Containment: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
Containment

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Uninspired performances and pedestrian writing make Containment just another in the long line of disaster movie scenarios we've seen played out countless times before.

50%

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Critic Ratings: 20

79%

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User Ratings: 203

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Air date: Apr 19, 2016

An urban quarantine is enforced in Atlanta after a deadly outbreak of a mysterious disease; Lex learns that a woman who had contact with an infected patient is gone; Jake's resentment grows.

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Air date: Apr 19, 2016

An urban quarantine is enforced in Atlanta after a deadly outbreak of a mysterious disease; Lex Carnahan, a policeman, has to keep peace on the streets while doctors race to find a way to stem the epidemic.

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Air date: Apr 26, 2016

Lex learns that a woman who had close contact with an infected patient is missing; Jake's resentment toward Lex causes him to spiral; Katie keeps a watchful eye on her students; Teresa learns her friends may have been exposed to the virus.

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Air date: May 3, 2016

Controversial videos depicting chaos inside the cordon prompt Lex to request reinforcements; Katie faces the desperate parents of a student; Teresa is shaken by a robbery at her mother's store.

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Air date: May 10, 2016

As things grow more dire inside the cordon, Lex is increasingly frustrated by the false hope he's forced to convey to the public; Jana suspects the situation is more serious than the government is letting on.

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Air date: May 17, 2016

Lex and Dr. Lommers butt heads over how to pull off a food drop within the cordon; a group of thugs rattles Jake as he tries to control a desperate crowd; noticing the timeline leading up to the outbreak doesn't make sense, Katie looks for answers.

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Air date: May 24, 2016

As life outside the Cordon returns to normal, Lex moves forward with an attempt to reveal the truth about a possible government cover-up; Katie and Jake search for a missing person; Xander and Teresa plan their escape.

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Air date: May 31, 2016

Lex clashes with Capt. Scott; the data recovery center comes under attack; a desperate plea from Jana leaves Lex's world in chaos.

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Air date: Jun 14, 2016

A major breakthrough brings Dr. Cannerts closer to finding a cure for the virus; Katie and Jake discover the truth behind Patient Zero; Jana and Suzy plan to escape the cordon through an underground tunnel system.

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Air date: Jun 21, 2016

As tensions flare, protesters take to the streets in an attempt to break out of the cordon, while Lex and Dr. Lommers are helplessly trapped in isolation; Jake and Katie discover that several of the students have gone missing.

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Audience Reviews for Containment: Season 1

  • Jan 06, 2021
    this is a good show well written and acted I think its a good show for what is going on in the world(pandemic) I wish there was a continuation of this story I watched it back in 2016 but known rewatching it puts the the emotional context of what we are suffering to day
  • Aug 03, 2020
    I think the characters came out of a computer generator and the story was unpleasant.
  • Jun 03, 2020
    An absolute must-see! A thrilling plot will keep you engaged, but well-built and endearing characters with even more endearing – and sometimes sticky –relationships will make you never want it to end. That's why when characters go, it feels like a stab in the chest. To top it all off, the show raises important questions about human handling of disease with finesse.
  • Jun 01, 2020
    So THATS where Julie Plec got her actors from for Vampire Diaries and The Originals. Lol Good, easy to binge show. Yes, touching the face masks with gloves on or touching their own faces with gloves - those scenes and few others were cringeworthy to see but imagine if Netflix picks up a season 2? There's definitely more story to be told and now that CW is rumored? or already ended their contract with Netflix ... it would make sense! Plus the writers can get it right this time with PPE and such. Loved the multiracial cast and storyline kept me interested. You couldn't stop watching. Again, Netflix if you're reading this, pick up season 2! Spoiler Alert ........... Maybe so and so will have a twin?! Lol
  • Apr 27, 2020
    One of the best TV shows i've ever watched, the ending however, was realistic and not what I'd hope for, was for Jake Riley and Katie Frank to end up together. The show was even more surreal while we are in the Sars-Cov-2 virus in 2020.
  • Apr 12, 2020
    I loved this show! It definitely felt like a soap opera sometimes, but I still ugly cried at the end. There's more story to tell... Bring it back for a season two at least!!
  • Apr 10, 2020
    Some interesting storylines. Diverse cast except only one Black woman in the whole thing. One of those shows where they almost got it right. Some trite dialog and some predictable scenes and some seriously stereotypical characters (black gangbangers white motorcycle ruffians, ambitious ruthless career woman). Jake, our hero, does a lot of crying but no one else really gets to have those reflective emotional moments (not the young black kid who loses his parents, or the woman whose married lover deserts her, etc.) One thing that is supremely annoying is that everyone is wearing masks, but they always take them off when they encounter someone and want to have a real conversation. Still it's entertainment.
  • Mar 29, 2020
    Great show if you like viruses/the people's' natural response to quarantine. Too bad there is only 1 season, would have loved to see 3 or 4 more seasons follow this one up.
  • Mar 25, 2020
    2.5 episodes of over the top bloody spit splashing & fatal sneezes wore me out. I didn't think it was necessary to keep showing these kind of scenes to tell this "lethal human virus" story. Soooo Gross. I usually love gross Zombie apocalypse, End of the world plagues, Deadly Viruses, and all of that good infectious stuff filmmaking - but NO, not in Containment...... (hold up! initially I gave this series one star) __________________________ .......BRAKES ON!! I put the brakes on right here!!! I actually wrote a long - bad review and left one star - but I deleted it. I'm back to give credit where credit is due. I removed most of what I wrote and have returned to give this series a 3.5 stars for being a pretty good show. My initial bias toward most of the overly gorgeous woody, melodramatic actors caused me to feel that this series was a waste of my time. But I'm in quarantine (due to COVID-19) instructions for my city - and I decided to go ahead and give episode 3 a shot by completing it. What did I have to lose? So many hours have been giving back to me through this pandemic I chose to keep watching. I'm glad I did because the characters started to grow on me. Things started to come together in the plot and character development. Similar to FWD & Power, this show started off bad but slowly began to come together - and a strong story began revealing itself. Don't get me wrong, it's not without its plot holes and ridiculous Hollywood race politics tossed into the character lines - but if you can forgive these senseless intrusions - an emotional and adrenalin filled ride will ensue. The lead actor, a major (cop) named Lex does a good job of playing this highly moral, love struck protector of his city. He's clearly up against the red tape of "the man" - ie, big pharma, big science, Government, and the Head of this or that - and so on. I can tell he's not American and working hard to keep his true accent from seeping through on screen. Forgiven. Katie, her son and the cop who's stuck at the hospital with the only doctor who can probably find a cure for this virus really gives us a show. There's an older couple (I don't want to spoil it for you) in this storyline who add a heart-wrenching narrative about love, commitment, and what we'll do to uphold those things during a crisis. Keep the kleenex close by. Now, aside from some of the over the top acting and strange circumstances going on in this series, if you can just pretend these things could really happen, you'll have some fun. You may even begin liking the characters, rooting for them, and yelling at the screen for them to stop making ridiculous choices. The chemistry is slow to manifest between these actors but eventually they DO get it right. Do I recommend watching this series? Yes, I do. Just don't try to compare it to our most popular deadly virus/Zombie apocalyptic series like TWD, FTWD, or Rain, The Strain, and any others you can think of. Go in with a clean slate. There is a place for this show. The actors are pretty good once you get to know them. And even though a significant portion of the script makes little sense, for example, "the loads of people rummaging, pillaging, looting, panicking, fighting, robbing stealing, and living in the streets near the main hospital during ALL 13 episodes - when they could easily be at home (like the senior couple I mentioned earlier) since this quarantine has been controlled by separating this one town from the rest of Atlanta." Honestly, that part made no sense. It's clearly done for effect. Similar to the main cast, realistically, should something like this happen, people would only come out for food. They would seek shelter to keep themselves safe by limiting exposure to this virus that kills its hosts in 48 short hours once contracted. But not in Containment! The series is very overplayed and theatrical so you'll be confronted with a lot of " huh?" moments. There's also this simple minded gang who manages to get away with robbing the police and national guard of thousands of boxes of food rations. They basically jacked the officials for everything and took control of food sent to help the public. These vagabonds basically snatched the town's limited resources with zero pushback from law enforcement or the starving community. Unrealistic! There are only about 6 or 7 gang members so this makes zero sense in real life. Still, there's enough happening to keep you locked into this series. There's non-stop action and cliff hangers all the way through so like I said, if you can make out of episode 3, you should be good to go.
  • Mar 22, 2020
    Really Good😊 definitely recommend watched it in 2 days lol

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