Television The Alienist

“The Alienist”: TNT’s​ Foray into the Birth of Forensic Psychology

TNT's Latest: A Forensic Whodunnit
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We’ve seen the evolution of forensic technology and psychology play out over the last 50 years of television. From early days of fingerprinting to the more complicated aspects of DNA testing, tv has followed the pattern of society. Where actual science goes, tv and art follow.

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Enter TNT’s adaptation of “The Alienist” from the book of the same name by Caleb Carr. Set in New York City in 1896, the series follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), an alienist, or criminal psychiatrist; his college friend, crime reporter John Moore (Luke Evans) and police secretary Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning). Against the elegant backdrop of New York’s upper echelon elite, a serial killer of young boys stalks its ignored slums.

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As the stand-in for late 19th century New York, Budapest, Hungary is up to the task. We can expect such attention to detail in each episode courtesy of showrunner Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre, Beasts of No Nation, IT).

The limited series begins Monday, January 22nd on TNT at 6PM. It will be available via On Demand and as well.

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