The Hot Zone: Season 1 (2019)

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The Hot Zone

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

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Critic Ratings: 29

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User Ratings: 56

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Air date: May 27, 2019

Lt. Col. Nancy Jaax is a wife and mother of two with one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, handling the world's deadliest viruses. In 1989, she tests a sample and fears it may be in the deadliest category of viruses.

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Air date: May 27, 2019

Lt. Col. Jaax convinced an employee from the research facility to give her the samples; Jax and Jahrling test out new specimens and observe the virus; Jaax brings Dr. Wade Carter to help them figure out where the Ebola virus came from.

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Air date: May 28, 2019

Representatives from varying agencies disagree on how to handle Dr. Nancy Jaax's discovery, so she realizes there are few protocols in place for containing a deadly virus on the U.S. soil; and an employee at the monkey research facility falls ill.

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Air date: May 28, 2019

An employee at the monkey research facility falls ill, causing Dr. Nancy Jaax to fear the virus has spread to the human population; Jerry Jaax searches for a way to protect his wife; and Dr. Wade Carter is obsessed with exposing the dangers of Ebola.

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Air date: May 29, 2019

Dr. Nancy Jaax and her team put their life on the line to head off an Ebola outbreak before it spread to the human population.

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Air date: May 29, 2019

Dr. Nancy Jaax and her team put their life on the line to head off an Ebola outbreak before it spread to the human population.

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Critic Reviews for The Hot Zone Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (11)

From a structural standpoint the ticking stopwatch of a fatal disease is, as always, an excellent narrative frame and director Michael Uppendahl knows how to ratchet up the tension.

Nov 26, 2019 | Full Review…

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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It opts... for the tense grammar of a viral horror, with appalling events unfolding in a satisfyingly predictable fashion.

Nov 26, 2019 | 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…

It's visually thrilling and scary enough to make us stop for a moment.

May 24, 2019 | Full Review…

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…

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…

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.
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  • Jul 16, 2020
    The hot zone es una buena serie.
  • 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.

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