Zoo: Season 1 (2015)



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


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Air date: Jun 30, 2015
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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.


James Wolk
as Jackson Oz
Kristen Connolly
as Jamie Campbell
Billy Burke
as Mitch Morgan
Nonso Anozie
as Abraham Kenyatta
Nora Arnezeder
as Chloe Tousignant
Carl Lumbly
as Delavenne
Marcus Hester
as Evan Lee Hartley
Xander Berkeley
as Ronnie "Dogstick" Brannigan
Geoff Stults
as Agent Ben Shaffer
Madison Wolfe
as Clementine Lewis
Steven Culp
as Clayton Burke
Ken Olin
as Professor Robert Oz
Henri Lubatti
as Gaspard Alves
Warren Christie
as Ray Endicott
Benoit Cransac
as Chloe's Colleague
Cory Hart
as Justin Lewis
Nicole Barré
as Lucy Blanchard
Gonzalo Menendez
as Gustavo Silva
Judd Lormand
as Agent Singer
Jayne Atkinson
as Amelia Sage
Yvonne Welch
as Gabriela Machado
Simon Kassianides
as Jean-Michel Lion
Billy Slaughter
as Nicolas Bradshaw
Jay Paulson
as Leo Butler
Scottie Thompson
as Sheriff Rebecca Bowman
Dave Jensen
as Victor Holman
Jade Harlow
as Anissa Woods
Don Yesso
as Deputy Kraft
Natalie Mejer
as Nathalie Tousignant
Martin Bradford
as Cody Gibson
James Moses Black
as Captain Kavimba
Terence Rosemore
as Officer Clapp
Christian Lagadec
as Antoine Belrose
Tony Bentley
as Warden Brian Tyrell
Han Soto
as Executive Assistant
Kerry Cahill
as Wendy Rhodes
Carl Palmer
as Captain
Ben Matheny
as Mayor's Aide
Al Vicente
as Tim the Driver
Valerie Boucvalt
as Tara Bradshaw
Richard Holden
as Senator Dixon Vaughn
Alan Abeyta
as Salesperson
Ana Cristina Franco
as Floriane Martin
Cecile Monteyne
as Woman From Bio-Lab
Hunter Burke
as Security Guard Greg
Mike Kimmel
as Morgue Attendant
James DuMont
as Dr. Humbolt Swinney
Ian Hoch
as Wilson Dupree
Louis Jouve
as Wildlife Services Man
Charlie Talbert
as Jerome Pratt
Harlon Miller
as Stunt Guard #1
Kim Baptiste
as Medical Examiner
Louis Alexander
as Hotel Clerk
Lucy Faust
as Lab Tech
Lisa Hampton
as Veterinarian
Jon Michael Davis
as Senior Military Official
Anthony Sandoval
as Security Guard
Julio Cesar Ruiz
as Room Service Waiter
Kate Adair
as Bird Owner
Brandon Rivers
as Young Abe
Caroline Fourmy
as Wildlife Services Woman
Ariadne Joseph
as Monitoring Agent
Lauren Elise Gros
as Rental Car Clerk
Chelsea Bruland
as Terrified Mother
Brett Baker
as Politician #1
Nathan O'Neil Smith
as French Cab Driver
Cris Matochi
as Police Sergeant
Jeff Grays
as Trooper
Jaqueline Fleming
as Female Advertising Exec
Jannette Sepwa
as Elizabeth's Aide
Rachel Wulff
as Reporter
Robert Larriviere
as Male Advertising Exec
Jaren Mitchell
as Counter Guy
Julitta Pourciau
as Adoption Official
Melanie Hebert
as Local Anchor
Mike Hoss
as Reporter
Jon Eyez
as Driver
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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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…

Audience Reviews for Zoo: Season 1

I could overlook an utter absurdity of this show premise, if show itself would be good. Unfortunately, as it whole idea do not make much sense, in the same manner most of the writing for it lacks any resemblance of coherent critical thinking or talent. It is literally anti-science as it entertaining value relies solely on viewer ignorance about topics that are being taught in middle school. It lacks this sense of wonder that science fiction generally brings forth in people. This drive to know more. As pretty much everything in it is nonsense from scientific perspective and digging into topics being explored, would merely breed disappointment. Even core premise aside, the way whole thing is written cannot even follow simple rules of common sense or critical thinking. I could be ok with animals going crazy, but all main cast seem to consist of complete and utter morons. Seriously, what kind of special idiot one must be to go into savanna, during night(lions have superb night vision), into area that recently had 5 highly intelligent man-eating lions in it, while knowingly not having enough firepower to stop those 5 lions in case of attack ? This whole scene is dozen different kind of stupid and every episode in first season has several of such scenes. This lack of internal consistency and common sense is prime reason for turning this show potentially interesting concept into complete and utter trash. This is what you get when lazy and incompetent idiot either does the writing or decides what is to be written. As best fictional narratives are closely anchored to reality, while this one is more like freely floating shit in the water. Premise is atrocious, acting is good(some better than others, Abraham was great, Jamie was perfect character for this show, utterly idiotic, annoying and boring), directing and filming is good, writing is as atrocious as show premise. No interesting characters and barely any character development. Story, aside of being poorly written, is also fairly dull and unimaginative, void of any excitement. Greatest mystery of this show is how it managed to made to season 3 before it was cancelled.

I love this concept & story and the science elements.. It would be great watch for high school kids bc it's clean (Except violence). Don't know how they'll do this for 3 seasons, but we'll see,

The animals now have brains, and they can apparently hang people upside down on trees? So the lions have grown thumbs all of a sudden or something? Meh, look the acting is OK, I like the characters for the most part. The idea is fresh but they pulled it off pretty poorly the special effects were lacking and the storytelling was flawed. 2 Stars no more, 40% good effort

Zoo is a brilliant idea. having the animals "taking over the world" sounds like a nice scenario. Sadly the acting games are not that great, chloe the French one in particular really plays poorly... Some elements totally don't look right, a lot of frustration mostly due to impossible events...

Uninspired and lazy scripts that make abundant use of cliches. I wonder if other countries in the world were so wrongly represented like Brazil. Hello, USA: We don't speak spanish here in Brazil. No one says Big Papa around here ¬¬

great series annoyed it got cancelled

I freakin loved it, not the type of show you see everyday! The thrill is constant and the show brings you somewhere else! Appreciate the acting and the plot. Only dumb mistake was killing Chloe. But I do think turning humans into some kind of monster was taking the thing a little bit too far.

Ugh, good to keep noise in background

Season 1 of Zoo plays out a lot like an early Michael Crichton sci-fi technothriller. The science is, well a lot of fiction but thats the gist of the premise. What carries the show despite how odd it is for all animals to start attacking is its characters. they're genuinely fun and interesting and every actor shines in making it a believable world. It's cast is also a lot like one you'd find in Jurassic Park or Congo. Stand out for me is Nonzo Anosie as Abe whose an awesome buddy. James Wolk also makes a believable protagonist whom you think - based on introduction - is an old fashioned Steve McQueen good at everything he does hero, but pulls things a different direction revealing he's more so an every man but not a dick, just with a unique background relevant to the story. Its also very much a "road" show, characters always on the move, sometimes even on the run which makes you enjoy the ongoing story. As it progresses the show also brings you more on board and gets interesting. That said it can also get goofy with the "animal attacks" and locations of exotic countries clearly not being said places. But its more enjoyable of a show than most and especially critics give it credit for and is nice to binge, its on Netflix now so enjoy it one night.

Esta primera temporada de zoo fue por completo un desastre, en muchas ocasiones no supieron desarrollar bien la trama y a los mismos personajes, la acción por lo general es buena y es lo que salva un poco a la serie, pero teniendo una idea tan original no pueden arruinarla así, espero y en la segunda temporada mejoren, porque realmente tienen mucho potencial aquí. Si quieres una serie que se sale un tanto de lo típico como dramas policiacos y superhéroes ve esta serie.

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