Conclusion: With little time for television viewing, I'm extremely picky with which series I choose to fill my free time with. I typically find most series worthless, but 'Hannibal' has proven itself an absolutely worthy hour-long drama. No matter if you're a fan – past or present – of the Hannibal Lecter character or not, so long as you can handle the dark and disturbing content, 'Hannibal' is a must-see series.
Excerpt: Do you think Thomas Harris knew the cultural impact a character he created would have in the coming decades? In 1981 Harris scripted a novel, Red Dragon , which introduced us to the character of Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The first movie was 1986’s Manhunter in which Lecter was portrayed by Brian Cox. Perhaps the highest profile adaptation of Dr. Hannibal Lecter is in 1991’s Silence of the Lambs and featured Sir Anthony Hopkins as the mad Psychairist.
Conclusion: Hannibal is definitely not going to be to everyone's taste (I truly apologize for the run of horrible puns in this review), but for those who don't mind really graphic imagery and some very dark plot elements, this show has a lot to offer. The best thing about the series is how imaginatively it reimagines these iconic characters, very neatly playing off the audiences' foreknowledge and expectations as to what is ultimately going to be revealed.