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An in-depth look at how an FBI profiler helped track down the terrorist Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber.
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Series cast summary:
Sam Worthington ...  Jim 'Fitz' Fitzgerald 7 episodes, 2017
Jeremy Bobb ...  Stan Cole 7 episodes, 2017
Ben Weber ...  Andy Genelli 7 episodes, 2017
Chris Noth ...  Don Ackerman 7 episodes, 2017
Paul Bettany ...  Ted Kaczynski 7 episodes, 2017
Lynn Collins ...  Natalie 7 episodes, 2017
Martin Feigen Martin Feigen ...  UTF Agent 7 episodes, 2017
Brían F. O'Byrne ...  Frank McAlpine 6 episodes, 2017
Keisha Castle-Hughes ...  Tabby 5 episodes, 2017
Mark Duplass ...  David Kaczynski 5 episodes, 2017
Elizabeth Reaser ...  Ellie Fitzgerald 5 episodes, 2017
Diesel Madkins ...  Ernie Esposito 5 episodes, 2017
John Merical ...  UTF Agent / ... 5 episodes, 2017
Katja Herbers ...  Linda Patrik 4 episodes, 2017
Michael Banks Repeta ...  Dan Fitzgerald 4 episodes, 2017
Merrill Beckwith Merrill Beckwith ...  Agent 4 episodes, 2017
Griff Furst ...  Burkhardt 3 episodes, 2017
Rebecca Henderson ...  Judy Clarke 3 episodes, 2017
Jane Lynch ...  Janet Reno 3 episodes, 2017
Will Murden ...  Sean Fitzgerald 3 episodes, 2017
Bonnie Johnson ...  Wanda Kaczynski 3 episodes, 2017
Rowan Bousaid ...  Yuppy Dad (Birdwatcher) / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Tonya Bludsworth ...  Yuppy Mom (Birdwatcher) / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Jason Jones Jason Jones ...  UTF Agent 3 episodes, 2017
Lewis 'Lj' Johnson III ...  UTF Agent 3 episodes, 2017
Trieste Kelly Dunn ...  Theresa Oakes 2 episodes, 2017
Tyler Huth ...  Timmy Oakes 2 episodes, 2017
Mike Pniewski ...  Dr. Charles Epstein 2 episodes, 2017
Steve Coulter ...  Anthony Bisceglie 2 episodes, 2017
Dan Triandiflou ...  Gary Wright 2 episodes, 2017
Joe Knezevich ...  Steve Freccero 2 episodes, 2017
McKenna Grace Martin McKenna Grace Martin ...  Joanna Epstein 2 episodes, 2017
Jana Allen ...  Heidi Shumway 2 episodes, 2017
Mary Rachel Quinn ...  Lois Epstein 2 episodes, 2017
Candace Mabry ...  Patrick Fischer's Secretary / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Doug Kruse ...  David Gelernter 2 episodes, 2017
Nonoma ...  FCI Prison Guard 2 episodes, 2017
Cade Smith ...  Doug Volkoff 2 episodes, 2017
Tom Thon ...  History of Science Prof. / ... 2 episodes, 2017
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Manhunt: Unabomber (formerly known as "Manifesto") will explore how the FBI caught infamous criminal masterminds, with each closed-ended season following a different case. The first season will focus on the FBI agent, a highly specialized linguist, who using unconventional means brought Ted Kaczynski, aka the "Unabomber", to justice after nearly a 20-year manhunt. The show, said to be heavily serialized and darkly psychological in the vein of True Detective,would provide insight into the criminal and the case but also the psychological effects the cases have on the FBI agents assigned to hunt down the most dangerous criminals who often delve into a kind of madness of their own, becoming totally absorbed in the crimes and forced to live inside the darkest minds imaginable for years. Written by ahmetkozan

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2017 (USA) See more »

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The end scene in the License plate of the Volvo is 2SAM564. This is same license plate on Ray Donovan's Mercedes used in the tv series 'Ray Donovan.' See more »

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The real Fitz never met Ted Kaczynski. See more »

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Entertaining but increasingly unpersuasive

As a miniseries about an FBI profiler, Manhunt: Unabomber is quite engaging. The series follows the search for the Unabomber, which increasingly focuses on the way he writes, as well as preparation for trial two years later, going back and forth.

The protagonist is a profiler called Fitz (excellent performance by Sam Worthington) who starts off as a seemingly happy family man and two years later is living in a cabin in the woods, giving the audience two mysteries: how was the Unabomber caught, and how did Fitz's life fall apart.

While the story is intriguing, The series insists on an Imitation Game approach in which a brilliant individual singlehandedly solves the problem while everyone fights him at every step.

As with the infamously inaccurate Imitation Game, Manhunt's historical accuracy is doubtful. In fact, I did some research and easily found discrepancies. A New York Times story indicates that there were a number of people, including some outside the FBI, working on the textual clues that the miniseries has Fitz solve almost singlehandedly.

The series portrays Fitz in a formulaic manner. For example, his profiling duties lead him to identify too closely with his target, just like most series about profilers.

There's also an amusing scene where a bunch of men yell at each other while the one woman in the room asks the only intelligent question and becomes a major help to Fitz. This seemed a little too perfect (when you see a scene that perfectly illustrates something, it's often, as in the case of some scenes in Hidden Figures, completely made up). The woman is probably just a composite character, since I read an article saying there were numerous people contributing information that in the series all comes from her.

The only thing the producers have admitted to making up are the meetings with Fitz and the Unabomber. The reason for the first meeting makes no sense, which would be a good reason to have not done it, but the producers wanted to make sure there was a setup for a second meeting in which, in the final episode, Fitz cracks everything wide open. Of course.

The series drifts a bit off course towards the end. One episode leaves the investigation to show us the Unabomber's life, but since the series tight focus on the technical aspects of the investigation didn't make me wonder about the man, it just felt like the investigation grinding to a halt. And the final episode, while generally satisfying, felt far too pat.

Does historical accuracy matter? Overall it is an entertaining series, (although it virtually ignores the mystery of Fitz's downfall as set up in the beginning, which felt like a cheat). Personally, though, I often find the sloppiness of historical truth more interesting than the neat packages we get from Hollywood. I wish the writers had been less interested in creating a hero and more interested in the chaotic, collaborative nature of true investigation.


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