Therapy in a pill: Breaking down the science behind the strange, surreal world of Netflix's "Maniac"
But what's undeniable is the fascinating world that the show presents. The story unfolds over 10 episodes, and the plot revolves around an experimental pharmaceutical trial to test whether a course of three pills can replace cognitive-behavioral therapy for people experiencing psychological trauma.The show relies on theoretical and fantastical science; its style is reminiscent of the films "Inception" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," and the television series "Black Mirror."
But "Maniac" does actually incorporate many facets of current psychology. A lot of the technology and science used in the show, like ink-blot tests and brain monitors, exist in real life.
We took a look at seven of the science concepts seen in "Maniac" to see how they stack up to the real research they're based on. Potential spoilers lie ahead, so tread carefully.