Episodes: 19 (hour).
TV show dates: October 13, 2017 — August 16, 2019.
Series status: Ended.
Performers include: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallanay, Anna Torv, Hannah Gross, Cotter Smith, Stacey Roca, Joe Tuttle, Alex Morf, Duke Lafoon, Peter Murnik, Sonny Valicenti, Cameron Britton, and Happy Anderson.
TV show description:
From creator Joe Penhall, the Mindhunter TV show is inspired by the memoir of FBI veteran John Douglas, Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit (written with Mark Olshaker). The crime drama centers on FBI Agent Holden Ford (Groff), who realizes the bureau needs a deeper understanding of violent psychopaths’ motivations.
Ford teams up with seasoned agent Bill Tench (McCallany) of the Behavioral Science Unit. Together, they tour the country to teach local police departments the agency’s newest approaches to law enforcement and investigation.
As Ford and Tench interview imprisoned felons, they realize these convicts can provide incredible insight. They have personal experience with those thought processes which lead to evil acts. Rather than accepting the romanticized notion of the serial killer as evil genius, Ford and Tench ask the question avoided by so many: what creates a psycho-sexual sadist?
Where the ambitious Ford is willing to empathize with these killers in order to protect people, his partner is more reluctant. Still, Tench defends their work by asking, “How do we get ahead of crazy if we don’t know how crazy thinks?”
The investigation zeroes in on a prime suspect who proves surprisingly adept at manipulating a volatile situation to his advantage.
First aired: August 16, 2019.
What do you think? Do you like the Mindhunter TV series? Should this TV show have been renewed for a third season on Netflix?