Maniac: Miniseries (2018)


Miniseries
Maniac

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Maniac enthralls with its dazzling visuals, adventurous narrative, and striking performances from both Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.

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Episodes

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Air date: Sep 21, 2018
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Air date: Sep 21, 2018
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Air date: Sep 21, 2018
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Air date: Sep 21, 2018
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Air date: Sep 21, 2018
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Air date: Sep 21, 2018
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Air date: Sep 21, 2018
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Air date: Sep 21, 2018
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Air date: Sep 21, 2018
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Air date: Sep 21, 2018

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Set in a world somewhat like our world, in a time quite similar to our time, Maniac tells the stories of Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill), two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial, each for their own reasons. Annie's disaffected and aimless, fixated on broken relationships with her mother and her sister; Owen, the fifth son of wealthy New York industrialists, has struggled his whole life with a disputed diagnosis of schizophrenia. Neither of their lives have turned out quite right, and the promise of a new, radical kind of pharmaceutical treatment -- a sequence of pills its inventor, Dr. James K. Mantleray (Justin Theroux), claims can repair anything about the mind, be it mental illness or heartbreak -- draws them and ten other strangers to the facilities of Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech for a three-day drug trial that will, they're assured, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve all of their problems, permanently. Things do not go as planned.

Cast

Justin Theroux
as Dr. James K. Mantleray
Emma Stone
as Annie Landsberg
Jonah Hill
as Owen Milgrim
Sally Field
as Dr. Greta Mantleray
Sonoya Mizuno
as Dr. Fujita
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Critic Reviews for Maniac Miniseries

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (32)

It's a visually compelling, often funny show that is sharp on a number of contemporary themes.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Dive in, don't think, enjoy. You most likely will, by the way.

Sep 19, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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For those looking to study a TV show, look no further. For those looking to fall in love, well, there's no pill for that.

Sep 14, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Stone is built for this kind of project, having demonstrated in films as varied as La La Land and Birdman that she can be a classic leading lady or a grubby character actress, a girl next door or a glamour puss.

Sep 24, 2018 | Full Review…
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Vibrant, ridiculous and, to varying degrees, moving.

Sep 21, 2018 | Full Review…
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Maniac plays with genre and dramatic expectations to gain insight into the human condition in ways that other programs can't touch.

Sep 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Ultimately, Maniac works because of the simplistic themes at the core of its labyrinthine structure - of connection, love and friendship.

May 15, 2019 | Full Review…

It soothes you with its relaxed atmosphere and deep indie mumbles, then sucker punches you with emotion and deep thots.

Oct 9, 2019 | Full Review…

'Maniac' is stimulating, different and occasionally very smart. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 9, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

All in all, Maniac episode one is more of an intriguing start than a strong one, but with lots of potential being set up for the show to go in exciting directions over the remaining nine episodes.

May 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite the retro-future setting, Maniac is very much of our times. It seems like every other day that fundamental aspects of truth, subjectivity and accountability are being questioned in all sorts of ways from all sorts of places.

May 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Ultimately, what makes Maniac so compelling are the performances by its cast.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Maniac: Miniseries

  • 1h ago
    As someone who has struggled with mental illness, I found that I could connect myself to the characters and their eccentric journey to happiness. I've watched it 4 times now! Absolutely must see .
  • 4d ago
    Could have been four episodes instead of ten. Spent way too much time in the dream states that were dull and didn't go anywhere. Had an ok set design but didn't do much with it. I suppose if you enjoyed the dream sequences in Mad Men or Sopranos this might appeal to you. There was an awkward amount of humor and earnest seriousness that fell flat. I slogged through this hopping for some plot twist or revelation. Don't bother it never happens.
  • Nov 06, 2019
    Entirely too long. I rarely say this but there was TOO much character development. Would have been mildly interesting as a one hour episode at best. Too artsy, pretentious and just weird. I can't believe this is so highly rated. I kept waiting for it to get better and better and after the 4th episode but it never did. I was a victim of that whole notion of sunk costs.
  • Oct 16, 2019
    I've watched this about 10 times and love it more each time
  • Oct 03, 2019
    A must watch for anyone interested in psychoanalysis; this show explores what would happen if the baby-field of neuro-psychoanalysis were to actually advance. It offers great chances to analyze the psyches and dreams of the two main characters- Owen (who has paranoid schizophrenia) and Annie (who has borderline personality disorder), as well as Dr. James and his Oedipus complex. Apart from that, it's beautifully written, acted, and shot.
  • Sep 01, 2019
    There were moments when the show was dull and moments when I thought it was brilliant. There were moments when my mind was blown, and moments when I couldn't believe my eyes. I loved the concepts, idea, the cast and the execution, but there was something missing and I'm not quite sure what...
  • Aug 26, 2019
    It's really great!
  • Aug 18, 2019
    Time wasting Series...
  • Aug 16, 2019
    Starts out with an interesting premise. Slowly devolves into a train wreck. Unwatchable by the penultimate episode. Jonah Hill playing a gangster defies credibility.
  • Aug 02, 2019
    Great acting and creative visuals. Could have been written better with more meaning instead of just weirdness and with a sharper direction.

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