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The Alienist

The Alienist

  • Premiered: 
    January 22, 2018
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  • Network: TNT
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the 1994 book (The Alienist) by Caleb Carr 
  • Subject Matter: Crime
  • Tags: period

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Plot Synopsis

Based on Caleb Carr's 1994 novel of the same name, THE ALIENIST is a 10-episode limited drama series about the hunt for a serial killer targeting boy prostitutes in New York's Gilded Age in 1896 amidst a backdrop of vast wealth, extreme poverty and technological innovation. The story opens with a series of haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes that grip New York City. Newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt calls upon criminal psychologist (aka alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and newspaper illustrator John Moore to conduct the investigation in secret. They are joined by Sara Howard, a headstrong secretary determined to become the city's first female police detective. Using the emerging disciplines of psychology and early forensic investigation techniques, this band of social outsiders set out to find and apprehend one of New York City's first serial killers. They're joined by: Marcus and Lucius Isaacson, twin brothers who help unravel the disturbing mystery; Stevie, a tough, young boy employed by Dr. Kreizler as a driver and errand boy; Cyrus, Kreizler's valet, a man with a dark past who has been reformed by Kreizler; and Mary, Kreizler's mute maid with whom he shares a special unspoken connection. Immediately following the 2018 SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS, TNT premiered a 75-minute sneak preview of THE ALIENEST at 10pm ET/PT on Sunday, January 21, 2018, with a simulcast on TBS. THE ALIENEST officially debuted the next at 9pm on TNT. The series opens on a snowy night in New York City in 1896, where a young boy prostitute is found butchered on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. Following this death, an alienist (Laszlo), a newspaper illustrator (John), a secretary (Sara) and a police commissioner (Theodore Roosevelt) begin an investigation outside the law to find the serial killer.
On Monday, March 26, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT, TNT premiered "Castle in the Sky," the season finale of THE ALIENIST. 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.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Paramount Television
  • Produced by Studio T


  • - New York City, New York USA