Manhunt (2017 TV series)
Television release poster for first season
|Created by||Andrew Sodroski|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||18|
|Executive producer(s)||Dana Brunetti|
Kevin Spacey (season 1)
|Producer(s)||David A. Rosemont|
|Production company(s)||Discovery Communications|
Trigger Street Productions
|Original release||August 1, 2017 –|
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. 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. On January 18, 2020, it was announced that the second season, titled Manhunt: Deadly Games, would premiere on February 3, 2020.
Season 1: Unabomber
Main (season 1)
- Sam Worthington as Jim Fitzgerald
- Paul Bettany as Ted Kaczynski
- Jeremy Bobb as Stan Cole
- Keisha Castle-Hughes as Tabby Milgrim
- Lynn Collins as Natalie Rogers
- Brían F. O'Byrne as Frank McAlpine
- Elizabeth Reaser as Ellie Fitzgerald
- Ben Weber as Andy Genelli
- Chris Noth as Don Ackerman
Recurring (season 1)
- Jane Lynch as Janet Reno
- Katja Herbers as Linda Kaczynski
- Michael Nouri as Bob Guccione
- Jill Remez as Susan Mosse
- Wallace Langham as Louis Freeh
- Brian d'Arcy James as Henry Murray
- Mark Duplass as David Kaczynski
- Diesel Madkins as Ernie Esposito
- Will Murden as Sean Fitzgerald
- Carter and Colby Zier as Ryan Fitzgerald
- Jana Allen as Heidi Shumway
- Trieste Kelly Dunn as Theresa Oakes
- Griff Furst as Burkhardt
- Rebecca Henderson as Judy Clarke
- Bonnie Johnson as Wanda Kaczynski
- Steve Coulter as Anthony Bisceglie
- Mary Rachel Dudley as Lois Epstein
- Tyler Huth as Timmy Oakes
- Doug Kruse as David Gelernter
- Mike Pniewski as Charles Epstein
- Gregory Alan Williams as Garland Burrell
- McKenna Grace Martin as Joanna Epstein
Season 2: Deadly Games
Main (season 2)
- Cameron Britton as Richard Jewell
- Jack Huston as Eric Rudolph
- Judith Light as Bobi Jewell
- Carla Gugino as Kathy Scruggs
- Gethin Anthony as Jack Brennan
- Kelly Jenrette as Stacy Knox
- Arliss Howard as Earl Embry
Recurring (season 2)
- Jay O. Sanders as Jack Bryant
- Nick Searcy as Sheriff Thompson
- Marley Shelton as Hannah Gray
- Becky Ann Baker as Patricia Rudolph
- Brad William Henke as Big John
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||Unabomber||8||August 1, 2017||September 12, 2017||Discovery Channel|
|2||Deadly Games||10||February 3, 2020||Spectrum|
Season 1: Unabomber (2017)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||1||"UNABOM"||Greg Yaitanes||Andrew Sodroski||August 1, 2017||1.250|
|2||2||"Pure Wudder"||Greg Yaitanes||Story by : Jim Clemente & Tony Gittelson|
Teleplay by : Andrew Sodroski
|August 1, 2017||1.250|
|3||3||"Fruit of the Poisonous Tree"||Greg Yaitanes||Max Hurwitz||August 8, 2017||0.904|
|4||4||"Publish or Perish"||Greg Yaitanes||Nick Towne||August 15, 2017||0.940|
|5||5||"Abri"||Greg Yaitanes||Story by : Jim Clemente & Tony Gittelson|
Teleplay by : Steven Katz
|August 22, 2017||0.928|
|6||6||"Ted"||Greg Yaitanes||Andrew Sodroski||August 29, 2017||1.114|
|7||7||"Lincoln"||Greg Yaitanes||Story by : Nick Schenk, Jim Clemente & Tony Gittelson|
Teleplay by : Nick Schenk
|September 5, 2017||1.022|
|8||8||"USA vs. Theodore J. Kaczynski"||Greg Yaitanes||Andrew Sodroski||September 12, 2017||0.930|
Season 2: Deadly Games (2020)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|9||1||"CentBom"||Michael Dinner||Andrew Sodroski||February 3, 2020|
|10||2||"Unabubba"||Michael Dinner||Andrew Sodroski||February 3, 2020|
|11||3||"Bombingham"||Jon Avnet||Denise Harkavy||February 3, 2020|
|12||4||"Run Rudolph Run"||Jon Avnet||Nick Towne||February 3, 2020|
|13||5||"Land of the Noonday Sun"||Janice Cooke||Allison Moore||February 3, 2020|
|14||6||"Army of God"||Janice Cooke||Nick Schenk||February 3, 2020|
|15||7||"Eric"||Ali Selim||Andrew Sodroski||February 3, 2020|
|16||8||"Join or Die"||Ali Selim||Nick Towne||February 3, 2020|
|17||9||"Don't Tread On Me"||Michael Dinner||Nick Schenk||February 3, 2020|
|18||10||"Open Season"||Michael Dinner||Allison Moore||February 3, 2020|
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. On May 15, 2016, Entertainment Weekly released several promotional photos, showing a first look at Paul Bettany's portrayal of Ted Kaczynski.
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." On Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 71 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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.
The trial took place in Billings, Montana, not in California as depicted in the show.
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