The Alienist
Genre Period drama
Crime drama
Created by Caleb Carr (novel)
Cary Fukunaga
Written by Hossein Amini
E. Max Frye
Directed by Jakob Verbruggen et al.
Starring See Cast & Characters
Original Language(s) English
Producer(s) Production & Crew
Running time 42–53 minutes
Production company(s) Paramount Television
Studio T
Anonymous Content
Parliament of Owls
Distributor TNT (USA) (TV); Netflix (Non-US) (video) (VOD) (excluding France)
Original network(s) TNT
Netflix (worldwide rights)
Next The Angel of Darkness
In the 19th century, persons suffering from mental illness were thought to be alienated from their own true natures. Experts who studied them were therefore known as Alienists.
— Opening epigraph

The Alienist is a TNT original drama series based on the novel of the same name by Caleb Carr. It is the first installment of the TNT's “Suspense Collection.”

The Alienist premiered on Monday, January 22, 2018, at 9 p.m. ET/PT across TNT platforms. [1] [2]

Synopsis Edit

The Alienist opens in 1896 when a series of haunting murders of boy prostitutes grips New York City. Newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (Brian Geraghty) calls upon criminal psychologist — aka alienist — Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl) and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. They are joined by Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning), a headstrong secretary at Police Headquarters determined to become the city’s first female police detective. Using the emerging disciplines of psychology and forensics, this band of social outsiders set out to apprehend one of New York City’s first serial killers. The limited series also stars Douglas Smith, Matthew Shear, Matt Lintz, Robert Ray Wisdom and Q’orianka Kilcher. [3] [4]

Cast and Characters Edit


Guest StarringEdit

Note: For a comprehensive list, see specific episode pages.

Episodes Edit

No. Image Title Writer Director Airdate
1 Alienist-Still-S1E01-03-Laszlo-Kreizler-John-Moore-Sara-Howard "The Boy on the Bridge" Hossein Amini Jakob Verbruggen January 22, 2018
New York City. 1896. The heart of America’s Gilded Age. When a young boy prostitute is found butchered on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, an alienist named Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), a newspaper illustrator by the name of John Moore, (Luke Evans), a secretary, Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning) and a police commissioner named Theodore Roosevelt (Brian Geraghty) begin an investigation outside the law to find the serial killer. [5]
2 Alienist-Still-S1E02-06-Sara-Howard-Isaacson-Brothers-Dinner "A Fruitful Partnership" Hossein Amini &
E. Max Frye
Jakob Verbruggen January 29, 2018
The investigation heats up as Sara (Dakota Fanning) gets her hands on a clue and Kreizler (Daniel Brühl) tries to connect the evidence left behind by the serial killer. Tensions rise within the police department. Kreizler takes Moore (Luke Evans), Sara, Marcus (Douglas Smith) and Lucius (Matthew Shear) to Delmonico's in New York and informs them they are going to be working together as a team to catch the killer. [6]
3 Alienist-Promo-Still-S1E03-04-Sara John Laszlo "Silver Smile" Gina Gionfriddo Jakob Verbruggen February 5, 2018
Innovative evidence leads the team to discover a crucial element in the case has gone missing. Kreizler (Daniel Brühl) and Moore (Luke Evans) interview a witness to find out what happened to Moore at the Brothel. Sara (Dakota Fanning) attempts to live in a world outside the investigation. Kreizler challenges them to look within themselves.
4 Alienist-Promo-Still-S1E04-10-Miss Howard and Dr Kreizler "These Bloody Thoughts" Gina Gionfriddo
& Cary Fukunaga
James Hawes February 12, 2018
Kreizler (Daniel Brühl) and Sara (Dakota Fanning) discuss the capacity to kill. Moore (Luke Evans) goes on a date. Byrnes (Ted Levine) and Captain Connor (David Wilmot) keep an eye on a potential suspect. Roosevelt (Brian Geraghty) finds himself under public scrutiny.
5 Alienist-Promo-Still-S1E05-13-Moore-Kreizler-Prison "Hildebrandt’s Starling" E. Max Frye James Hawes February 19, 2018
The team learns more about the killer. Moore (Luke Evans) and Sara (Dakota Fanning) share an intimate moment. Kreizler (Daniel Brühl) seeks advice from an old mentor. Roosevelt (Brian Geraghty) takes action.
6 Alienist-Promo-Still-S1E06-08-John Moore and Joseph "Ascension" E. Max Frye Paco Cabezas February 26, 2018
The team hatches a plan to catch the killer. Moore (Luke Evans) checks in on a friend. Kreizler (Daniel Brühl) faces his own self-doubt about the investigation. Roosevelt (Brian Geraghty) attends an event with the city’s elite. Sara (Dakota Fanning) looks into Kreizler’s past. Connor (David Wilmot) acts on impulse.
7 Alienist-Promo-Still-S1E07-08-Moore-Kreizler Crowd "Many Sainted Men" John Sayles Paco Cabezas March 5th, 2018
Kreizler (Daniel Brühl) and Moore (Luke Evans) follow a lead. Sara (Dakota Fanning) visits a hospital and is forced to confront her past. Cyrus (Robert Wisdom), Kreizler’s carriage driver, recovers from his injuries. Byrnes (Ted Levine) and Connor (David Wilmot) plot against the team. Detectives Marcus (Douglas Smith) and Lucius Isaacson (Matthew Shear) work on a clue.
8 Alienist-Promo-Still-S1E08-07-Laszlo Kreizler "Psychopathia Sexualis" John Sayles David Petrarca March 12, 2018
Kreizler (Daniel Brühl) and Moore (Luke Evans) travel to Washington, D.C., Sara (Dakota Fanning) goes rogue in pursuit of the truth. Lucius (Matthew Shear) tells Marcus (Douglas Smith) a secret. Byrnes (Ted Levine) and Connor (David Wilmot) tighten their grip on the investigation.
9 Alienist-Promo-Still-S1E09-13-Everyone Mary Funeral "Requiem" Hossein Amini Jamie Payne March 19, 2018
Kreizler (Daniel Brühl) mourns the loss of a friend. Sara (Dakota Fanning) pushes the team to forge ahead. Moore (Luke Evans) warns his friend the killer will strike again. Cyrus (Robert Wisdom) seeks revenge.
10 Alienist-Promo-Still-S1E10-03-Sara Howard "Castle in the Sky" Cary Fukunaga, John Sayles & Chase Palmer Jamie Payne March 26,2018
Kreizler (Daniel Brühl) confronts the demons of his past. Moore (Luke Evans) tells Sara (Dakota Fanning) the truth. Connor (David Wilmot) takes matters into his own hands. The team closes in on the killer as time is running out.

Production Edit

On September 22, 2016, Deadline reported that Jakob Verbruggen will be replacing Cary Fukunaga as director for The Alienist TV series, set to air on TNT. It has also been revealed that the shooting location has moved again–this time, from New York to Budapest–with filming scheduled to begin in early 2017. [7]

On November 28, 2016, Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans were cast in TNT's ‘The Alienist’ as Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and John Moore respectively. [8]

On January 14, 2017, TNT announced that Dakota Fanning has been cast as intrepid police secretary, Sara Howard, in the upcoming TV adaptation of The Alienist. [9]

On February 10, 2017, TNT announced that Robert Wisdom (The Wire) and Q'orianka Kilcher (The New World) will join the cast of ‘The Alienist’ as Cyrus Montrose and Mary Palmer, respectively. [10]

On February 19th, 2017, TV Wise reported that Netflix is currently finalizing a deal for international distribution of the ten episode series. They report that the deal will give Netflix first window rights in the UK along with more than 170 other countries. [11]

Cast and crew moved to Budapest, where production team built a vast replica of old New York north of Budapest and shooting began March 16, 2017, as stated on a photo shared on Luke Evans’ (playing John Moore) twitter feed. [12]

On April 19th, 2017, Deadline has reported that Brian Geraghty will be replacing Sean Astin as Theodore Roosevelt in the upcoming adaptation. In a statement, TNT indicated that Astin will no longer play the role “because of scheduling difficulties.” In addition, Martin McCreadie has been cast as Sergeant Doyle, a character who does not appear in the books. [13]

On September 9th, 2017, Luke Evans said goodbye to six months of The Alienist scripts. [14]

Sarah Aubrey, TNT’s executive vice president for original programming, said ‘The Alienist’ is the most expensive show the network has produced. [15] According to Variety, the budget for ‘The Alienist’ amounts to $5 million per episode. [16]

On July 2nd, 2018, TNT Drama revealed their interest in well-crafted suspense as "the ultimate form of compelling drama." On the official Twitter account, TNT Drama was pleased to announce that The Alienist was the first limited series in their new anthology, the TNT's Suspense Collection. [17]

The second entry, titled "I Am the Night", is expected to premiere January 2019. Starring Chris Pine and executive-produced by Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, the six-episode series tells the incredible story of Fauna Hodel, investigating the sinister secrets of her past. Sam Sheridan, author of A Fighter’s Heart and The Disaster Diaries, wrote five of the six episodes, while Carl Franklin (Mindhunter) directed two episodes.[18]

On August 16, 2018, it was revealed that Turner' TNT has ordered ‘The Angel of Darknessʼ limited series, a follow-up based on the sequel to Caleb Carr's ‘The Alienist’. [19]


Promotional ImagesEdit

Emmy For Your Consideration - May 2018,LA

Photo by Presley Ann, David Livingston, Charley Gallay [Courtesy of Getty Images North America]

For Your Consideration - May 2018, NY

Photo by Monica Schipper [Courtesy of Getty Images North America]

Premiere - New York

Photo by Jamie Mccarthy [Courtesy of Getty Images North America]

Paramount Picture Premiere - LA

Photo by Tibrina Hobson, Presley Ann, Emma McIntyre [Courtesy of Getty Images North America]


Turner Upfront 2018

EMMYS 2018

Promotional VideosEdit

Promotional Taglines Edit

  • "Don’t blink." [20]
  • "The killer has a pattern.
    It’s up to them to find it.
    " [21]
  • "A monster lives in the shadows." [22]
  • "There is darkness in this city." [23]
  • "When will the killer strike next?" [24]
  • "Nothing’s as it seems."[25]
  • "Let the games begin." [26]
  • "There's nowhere to hide." [27]
  • "You can run, but you can’t hide." [28]
  • "To catch a killer, one must be relentless." [29]
  • "Madness lies within." [30]
  • "Darkness dwells within." [31]
  • "To Hell with them." [32]

Notes Edit

  • The soundtrack is composed by Rupert Gregson-Williams, who is already a composer of remarkable soundtracks such as The Crown, Hacksaw Ridge, and Wonder Woman.
    • The music featured in ‘The Alienist’ Official Trailer is Ludovico Einaudi's track Experience, from the album "In a Time Lapse."
  • Dakota Fanning chronicles the world of the new show on TNT drama, ‘The Alienist’:

" An alienist in 1896 was a psychologist, pretty much. A behavioral analyst. Somebody who believed that your past experiences form your future actions. [Someone who] would get inside the mind of another and try to understand why they, perhaps, do what they do." [33]

  • Step into the world of ‘The Alienist’ with Luke Evans:

"What's the show about? What's ‘The Alienist’? I mean, it is difficult to say because the main thread of the story is that there is a killer. A serial killer in New York City. Laszlo Kreizler. He is a psychologist. I mean, he was an early psychologist. Laszlo shuts himself off. He's able to detach himself from emotions so that he can objectively be the psychologist." [34]

  • A concept storyboard for the TV promo spot was pitched by motion graphic designer Joe Lea. Although not used in the final project, the artwork is visible on his official website. [35]
  • In December 2017, a contest was held to win a VIP Experience during “The Alienist” series premiere. [36]
  • Ornate dresses, exquisitely designed suits and elegant hats from the forthcoming, grisly TV series “The Alienist” are on display at the Shops at Columbus Circle through January 5th, 2018. [37] [38]
  • During an interview with The New York Times, the novelist who penned the source material offered his own impressions of the television adaptation. “It’s been 25 years of battling against really bad interpretations of this book,” Mr. Carr said. The past film attempts failed because producers like Scott Rudin sought to turn his layered psychological tale into a more conventionally formatted blockbuster, proposing to cut characters, add a love story and otherwise abandon the main focus on the team tracking the murderer. (“I wish him well with the show,” Mr. Rudin emailed in response.)[15]
  • Caleb Carr had no complaints that the project's original main creative force, Cary Fukunaga (“Beasts of No Nation,” “True Detective”), left “The Alienist” before filming started. “His take on the story was too salacious and nearly completely mistaken,” Mr. Carr said. For all his exasperation, Mr. Carr remained eager for an adaptation “that enough resembled the book that I didn’t have to fight that battle anymore.” [15]
  • Director and executive producer Jakob Verbruggen (“The Fall”), said: “Every detail matters. We could only sell this world if we made it 100 percent believable.” Though the series is faithful to the team dynamic that animates the novel, there are differences. The killer’s perspective, absent from the book, is introduced early in the series. The reporter character, played by Mr. Evans, is now an illustrator. Sara Howard was made a well-rounded character, focusing more on women's movements of the era. [15]
  • A Red Carpet Soirée event took place on January 11, 2018, at Paramount Studios, Los Angeles. [39]
  • From April 1st, 2018, the entire season is available on demand on TNT platforms. [40]
  • On April 18th, 2018, the three main starring actors Dakota Fanning, Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans arrived in Rome, Italy for the Netflix International Press Release of ‘The Alienist.’ [41] [42]
    • Luke Evans had arrived in Rome the previous week to celebrate his birthday with his family. [43]
  • From April 19th, 2018, the ten episodes of ‘The Alienist’ will be released at once upon Netflix for registered members, except for US and France. [44]

Reception Edit

  • ‘The Alienist’ was named the #1 Most Anticipated New TV Show of 2018 by IMDb. [45]
  • ‘The Alienist’ racked up 345.8 million TV ad impressions over seven days according to analytics charts provided by Promo Mojo. [46]
  • According to Time Warner, Inc., ‘The Alienist’ is the first new cable drama to date (2018). [47]
  • According to Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 66% based on 59 reviews, with an average rating of 6.92/10. [48]
  • On Metacritic, the season has a weighted average score of 61 out of 100, based on 26 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews" [49]
  • The cast and crew of ‘The Alienist’ received six Emmy nominations. [50]
    • Outstanding Limited Series.
    • Outstanding Period Costumes.
    • Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program .
    • Outstanding main Title Design .
    • Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited series or Movie.
    • Outstanding Art Direction for a Period series, Miniseries or Movie single camera.
  • On September 9, 2018, ‘The Alienist’ won its first Emmy Award for "Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role." [51]

See AlsoEdit

External LinksEdit

References Edit

  1. ‘The Alienist’ TNT Official Twitter, When will the killer strike next?
  2. Variety, TV News Roundup: ‘The Alienist’ Sets Premiere Date on TNT
  3. ‘The Alienist’ — Official Trailer on TNT Drama YouTube Account
  4. Psychological Thriller ‘The Alienist’ Gets a Premiere Date and a New Trailer —
  5. — ‘The Alienist’ Episode 1.01 Synopsis
  6. — ‘The Alienist’ Episode 1.02 Synopsis
  7. ‘The Alienist’: Jakob Verbruggen To Direct TNT Series. Cary Fukunaga Pulls Out But Remains EP
  8. Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans Cast in TNT's ‘The Alienist’ — TNT Pressroom
  9. TNT Pressroom, Dakota Fanning joins TNT's ‘The Alienist’
  10. Robert Wisdom and Q'orianka Kilcher Join TNT's ‘The Alienist’ — TNT Pressroom
  11. TV Wise, Netflix Finalising Global Deal For TNT’s Caleb Carr Adaptation ‘The Alienist’
  12. "What an awesome first day shooting #TheAlienist in Budapest. Here's to the next 5 months!"
  13., ‘The Alienist’: Brian Geraghty Replaces Sean Astin In TNT Series
  14. Luke Evans on Instagram, Last Day Shooting ‘The Alienist’
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 How ‘The Alienist’ Finally Found a Screen
  16. ‘The Alienist’ Lands Big Bucks Series Order From TNT — Variety
  17. @TheAlienistTNT on Twitter — Introducing Suspense Collection
  18. TV Line — The Alienist's 'Suspense Collection' Follow-Up, I Am the Night, Gets Trailer.
  19. TNT Renews 'Alienist' With Follow-Up 'The Angel of Darkness'
  20. Teaser #1: Don't Blink The Alienist’ TNT Official Twitter
  21. Teaser #2, ‘The Alienist’ TNT Official Twitter
  22. Teaser #3, ‘The Alienist’ TNT Official Twitter
  23. Teaser #4, ‘The Alienist’ TNT Official Twitter
  24. Teaser #5, ‘The Alienist’ TNT Official Twitter
  25. Teaser #6, ‘The Alienist’ TNT Official Twitter
  26. Teaser #7, ‘The Alienist’ TNT Official Twitter
  27. Teaser #8, ‘The Alienist’ TNT Official Twitter
  28. Teaser #9, ‘The Alienist’ TNT Official Twitter
  29. Teaser #10, ‘The Alienist’ TNT Official Twitter
  30. Teaser #11, ‘The Alienist’ TNT Official Twitter
  31. Teaser #12, ‘The Alienist’ TNT Official Twitter
  32. Teaser #13, ‘The Alienist’ TNT Official Twitter
  33. ‘The Alienist’ TNT Official Twitter, What's an Alienist?
  34. ‘The Alienist’ TNT Official Twitter, Step into the world of ‘The Alienist’
  35. Joe Lea,‘The Alienist’ TV Promo Pitch
  36. Enter now for a chance to win a trip to The Alienist premiere — TNT drama
  37. ‘The Alienist’ installation features costumes from the TNT series
  38. Discover the beauty of #TheAlienist costume exhibit at the Time Warner Center in New York. — ‘The Alienist’ TNT Official Twitter
  39. The team is assembled. Next, the soirée. — @TheAlienistTNT on Twitter
  40. Binge the entire season of ‘The Alienist’ on the TNT app.
  41. Dakota Fanning arrived in Rome for Netflix Press Release — @dakotafanning on Instagram
  42. Daniel Brühl arrived in Rome for Netflix Press Release — @thedanielbruhl on Instagram
  43. Luke Evans celebrated his 40th birthday in Rome before joining castmates for Netflix Press Release — @thedanielbruhl on Instagram
  44. First season of ‘The Alienist’ to premiere internationally on Netflix on April 19th, 2018.
  45. 18 Most Anticipated New TV Shows of 2018on
  46. TNT’s ‘The Alienist’ Gets TV’s Biggest Promo Push
  47. NWX — Year-to-date, @tntdrama’s #TheAlienist is the #1 new cable drama $TWX
  48. "The Alienist: Season 1 (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  49. "The Alienist reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  50. Emmy Nominations — @SuspenseTNT
  51. The Alienist Emmy Winner: Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role, Supense Collection on Instagram (@Suspensetnt)