Created by Sam Esmail, Mr. Robot is an American drama and psychological thriller. The show stars Rami Malek as the lead character, Elliot Alderson. It was released on multiple online and video on demand services in 2015. The first season of the show premiered on June 24, 2015, and even before the launch, the show had received a nod for the second season. The first season consisted of 10 episodes.
The show is produced by Igor Srubshchik, along with the executive producers, Steve Golin, Sam Esmail and Chad Hamilton. It is distributed by NBC Universal Television Distribution. From the very beginning, the show has constantly received excellent critical acclaim and has been nominated for a number of awards.
The series revolves around the life of a young man, Elliot Anderson, who works, at the cyber-security company, Allsafe, as a security engineer. It appears that Elliot’s thought processes are significantly influenced by delusions and paranoia, as he is suffering from Clinical Depression and Social Anxiety Disorder. The only way in which the character is able to connect with people is by hacking their devices or online accounts, which is the main reason for him being a cyber-vigilante. One day, he is recruited by a mysterious insurrectionary anarchist known by the name of Mr. Robot. After that, he joins “fsociety”, which is a team of hacktivists, with a mission to take down one of the largest corporations in the world, E Corp, by cancelling all their debts. The show became all the more interesting with the revelation that E Corp is one of the biggest clients of Allsafe.
The main protagonist of the show, Elliot Alderson, is portrayed by the actor Rami Malek. He is vigilant hacker and also a security engineer at Allsafe Cybersecurity. He lives an isolated life, away from people, due to his social anxiety disorder. He considers hacking as the only plausible way for him to interact with people. The character of Mr. Robot is played by the actor Christian Slater, who is an anarchist. He recruits Elliot into society and gives him the alias Edward Alderson. His fellow mate at fsociety, Darlene, is played by the American actor, Carly Chaikin. Alderson’s colleague at Allsafe, Angela Moss is portrayed by Portia Doubleday.
Furthermore, there are many recurring characters such as Gideon Goddard (Michel Gill), Krista Gordon (Gloria Reuben), Terry Colby (Bruce Altman), Shayla Nico (Frankie Shaw), Romero (Ron Cephas Jones), Ollie Parker (Ben Rappaport), Mobley (Azhar Khan) and many more.
Mr. Robot has been praised by the critics and audiences alike. It got a rating of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes with a score 8.2/10. It made appearances in many critics’ list as one of the best TV shows of 2015. Three critics even called it the Best TV Show of the year.
In the year 2015, the show won Gotham Independent Film Award, American Film Institute Award, and 2015 SXSW Film Audience Award. Further, it has been nominated for many awards for the year 2016 including Satellite Award, People’s choice Award, and Writers guild Award, whose decisions on winners is still pending.