Netflix’s ‘Maniac’ could have been more aptly titled. The show is one hell of a maniacal ride. If you were able to make sense of everything in the show after just one watch, then.. well, you are a genius. There are so many ideas floating around in ‘Maniac’ that you will need to watch it twice, if not more. With two major stars in the form of Emma Stone and Jonah Hill at the center of all the drama, ‘Maniac’ is irresistible — no matter how confusing it is.
Maniac follows Annie Landsberg and Owen Milgrim, two strangers drawn to a mysterious pharmaceutical trial, each for their own reasons. Annie is depressed and aimless, fixated on broken relationships with her mother and her sister; Owen, the fifth son of wealthy New York industrialists, has struggled his whole life with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Neither of their lives are anywhere close to perfect, and the promise of a new, radical kind of pharmaceutical treatment—a sequence of pills its inventor, Dr. James K. Mantleray, claims can repair anything about the mind, be it mental illness or heartbreak—draws them and ten other strangers to the facilities of Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech for a three-day drug trial that will, they’re assured, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve all of their problems, permanently.
Now that you have seen the show, I am sure you are in the mood to watch more such shows with crazy sci-fi premise. Worry not! That’s why we are here. Here’s the list of TV series similar to Maniac that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these shows like Maniac on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
With a slight twist in the narrative, what if humans, instead of travelling through time with their physical bodies and all the baggage, could merely send their consciousness back or forth in time, and embed it into a dying person in the present? ‘Travelers’ has made use of this niche concept and created a two-season series out of it, just for us to binge. A group of “travellers” who’re operatives from the far future have been tasked with protecting their society from being doomed by sending their consciousness back in time. As they attempt to tweak the eventualities that may lead to a catastrophe, which could also possibly destroy the world as we know it, they cover their present life using their host’s social records while they continue with their missions. The character depth and the pace is amazingly built into the series’ core, along with some stellar performances. A must visit TV show for ‘Maniac’ aficionados.
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