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The Alienist

The Alienist

  • Premiered: 
    January 22, 2018
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  • Network: TNT
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the 1994 book (The Alienist) by Caleb Carr 
  • Subject Matter: Crime
  • Tags: period

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Plot Synopsis

Based on Caleb Carr's 1994 novel of the same name, THE ALIENIST is a 10-episode limited drama series about the hunt for a serial killer targeting boy prostitutes in New York's Gilded Age in 1896 amidst a backdrop of vast wealth, extreme poverty and technological innovation. The story opens with a series of haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes that grip New York City. Newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt calls upon criminal psychologist (aka alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and newspaper illustrator John Moore to conduct the investigation in secret. They are joined by Sara Howard, 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. They're joined by: Marcus and Lucius Isaacson, twin brothers who help unravel the disturbing mystery; Stevie, a tough, young boy employed by Dr. Kreizler as a driver and errand boy; Cyrus, Kreizler's valet, a man with a dark past who has been reformed by Kreizler; and Mary, Kreizler's mute maid with whom he shares a special unspoken connection. Immediately following the 2018 SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS, TNT premiered a 75-minute sneak preview of THE ALIENEST at 10pm ET/PT on Sunday, January 21, 2018, with a simulcast on TBS. THE ALIENEST officially debuted the next at 9pm on TNT. The series opens on a snowy night in New York City in 1896, where a young boy prostitute is found butchered on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. Following this death, an alienist (Laszlo), a newspaper illustrator (John), a secretary (Sara) and a police commissioner (Theodore Roosevelt) begin an investigation outside the law to find the serial killer.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

On Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released THE ALIENIST on DVD and Blu-ray with all 10 gripping episodes. This turn-of-the-century prestige thriller follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Bruhl), a brilliant and obsessive "alienist" in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies, who holds the key to hunting down a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys. Based on the award-winning, fan-favorite novel by Caleb Carr, with additional standout performances from Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning. THE ALIENIST is a murder mystery like none other: the story of the emergence of the world's most powerful city that will stop at nothing to bury its darkest secrets. Viewers can go inside the visual effects houses that won the 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Supporting Role with the DVD's EXCULSIVE behind-the-scenes documentary, "Pixel by Pixel." Alongside the show's impressive visual effects team, fans can look at the recreation of 1890s' New York City. Running Time: 440 minutes total run time (not counting special features.) This series is a must see. Buy and binge now! (Click the red "Buy DVDs" button on this page.)

- Pixel by Pixel: Go inside the visual effects houses that won the 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Supporting Role with exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary.
- Inside The Alienist
- Inside The Episode


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Paramount Television
  • Produced by Studio T


  • - New York City, New York USA