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The Alienist: Angel of Darkness 

The Alienist (original title)
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Newspaper illustrator John Moore meets with criminal psychologist (alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler to investigate a serial killer in New York during the late 19th century.




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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Daniel Brühl ...  Laszlo Kreizler 18 episodes, 2018-2020
Luke Evans ...  John Moore 18 episodes, 2018-2020
Robert Wisdom ...  Cyrus Montrose 18 episodes, 2018-2020
Douglas Smith ...  Marcus Isaacson 18 episodes, 2018-2020
Matthew Shear ...  Lucius Isaacson 18 episodes, 2018-2020
Dakota Fanning ...  Sara Howard 18 episodes, 2018-2020
Ted Levine ...  Chief Thomas Byrnes / ... 15 episodes, 2018-2020
Martin McCreadie ...  Sergeant Doyle / ... 14 episodes, 2018-2020
Brian Geraghty ...  Theodore Roosevelt 10 episodes, 2018
Q'orianka Kilcher ...  Mary Palmer 10 episodes, 2018
Matt Lintz ...  Stevie Taggert 10 episodes, 2018
David Wilmot ...  Captain Connor 10 episodes, 2018
Brittany Marie Batchelder ...  Joanna Crawford 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Rosy McEwen ...  Libby Hatch 8 episodes, 2020
Melanie Field ...  Bitsy Sussman 8 episodes, 2020
Emily Barber ...  Violet Hayward 8 episodes, 2020


The Alienist opens when a series of haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes grips New York City. Newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (Geraghty) calls upon criminal psychologist (aka alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl) and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. They are joined by Sara Howard (Fanning), a headstrong secretary determined to become the city's first female police detective. Using the emerging disciplines of psychology and early forensic investigation techniques, this band of social outsiders set out to find and apprehend one of New York City's first serial killers.

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Madness Lies Within


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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People with mental illness were once considered "alienated from society," hence those who treated them being referred to as alienists. See more »

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This second season is better than the first.
13 August 2020 | by nathanchamberlandSee all my reviews

I love this show. It is rather dark and reminds me of From Hell in mood and the similar time period, but this is set in New York, rather than London. I am always happy to see productions that take advantage of Budapest, Hungary. It must be among the few few places left that has been so well preserved to stand in for the Victorian era in architecture.

This second season was less about the alienist and more about the female detective, Played by Ms. Fanning. I stopped by, in part, to comment on the tremendous casting job for the character of Libby. Rosy McEwan is going places. Her performance here was absolutely spectacular. She stole the entire show-matched only by the always stellar Luke Evans.

I hope to see a season 3 of this lovable show, but I get the feeling they're going to end it. I truly hope I'm wrong, though.

If you're wondering whether to give this new season a watch, do it. You won't regret it.

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Release Date:

22 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Alienist: Angel of Darkness See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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