Tuesday, 10 p.m., Discovery


The eight-part series focuses on FBI Agent and criminal profiler Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington) as he tracks and eventually captures the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany) in 1996

What The Critics Say (Metascore 71)

  • The series is a surprising win on all fronts. It’s equal parts true-crime drama, psychological thriller and the moving personal stories of two men on different sides of the law who had eerily similar connections (or disconnections) to the society around them. — Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times
  • A feature-film-quality effort from the casting on down, Manhunter: Unabomber easily represents Discovery Channel’s best foray into scripted TV — a taut, gripping account that touches upon aspects of the investigation many have doubtless forgotten or, more likely, never knew. — Brian Lowry, CNN
  • If you stick with the show, a sorta Law & Order: Forensic Linguistics, you’ll find that, OK, at times, it’s a little heavy-handed. … Bettany is so compelling, in fact, that you’ll wish we got more of him sooner. Ditto Jane Lynch, who does fine, subtle work as Attorney General Janet Reno. — Charlie Mason, TVLine