Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’ goes inside the criminal mind

“Mindhunter” is not your typical FBI show.

There aren’t any chases or gunfights, or sparring partners who eventually earn a grudging respect for one another.

There are bad guys, and lots of them. But the series’ focus isn’t on the pursuit of the criminals themselves, but the psychology behind their actions.

Set in the 1970s — before serial killers were called serial killers — it follows two FBI agents as they develop methodologies we now refer to as criminal profiling.

Based on the novel “Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit” — which was written by two ex-FBI agents, one of whom was among the bureau’s first profilers — it stars Jonathan Groff as young FBI agent Holden Ford, who has a keen interest in studying the criminal mind, and Holt McCallany as 40-something agent Bill Tench, who travels the country teaching classes to local police departments for the FBI’s behavioral science department.


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