The Alienist - Netflix

The Alienist, based on the Anthony Award-winning New York Times bestseller by Caleb Carr, is a fast-paced and atmospheric psychological thriller set in the fascinating and gritty world of Gilded Age New York City. After a series of haunting and gruesome murders, psychiatrist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt come together employing emerging disciplines of psychology and early crime investigation techniques to track down one of New York City's first serial killers.

The Alienist - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: In Development

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: None

The Alienist - Alienist - Netflix

Alienist is an archaic term for a psychiatrist or psychologist. Despite falling out of favor by the middle of the twentieth century, it received renewed attention when used in the title of Caleb Carr's novel The Alienist (1994). Although currently not often used in common parlance, the term “alienist” is still employed in psychiatric hospitals to describe those mental health professionals who evaluate defendants to determine their competency to stand trial. However, in this context professionals are more often referred to as forensic psychologists.

The Alienist - In literature - Netflix

The title character of Joaquim Machado de Assis' 1882 novella “The Alienist” (“O Alienista”) is a psychiatrist, Dr. Simão Bacamarte. It is used by the fictional Dr. Simon Jordan when mentioning fellow psychiatrists in Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace (1996). In Agatha Christie's novel The A.B.C. Murders (1936), Dr. Thompson, “the famous alienist”, is called to Scotland Yard to help Poirot and Inspector Japp find a murderer who mails cryptic letters to Poirot before each murder. It is used in the Gladys Mitchell novel “Here Comes A Chopper” to describe the central character, Mrs Bradley and Doctor Beni Yusman of Santiago, at the inquest. They were both offering evidence in their professional capacity as psychiatrists. It is used in Daniel A. Coleman's novel The Anarchist, to describe the main character Jon Parker, who examines Leon Czolgosz, assassin of President McKinley. It is used in Joseph Conrad's novella Heart of Darkness (1899) to describe the doctor in the Company headquarters in Belgium. It was used in Sebastian Faulks' novel Human Traces (2005). It appears in H.P. Lovecraft's novella The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (1927) to describe the doctors who examine the protagonist during his stay at Dr. Waite's psychiatric hospital. It also appears in his short stories “Beyond the Wall of Sleep” (1919) and “The Horror in the Museum” (1933). Rhys Bowen's Molly Murphy novels (set in NYC 1902,1903...), use alienist to describe the profession of Dr. Frederick Birnbaum, (continuing character) a German who studied under Freud. Used in Larry Correia's Warbound (book 3 of the Grimnoir Chronicles) to describe the profession of Dr. Wells who is also a “Massive”. Used in Erik Larson's “Devil in the White City” to describe the views, in hindsight, of psychiatrists on Dr. H. H. Holmes Used throughout the book “The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science” (author) Douglas Starr of the various psychistrists and other mental healthcare providers mentioned throughout the book.

The Alienist - References - Netflix