2015 Series Manhattan Viewing and Discussion

The Los Alamos Historical Society continues to hold weekly viewing parties for WGN's Manhattan for the second season of the show. Join us Tuesday nights at 7 pm at Time Out Pizzeria in Los Alamos to watch and discuss the show.
Our discussions of every episode from the first and second seasons are collected here (bottom of page), and in the History Museum at its temporary location (475 20th St.), while the current building is being remodeled and completely upgraded. Join in the discussion yourself on our facebook page, or at our weekly viewings!
Manhattan is a fictionalized drama set in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. WGN explains that the stories of the series are about how "scientists and their families surrender their freedoms, compromise their marriages, and even sacrifice their sanity to end one war and usher in another—the Cold War waiting just over the atomic horizon—all while embedded spies and a climate of paranoia threaten to destroy the project from within." Every episode is a great opportunity for sparking conversations about the history of the Manhattan Project and our community.
Above: On the left, a shot of the Historic Tech Area. The covered overpasses were built across what is now Trinity Drive, so that scientists could cross over from one building to the other without having to exit and then reinter the secure areas. On the right is a picture of the Manhattan series set as seen on TV. —Above-left: from Truslow, ed., Manhattan Engineer District, 1946. Right: Manhattan series still shot.

image Left: The active community of Los Alamos is located on the eastern foothills of the Pajarito Mountains, seen here in early snow. The photo is looking northwest from just below the rim of the Pajarito Plateau. You can see some homes on the mesa top that are located on the eastern-most edge of Los Alamos county.
—Los Alamos National Laboratory archives.

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Read the 2015 Weekly Post-Viewing Discussion Here:
The discussion is viewable here a few days after the day of airing.
Season Two Premiere — October 13, 2015, "Damnatio Memoriae"
Episode Two — October 20, 2015, "Fatherland"
Episode Three — October 27, 2015, "The Threshold"
Episode Four — November 3, 2015, "Overlord"
Episode Five — November 10, 2015, "The World of Tomorrow"
Episode Six — November 17, 2015, "33"
Episode Seven — November 24, 2015, "Behold the Lord High Executioner"
Episode Eight — December 1, 2015, "Human Error"
Episode Nine — December 8, 2015, "Brooklyn"
Episode Ten — December 15, 2015, "Jupiter"

2015 Special Preview Trailers:
• View Manhattan Season Two Trailer
• View "See The Light"
• The Cast & Crew
• Follow Us on Facebook


Read the 2014 Weekly Post-Viewing Discussion Here:

Season One Premiere — July 27, 2014, "Manhattan"
Episode Two — August 03, 2014, "The Prisoner's Dilemma"
Episode Three — August 10, 2014, "The Hive"
Episode Four — August 17, 2014, "Last Reasoning of Kings"
Episode Five — August 24, 2014, "A New Approach to Nuclear Cosmology"
Episode Six — August 31, 2014, "Acceptable Limits"
Episode Seven — September 07, 2014, "The New World"
Episode Eight — September 14, 2014, "The Second Coming"
Episode Nine — September 21, 2014, "Spooky Action at a Distance"
Episode Ten — September 28, 2014, "The Understudy"
Episode Eleven — October 05, 2014, "Tangier"
Episode Twelve — October 12, 2014, "The Gun Model"
Episode Thirteen — October 19, 2014, "Perestroika"

2014 Special Audio Presentation:
Here's a bonus podcast presented by Physics Central — The new (2014) primetime TV show based on the Manhattan Project of WWII has drawn praise for its storytelling and scientific accuracy but also some critiques of its historical accuracy.

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