Manhunt (2017 TV series)

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Television release poster for first season
Created byAndrew Sodroski
Jim Clemente
Tony Gittelson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes18
Executive producer(s)Dana Brunetti
John Goldwyn
Troy Searer
Andrew Sodroski
Kevin Spacey (season 1)
Greg Yaitanes
Producer(s)David A. Rosemont
Production company(s)Discovery Communications
Trigger Street Productions
Original network
Original releaseAugust 1, 2017 (2017-08-01) –

Manhunt is an American drama anthology television series created by Andrew Sodroski, Jim Clemente, and Tony Gittelson. Initially commissioned as a television miniseries starring Sam Worthington and Paul Bettany, it depicted a fictionalized account of the FBI's hunt for the Unabomber and premiered on Discovery Channel on August 1, 2017.[1][2] On July 17, 2018, it was reported that Charter Communications was in advanced negotiations with the series' producers to pick up the series, now considered an anthology series, for two seasons to be aired on their Spectrum cable service. The first of these potential seasons reportedly would follow Eric Rudolph, who was the perpetrator of the Centennial Olympic Park bombing.[3] On January 18, 2020, it was announced that the second season, titled Manhunt: Deadly Games, would premiere on February 3, 2020.[4]


Season 1: Unabomber[edit]

Main (season 1)[edit]

Recurring (season 1)[edit]

Season 2: Deadly Games[edit]

Main (season 2)[edit]

Recurring (season 2)[edit]


SeasonSubtitleEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
1Unabomber8August 1, 2017 (2017-08-01)September 12, 2017 (2017-09-12)Discovery Channel
2Deadly Games10February 3, 2020 (2020-02-03)Spectrum

Season 1: Unabomber (2017)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
11"UNABOM"Greg YaitanesAndrew SodroskiAugust 1, 2017 (2017-08-01)1.250[5]
22"Pure Wudder"Greg YaitanesStory by : Jim Clemente & Tony Gittelson
Teleplay by : Andrew Sodroski
August 1, 2017 (2017-08-01)1.250[5]
33"Fruit of the Poisonous Tree"Greg YaitanesMax HurwitzAugust 8, 2017 (2017-08-08)0.904[6]
44"Publish or Perish"Greg YaitanesNick TowneAugust 15, 2017 (2017-08-15)0.940[7]
55"Abri"Greg YaitanesStory by : Jim Clemente & Tony Gittelson
Teleplay by : Steven Katz
August 22, 2017 (2017-08-22)0.928[8]
66"Ted"Greg YaitanesAndrew SodroskiAugust 29, 2017 (2017-08-29)1.114[9]
77"Lincoln"Greg YaitanesStory by : Nick Schenk, Jim Clemente & Tony Gittelson
Teleplay by : Nick Schenk
September 5, 2017 (2017-09-05)1.022[10]
88"USA vs. Theodore J. Kaczynski"Greg YaitanesAndrew SodroskiSeptember 12, 2017 (2017-09-12)0.930[11]

Season 2: Deadly Games (2020)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
91"CentBom"Michael DinnerAndrew SodroskiFebruary 3, 2020 (2020-02-03)
102"Unabubba"Michael DinnerAndrew SodroskiFebruary 3, 2020 (2020-02-03)
113"Bombingham"Jon AvnetDenise HarkavyFebruary 3, 2020 (2020-02-03)
124"Run Rudolph Run"Jon AvnetNick TowneFebruary 3, 2020 (2020-02-03)
135"Land of the Noonday Sun"Janice CookeAllison MooreFebruary 3, 2020 (2020-02-03)
146"Army of God"Janice CookeNick SchenkFebruary 3, 2020 (2020-02-03)
157"Eric"Ali SelimAndrew SodroskiFebruary 3, 2020 (2020-02-03)
168"Join or Die"Ali SelimNick TowneFebruary 3, 2020 (2020-02-03)
179"Don't Tread On Me"Michael DinnerNick SchenkFebruary 3, 2020 (2020-02-03)
1810"Open Season"Michael DinnerAllison MooreFebruary 3, 2020 (2020-02-03)


The working title for the series was Manifesto, and the series order was announced in March 2016 at a presentation by Discovery Communications president Rich Ross.[12] On May 15, 2016, Entertainment Weekly released several promotional photos, showing a first look at Paul Bettany's portrayal of Ted Kaczynski.[13]


Lionsgate Home Entertainment released the entire miniseries on Blu-ray and DVD on December 26, 2017.[14]

Netflix secured the rights to the series in November 2017. It premiered on the site on December 12, 2017 in various territories.[15][16][17]

CBS acquired the broadcast rights to Deadly Games in August 2020, where it premiered on September 21, 2020.[18]


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 93% approval rating and an average rating of 7.67/10, based on 29 reviews. The site's critics consensus reads: "Engrossing and affecting, Manhunt: Unabomber uses a taut, meticulously constructed narrative to uncover the facts behind the oft-exaggerated true story."[19] On Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 71 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[20]

Historical accuracy[edit]

Fitzgerald told Bustle in August 2017 that the show is in the "high 80 percentile" of accuracy, though "the Fitz character is a composite". He also stated that he had not interviewed Kaczynski, although he said he was on his way to do so in 2007 when Kaczynski changed his mind.[21]

The trial took place in Billings, Montana, not in California as depicted in the show.


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  2. ^ Pedersen, Erik (June 5, 2017). "'Manhunt: Unabomber' Trailer: FBI Profiler Hunts Unusual Serial Killer". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 17, 2018). "'Manhunt' Anthology Series Nears 2-Season Pickup At Charter From Lionsgate With Eric Rudolph As Next Subject". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "Spectrum Originals Anthology Series "Manhunt: Deadly Games" Produced by Lionsgate Television to Debut February 3". The Futon Critic. January 18, 2020.
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  9. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.29.2017". Showbuzz Daily. 2017-08-29. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  10. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.5.2017". Showbuzz Daily. 2017-09-07. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  11. ^ Porter, Rick (2017-09-14). "Tuesday cable ratings: 'American Horror Story' takes a hit in week 2". Tvbythenumbers. Archived from the original on 2017-09-15. Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  12. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (March 31, 2016). "Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti FBI drama 'Manifesto' lands series order at Discovery Channel". Variety. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  13. ^ Snierson, Dan (May 15, 2016). "See Paul Bettany as the Unabomber in new Discovery series". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  14. ^ "Manhunt: Unabomber (mini-series) – Lionsgate's Press Brief Reveals Bonus Material for the DVDs and Blu-rays". Archived from the original on 2017-10-28. Retrieved 2017-10-23.
  15. ^ Netflix UK Acquires True Crime Anthology Series 'Manhunt', Discovery UK Retains Linear Rights
  16. ^ 'Manhunt: Unabomber' es la serie que debes ver antes de que termine 2017
  17. ^ Zum Start: Netflix zeigt "Manhunt: Unabomber" als Deutschlandpremiere
  18. ^ Thorne, Will (August 26, 2020). "'Star Trek: Discovery,' 'One Day at a Time' to Air on CBS This Fall, As Network Pushes Originals". Variety.
  19. ^ "Manhunt: Unabomber (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  20. ^ "Manhunt (2017) Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  21. ^ Urquhart-White, Alaina. "How Accurate Is Fitz In 'Manhunt: Unabomber'? Here's What The Real James Fitzgerald Thinks Of His Fictionalized Self". Bustle. Retrieved 2017-08-18.

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