Created by
Directed byKjetil Indregard
Country of originNorway
Original languageNorwegian
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Executive producers
  • Anne Kolbjørnsen
  • Pal Kruke Kristiansen
  • Terje Strømstad
  • Ole Marius Araldsen
CinematographyMatthew Weston
EditorChristopher Gibb
Running time23 minutes
Production companyRubicon TV
Picture formatHDTV 720p
Audio formatStereophonic
Original releaseDecember 1, 2015 (2015-12-01)
Related showsManiac (miniseries)
External links
Official website

Maniac is a Norwegian comedy-drama series that was released by TV 2 in 2015. It stars Espen PA Lervaag. Håkon Bast Mossige and Ingeborg Raustøl have supporting roles. Kjetil Indregard directs. The series is produced for Rubicon TV by producer Terje Strømstad, creative producer Ole Marius Araldsen and executive producers Anne Kolbjørnsen and Pal Kruke Kristiansen.[1]


Maniac was developed as an experiment by TV 2 Zebra in the spring of 2013, where viewers helped select the best concepts for new television series.[2] The entire series was released on streaming service TV 2 Sumo on December 1, 2015. This was the first time TV 2 released its own production for streaming before it was broadcast.[2] It was broadcast on TV 2 in 2016.


Espen is a man in his thirties who is beloved by all. He experiences each day as a party with limitless opportunities. All this, however, happens only in his imagination. In reality, Espen is a patient in a psychiatric hospital where he has not yet expressed a single word.

US remake

In 2018, Netflix released a miniseries of the same name starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone that is loosely based on the Norwegian production.[3]


  1. ^ Rubicon - Maniac Archived 2016-05-24 at the Wayback Machine (visited 21 September 2018)
  2. ^ a b TV 2 går maniac på nett (visited 21 September 2018)
  3. ^ Mangan, L. (2018, September 21). Maniac review – Jonah Hill and Emma Stone hit career highs in NYC dystopia. The Guardian. (visited 21 September 2018)