Zoo: Season 1 (2015)

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Zoo

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Taking itself too seriously, Zoo fails to deliver suspense or scares, despite James Wolk's game performance.

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Critic Ratings: 29

58%

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User Ratings: 272

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Air date: Jun 30, 2015

Jackson Oz, an American expat who's working as a safari guide in Africa, has reason to fear his late father's controversial theory that animals pose a threat to the human race is becoming a reality in the premiere of this drama based on a James Patterson novel.

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Air date: Jul 7, 2015

Jackson rescues his best friend Abraham from a lion attack in Botswana. Details of the event reveal that the wild cats are no longer afraid of humans and might possibly be killing for sport. Elsewhere, Jamie and Mitch make an interesting discovery while running tests on a cub at the Los Angeles Zoo; and Chloe struggles to focus on her work as a government intelligence analyst after returning to Paris.

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Air date: Jul 14, 2015

Jackson flies to Japan with Abraham to recover the rest of his father's research involving animals; Jamie convinces Mitch to join her when she shows a Louisiana senator their findings on the abnormal behavior of the zoo lions; a shadowy intelligence agent recruits Chloe in Paris; and a death-row inmate escapes from a Mississippi prison during a vicious wolf invasion.

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Air date: Jul 21, 2015

Jackson, Abraham, Mitch, Jamie and Chloe are tasked by a top intelligence agent to find what's causing the strange animal behavior around the world. To get started, they travel to Mississippi to look into the wolf attack on the prison. While there, they meet an FBI agent who may know more than he's saying.

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Air date: Jul 28, 2015

Jackson, Jamie and Agent Shaffer search for a chemist in Alabama who has evidence of Reiden Global's role in the growing animal problem. Meanwhile, Chloe, Mitch and Abraham come up against a ruthless drug lord after they fly to Rio de Janeiro in an attempt to delay the local government's plan for a massive bat extermination.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2015

Abraham comes to the rescue of Mitch and Chloe after they are kidnapped by a local drug lord while searching for a solution to the bat problem in Rio de Janiero. Meanwhile, Jamie, Jackson and Agent Shaffer team up to track down escaped death-row inmate Evan Lee Hartley, who has stolen evidence against Reiden Global.

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Air date: Aug 11, 2015

The team travel to Paris to look for a group of bears that were being studied for migration habits when their trackers mysteriously went offline. There, Chloe reunites with her ex-fiancé, a civil engineer who is helping city officials with the search. Meanwhile, a daring plan is devised to hack into the Reiden-Global mainframe; and Mitch makes a shocking discovery about the next evolutionary step of the animals.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2015

The team discover a terrifying rat infestation when a cargo ship carrying the bloodthirsty rodents washes up off the coast of Massachusetts. Meanwhile, Mitch secretly prepares to make a dangerous trade with Reiden-Global to save his terminally ill daughter's life.

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Air date: Aug 25, 2015

Jamie contacts a fellow journalist in an attempt to expose the truth about Reiden's involvement in the global animal problem. Meanwhile, Mitch escapes with both the Mother Cell and his daughter's medication after learning who Delavenne is working for, but he's stopped in his tracks by a terrifying army of birds.

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Air date: Sep 1, 2015

The team are on the run as fugitives when they fly to Zambia to gather leopard DNA in order to manufacture a cure for the abnormal behavior that's affecting animals worldwide. When it's time to leave, they need to reach out to an animal rights activist in order to get safe passage out of the country; and Chloe ends up making the ultimate sacrifice to avoid further bloodshed.

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A young rebel zoologist named Jackson Oz (James Wolk) begins to notice significant changes in animal behavior during his days running safaris in Africa. When a surge of violent animal attacks erupts across the globe in Season 1, Oz begins to connect them to the controversial theories of his late father. As the attacks increase and get more ferocious, they begin to seem less random and more calculating. Oz and his best friend Abraham (Nonso Anozie) team up with a news reporter, veterinarian and French investigator to find the reason behind the epidemic. Based on the best-selling novel by James Patterson, "Zoo" also stars Kristen Connolly, Billy Burke and Nora Arnezeder.

Critic Reviews for Zoo Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (16)

Wolk plays Jackson with such an easy air that the audience roots for him despite the thin characterization.

Jul 2, 2015 | Full Review…

It's neat that CBS is supporting shows like these; at least, during the summer.

Jul 2, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

To be blunt, I just didn't care. It's dull, plot-driven writing that sinks Zoo for me.

Jun 30, 2015 | Full Review…

James Wolk, best known for playing metrosexuals, shows he can play scruffily handsome. He and Kristen Connolly make us hope they won't get eaten too soon.

Jun 30, 2015 | Full Review…

Zoo has 13 hours, and many more animals, to make some sense of its zany story, but the leaden dialogue is almost certainly to make that seem much, much longer.

Jun 30, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

All that's missing here is a tornado -- preferably one that passes over a zoo, vacuums up the caged residents, then deposits them on the humans below.

Jun 29, 2015 | Full Review…

Despite the promise of thrilling animal action, CBS's Zoo feels more like a roadside tourist trap than a full-fledged wildlife attraction.

Jul 2, 2015 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Zoo is an entertaining wild-animals-scare-the-dung-out-of-humans adventure series that's made for pure summer escapism.

Jun 30, 2015 | Full Review…

If you can overlook the preposterous science behind the plot, the implications of such an event do make for some decent drama.

Jun 30, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Zoo, based on the best-selling 2012 novel by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, is locked up in cliches, tedium and barely believable bipeds.

Jun 30, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Viewers may cheer on the animals once they see the silliness humans have wrought by making the inane Zoo.

Jun 30, 2015 | Full Review…

Zoo is the kind of empty programming networks put on in the summer hoping to attract viewers who have nothing else to watch.

Jun 30, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Zoo: Season 1

  • Mar 02, 2021
    It's so bad it's actually gripping. The script, acting and every borrowed animal horror trope is beyond laughable. But you know you're having fun when you're cheering for the annoying ex-wife of the lead scientist guy and their equally annoying kid to get pecked to death by the crazy crows.
  • Feb 23, 2021
    This show introduced an interesting concept in an alternate reality where animals rise up against humans. The assumption is made that this is possible and it's not necessary to bother about the scientific details. I liked the genre, the setup, the overall story arc, I even liked the characters. The writers included sexist and racist references occasionally, but this was the only flaw I could notice during the first half of the season. Unfortunately, storytelling methods are sub-par. Foreshadowing isn't utilized to integrate subverted plot twists into the main story. This lets them appear manufactured. Overall, it wasn't too bad until episode 13, though. Character and story arcs were built up towards something interesting, towards something I craved to see more. I began to feel attached to the protagonists as we've been shown more and more of their identities. Until episode 13 where they cut off everything without completing it. The last episode completely ruins the whole season, which is full of plot armor, which sacrifices everything I saw in what they've built up. Lost potential for nothing. In the end, it's no alternative reality anymore. It's Jurassic Park fantasy. You can shift genres in a TV show. Westworld does this in a convincing way. This one rushes through it in a single episode. We never get to see who the characters really are and what defines their relationships. We don't get to see what defines this completely new reality that they draw almost in an anarchical way. Why should we feel with any of the protagonists now? Why would we continue to watch? If we want to see huge hordes of exotic animals in a town, we can watch Jurassic Park.
  • Dec 29, 2020
    It is so entertaining keeps you wanting to know more and more! I was hoping for a season 4 but just found out it has been canceled in 2017 now I won't know what happen... it's just going to stay a mystery!! I wish they could just finish!! I wanna see what happens!! Who do I ask!!!
  • Dec 22, 2020
    This show was absolutey amazing! One of the best most bingeable tv shows you wil ever see!! Did not deserve to end!!!!!
  • Jul 26, 2020
    With a strong cast and great characters you can go all in on the crazy premise.
  • May 06, 2020
    The first episodes were good enough to keep me watching, but it started to feel that all the script was rushed. Everything was going too fast and there is no much character development.
  • Feb 09, 2020
    The show is pretty entertaining. I only get annoyed everything time they use the word, Africa, while they are referring to Botswana. "You're French?" "Yes" "And where are you from big papa?" "-Africa". They do this all the time. So old-fashioned. Africa is not a country... But to end on a positive note, they made the Botswanian character Abraham a pretty cool character I think.
  • Nov 18, 2019
    Interesting enough but painful to watch any of the military interaction. Please hire a military adviser, if you did, listen to him. If you did both, fire him/her and hire me.
  • Sep 15, 2019
    Good concept but shabbily executed. Better actors and tighter screenplay with little more production value would have made this one a great watch.
  • Aug 28, 2019
    Good idea and the first few episodes are exiting, then the characters are just doing stupid things and very naive, like "you must evacuate the island because there are rats". Who would send such an alert. The whole script is just drawn out, bad logic and naive nonsense.

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