Promotional poster
Created byMonica Beletsky
Based onManhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer
by James L. Swanson
ShowrunnerMonica Beletsky
Directed byCarl Franklin
John Dahl
Eva Sørhaug
Opening theme"Egún" by Danielle Ponder
ComposerBryce Dessner
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes7
Executive producers
  • Monica Beletsky
  • Layne Eskridge
  • Kate Barry
  • James L. Swanson
  • Michael Rotenberg
  • Richard Abate
  • Frank Smith
  • Naia Cucukov
  • Carl Franklin
Production companies
Original release
NetworkApple TV+
ReleaseMarch 15 (2024-03-15) –
April 19, 2024 (2024-04-19)

Manhunt is an American historical drama miniseries created by showrunner Monica Beletsky, adapted from James L. Swanson's book Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer. The series follows Edwin Stanton's search for John Wilkes Booth in the aftermath of Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Directed by Carl Franklin and starring Tobias Menzies, the series was produced for Apple TV+, and released on March 15, 2024.[1]


After President Abraham Lincoln's assassination, his secretary of war and friend, Edwin Stanton begins the manhunt to track down Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth.[2]

Cast and characters




No.Title [3]Directed byWritten by [3]Original release date [1]
1"Pilot"Carl FranklinTeleplay by : Monica BeletskyMarch 15, 2024 (2024-03-15)
2"Post Mortem"Carl FranklinTeleplay by : Monica Beletsky
Story by : Monica Beletsky & Matt Johnson
March 15, 2024 (2024-03-15)
3"Let the Sheep Flee"John DahlMonica Beletsky & Ben H. WintersMarch 22, 2024 (2024-03-22)
4"The Secret Line"John DahlMonica Beletsky & Tim BrittainMarch 29, 2024 (2024-03-29)
5"A Man of Destiny"Eva SørhaugMonica Beletsky & Matthew FennellApril 5, 2024 (2024-04-05)
6"Useless"Eva SørhaugMonica Beletsky & Jan OxenbergApril 12, 2024 (2024-04-12)
7"The Final Act"Eva SørhaugMonica BeletskyApril 19, 2024 (2024-04-19)


In January 2022, a series adaptation of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson was first announced. The series was created and written by showrunner Monica Beletsky as the first project in her overall deal with Apple, and Carl Franklin will direct.[2] The following month, Anthony Boyle and Lovie Simone were added to the cast, with Boyle portraying John Wilkes Booth.[4] Matt Walsh would be cast as Samuel Mudd in March.[5] Additional casting would be announced in May.[6]

Pre-production for the series began in Savannah, Georgia in February 2022, with filming beginning in May and set to finish by October.[7] Filming of the assassination at Ford's Theatre began on location at the Miller Theater, a historic location in Philadelphia, in June 2022.[8]

The programme was presented as being partly fictionalised, with some characters and events created for dramatic purposes.[9]


Critical response

The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an 87% approval rating with an average rating of 7.3/10, based on 46 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Dramatizing a flashpoint in American history with hot-blooded performances and contemporary resonance, Manhunt transcends the trappings of wax museum recreation to deliver addicting entertainment."[10] Metacritic assigned a score of 65 out of 100 based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[11] Angie Han praised the series' themes and the performances of the cast.[12]


Award Date of ceremony Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
Gotham TV Awards June 4, 2024 Outstanding Performance in a Limited Series Tobias Menzies Pending [13]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Apple TV+ sets March 15, 2024 global premiere for "Manhunt," and unveils first look at upcoming limited series created by Monica Beletsky, and starring Emmy Award winner Tobias Menzies". Apple TV+ Press. December 13, 2023. Retrieved December 13, 2023.
  2. ^ a b Otterson, Joe (January 5, 2022). "Apple Orders Limited Series About Hunt for John Wilkes Booth From Monica Beletsky, Tobias Menzies to Star". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on January 7, 2022. Retrieved January 7, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Manhunt". Writers Guild of America West. March 24, 2022. Archived from the original on May 25, 2023. Retrieved May 25, 2023.
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (February 25, 2022). "Anthony Boyle & Lovie Simone Join Tobias Menzies In Apple's Lincoln Assassination Limited Series Manhunt". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 25 February 2022. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  5. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (March 30, 2022). "Apple's Lincoln Assassination Limited Series Manhunt Finds Its Dr. Mudd In Matt Walsh". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 31 March 2022. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (May 10, 2022). "Apple Limited Series Manhunt Adds Seven To Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 10 May 2022. Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Crew Call: Manhunt". Savannah Regional Film Commission. January 13, 2022. Archived from the original on 11 June 2022. Retrieved 12 April 2022.
  8. ^ Vadala, Nick (June 30, 2022). "There's a new TV show filming in Philadelphia". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on July 2, 2022. Retrieved July 2, 2022.
  9. ^ Earl, William (2024-03-16). "'Manhunt' Creator Answers Burning Questions: Why Lincoln's Onscreen Assassination Had to Be Gory, How Much Is Historically Accurate and More". Variety. Retrieved 2024-05-31.
  10. ^ "Manhunt: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 18, 2024.
  11. ^ "Manhunt: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved April 18, 2024.
  12. ^ Han, Angie (March 12, 2024). "'Manhunt' Review: Tobias Menzies in Apple TV+'s Smart Series About the Search for Lincoln's Assassin". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 15, 2024.
  13. ^ Verhoeven, Beatrice (May 14, 2024). "'Baby Reindeer,' 'The Curse,' 'Shogun' Among Inaugural Gotham TV Awards Nominees". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 16, 2024.