The Crowded Room on Apple TV+ – cheat sheet

Everything you need to know about the new psychological thriller series, in less than 60 seconds.

What’s this?

A ten-part psychological thriller series set in Manhattan in the summer of 1979. When a young man is arrested for a shocking crime, an unlikely investigator must solve the mystery behind it.

That sounds intense … is it made up or true?

According to Esquire:

The dark thriller is inspired by the 1981 non-fiction novel The Minds Of Billy Milligan by Daniel Keyes, which in turn was inspired by a real-life case of a man accused of multiple violent assaults in America.

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Who created the show?

The series is written by screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, winner of an Academy Award for A Beautiful Mind in 2001.

Who’s in it?

BAFTA winner Tom Holland and Oscar nominee Amanda Seyfried lead the cast.

Is there a trailer?

Imagine there wasn’t – how weird would that be? But there is, of course.

Do the critics like it?

As yet, there are no reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, which is a little suspicious and probably calls for an unlikely investigator to solve the mystery behind it.

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Don’t say

I’ll never look at Tom Holland as my friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man again.

Do say

So that was The Crowded Room – I’m off to bed so I can listen to The Very Very Best of Crowded House.

When and where can I watch it?

The Crowded Room premieres on Apple TV+ on 9 June.

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Paul Dalgarno is author of the novels A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); the memoir And You May Find Yourself (2015); and the creative non-fiction book Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. X: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @dalgarnowrites