Maniac is an American psychological dark comedy-drama web television miniseries that premiered on September 21, , on Netflix. The series was officially announced in March , with Netflix ordering the production straight-to-series that same month. Upon release, the series received positive reviews from critics, with many praising its visuals, direction and acting, particularly the performances of Stone and Hill. The series received multiple accolades including nominations for Stone's performance, both at the 23rd Satellite Awards and the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards , and for the series' overall writing at the 71st Writers Guild of America Awards.
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Two struggling strangers connect during a mind-bending pharmaceutical trial involving a doctor with mother issues and an emotionally complex computer. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Owen is the black sheep of the wealthy Milgrim clan. After losing his job, he enrolls in an experimental drug trial. When her pilfered stash of pills runs out, troubled Annie tries to quit -- but ends up blackmailing her way into the Neberdine study. Muramoto notices irregularities in Annie and Owen's data. He questions Owen, who recalls the worst night of his life: his brother's engagement party. After taking the B pill, Annie and Owen find themselves on s Long Island entangled in a strange caper involving a lemur. Azumi tells James the whole truth about the study's snags and urges him to call his estranged mother, an esteemed therapist. Owen and Annie take the C pill. No longer connected, he belongs to a Mafia family, and she's a medieval guide hired by an ailing elf princess.
Owen and Annie part ways -- until a startling headline sparks a reunion. Greta implores James to shut down the trial. The "Snyder Cut" is here! The director unveiled the first trailer for the long-awaited Zack Snyder's Justice League.
Maniac might just drive you mad. Netflix's new part sci-fi drama—starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, and directed by True Detective shepherd Cary Joji Fukunaga—seems like the sort of cancel-all-plans event upon which the streaming service prides itself. Instead, it demonstrates what happens when Netflix's prestige- and pedigree-obsessed creative strategy overrides all functionality. This isn't a TV show. It's a pricey, claptrappy, long-form Iowa Writers' Workshop application. And it's all filtered through the lens of somebody who seems to have watched every Kubrick movie a half-dozen times, without ever laughing once. Maybe you'll be able to get through the whole thing. By episode six, I was on the ice-blue line of insanity. Maniac casts Hill as Owen Milgrim, a very, very sad New Yorker who's recovering from a mental breakdown, and is experiencing all sorts of visions: A glass of water vibrates and shimmies on a table; popcorn kernels on the ground all of a sudden pop to life. Owen's also being pulled against his will into a scandal involving his wealthy family, a situation that makes him all the more depressed.