Maniac (2018)
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The Chosen One! 

Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Owen is the black sheep of the wealthy Milgrim clan. After losing his job, he enrolls in an experimental drug trial.


Cary Joji Fukunaga




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Stone ... Annie Landsberg
Jonah Hill ... Owen Milgrim
Justin Theroux ... Dr. James K. Mantleray
Sonoya Mizuno ... Dr. Azumi Fujita
Gabriel Byrne ... Porter Milgrim
Jemima Kirke ... Adelaide
Billy Magnussen ... Jed Milgrim
Trudie Styler ... Angelica Milgrim
Allyce Beasley ... 11
Geoffrey Cantor ... Frank
Kathleen Choe ... 3
David Fierro ... Ad Buddy
Leo Fitzpatrick ... Lance
Jojo Gonzalez ... Agent Lopez
Stephen Hill ... 7


Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Owen is the black sheep of the wealthy Milgrim clan. After losing his job, he enrolls in an experimental drug trial.

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

21 September 2018 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the waiting room for the trial, we hear a call for Carol Cuddy over the speaker. Carol Cuddy is a producer on the show. See more »


Regarding the Ad Buddy, Audra Avery, who Annie is asking about paying for a bus ticket: The signature on her identification clearly does not say "Audra Avery" See more »


James Mantleray: Hypothesis: all souls are on a quest to connect. Corollary: our minds have no awareness of this quest. Hypothesis: all the worlds that almost were matter just as much as the world we're in. Corollary: these hidden worlds cause us great pain. Camaraderie, communion, family, friendship, love, what have you. We're lost without connection. It's quite terrible to be alone. Put simply, my goal is to eradicate all unnecessary and inefficient forms of human pain. Forever. We must evolve past our ...
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References Boulder Dash (1984) See more »


Mind Playin' Tricks on Me
Written by Willie Dennis, Isaac Hayes, Scarface, and Doug King
Performed by Geto Boys
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Off putting first episode, yet lots of potential
22 October 2018 | by starving_college_studentSee all my reviews

I have to say that this was the most off putting first episode of a series I've seen in a while. In fact, I had to give it two tries. The first go, I knew nothing of the show, but wanted to check it out because Emma Stone is great in everything. But 15 minutes in, the story was expanding and expanding introducing non-related elements in each scene, and was so clunky and nonsensical that I shut it off. Then I found out Fukunaga was the director of the series and gave it a second go. Unfortunately the episode wasn't any clearer the second time around, but I could appreciate the craftmanship in filmmaking and details put into the world. And I simply loved the retro futurism. I think I'm the target audience for this quirky, mind-bender kind of show, because I love things like Brazil/Memento/Eternal Sunshine. I love stories that start as a jumble of pieces and later you have to figure out what it means. At this point, however, I'm not even sure if I'm looking at a a puzzle. I'm also not sure of the tone, it keeps bouncing from serious to silly. But it feels like there's so much potential here. I'll give it a shot.

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