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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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
Georgia Lowe Georgia Lowe ...  Milly 7 episodes, 2020
Matt Letscher ...  William Randolph Hearst 6 episodes, 2020
Michael McElhatton ...  Dr. Markoe 6 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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To put the show setting into context, the consolidation of New York--that is, inclusion of the four outer boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island into Manhattan--did not take place until 1898, two years after the established series date of 1896. See more »


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Rather a sequel then a second season
20 July 2020 | by nathancludtsSee all my reviews

The second season features a totally separate story from the one featured in season one. But, essentially, the second season is more of the same (a killer on the loose preying on innocent infants, female-empowerment message,...). This is not necessarilly a bad thing because the mix of all those things made the first season such a rewarding experience. Also, it is a very beautiful show to look at with detailed costumes and beautiful set design. Definitely recommended!

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Release Date:

22 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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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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