Based on the best-selling Thomas Harris books, the series Hannibal (2013-2015) gives us a deeper look into the life of the genius cannibal and the FBI profiler who pursues him.
Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) has a gift where he can delve into the minds of the worst criminals to profile their motives and find them before they strike again. One killer, the Chesapeake Ripper, has become the bane of Will’s existence because he leaves elaborate kills and is unnaturally elusive. When Will consults forensic psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), they become connected deeply, and Will soon becomes his patient as his profiling work begins to take a toll on his mental health. Little does he know that Lecter is a voracious cannibal and serial killer, toying with the FBI as he manipulates the smartest minds around him. It’s a dangerous game Lecter enjoys, and the series maps the many twists and turns between the two men and the lives they both affect.
Hannibal is one of the most visually stunning horror series to have made it to primetime TV. Gorgeous baroque styling combined with high production value, stomach-churning gore, designer clothing and superior writing kept fans coming back for more of the wily psychiatrist. Filmed in Toronto and the surrounding area, the show also includes Kids in the Hall‘s Scott Thompson as the quick-witted forensic lab tech Jimmy Price, the X-Files and Sex Education‘s Gillian Anderson, British comedian Eddie Izzard, and The Matrix‘s Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres. Showrunner Bryan Fuller had planned for seven seasons, but the show was cancelled after three. Even so, Hannibal grew in popularity with a renewed interest when it became available on streaming services, years after a cult following called “Fannibals” was spawned, fuelling intense debates about Will and Hannibal’s relationship and full-on conventions.