Mindhunter (TV series)

Last updated on 17 November 2017

Mindhunter is an American crime drama web television series created by Joe Penhall, based on the true crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit written by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker.[1] The series is produced by David Fincher and Charlize Theron among others, and debuted worldwide on Netflix on October 13, 2017.[2][3]

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Genre Crime drama
Created by Joe Penhall
Based on
Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
Starring Jonathan Groff
Holt McCallany
Hannah Gross
Anna Torv
Cotter Smith
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Beth Kono
Charlize Theron
Joe Penhall
Ceán Chaffin
Joshua Donen
David Fincher
Producer(s) Jim Davidson
Location(s) McKeesport, Pennsylvania
Cinematography Erik Messerschmidt
Christopher Probst
Running time 34–60 minutes
Production company(s) Denver and Delilah Productions
Distributor Netflix
Original network Netflix
Original release October 13, 2017 (2017-10-13) – present
Website www.netflix.com/title/80114855


Set in 1977 – in the early days of criminal psychology and criminal profiling at the Federal Bureau of Investigation[4]Mindhunter revolves around FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), along with psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), who interview imprisoned serial killers in order to understand how they think with the hope of applying this knowledge to solving ongoing cases.[5]

Cast and characters



  • Stacey Roca as Nancy Tench, Bill's wife
  • Joe Tuttle as Gregg Smith, an FBI Special Agent
  • Alex Morf as Mark Ocasek, a detective
  • Joseph Cross as Benjamin Barnwright
  • Marc Kudisch as Roger Wade
  • Michael Park as Peter Dean
  • George R. Sheffey as John Boylen
  • Duke Lafoon as Gordon Chambers, a detective
  • Peter Murnik as Roy Carver, a detective
  • Lena Olin as Annaliese Stilman
  • Thomas Francis Murphy as McGraw, a detective


Development and production

In February 2016, Netflix announced that the production of Mindhunter would be based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[10] Filming began in May 2016,[11] and open casting calls were held on April 16 and June 25, 2016.[12][13] The series was renewed for a second season before its premiere on Netflix.[14]

The character of Holden Ford is based on FBI agent John E. Douglas,[15] and Bill Tench is based on pioneering FBI agent Robert K. Ressler.[15][16] Dr. Wendy Carr is based on psychologist Dr. Ann Wolbert Burgess, a prominent Boston College professor who collaborated with the FBI agents in the Behavioral Science Unit and procured grants to conduct research on serial murderers, serial rapists, and child molesters.[17][18] Her work is based on treating survivors of sexual trauma and abuse, and studying the thought process of violent offenders.[18] The serial killer characters were modeled on the actual convicted criminals and their prison scene dialogues were taken from real interviews.[19]


Mindhunter has received positive reviews from critics. On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 78 out of 100 based on 24 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[20] On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 96% approval rating with an average score of 7.67 out of 10 based on 70 reviews, and the site's critical consensus states, "Mindhunter distinguishes itself in a crowded genre with ambitiously cinematic visuals and a meticulous attention to character development."[21]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original release date
1 "Episode 1" David Fincher Joe Penhall October 13, 2017 (2017-10-13)
2 "Episode 2" David Fincher Joe Penhall October 13, 2017 (2017-10-13)
3 "Episode 3" Asif Kapadia Story by : Joe Penhall
Teleplay by : Joe Penhall and Ruby Rae Spiegel
October 13, 2017 (2017-10-13)
4 "Episode 4" Asif Kapadia Story by : Joe Penhall
Teleplay by : Joe Penhall and Dominic Orlando
October 13, 2017 (2017-10-13)
5 "Episode 5" Tobias Lindholm Jennifer Haley October 13, 2017 (2017-10-13)
6 "Episode 6" Tobias Lindholm Story by : Joe Penhall
Teleplay by : Joe Penhall and Tobias Lindholm
October 13, 2017 (2017-10-13)
7 "Episode 7" Andrew Douglas Story by : Joe Penhall
Teleplay by : Joe Penhall and Jennifer Haley
October 13, 2017 (2017-10-13)
8 "Episode 8" Andrew Douglas Story by : Erin Levy
Teleplay by : Erin Levy and Jennifer Haley
October 13, 2017 (2017-10-13)
9 "Episode 9" David Fincher Story by : Carly Wray
Teleplay by : Carly Wray and Jennifer Haley
October 13, 2017 (2017-10-13)
10 "Episode 10" David Fincher Story by : Joe Penhall
Teleplay by : Joe Penhall and Jennifer Haley
October 13, 2017 (2017-10-13)


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  2. ^ Chitwood, Adam (June 13, 2017). "'Mindhunter' Release Date Reveals Exactly When You Can Watch David Fincher's New Netflix Series". Collider. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  3. ^ Press Release (2017). "Mindhunter". Netflix Media Center. Netflix. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  4. ^ "Serial Killers, Part 2: The Birth of Behavioral Analysis in the FBI". Federal Bureau of Investigation. October 23, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
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  10. ^ Owen, Rob (February 3, 2016). "With film tax credits restored, city lands new drama from Netflix". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  11. ^ "Paid extras and 'period vehicles' needed for new Netflix series in Pittsburgh". WTAE-TV. May 16, 2016. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  12. ^ "Extras sought for 'Mindhunter' series filming in Pittsburgh". TribLIVE. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. April 5, 2016. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  13. ^ "Netflix's "Mindhunter" In Need Of Extras, Holding Open Casting Call". KDKA-TV. June 24, 2016. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  14. ^ Sharf, Zack (October 19, 2017). "David Fincher Reveals 'Mindhunter' Season 2 Storyline". IndieWire. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  15. ^ a b "Holt McCallany on Twitter". Twitter. May 22, 2016. Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  16. ^ McFarland, Melanie (October 12, 2017). "Defining deviancy: The clammy thrills of David Fincher's "Mindhunter" on Netflix". Salon. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  17. ^ "FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin" (PDF). Federal Bureau of Investigation. December 1986. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  18. ^ a b Holter, Lauren (October 15, 2017). "Mindhunter Modeled This Character On A Female Psychologist & Living Legend". Refinery29. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  19. ^ Tallerico, Brian (October 19, 2017). "The Real FBI Agents and Serial Killers Who Inspired Netflix's Mindhunter". Vulture. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  20. ^ "Mindhunter: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  21. ^ "Mindhunter: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 17, 2017.

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