A period psychological thriller set during the late 19th century in England, ‘The Alienist‘ is adapted from the novel of the same name written by Caleb Carr. Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, and Dakota Fanning play the three lead characters in the series. Brühl plays Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychiatrist and a criminal psychologist who has been called to New York by his friend from Harvard, Theodore Roosevelt, who is working as a police commissioner. Kreizler finds out that several young male prostitutes are being murdered in New York, and it is to understand the psychology of the killer that he has been asked by his friend to visit New York. He is joined by a newspaper illustrator called John Moore and Roosevelt’s secretary Sara Howard.
Surprisingly enough, Kreizler meets with opposition from certain members of the high society in New York who apparently don’t want the murders to be solved. They are using the police department to force Kreizler to abandon the case. The series was praised for its setting and plot, but ended up getting mostly mixed reviews from critics. However, if you enjoyed watching the series and are looking for shows that are thematically and stylistically similar to this one, then you have come to the right place. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘The Alienist’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘The Alienist’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
9. A Young Doctor’s Notebook (2012-2013)
John Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe star in this period drama set in Russia in the early years of the 20th century. The character that both the actors portray is Dr. Vladimir Bomgard. He is a doctor at the Muryevo Hospital, where he constantly proves his vast knowledge in the field by giving patients flawless diagnoses of their diseases. The series is set during 1917’s Russian Revolution, which was followed by the Russian Civil War. Thus, the number of patients also keep on increasing every single day. The constant pressure of work drives him from chain smoking to becoming addicted to morphine. The story carries on as Bomgard grows older. We see him talking to his younger self by reading his diary and transporting to the past, mentally. There is a darkly comedic undertone in the story which keeps it interesting and engaging for the audience.
8. Ripper Street (2012-2016)
Set in London’s East End, the story of ‘Ripper Street’ begins around six months after the killings of Jack The Ripper that sent shockwaves across England. The story centers around cops working for the H Division of the London Metropolitan Police. The area under their control is populated with lowlifes, brothels, and factories. Suddenly, one day, the killings begin again, this time in the area under the H Division. Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, and Adam Rothenberg play the lead characters of the show. The series got positive critical response and became a major success for the BBC. However, poor viewership ratings from the third season onwards forced BBC to call it quits, only for Amazon Prime to jump in and save the show.