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12th Jun 2023

One of the best hidden gem shows ever has returned to Netflix

Rory Cashin


The psychological thriller series was removed from Netflix in 2021.

Originally airing on NBC from 2013 to 2015, Hannibal became an immediate hit… for a select few. While it only ran for three seasons, it has since become widely regarded as one of the best horror shows ever made, and viewed by many as being one of the greatest network TV series of all time.

Based on three of the novels by Thomas Harris and his infamous serial killer series – Red Dragon, Hannibal and Hannibal Rising are all adapted, leaving only The Silence of the Lambs untouched – it focuses on the relationship between FBI special agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and forensic scientist Dr. Hannibal Lector (Mads Mikkelsen).

Laurence Fishburne and Gillian Anderson also feature in the cast, while the show itself was overseen by David Slade (30 Days of Night, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) and Bryan Fuller (Heroes, American Gods).

The series was previously housed on Netflix for a few years, but was removed in 2021 when NBC launched its own streaming service, Peacock. However, that service is currently unavailable in Ireland and the UK, and Hannibal has now been re-added to the Netflix streaming library.

Critics absolutely loved the series, giving the first season 82% on Rotten Tomatoes, before lauding both the second and third season with 98% scores on the review site.

By the end of the 2010s, both Slant and Coming Soon had named Hannibal their best show of the entire decade, while Slashfilm, IndieWire, Roger Ebert, GamesRadar and Screen Rant all ranked the show within their top ten of the previous ten years.

Unfortunately, the show did not have enough viewers when it originally aired, and NBC cancelled the series after the third season. In the almost decade since then, the show has developed a massive cult following, with Fuller attempting to purchase the rights to The Silence of the Lambs so he can finish out the story, and all of the cast confirming they’d be more than happy to return to this world if they get the go ahead.

All 39 episodes from all three seasons of Hannibal are available to watch on Netflix in Ireland and the UK right now… but who knows for how long? Get to it!

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