Clarice (TV series)
|Created by||Jenny Lumet & Alex Kurtzman|
|Based on||The Silence of the Lambs|
by Thomas Harris
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Production locations||Toronto, Canada|
|Running time||42–43 minutes|
|Original release||February 11, 2021 –|
Clarice is a 2021 American psychological horror crime drama police procedural television series created by Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet. Produced by CBS Studios, MGM Television, and Secret Hideout, it is based on the best-selling novel The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. The series stars Rebecca Breeds as the titular character, along with Lucca De Oliveira, Devyn A. Tyler, Kal Penn, Nick Sandow, Michael Cudlitz, and Marnee Carpenter. The series premiered on February 11, 2021, on CBS.
Set in 1993, a year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs, the series serves as a deep dive into the untold personal story of Clarice Starling (Rebecca Breeds), as she returns to the field to pursue serial murderers and sexual predators while navigating the high-stakes political world of Washington, D.C.
- Rebecca Breeds as Clarice Starling
- Michael Cudlitz as Paul Krendler
- Lucca De Oliveira as Tomas Esquivel
- Kal Penn as Shaan Tripathi
- Nick Sandow as Murray Clarke
- Devyn A. Tyler as Ardelia Mapp
- Marnee Carpenter as Catherine Martin
- Shawn Doyle as Clarice's therapist
- Jayne Atkinson as United States Attorney General Ruth Martin
- Tim Guinee as Novak
- Douglas Smith as Tyson Conway
- Simon Northwood as Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb
|No.||Title ||Directed by||Written by||Original air date ||U.S. viewers|
|1||"The Silence Is Over"||Maja Vrvilo||Jenny Lumet & Alex Kurtzman||February 11, 2021||4.00|
|Trainee FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling has been placed on administrative leave with federally-mandated therapy sessions following her harrowing ordeal at the hands of the notorious serial-killer Buffalo Bill, though Starling refuses to acknowledge herself as one of his victims. Her concurrent association with the incarcerated cannibalistic serial-killer/forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who helped her find Bill before using her to escape imprisonment, has poisoned her reputation at the FBI and her relationships with her fellow agents. United States Attorney General Ruth Martin, the mother of the only girl Starling was able to save from Bill, asigns Starling to her new VICAP task-force, a team dedicated to hunting down murderers, serial-killers and sexual predators despite Starling's reservations. She is given a cold welcome by the task force commander Paul Krendler, whom she had previously outmanoeuvred and shown-up in finding Buffalo Bill first and who is dismissive of her methods and public stardom. VICAP's first case involves two bodies washed up in the Anacostia river with the hallmarks of a serial killer but Starling is not convinced. The FBI investigates and are led to a sinister conspiracy involving drug-trials and parents with children with special needs though Krendler maintains belief in a serial-killer. Ultimately Clarice disregards orders and declares before the news cameras that the murders were not due to a serial killer.|
|2||"Ghosts of Highway 20"||Doug Aarniokoski||Elizabeth J. B. Klaviter & Kenneth Lin||February 18, 2021||4.08|
|3||"Are You Alright?"||Doug Aarniokoski||William Harper||February 25, 2021||3.65|
|4||"You Can't Rule Me"||Chloe Domont||Gabriel Ho & Lydia Teffera||March 4, 2021||3.48|
|5||"Get Right with God"||Chloe Domont||Tess Leibowitz||March 11, 2021||3.01|
|Clarice awakens in a ward bed to find she has been chemically paralysed from the waist-down and fitted to look like one of the patients. Groggy from a massive dose of sedatives and painkillers, she is confronted by Marilyn Felker who threatens to put her in a chemically induced coma and on a ventilator if she misbehaves; Felker then sedates Clarice again with more painkillers. Ardelia, concerned over Clarice's disappearance, meets with Clarice's teammates to try and find out what happened to her. Meanwhile, Felker continues to inject Starling with huge amounts of sedatives and painkillers, causing a series of vivid hallucinations, to get her to divulge what the FBI know about her and the whereabouts of Rebecca Clarke Sherman but Starling hits back by psychologically targeting Marilyn's childhood trauma. When Starling pushes too hard, Marilyn injects her with a drug that paralyses Starling's lungs, intubates Starling and puts her on a ventilator. When Starling's team show up at the clinic looking for her, Marilyn reinforces Starling's patient disguise and the team fail to spot her before Marilyn insists they leave. Clarice and Marilyn continue to spar verbally during Starling's bouts of lucidity. Back at the FBI, the team finally makes a connection that enables them to thoroughly search the clinic and assemble a strike team. Starling manages to overcome the drugs in her system and makes her escape by forcing Marilyn to save her comatose sister from a drug-induced heart attack. The FBI arrive and rescue Starling and the sister but fail to stop Marilyn from committing suicide via a fatal drug overdose. Starling is reunited with Ardelia but is deeply traumatised by her ordeal.|
|6||"How Does It Feel to Be So Beautiful"||Wendey Stanzler||Kenneth Lin & Celena Cipriaso||April 1, 2021||2.37|
|Clarice undergoes hypnosis in an attempt to remember the man she saw with Marilyn Felker during her attempt to escape from captivity, but her memories are intermixed with those of her confrontation with Buffalo Bill. Krendler places her on enforced leave to recover from the ordeal, but Clarice is determined to identify her attacker and goes to see United States Attorney General Ruth Martin to ask her to overrule Krendler. Ruth agrees on the condition that Starling join her and Catherine for dinner. Ardelia sends DNA samples from Clarice's fingernail for analysis, but the results are inconclusive. Not satisfied with the outcome, Ardelia retrieves the sample and finds the result was faked. Krendler meets with a lawyer who offers to represent him in his divorce case—he becomes determined to seek full custody after his son pages him and he finds his wife passed out from drinking. Over dinner, Clarice is alarmed when Catherine tells her she has tracked down Buffalo Bill's mother. Catherine also says that after Clarice shot Bill, Clarice cried for ages before calling for help, which Clarice does not remember. Clarice goes under hypnosis again, and finds that Catherine was right—with her memory clear of the Buffalo Bill trauma, she recalls the face of the man with Felker—Krendler's new divorce lawyer.|
|7||"Ugly Truth"||Wendey Stanzler||William Harper||April 8, 2021||2.57|
In January 2020, Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet were hired by CBS Studios to create a sequel series to the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs. The series was among the 14 pilots ordered by CBS in February 2020 and was fast tracked to series the following March, as they are unable to film their pilots where CBS was shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 8, 2020, CBS picked up the series. In December 2020, it was announced the series is set to premiere on February 11, 2021, alongside a trailer release. Due to complicated rights issues of franchise characters between Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Dino de Laurentiis Company, the series cannot feature or make reference to Hannibal Lecter. Kurtzman explained, "I'm still trying to understand how the rights are divided. But it's been quite liberating because we have no interest in writing about Hannibal—not because we didn't love the films and the show, but because it was done so well by so many people that it didn't feel fresh for us."
In February 2020, Rebecca Breeds was cast as Clarice Starling. In March 2020, Lucca De Oliveira and Devyn A. Tyler were cast in starring roles. In May 2020, Kal Penn, Nick Sandow, and Michael Cudlitz joined the main cast. In November 2020, Marnee Carpenter was cast as a series regular while Jayne Atkinson, Shawn Doyle, and Tim Guinee were cast in recurring roles. In January 2021, Douglas Smith joined the cast in a recurring capacity.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 37% based on reviews from 41 critics, with an average rating of 6.11/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Effectively grim, but narratively bland, Clarice is a disturbingly safe procedural that lets down both its talented cast and source material." Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 55 out of 100 based on 32 critic reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
|1||"The Silence Is Over"||February 11, 2021||0.5||4.00||0.6||3.34||1.1||7.35|
|2||"Ghosts of Highway 20"||February 18, 2021||0.4||4.08||0.6||3.32||1.0||7.40|
|3||"Are You Alright?"||February 25, 2021||0.4||3.65||0.6||3.37||1.0||7.02|
|4||"You Can't Rule Me"||March 4, 2021||0.4||3.48||0.5||3.06||0.9||6.54|
|5||"Get Right with God"||March 11, 2021||0.4||3.01||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|6||"How Does It Feel to Be So Beautiful"||April 1, 2021||0.2||2.37||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|7||"Ugly Truth"||April 8, 2021||0.3||2.57||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
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