Manhattan - the best TV show you're not watching

The best TV show you’re not watching: Manhattan

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Let me guess, you’re not watching Manhattan and you haven’t a clue as what it is. Well, I’m about drop some knowledge on you. So listen up. Manhattan is a TV series, set in the 1940s, chronicling one of the most important scientific races of the time – the race to build the world’s first atomic bomb. And it’s awesome.


You won’t find any instantly recognisable faces in Manhattan. Watching the first season the few cast members that were recognisable to me were Rachel Brosnahan, Olivia Williams and John Benjamin Hickey. They’ll be pretty memorable to you after the first season. The cast and the characters. Frank, played by John Benjamin Hickey, could be the one character I route behind most. It’s hard not to.

Can I say there’s nothing like Manhattan on TV at the moment?

The second season has just started on WGN America and I’m reminded of why I enjoyed the first season so much. It’s the way this grand story has been told. Being presented with unexpected heroes and villains that switch back and forth. It’s a period drama done right, where every episode is watched without interruption. I’m not joking here – silence in this house when we’re watching the latest episode. That’s only broken at the end.


It’s incredibly hard to describe this TV show without giving anything away. If you’re familiar with the Manhattan Project, I guess you’ll have some sort of idea as to what the show is about. There’s science in the Manhattan. But you don’t need to hold a PhD to understand it. Find it. Watch it. Hopefully you’ll fall for it as hard as I have done.


  1. Well, you were right. I had not heard of the show until now but have swiftly added it to my watch list as do like the sounds of it with the little you have shared – thank you for not giving any spoilers!

    Mo 🙂

    • Really, I just want more people to watch the show so I have more people to talk about it to. Totally selfish reasons! 😉

  2. I’ve been looking for a new TV show. Esp since TV these days seems so much more smarter than movies. Thanks for the recommend!

  3. KatyRochelle

    I’ve seen previews of Manhattan but always forget when it’s on. It was always looks fascinating and like I’m missing out something good. Hopefully I’ll be able to catch up on it! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. Ariel Bloomfield

    I really love this show…I heard about when season one came out and I’m currently going to the school where the main set is located. So it made me interested in it even more.

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