17. 'Manhattan': Death in the Desert
The New Mexico desert, 1943: A team of scientists races to invent the atomic bomb before Hitler does. The Manhattan Project's mission: bring an end to World War II and begin a new age of...what exactly? They have no idea, which is what makes Manhattan so unnerving, with its Mad Men-style vintage drama of nuclear physicists and spouses and hookers and spies. The saddest moment comes in the first-season finale, when one of the scientists struggles to explain the future they're building in the desert. "There will never be another war. We're writing the prologue to a new era — the history of peace." For a moment, he even believes it.