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The Alienist 

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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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Series cast summary:
Daniel Brühl ...  Laszlo Kreizler 10 episodes, 2018
Luke Evans ...  John Moore 10 episodes, 2018
Brian Geraghty ...  Theodore Roosevelt 10 episodes, 2018
Robert Wisdom ...  Cyrus Montrose 10 episodes, 2018
Douglas Smith ...  Marcus Isaacson 10 episodes, 2018
Matthew Shear ...  Lucius Isaacson 10 episodes, 2018
Q'orianka Kilcher ...  Mary Palmer 10 episodes, 2018
Matt Lintz ...  Stevie Taggert 10 episodes, 2018
Dakota Fanning ...  Sara Howard 10 episodes, 2018
David Wilmot ...  Captain Connor 10 episodes, 2018
Martin McCreadie ...  Sergeant Doyle 8 episodes, 2018
Ted Levine ...  Thomas Byrnes 7 episodes, 2018
Daisy Bevan ...  Esther 5 episodes, 2018
Jackson Gann ...  Joseph / ... 5 episodes, 2018
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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

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Drama | Mystery

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alienista See more »

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Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Anonymous Content See more »
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16:9 HD
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St. Elizabeths Hospital was the site of a Federal Mental Asylum frequented by members of the armed services who were deemed unfit for duty. In the early twenty-first century, it is slated for redevelopment as the Headquarters of the Department of Homeland Security. See more »

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Probably lucky I never read the book.
28 March 2018 | by paul-2148See all my reviews

I've noticed a pattern in the reviews. Fans of the book seem to really hate the series. I think that's always the case except maybe for Jaws. So I had no expectations. I didn't know anything about the characters or the plot. So I was able to really enjoy watching the arc of the characters and the plot unfold. They did a fantastic job of immersing the viewer into the time period. You really got a sense of what life was like back then for both the poor and the privileged. I thought the chase of the killer played out perfectly. The last episode was very tense and suspenseful. I saw that John Sales was a producer on this, which makes sense because all his films seem to have period and setting as characters. All the performances were spot on. All the young boys were terrific and I though Dakota Fanning was sublime.


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