Manhattan : Season 1

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 95 Ratings

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  • Summary: A group of scientists including Frank Winter (John Benjamin Hickey), Charlie Isaacs (Ashley Zukerman), Col. Alden Cox (Mark Moses), and Glen Babbit (Daniel Stern), along with their wives, settle in the New Mexico desert to begin work on the Manhattan project in this drama created and writtenA group of scientists including Frank Winter (John Benjamin Hickey), Charlie Isaacs (Ashley Zukerman), Col. Alden Cox (Mark Moses), and Glen Babbit (Daniel Stern), along with their wives, settle in the New Mexico desert to begin work on the Manhattan project in this drama created and written by Sam Shaw. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Aug 11, 2014
    100
    This is the best new show of the summer.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jul 29, 2014
    91
    John Benjamin Hickey’s point man performance leads the way, with his character’s demons and dilemmas already etched like fissures in his face. Carrying the weight of the world can be heavy lifting. Manhattan so far shows every sign of being able to shoulder the load.
  3. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Jul 27, 2014
    90
    In a summer that’s offered new programs that pretty much all sit on the spectrum from “silly, but still curious” (Extant, The Strain) on one end to “just plain silly” (Dating Naked) on the other, Manhattan is the most grown up, worth-watching new series we have.
  4. Reviewed by: Sara Smith
    Jul 27, 2014
    80
    Every time the 1943 of Manhattan begins to feel like 2014, it returns to the nostalgia of movies like “The Right Stuff,” where brains and grit make the peace, back to a time when America trusted its fate to the smartest guys we could find.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 27, 2014
    80
    WGN America's bold new period drama Manhattan goes even further [than AMC's Mad Men], eschewing the romantic veneer altogether in a gritty story of scientific mavericks operating in extreme circumstances.
  6. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jul 27, 2014
    75
    Manhattan brings legitimate class to WGN's nascent original content project.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jul 27, 2014
    50
    Manhattan is awfully overwrought, stocked with personalities as volatile as the radioactive isotopes they're trying to tame. Its melodramatic tone makes it resemble Lifetime's Army Wives more than it does A Beautiful Mind.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 24
  2. Negative: 9 out of 24
  1. Sep 18, 2014
    10
    Favorite show to come along in quite sometime. The negative that expected some sort of "Smithsonian" feel to Manhattan are way off base. GreatFavorite show to come along in quite sometime. The negative that expected some sort of "Smithsonian" feel to Manhattan are way off base. Great writing and solid acting carry this show. No complaints here. It doesn't sell itself as a real portrait of those times. It's quite clear it's fictional, but everything I've read regarding many of the storylines in "Manhattan" are closely, perhaps loosely, tied to many of the things that actually went on at Los Alamos. From the competing scientific teams, to paranoia about spies (and the actual existence of them) to some of the radioactive related sicknesses on site, poor health services, and frustration among families with the secretiveness of everything that went on. Superb show. Expand
  2. Sep 19, 2014
    10
    There will always be the naysayers but generally this show is fun and exciting and I am looking for season 2. I love the competitive natureThere will always be the naysayers but generally this show is fun and exciting and I am looking for season 2. I love the competitive nature and the conflicts between characters. I also like the irreverent parts that give the characters a more believe quality. . Expand
  3. Aug 13, 2014
    10
    Manhattan is easily one of, if not the, best new dramas out. The characters have depth. The acting is superb and the cinematography is great.Manhattan is easily one of, if not the, best new dramas out. The characters have depth. The acting is superb and the cinematography is great. It also revolves around one of the most captivating secret projects in the history of the United States of America. I highly recommend the show. Expand
  4. Jul 28, 2014
    8
    Though it is obvious that we all know how this story works out in the end, that in no way reduces the suspense and tension in this show. InThough it is obvious that we all know how this story works out in the end, that in no way reduces the suspense and tension in this show. In fact, I feel I must comment that the tension level is so high throughout most of the pilot episode that it cannot be described as a very "enjoyable" experience. Claustrophobic, dark, a constant air of anxiety all help to describe how I viewed this show. Production values are high. Acting is entirely competent to excellent. WGN has certainly turned in a different direction away from its initial schlocky offering of "Salem".

    Did I like "Manhattan"? YES. Did I enjoy it. Not really.
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  5. Aug 3, 2014
    3
    Sorry, I can't recommend this show except to chicks because it has much more in common with a show like "Army Wives". There are so manySorry, I can't recommend this show except to chicks because it has much more in common with a show like "Army Wives". There are so many problems with this show, the latter being just one: it starts in 1943 so the setting is one in which your father or grandfather grew up, and it's not at all colorful; in fact, they might as well filmed this in black-and-white because the muted grays and browns are just as bad. Next, the story starts after the project has begun, so there's no exposition of the Manhattan Project at all; in fact, the characters aren't even really named. That means this show is going to lean heavily on flashbacks which just adds to confusion, especially at the outset. It's also leaning heavily on family relationships which is more distracting and FF bait. I was hoping the show would focus more on the science, the policy and ethical debates but instead we're getting splashes of Army Wives and Mad Men's misogyny. Deleted and removed from DVR's timer. Expand
  6. Oct 14, 2014
    2
    This series uses a historical event to portray a contrived soap opera of psychologically scared and emotionally weak individuals to give theThis series uses a historical event to portray a contrived soap opera of psychologically scared and emotionally weak individuals to give the impression of what life was like there. It has little bearing on the reality/ history of that industry nor of the people involved. The real problem is that todays generation will believe that's what actually happened or how people behaved. It is utterly contrived. As others have said I would never recommend this show to anybody because it has no basis in reality. The CHARACTERS in this program are paper thin and only a tool for the writers to tag an implausible plot line to. Expand
  7. Feb 13, 2016
    0
    I was misled it into thinking this was a show based on real characters and events. Not even close. A Mad Men esque soap opera with overwroughtI was misled it into thinking this was a show based on real characters and events. Not even close. A Mad Men esque soap opera with overwrought cliched veneer characters. There is the maverick scientist , the morally conflicted scientist, the mean scientist, proto big bang nerd scientists ,the usual bureaucratic stupid army types, a demonic proto CIA and vapid wifes'. All shot in bloodless sepia to bring us back to the 40's. Apparently there is lots of pointless sex too but I gave up after 2 episodes so I thankfully avoided that. I visited friends in Hiroshima last summer and hope they never get to see this. Not only garbage but insulting Expand

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