Hannibal, a tv show review

A tv show review written by: Lee Sonogan

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Will Graham: I don’t find you that interesting.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You will.

The show explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.  This well-received tv show all had 3 seasons. The show stars Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy. It also has a long cameo appearance from the actor Laurence Fishburne.

Hugh Dancy actually recommended Mads Mikkelsen for the role of Hannibal Lecter, as the two actors had become friends during the filming of King Arthur in 2004. Mads Mikkelsen did all of his own cooking on the tv show, including the egg trick. He was trained by the show’s food stylist, Janice Poon. Mads Mikkelsen is the only actor to appear in every episode.

The show got cancelled by NBC after season 3 despite plans for future seasons. The well-received Hannibal was cancelled due to low ratings.  Being an adult drama/horror show, this show was not appropriate for everyone. The colour Red is in almost, if not all, scenes of the show. Sometimes extremely obvious, other times subtle and maybe either darker or lighter in tone.

Fun fact – Anthony Hopkins is referenced several times throughout the series. In the first season, it is a very compelling detective themed show. Then it develops into so much more in later episodes. The ending is a weird one for sure. The main characters of Hannibal and Will Graham are memorable and will leave you in awe. I recommend this tv show to fans of Hannibal Lecter and people who do not know who Hannibal Lecter is.


Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I’ve always found the idea of death comforting. The thought that my life could end at any moment frees me to fully appreciate the beauty and art and horror of everything this world has to offer.

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