Mindhunter (2017– )
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Episode #1.1 

In 1977, frustrated FBI hostage negotiator Holden Ford finds an unlikely ally in veteran agent Bill Tench and begins studying a new class of murderer.


David Fincher


Joe Penhall (created by), John Douglas (based upon the book by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Groff ... Holden Ford
Lee R. Sellars ... Ninkovich (as Lee Sellars)
David H. Holmes ... Cody Miller
Joanna Lowe Joanna Lowe ... Hostage
Julia Crockett ... Sissy Miller
Cotter Smith ... Unit Chief Shepard
Jordan Gelber ... Peter Rathman
Hannah Gross ... Debbie Mitford
Carter Bratton Carter Bratton ... Quantico Instructor
Thomas Philip O'Neill ... Leo Buchanan
Ben Mathews ... Trainee Mike
Jordan Kantola ... Trainee Mark
Zach Steffey ... Trainee Chris
Leighton Samuels ... Trainee Steve
Chris James Boylan ... Trainee Sullivan


In 1977, frustrated FBI hostage negotiator Holden Ford finds an unlikely ally in veteran agent Bill Tench and begins studying a new class of murderer.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

13 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


The main characters have several connections with cars (the vehicle or the band): Holden & Ford are car brands, Wendy "Carr", Detective Ocasek (surname of lead singer of the band the Cars), and Mit-"Ford". See more »


Classrooms at the FBI Academy are shown with whiteboards, which didn't gain widespread use until the 1990s, instead of chalkboards. See more »


Holden Ford: You get onto a crowded elevator, and you face the opposite direction, the back of the elevator, and everybody freaks out. They're uncomfortable for reasons they can't even articulate. But if you turn around and face the front, everybody relaxes.
Bill Tench: Okay. Well, how do we do that?
Holden Ford: What do we have in common? What unites us? What keeps us all awake at night?
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Features Dog Day Afternoon (1975) See more »


Do You Feel Like We Do
Written by Peter Frampton, Mickey Gallagher, Rick Wills and John Siomos
Performed by Peter Frampton
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One of the best pilot episodes i have ever seen.
18 October 2017 | by giorgosmmtSee all my reviews

The writing and the directing of this episode was excellent.Mindhunter's pilot episode gets you inside the mind of the protagonist and the goals he has, without giving so much attention to his backstory,which is an interesting approach to the main protagonist. Fincher work seems very carefully orchestrated, making it clear that he has put a lot of effort in this one. The one thing that seem irrational to me is the low score this episode has. It definitely doesn't deserve such low rating.


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