Bryan Fuller’s Design Elevated Television

The character of Dr. Hannibal Lecter is timeless even though it remains younger than the creation of horror icons such as Dracula and The Wolfman. The Silence of the Lambs was a groundbreaking film for the genre it called home, but not many would expect a television show done decades afterward would be as pervasive, if not more. The show Hannibal, running for 3 seasons on NBC from 2013-2015, focuses on the introduction of a character by the name of Will Graham who, as a behavioral analyst, reluctantly assists the FBI with a case involving murdered young women.

A Love Letter To Hannibal: An Artform On The Small Screen
A surreal courtroom scene from Hannibal. Source: NBC

Eventually, the assistance of a seemingly innocent Dr. Hannibal Lecter is provided to Will and Agent Jack Crawford. This would sound like any detective or murder mystery television show, so what was and still is in the intrigue into the show that has developed such a landmark fan-base?

A Love Letter To Hannibal: An Artform On The Small Screen
Still image from an episode of Hannibal. Source: NBC

Well, it’s not one singular thing that sticks out to me, instead, it is a combination of aspects that bring the series to cult status. From the visual genius of Jaro Dick who held the majority weight of set design to the eerie and mood shifting musical composition by Brian Reitzell, the individuals involved in this Bryan Fuller project show how well they’ve worked together. Hannibal becomes nothing without the addition of a stellar cast, from Hugh Dancy as Will Graham to Mads Mikkelsen who played Hannibal Lecter. The many pieces that put together the entire puzzle of Hannibal seemed to work so well, so many were surprised by the short run it seemed to have years ago. The cancellation after only 39 episodes was something shocking to those who looked forward to the twists

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