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By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Futuristic satire is disjointed but entertaining.

TV Netflix Drama 2018
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 17+

I didn't care for it

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 14+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (4):

The two leads are great, and there are tons of fun guest appearances from the likes of Justin Theroux (The Leftovers) and Sally Field, but the breakout star is the show's director, Cary Joji Fukunaga. Maniac takes place in an alternate universe -- maybe the future, maybe the present -- and Fukunaga's direction is relentlessly creative and kinetic as he reveals the ins and outs of this unique world. The direction is so good, in fact, that it makes up for the fact that he seems to just be making the story up as it goes along; three or four episodes in, Maniac starts to feel directionless, like it's more concerned about simply generating content than telling an effective story. That said, the creative team is so good that Maniac is a mesmerizing watch, if ultimately a little shallow.

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