Mindhunter (TV series)

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Mindhunter is an American crime drama 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.[2] The series is executive produced by Penhall, David Fincher, and Charlize Theron among others, and debuted worldwide on Netflix on October 13, 2017.[3][4] In November 2017, Mindhunter was renewed for a second season.[5]

Mindhunter Logo
Genre Crime drama
Created by Joe Penhall
Based on
Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
Music by Jason Hill
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Jim Davidson
  • Mark Winemaker
Location(s) McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • Christopher Probst
  • Erik Messerschmidt
Running time 34–60 minutes
Production company(s) Denver and Delilah Productions
Distributor Netflix
Original network Netflix
Picture format 4K (Ultra HD)[1]
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release October 13, 2017 – present


Set in 1977 – in the early days of criminal psychology and criminal profiling at the Federal Bureau of Investigation[6]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.[7]

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, head of the Boston university department and girlfriend of Wendy Carr
  • Thomas Francis Murphy as McGraw, a detective
  • Cameron Britton as Edmund Kemper, a serial killer interviewed by Ford and Tench
  • Sam Strike as Monte Rissell, a serial killer interviewed by Ford and Tench
  • Happy Anderson as Jerry Brudos, a serial killer interviewed by Ford and Tench
  • Jack Erdie as Richard Speck, a mass murderer interviewed by Ford and Tench
  • Sonny Valicenti as ADT Serviceman

Development and production

In February 2016, Netflix announced that the production of Mindhunter would be based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[8] Filming began in May 2016,[9] and open casting calls were held on April 16 and June 25, 2016.[10][11] The series was renewed for a second season before its premiere on Netflix.[12]

The character of Holden Ford is based on FBI agent John E. Douglas,[13] and Bill Tench is based on pioneering FBI agent Robert K. Ressler.[13][14] Dr. Wendy Carr is based on psychiatric forensic researcher Dr. Ann Wolbert Burgess,[15] 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.[16][17] Her work is based on treating survivors of sexual trauma and abuse, and studying the thought process of violent offenders.[17] The serial killer characters were modeled on the actual convicted criminals and their prison scene dialogues were taken from real interviews.[18]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original release date
1 "Episode 1" David Fincher Joe Penhall October 13, 2017
2 "Episode 2" David Fincher Joe Penhall October 13, 2017
3 "Episode 3" Asif Kapadia Story by : Joe Penhall
Teleplay by : Joe Penhall and Ruby Rae Spiegel
October 13, 2017
4 "Episode 4" Asif Kapadia Story by : Joe Penhall
Teleplay by : Joe Penhall and Dominic Orlando
October 13, 2017
5 "Episode 5" Tobias Lindholm Jennifer Haley October 13, 2017
6 "Episode 6" Tobias Lindholm Story by : Joe Penhall
Teleplay by : Joe Penhall and Tobias Lindholm
October 13, 2017
Bill and Holden solve the murder and mutilation of Beverly Jean Shaw in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Wendy must decide between leaving academia and her relationship with Annaliese Stilman, or accept the permanent position offered by the FBI while hiding her closeted sexual orientation.
7 "Episode 7" Andrew Douglas Story by : Joe Penhall
Teleplay by : Joe Penhall and Jennifer Haley
October 13, 2017
8 "Episode 8" Andrew Douglas Story by : Erin Levy
Teleplay by : Erin Levy and Jennifer Haley
October 13, 2017
9 "Episode 9" David Fincher Story by : Carly Wray
Teleplay by : Carly Wray and Jennifer Haley
October 13, 2017
10 "Episode 10" David Fincher Story by : Joe Penhall
Teleplay by : Joe Penhall and Jennifer Haley
October 13, 2017
Holden and Bill help in securing a conviction of the suspect in a rape case. Holden brags about it and word of their involvement reaches the press. Ed Kemper later tricks him into meeting him. Holden meets with him and Ed hugs him which forces Holden to become scared and he flees.


On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 78 out of 100 based on 24 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[19] 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."[20]

The first season of Mindhunter was named among the best TV shows of 2017 by Time,[21] The Guardian,[22] The Daily Telegraph,[23] New York Observer,[24] Slant Magazine,[25] Vanity Fair,[26] Vogue,[27], Yahoo,[28] and The Independent.[29] It was ranked No. 10 on Metacritic's year-end list of the best TV shows of 2017 compiled from rankings by various critics and publications.[30]


Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2018 Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Drama / Genre Series Jonathan Groff Pending [31]
Best Drama Series Mindhunter Pending


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  21. ^ D'Addario, Daniel (November 28, 2017). "The Top 10 Television Shows of 2017". Time. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  22. ^ Dean, Will (December 12, 2017). "The 50 best TV shows of 2017: No 6 Mindhunter". The Guardian. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  23. ^ "From Peaky Blinders to Blue Planet II and Catastrophe: the best TV shows of 2017 (so far)". The Daily Telegraph. December 8, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
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  31. ^ Pond, Steve (November 28, 2017). "'Dunkirk,' 'The Shape of Water' Lead Satellite Award Nominations". TheWrap. Retrieved November 29, 2017.

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