The Hot Zone: Season 1 (2019)


Critic Consensus: 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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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 (25) | Top Critics (10)

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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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…

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…

For anyone who might have started watching based on my earlier review suggesting it was pretty OK, the final three hours of the six-hour miniseries fall off a cliff so badly that it retroactively makes the entire series much less worth watching.

May 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Where "The Hot Zone" briefly excels, however, is in its attention to prickly paranoia.

May 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Though flawed, "The Hot Zone" is an effective, real-life horror story whose key points are hard to brush aside.

May 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hot Zone: Season 1

I really liked it!! It came across as a powerful warning to us all!!!

First 3 episodes were great. Last 3 were dull and plodding. Would have been great with a little editing.

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.

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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