from entertaining.

Oppenheimer's screen time is measured in ...seconds in the 10 hours I wasted to watch this.

The race for the atomic bomb and WW2 is almost absent.

It's all about the lives and the little dramas of the wives, the mistresses and the ..$2 prostitutes who live in the camp. Who gets high with what, who is screwing whom etc.

Maybe they should change the title to MANHATTAN HOUSEWIVES.

***Overall: Avoid it. I'm changing my rating from 8 to a (very generous) 4.

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27 July 2014 (USA) See more »

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