IMO, part of the genius of Hannibal as a series on network TV: You didn’t get the bad language. You didn’t get blatant nudity. It wasn’t like the movies. Or what HBO or Showtime would have done with the concept. Everything is so calm, so calculated, so polite. Which ends up making it scarier and weirder.
Reminds me of that point my drama teacher said about old Hollywood movies under the Hayes code:
“They were censored, They couldn’t say the ‘F’ word. You couldn’t even show a man and woman in a bed together. So they resorted to other, sneakier and more intelligent ways to get to the viewer.”
Ultimately, I think Hannibal being on network TV was a good thing.
I don’t think that show would have worked with everyone swearing and cursing all the time. Which would have happened on cable.