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.

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User Ratings: 195

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 19, 2016

A mysterious fatal virus breaks out and leads to part of Atlanta being quarantined in the series premiere of this drama.

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Air date: Apr 26, 2016

Lex seeks Jake's help in tracking down a missing woman who had contact with an infected patient. Meanwhile, Teresa learns about her friends' possible exposure; Katie watches over her students; and Jana discovers that Suzy is also stuck inside the cordon.

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Air date: May 3, 2016

Leo releases more videos of chaos inside the cordon, putting himself in danger. Meanwhile, Lex's request for reinforcements is denied; Katie has a tense encounter with the parent of a student; and Teresa is distressed by a robbery at her mother's store.

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Air date: May 10, 2016

Lex must deliver false hope to the public, and his annoyance with this task mounts. Meanwhile, Jana grows suspicious and tries to contact Lex; a concerned Leo reaches out to an unexpected ally; and a grocery-store outing goes badly for Teresa and her mom.

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Air date: May 17, 2016

Plans for a food drop in the cordon lead to a disagreement between Lex and Dr. Lommers. Meanwhile, Jake struggles to control a group of troublemakers; and Katie questions the timeline of events prior to the outbreak.

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Air date: May 24, 2016

Thomas goes missing, and Katie and Jake search for him after discovering his family has perished. Meanwhile, Teresa and Xander plot an escape from the grocery mart; and a determined Lex seeks to unearth the truth about a possible government cover-up.

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Air date: May 31, 2016

Lex clashes with a captain in the National Guard as the military take control of the cordon. Meanwhile, Xander and Leanne quarrel over what's best for Teresa and the baby; and Jana takes a stand against some violent addicts before making a plea to Lex.

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Air date: Jun 14, 2016

A breakthrough is reached by Dr. Cannerts as he works on finding a cure. Meanwhile, Katie and Jake learn the truth about patient zero; Jana and Suzy plan an escape via the tunnels; and a dangerous plot to secure a possible antidote goes off course.

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Air date: Jun 21, 2016

Protesters try to break free from the cordon, and Lex and Dr. Lommers can't help defuse the situation because they're severed from the chain of command. Meanwhile, Jake and Katie go on a date; and Leo gets closer to uncovering who caused the outbreak.

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Air date: Jun 28, 2016

Teresa goes into labor, so Bitscan is transformed into a temporary delivery room. Meanwhile, Lex worries about Dr. Lommer's altered behavior; Leo keeps untangling the conspiracy behind the outbreak; and Jake comes across some curious info.

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Part of Atlanta is quarantined when a mysterious fatal virus breaks out, and the race to find a cure coincides with the unearthing of a possible conspiracy.

Critic Reviews for Containment Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (9)

This is a disaster movie writ large for TV and the simple fact is, it works despite some none-too-subtle turns. You can't help being enthralled by a story you wouldn't want to be a part of.

Apr 19, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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You have to love a show where the best jump-scares are sneezes. Also Containment is absolutely disgusting. Credit where credit's due!

Aug 29, 2017 | Full Review…

It's no surprise that in our golden entertainment age of Angry Birds: The Movie and Ouija Board: The Movie somebody finally decided to just make Cough, Cough - You're Dead: The Limited Event Series.

Apr 19, 2016 | Full Review…

It's the sort of colorblind casting and writing of female characters as leaders that more shows should follow. Sadly, that revolution is wasted here on a show that is as staid and formulaic as anything else on the tube.

Apr 19, 2016 | Full Review…
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Undemanding viewers (not a judgment) may find Containment diverting.

Apr 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Containment plods along hitting every expected beat, marching along on a straight line while it desperately needs to take a sudden turn.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite its flaws-and the buckets of fluids used-I found 'Containment' to be the TV equivalent of a car wreck. It's frightening, but you can't look away.

Apr 25, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Creepy, gross, and entirely too plausible for comfort, this drama presents a picture of just how easily a major city could be brought to its knees.

Apr 21, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Sigh. We've seen it all before, and we've seen it much better, making us already immune to this weak strain.

Apr 20, 2016 | Full Review…

So far Containment hasn't overplayed its cards and remains grounded in telling a coherent and a fairly compelling story.

Apr 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Containment has a reasonably suspenseful pilot as directed by David Nutter. But as the series proceeds, it just becomes more repetitive and tedious.

Apr 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Serviceably if not excitingly adapted.

Apr 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Containment: Season 1

  • 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
  • Mar 18, 2020
    horrible a waste of time . acting is great but the directing is god awful. the ending is even worse the director did so bad the whole show was held up by god acting terrible scrips

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