The head of the FBI Behavioral Science unit, Jack Crawford, calls on profiler Will Graham to assist them catch a serial killer. The killer has now kidnapped eight women, all similar in ... See full summary »


David Slade


Bryan Fuller (developed for television by), Thomas Harris (based on characters from the book "Red Dragon" by) | 1 more credit »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Dancy ... Will Graham
Mads Mikkelsen ... Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Caroline Dhavernas ... Dr. Alana Bloom
Hettienne Park ... Beverly Katz
Laurence Fishburne ... Jack Crawford
Scott Thompson ... Jimmy Price
Aaron Abrams ... Brian Zeller
Dan Fogler ... Franklin
Kacey Rohl ... Abigail Hobbs
Vladimir Jon Cubrt ... Garret Jacob Hobbs (as Vladimir Cubrt)
Sarah Evans Sarah Evans ... Mrs. Nichols
Wayne Ward Wayne Ward ... Mr. Nichols
Krista Patton Krista Patton ... Louise Hobbs
Bernadette Couture ... Theresa Marlow
Wayne Downer Wayne Downer ... Thomas Marlow


The head of the FBI Behavioral Science unit, Jack Crawford, calls on profiler Will Graham to assist them catch a serial killer. The killer has now kidnapped eight women, all similar in appearance and always on a Friday. His most recent victim is Elise Nichols. Graham has been teaching at the FBI academy and isn't too keen on going out into the field. He is particularly empathetic and has a tendency to get far too involved in these types of cases. Crawford arranges for a well-known psychiatrist, Hannibal Lecter, to work with him and ease the stress. It seems Lecter has his own plans for Will. Written by garykmcd

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Did You Know?


There is a scene that took place in a red FBI bathroom. That bathroom is almost an exact replica of the bathroom that appeared in the movie The Shining (1980). See more »


At one point during breakfast Will forks a piece of sausage but after a cut lifts a forkful of eggs to his mouth. See more »


Special Agent Will Graham: I don't find you that interesting.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You will.
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References Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) See more »


Hannibal Theme
Written by Brian Reitzell
Performed by Brian Reitzell
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A rather stylized and never before seen take on the renowned psychological thriller.
27 December 2013 | by A_VoiceSee all my reviews

Hannibal is more of a "fill in the gaps" for the Hannibal series. We saw Will Graham in Manhunter and its remake Red Dragon. Whilst The Silence of The Lambs saw Hannibal's character on an all time high, and a rather degraded sequel as "Hannibal (2001)" and a prelude as "Hannibal Rising". So this series falls somewhere between "Hannibal Rising" and "Manhunter/Red Dragon". That means it isn't a 'messing with the plot' remake, but a gripping and excellent take on our favorite Cannibal.

Will Graham (not yet retired) finds himself investigating psychopath murders (to his dismay), and looks avoid those as much possible. His eccentric ability to empathize with the killers finds him recruited by a senior FBI Officer Jack Crawford, who is our very own Morpheus (A pleasant surprise to me!). Jack seeing Graham's discomfort for his work appoints Dr. Lector to team up with him to release some of his stress. But Hannibal the Cannibal has separate plans for his new found friend.

An Apéritif for a pilot is rather more about Will Graham than Hannibal or any crime investigation. It develops a little explored character into a gem. Coming to the performances, Dancy fits in a young Graham's shoes perfectly, where as I do miss Hopkins's intense and malicious glare. Don't take me wrong! I doesn't mean Mads was bad, he was extremely convincing. Now how can I explain this? Its like some one else playing Harry Potter, even if does play it better, he won't just fit in. Anyways I do hope we get to see Hopkins later in the series. Lawrence is average.

The only problem I saw was the pace. The story progressed way too fast than a healthy pace. But I have to hand it to the writer director for not sacrificing character development for pace. Only thing sacrificed was detailing. I think its understandable as the series is more of a psychological drama thriller than a crime investigation drama. ANd just the right amount of fear topped with thrill.

Direction: Great. Pretty surprising from Twilight's director.

Story/Screenplay: Refreshing, thrilling and gripping.

Acting: Dancy the best, Mads awesome. Lawrence Average.

Music: Engaging, ear friendly and fitting.

Overall a good start to an interesting series. I hope it lasts like this and doesn't lose content wise in times to come.

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Release Date:

4 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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16:9 HD
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