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Best of 2017: Television

The Voice‘s Leisure section unfortunately left out a key aspect of this year in its “Best Of” articles, and that would be television. Don’t worry, though, Halftime’s got you covered. As always.


As someone who is fascinated by true crime, Mindhunter claimed the first spot in my Netflix queue. A show about the FBI agents who coined the term “serial killers,” it is a Netflix Original based on the true story of two FBI agents that pioneered the organization’s criminal profiling program. The show takes liberties with the factual recounting from John E. Douglas’s book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, but in doing so it presents a captivating story line framed by intense cinematics. The show is set in the 1970s and focuses on a young, inexperienced Agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) who believes there might be a similar psychology among the deadliest killers that drives them to murder. Agent Ford convinces Agent Holt McCallany (Bill Tench) and psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torve) to accompany him in interviewing imprisoned killers to determine how they think and why they murder. Many of the serial killers are modelled after real killers from the ‘70s and most of the interview scenes are taken from the actual transcribed prison interviews. The show is much more unnerving knowing that all of the portrayed horrific actions actually happened. The show has been well received and has been especially praised for its attention to character development. Additionally, by concentrating on the motives and psychology of murder, Mindhunter differentiates itself from the well-worn plot line of many crime shows. The show’s chilling descriptions of murder, rape, and abuse are accentuated by dark and sinister cinematography and a beautifully ominous soundtrack (think Stranger Things–but less ‘80s).

— Delaney Corcoran

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