The Hot Zone: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
The Hot Zone

Critics Consensus

An anxiety producing dramatization of real world events, The Hot Zone is a sobering reminder of exactly how deadly a disease can be.



Critic Ratings: 28


Audience Score

User Ratings: 34
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Air date: May 27, 2019
Air date: May 27, 2019
Air date: May 28, 2019
Air date: May 28, 2019
Air date: May 29, 2019
Air date: May 29, 2019

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Julianna Margulies
as Dr. Nancy Jaax
Noah Emmerich
as Lt. Col. Jerry Jaax
Liam Cunningham
as Wade Carter
Topher Grace
as Peter Jahrling
James D'Arcy
as Trevor Rhodes
Paul James
as Ben Gellis
Nick Searcy
as Frank Mays
Robert Wisdom
as Col. Vernon Tucker
Robert Sean Leonard
as Walter Humboldt
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Critic Reviews for The Hot Zone Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (11)

Even if "The Hot Zone" can't connect with characters as well as it educates the audience, this limited series is a scary, absorbing thriller you won't easily forget.

May 31, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Although the series is riveting, highly bingeable and stars the fantastic Julianna Margulies and Liam Cunningham, it's got the same US-centric approach as the book.

Jul 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Hot Zone is still worth four and a half hours of your time as a primer on the Ebola virus.

Jul 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Harrowing drama about first U.S. Ebola outbreak is violent.

Jun 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The science, while fascinating, is occasionally reduced to cheap scares.

Jun 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[The Hot Zone] opts instead for the tense grammar of a viral horror, with appalling events unfolding in a satisfyingly predictable fashion.

Sep 11, 2019 | Full Review…

With apologies to King Kong, monkey business has never been scarier than in The Hot Zone.

May 31, 2019 | Full Review…

The show doesn't get exceptionally gory, but the suggestion of certain horrors is enough.

May 31, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Margulies brings admirable steel to her lead role, although attempts to draw out her character's domestic life at length don't always land.

May 31, 2019 | Full Review…

The Hot Zone fails to generate any meaningful gravity or more than scattered substance, but it nails a mood of mounting paranoia and the visceral impact of a solid, jump-in-the-dark horror movie.

May 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hot Zone: Season 1

  • Jul 10, 2019
    More shows like this please. Strong overall narrative and exposure to the silent pathogen that lurks in the darkness. Might lack in the quality but it is a hard hitting drama with solid actors.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2019
    well-done film which may serve as a wake-up call
  • Jul 08, 2019
    Great performances, well casted. Not too heavy handed direction. Kind of wish we would have seen more of an outbreak, plot stayed extremely realistic.
  • Jul 02, 2019
    Really enjoyed The Hot Zone. Good cast.
  • Jul 01, 2019
    I like it. Sure it ain't perfect, but definitely entertaining.
  • Jun 23, 2019
    I was expecting 16 episodes of people dying blood and stuff that I don't see on TV much!! I kind of had my hopes up too high. First couple episodes were great last few were not so good. :(
  • Jun 14, 2019
    I really liked it!! It came across as a powerful warning to us all!!!
  • Jun 08, 2019
    First 3 episodes were great. Last 3 were dull and plodding. Would have been great with a little editing.
  • Jun 08, 2019
    While the show was well done and well written it falls well short of the tension of it's source material. I have read the Hot Zone 5 times and every time it leaves a massive pit in my stomach. Covering numerous outbreaks that span a period of 30+ years it leaves nothing to the imagination. It builds the tension until it finally lands on American shores. However, when the book starts it shows you how devastating Ebola Zaire really is, it proves to the reader that it is indeed a monster. The tv show doesn't show this, it represented by boils on the skin and some bleeding. Granted, its NatGeo we're talking about, but the devastation was poorly represented. It shows it more as a menace and nuisance, not the monster it truly is. It simply doesn't build the tension it deserves. If Ebola Zaire truly landed in a well populated area it would devastate the population, and the show fails to grab that urgency. As in most cases, the book is way better. And if you want more tension and WTF moments, read Demons in the Freezer by the same author. You'll have a whole new respect for germs.
  • Jun 08, 2019
    Tries to be tense, tries to be frightening, but totally fails at both. Never gets close to the sense of drama and dread that Chernobyl manages to nail perfectly.

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