Mindhunter (2017– )
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In 1977, frustrated FBI hostage negotiator Holden Ford finds an unlikely ally in veteran agent Bill Tench and begins studying a new class of murderer.


David Fincher


Joe Penhall (created by), John Douglas (based upon the book by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Groff ... Holden Ford
Lee R. Sellars ... Ninkovich (as Lee Sellars)
David H. Holmes ... Cody Miller
Joanna Lowe Joanna Lowe ... Hostage
Julia Crockett ... Sissy Miller
Cotter Smith ... Unit Chief Shepard
Jordan Gelber ... Peter Rathman
Hannah Gross ... Debbie Mitford
Carter Bratton Carter Bratton ... Quantico Instructor
Thomas Philip O'Neill ... Leo Buchanan
Ben Mathews ... Trainee Mike
Jordan Kantola Jordan Kantola ... Trainee Mark
Zach Steffey ... Trainee Chris
Leighton Samuels ... Trainee Steve
Chris James Boylan ... Trainee Sullivan


In 1977, frustrated FBI hostage negotiator Holden Ford finds an unlikely ally in veteran agent Bill Tench and begins studying a new class of murderer.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller



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Release Date:

13 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


The lady that brings Holden (Jonathan Groff) his coffee near the start of the episode is named for David Fincher's long time assistant, and now producer Andrea McKee. See more »


As Ford and Tench are driving to Iowa in 1977, the song on the radio is "Hold the Line" by Toto, which didn't come out until October 1978. See more »


Bill Tench: [to reporters asking about local murder] We're here for something else.
Iowa Reporter #1: The woman and her little boy.
Bill Tench: We're instructors.
Iowa Reporter #2: Are you from the Methodist church?
Bill Tench: Do we look like we're from the Methodist church?
Iowa Reporter #1: Yes?
Bill Tench: Make a hole. Good to see ya...
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References Soul Train (1971) See more »


Hold the Line
Written by David Paich
Performed by Toto
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Intellectual Cop Show
18 October 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

While the acting is a bit stiff (especially Holden), this is very promising. We have a young FBI agent who has been involved in hostage situations, experiencing a horrible event and deciding he needs to more about the criminal mind. He is incredibly well read in literature and philosophy which actually works against him at times. He goes back to school to study the psychology of criminals. His colleagues seem to tolerate him because they aren't as bright as he is. Ultimately, he hooks up with a man who goes from police department to police department to do in-services on criminal behavior. While in Iowa, he meets a frustrated cop who is looking into the mutilation death of a poor woman and her son. He is not able to offer any solutions to the cop. He knows his limitations. He is almost autistic in his social presence. We now have a case that takes us into the second episode.

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