Netflix's New Crime Show Gets into the Minds of Serial Killers

It's called Mindhunter, and the trailer is freaky.

Netflix has a pretty obvious algorithm for deciding its new original series. There was Ozark, which brought together popular Netflix streams as Breaking BadNarcos, and Arrested Development. There's the upcoming Death Note, which combines 13 Reasons Why and Stranger Things. And now, there's Mindhunter, which brings together David Fincher's Zodiac (plus House of Cards success) with Netflix's true crime documentaries. 

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Fincher's new crime drama series follows two FBI agents (actors Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany, who have great IRL detective names) who attempt to study the minds of serial killers in the late 1970s. It's based on Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by Mark Olshaker and John Douglas—the latter being the famed FBI agent upon which Silence of the Lambs' Jack Crawford was modeled. Their work revolves around unraveling the twisted minds of murderers, but as McCallany's character asks in the new trailer, "How do we get ahead of crazy if we don't know how crazy thinks?"

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