The Alienist

10 Best Episodes of The Alienist

New York, 1896. Police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt brings together criminal psychologist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, newspaper illustrator John Moore and secretary Sara Howard to investigate several murders of male prostitutes.

Written by Sophie and last updated on dec 30, 2022.

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#15 - Labyrinth (Season 2 - Episode 3)

All is not what it seems at the Lying-In Hospital as Sara persuades a young nurse to disclose what happens behind closed doors. Kreizler is convinced that hypnosis might unlock the traumatic memories of Senora Linares.

The episode was rated 7.59 from 542 votes.

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#14 - Ex Ore Infantium (Season 2 - Episode 1)


New York City. 1897. Sara Howard has opened a pioneering private detective agency. She reunites with formidable alienist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and New York Times journalist John Moore to find the kidnapped infant daughter of a Spanish dignitary.

The episode was rated 7.59 from 625 votes.

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#13 - Many Sainted Men (Season 1 - Episode 7)

Kreizler and Moore follow a lead. Sara visits a hospital and is forced to confront her past. Cyrus, Kreizler’s carriage driver, recovers from his injuries. Byrnes and Connor plot against the team.

The episode was rated 7.60 from 1105 votes.

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#12 - Silver Smile (Season 1 - Episode 3)


Innovative evidence leads the team to discover a crucial element in the case is missing. Kreizler and Moore interview a witness to find out what happened to Moore at the Brothel. Sara attempts to live in a world outside the investigation. Kreizler challenges them to look within themselves.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 1276 votes.

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#11 - Memento Mori (Season 2 - Episode 6)

Sara and Moore return to the killer's abandoned house in search of new information about their suspect. Kreizler faces ruin after a tragic incident at the Institute. Sara and the team are enlisted to rescue another missing child.

The episode was rated 7.66 from 501 votes.

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#10 - Hildebrandt's Starling (Season 1 - Episode 5)


The team learns more about the killer. Moore and Sara share an intimate moment. Kreizler seeks advice from an old mentor. Roosevelt takes action.

The episode was rated 7.66 from 1138 votes.

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#9 - These Bloody Thoughts (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Kreizler and Sara discuss the capacity to kill. Moore goes on a date. Byrnes and Captain Connor keep an eye on a potential suspect. Roosevelt finds himself under public scrutiny.

The episode was rated 7.71 from 1209 votes.

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#8 - Belly of the Beast (Season 2 - Episode 5)


After the horrific murder of a Lying-In Hospital employee, the team are now hot on the heels of the murderer. Sara enlists the help of Joanna to tail their prime suspect. Sara, Kreizler and Moore try and put the pieces together.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 521 votes.

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#7 - Ascension (Season 1 - Episode 6)

The team hatches a plan to catch the killer. Moore checks in on a friend. Kreizler faces his own self-doubt about the investigation. Roosevelt attends an event with the city’s elite. Sara looks into Kreizler’s past. Connor acts on impulse.

The episode was rated 7.77 from 1120 votes.

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#6 - Castle in the Sky (Season 1 - Episode 10)


Kreizler confronts the demons of his past. Moore tells Sara the truth. Connor takes matters into his own hands. The team closes in on the killer as time is running out.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 1057 votes.

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#5 - Last Exit to Brooklyn (Season 2 - Episode 7)

Sara, Kreizler and Moore travel to Brooklyn in search of clues. Byrnes plans to double-cross the team as the killer's behavior becomes unhinged. Sara and Moore's feelings for each other force them to confront difficult choices.

The episode was rated 7.83 from 504 votes.

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#4 - Gilded Cage (Season 2 - Episode 4)


The clock is ticking for the team to locate baby Ana. Sara worries about her young undercover detective Bitsy Sussman. William Randolph Hearst hosts a lavish ball celebrating his goddaughter Violet's engagement to Moore.

The episode was rated 7.83 from 520 votes.

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#3 - Better Angels (Season 2 - Episode 8)

While Sara, Moore and Kreizler struggle with decisions about their future paths, New York is in the grips of an all-out manhunt for the killer, and the team must overcome the wrath of the police and an underworld gang on the rampage.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 498 votes.

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#2 - Psychopathia Sexualis (Season 1 - Episode 8)


Kreizler and Moore travel to Washington D.C., Sara goes rogue in pursuit of the truth. Lucius tells Marcus a secret. Byrnes and Connor tighten their grip on the investigation.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 1088 votes.

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#1 - Requiem (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Kreizler mourns the loss of a friend. Sara pushes the team to forge ahead. Moore warns his friend the killer will strike again. Cyrus seeks revenge.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 1083 votes.

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