• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 4, 2013
Season #: 1, 2, 3
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Mar 7, 2014
    100
    The show is infernally good. [17 Mar 2014]
  2. 100
    You could say it’s as close as a broadcast network has gotten to the personal artistry of the best premium-cable shows, if it weren’t bolder and more elegant than anything on pay cable right now, including HBO’s own serial-killer drama, True Detective.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Feb 28, 2014
    100
    Hannibal has always been beautiful, and that’s still the case. It’s also always featured dialogue and plots that stay just on the right side of being too pretentious, and that remains the case. If there are any notable steps up from season one, it’s both in the tension that mounts thanks to the great game played between Will and Hannibal and in the better use of the show’s supporting cast.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 28, 2014
    100
    Its intensity, intelligence and dark power are the equal of anything on cable, with riveting performances led by Mikkelsen as the dapper, sinister fiend-in-plain-sight and Hugh Dancy as his tormented patsy, FBI profiler Will Graham.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Feb 27, 2014
    100
    Hannibal is thematically brilliant and dense in ways that most network television is not, but it wouldn't remotely work without its committed, incredibly talented cast. Dancy and Mikkelson continue to redefine these characters to the point that they're making them their own while Fishburne, Caroline Dhavernas, and another great guest turn by Gillian Anderson elevate the overall ensemble.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Feb 21, 2014
    100
    Hannibal captures your imagination with the prospect of Graham using his imagination to figure a way out. [28 Feb 2014, p.65]
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Feb 20, 2014
    100
    For its authentic engagement with despair, Hannibal earns its wrenching nihilism: It's a great, epic vision of American horror.
  8. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Feb 27, 2014
    91
    The last thing television needs is more serial killer dramas. But when they're this well made, this smart and creative and unexpectedly funny? Then, yes, more Hannibal, please.
  9. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Feb 26, 2014
    88
    It’s the thinking man’s serial-killer drama, a twisted tale that never trolls for cheap scares but is plenty terrifying.
User Score
9.3

Universal acclaim- based on 456 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 52
  2. Negative: 1 out of 52
  1. Mar 2, 2014
    10
    From the art direction to the acting to the pacing to the mood to everything else, this show is fantastic. The premise of season two is evenFrom the art direction to the acting to the pacing to the mood to everything else, this show is fantastic. The premise of season two is even more interesting than season one. Full Review »
  2. Mar 1, 2014
    10
    Unbelievable and exciting start to Season 2. The look of this Hannibal universe is amazing, I think it is the most visually stunning show onUnbelievable and exciting start to Season 2. The look of this Hannibal universe is amazing, I think it is the most visually stunning show on television. That is only the start of it. The acting and writing on this show is incredible. Mikkelsen, Dancy, Fishburne, and many others put in excellent work every scene. Bryan Fuller has created, in my opinion, the best show on television (currently). Let's just hope NBC doesn't prematurely cancel this gem (average at best ratings) and they let Bryan's story unfold the way he wants it to. Full Review »
  3. Mar 2, 2014
    9
    Pitch perfect. Tone steady and intense. Delivers on what it promises. Gruesome. Intelligent. Beautiful. Well acted. First episode of secondPitch perfect. Tone steady and intense. Delivers on what it promises. Gruesome. Intelligent. Beautiful. Well acted. First episode of second season does not disappoint. Full Review »