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The Alienist

The Alienist

TNT 2018

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.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Alienist

The Alienist - S1E9

#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 from 1054 votes.

The Alienist - S1E8

#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 from 1066 votes.

The Alienist - S2E8

#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 from 406 votes.

The Alienist - S2E4

#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 from 429 votes.

The Alienist - S2E7

#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 from 409 votes.

The Alienist - S1E10
#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 from 1018 votes.
The Alienist - S1E6
#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 from 1095 votes.
The Alienist - S2E5
#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 from 429 votes.
The Alienist - S1E4
#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 from 1191 votes.
The Alienist - S1E5
#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 from 1117 votes.

Last updated: jul 28, 2021



I was supposed to be in this but my part was cut out. meesa pissed off


I really love the show, and I can't wait for the new season, as someone who has a mental illness it was refreshing to see a new intake on it.


I am not a big fan of Daniel Brühl so this wasn't very high on my watchlist. At the same time I like to watch period shows. This was a very good mini-series and Brühl did a really good job. The pacing and lenght was just right, it never felt boring. There are two more books by Carr that feature Kreizler but I don't know if there are plans to film them. I certainly would watch. I am thinking about buying the books as well. While the story itself might not be new or original in terms of the general content, the time period makes this very interesting. In a time where corruption wasn't uncommon and things like fingerprints, profiling were in its infancy (not to mention DNA not even existing) the way to catch a killer was very different. It made the hunt much more engaging. The costumes and sets look great and althought you can easily identify the CGI, it is incorporated very well and sells the time period. The cast is great as well, althought I never get the picture of little Dakota in _Taken_ out of my head. As I said I would welcome a continuation.


watched the teaser trailer, initially seems like / i got the idea in my head ... they extrapolated one of the more popular Jack the Ripper theories (syphillis induced psychosis, in a discrete/secretly gay member of the British royalty/aristocracy) into a forensic/thriller series. Hope i haven't spoiled the plot of the whole series entirely but ... it's probably a great concept for the Victorian Crime Procedural as long as you don't notice the concepts of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle / Sherlock Holmes in the characters, sets, crimes etc. Will watch anyway.


As a psychology student I enjoyed the serie very much. The performances are impeccable and the plot is very interesting.


Honestly, some of the best acting I have ever seen. The actress that played Libby Hatch was amazing! Her scenes with Dakota Fanning were intense. Daniel Brune makes the show. The time period is well portrayed.


I suppose this series is entertaining enough for a second season. While I wouldn't doubt if they decided, either way, making season 2 or canceling it, since better shows have been canceled, I doubt TNT will cancel this one. TNT doesn't have the best list of TV series out there, so this is a nice addition.


Terrible adaptation of terrific book. Interesting, delightful Book characters, especially Kriezler, Roosevelt, and Sarah, are converted into boring, at times even unpleasant, characters. I highly recommend the book itself, along with the sequel Angel of Darkness. Just heard that there's another book in the series coming out, too, The Alienist at Armageddon.


I love this series. Can't wait for more


I have just finished watching season 1 and I have to say that in my opinion, this show is one of the best in recent years. It goes straight in to my top 5 of all time. The plot, the acting, the sets, the attention to detail, the tension, the character back stories and the soundtrack music - all just... superb! It's creepy, interesting and clever. Just my cup of tea! If you are a fan of Ripper Street and The Frankenstein Chronicles then you will LOVE this... cannot wait to start season 2 - the trailer for which is sooo good! :-) 9/10

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