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Generally favorable reviews- based on 81 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
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: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 7 out of 21
  1. 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
  2. Oct 6, 2014
    10
    The sets are superb! The story is a great work of fiction and full of twist and turns leaving the viewer so many options of what's to come.The sets are superb! The story is a great work of fiction and full of twist and turns leaving the viewer so many options of what's to come. Who is the spy? Is there a spy? Having worked in the nuclear physics for almost 40 years I can say the actors portraying the scientist, bureaucrats, and security are excellent. It is as I know everyone one of them in person and each resembles someone I have know in the past. The scientist are well scientist. There are brown nosing bureaucrats and just as in real life, the most incompetent are promoted to the top and the hard working dedicated scientists get treated like crap. Security acts like a bunch of testosterone high Rambo's in the show and they still do today.

    I guess I can some it up in the words of Truman Bradley "It's a story from the world of fiction and science, it's a story that didn't happen, but could have".
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  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 30, 2014
    9
    Greetings:

    Well we can't denied the obvious, how great everything looks and feels. How the show (pilot) makes you get intrigued about every
    Greetings:

    Well we can't denied the obvious, how great everything looks and feels. How the show (pilot) makes you get intrigued about every little detail if you put too much tough in to it. It has a heavy dark secrets even on the development of the characters, (at least that is what I felt) and not in the sense of how they will be developed in the next episodes. It's almost like if it matters to get know and see that every character in this show will have a very important role in the upcoming episodes.

    P.s. I hope this is more than just the pilot. Which I am feeling confident about this show, I guess time will tell us.
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  5. Aug 13, 2014
    7
    I'm on the third episode and I'm enjoying it so far because I appreciate the historical ramifications of these events but the tone is slightlyI'm on the third episode and I'm enjoying it so far because I appreciate the historical ramifications of these events but the tone is slightly too grim for my liking. The main character is not the most likable guy in the world. I just hope that they continue to stick to their guns and really bring us the entire path to the bomb. Expand
  6. 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
  7. Apr 6, 2015
    0
    History and science rewritten by "social justice warriors", basically. Now black men and women are the best kept secrets of all times, beingHistory and science rewritten by "social justice warriors", basically. Now black men and women are the best kept secrets of all times, being superior scientists with superior social skills and all sorts of things that makes this show a total fraud. We're used to this kind of garbage with a lot of shows. Problem is, this one is about an extremely serious topic: the atomic bomb, which killed tens of thousands of innocent Japanese civilians (Nagasaki and Hiroshima were defenseless cities in case you have no clue about history). So while a show about housewives in a modern setting can preach whatever stupidity its creators want to, talking about the atomic bomb in such a way is outrageous. Expand

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