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  • TV-14
  • 2015
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.0  (13,387)

Aquarius is a crime drama television series that aired on NBC in 2015 and 2016. Set in the late 1960s, during the height of the counterculture movement and the emergence of Charles Manson and his cult, the show follows police sergeant Sam Hodiak played by David Duchovny, as he investigates the disappearance of a young woman named Emma Karn, played by Emma Dumont. Hodiak is a tough, no-nonsense cop who finds himself at odds with the changing social norms of the era.

Hodiak's investigation is made more complicated when he meets Charles Manson, played by Gethin Anthony, who at the time was an up-and-coming musician in Los Angeles. As Hodiak delves deeper into the case, he becomes increasingly convinced that Manson and his followers may be involved. Meanwhile, Manson charmingly wormed his way into the lives of several young women, including Emma Karn, who are drawn to his charismatic personality and counterculture philosophy.

Hodiak is joined in his investigation by undercover cop Brian Shafe, played by Grey Damon, who is tasked with infiltrating Manson's inner circle. Shafe is a young, ambitious officer who is initially skeptical of Hodiak's methods but comes to respect and admire him as they work together. The duo is also helped by the efforts of Emma's father Ken Karn, played by Brian F. O'Byrne, who is a wealthy businessman with ties to the higher-ups in the LAPD.

The show portrays the era of the late 1960s with great authenticity, depicting the political instability and social change of the time. It also shows the stark contrast between the conservative, law-and-order mindset of Hodiak and the free-loving, anti-establishment attitude of Manson and his followers. The show touches on themes of race, gender, politics, and power, and examines how these issues played out in the context of the time.

The characters in the show are complex and multifaceted, with nuanced backstories and motivations that are slowly revealed throughout the series. Duchovny's portrayal of Hodiak is particularly notable, as he portrays the character's toughness and no-nonsense attitude while also showing his vulnerability and compassion. Manson, played by Gethin Anthony, is also a standout character, with his magnetic personality and chilling charisma.

Overall, Aquarius is a compelling crime drama that offers a unique perspective on one of the most fascinating and tumultuous periods in American history. The show is impeccably crafted, with excellent writing, acting, and direction, and is a must-watch for fans of the crime genre and anyone interested in the social and cultural transformations of the 1960s. Although the show was canceled after two seasons, it stands as a testament to the creative vision of its creators and the talent of its cast and crew.

Aquarius is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (27 episodes). The series first aired on May 28, 2015.

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I Will
14. I Will
September 10, 2016
A recently "retired" Hodiak hunts down the serial killer who has been afflicting him for months, without the protection and authority of his police post. Manson sends Tex, Sadie, Emma and Patty to 10050 Cielo Drive, where they are caught up in one of the most infamous infractions in the country's history.
Mother Nature's Son
13. Mother Nature's Son
September 10, 2016
Hodiak chooses to take matters into his own hands and goes to the home of the mysterious serial killer who has been sending him obscene photos. Meanwhile, Manson sends Bobby, Mary and Sadie to go to extreme measures to get cash from Gary Hinman.
Can You Take Me Back?
12. Can You Take Me Back?
September 3, 2016
Hodiak is in peril with internal affairs, pushing him to the sidelines in the precinct; Terry Melcher shows up and wants to record Charlie Manson's music.
11. Blackbird
September 3, 2016
Ken and Emma make peace; Emma hopes to find Charlie; Hodiak is determined to get to the truth behind Bunchy's killing; Shafe finds an old pal at rehab.
Sexy Sadie
10. Sexy Sadie
August 27, 2016
Sharon Tate pleas to live but Sadie has no mercy. Manson attempts to track down Dennis Wilson. Meanwhile Hodiak locates Emma in a sanatorium, but will need assistance to get her out. While, an unemployed Ken Karn reunites with an old pal.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
9. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
August 4, 2016
When the girlfriend of a cop is murdered, Crews and Reese must play a literal game of good cop bad cop to find the killer.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
8. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
July 28, 2016
Manson searches for a missing Emma and ends up on Hodiak's doorstep. Kristin helps Shafe kick heroin. At the precinct, two elderly ladies raise suspicions. Ken Karn goes to new levels for international diplomacy.
7. Piggies
July 14, 2016
Manson and the Family are caught off-guard twice. As Hodiak tries to investigate a new clue in the case of the photographer killer, a series of roadblocks forces him to take matters into his own hands.
Revolution 9
6. Revolution 9
July 7, 2016
Shafe's addiction troubles heighten. Meanwhile, Hodiak helps an old war buddy track down his blackmailer, Karn gathers evidence against Bobby Kennedy, and Grace discovers she has a love for politics.
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
5. Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
June 30, 2016
Internal affairs puts the pressure on Hodiak, but a tragedy interrupts the investigation. Meanwhile, Dennis Wilson's courtship with Emma stirs up jealousy in Manson. Dennis takes Emma and Manson to meet a record producer who lives at 10050 Cielo Drive- the future home of the Tate family.
Revolution #1
4. Revolution #1
June 23, 2016
On the day of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, Hodiak must investigate a murder in a black neighborhood while trying to prevent an imminent riot. In the midst of the crisis in the black community, Kristin's involvement with the Black Panthers drives a wedge between her and Shafe's marriage. Meanwhile, Charmain brings the drug case to a close and discovers the full cost of undercover work.
Why Don't We Do It In The Road?
3. Why Don't We Do It In The Road?
June 16, 2016
Steven Parent drives his car to the end of Dennis Wilson's driveway and finds something unusual. Tex Watson is introduced to viewers and kills Parent in his car.
Happiness Is a Warm Gun
2. Happiness Is a Warm Gun
June 16, 2016
Sadie and Patty hold Sharon Tate and Jay Sebring at knifepoint. Charlie hatches a plan for Ralph and his crew; Hal wakes to a nightmare; and Hodiak gains an advantage for his son.
Helter Skelter/I'm So Tired
1. Helter Skelter/I'm So Tired
June 16, 2016
The commercial-free second season opens with Manson and Emma at the Tate house in the aftermath of the murders. Emma plants fake evidence and viewers find out she's pregnant.
Where to Watch Aquarius
Aquarius is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Aquarius on demand at Netflix and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    May 28, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (13,387)