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The Hot Zone 

TV-14 | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | TV Series (2019– )
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The frightening spread of the EVD (Ebolavirus).
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Series cast summary:
Julianna Margulies ...  Dr. Nancy Jaax 6 episodes, 2019
Noah Emmerich ...  Lt. Col. Jerry Jaax 6 episodes, 2019
Topher Grace ...  Dr. Peter Jahrling 6 episodes, 2019
Liam Cunningham ...  Wade Carter 6 episodes, 2019
Paul James ...  Ben Gellis 6 episodes, 2019
Lenny Platt ...  Capt. Kyle Orman 6 episodes, 2019
James D'Arcy ...  Travis Rhodes 5 episodes, 2019
Robert Wisdom ...  Col. Vernon Tucker 5 episodes, 2019
Nick Searcy ...  Frank Mays 5 episodes, 2019
Mark Kelly ...  Bruce Domanski 5 episodes, 2019
Aiden Glenn ...  Jason Jaax 5 episodes, 2019
Robert Sean Leonard ...  Walter Humboldt 4 episodes, 2019
Grace Gummer ...  Melinda Danport 4 episodes, 2019
Anna Pniowsky ...  Jaime Jaax 4 episodes, 2019
Jonathan Shatzky ...  Gordy Vance 4 episodes, 2019
Bobby Moreno ...  Ash 3 episodes, 2019
Rosemary Dunsmore ...  Nancy's Aunt 3 episodes, 2019
Chuck Shamata ...  Nancy's Father 3 episodes, 2019
Lisa Truong ...  Sarah 3 episodes, 2019
Libby Osler ...  Reese 3 episodes, 2019
Mike Taylor ...  Wichita 3 episodes, 2019
Milton Barnes ...  Sergeant Ericson 3 episodes, 2019
Sochi Fried ...  Janice 3 episodes, 2019
Lauren Collins ...  Rebecca 2 episodes, 2019
Rob Stewart ...  General Dwyer 2 episodes, 2019
Clark Backo ...  Liz / ... 2 episodes, 2019
Jair Sprott ...  Ben's Young Son #1 2 episodes, 2019
Tessa Danielle Tessa Danielle ...  Sister Monica 2 episodes, 2019
Jalon Gregory Jalon Gregory ...  Ben's Young Son #2 2 episodes, 2019
Hallea Jones ...  Anita 2 episodes, 2019
Tammy Isbell ...  Doris Domanski 2 episodes, 2019
Sylvaine Strike ...  Sister Elise 2 episodes, 2019
Safriel Ndzingani Safriel Ndzingani ...  Kitoko's Healthy Son 2 episodes, 2019
Joe Vaz ...  Yambuku Chopper Pilot 2 episodes, 2019
Jacques Pierre Jacques Pierre ...  Faith Healer Bosa 2 episodes, 2019
Calwyn Shurgold ...  Medic 2 episodes, 2019
Toby Bisson Toby Bisson ...  Chad 2 episodes, 2019
Callum Shoniker ...  Domanski's Son 2 episodes, 2019
Camilla Waldman Camilla Waldman ...  Yambuku Nurse 2 episodes, 2019
Lili Connor ...  Gordy's Wife 2 episodes, 2019

"The Hot Zone" Will Put You in Full Paranoia Mode

The terrifying story of the first outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. comes to National Geographic with a cast that includes Julianna Margulies and Topher Grace.

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In 1989, the Ebola virus appears in chimpanzees in a research lab in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and there is no known cure; a U.S. Army scientist puts her life on the line to head off an outbreak before it spreads to the human population.

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In 1989, Ebola Landed on U.S. Soil. They Risked Everything to Contain It.


Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


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USAMRIID is short for United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases located in Fort Detrick Maryland. See more »


Nearly every security protocol explained in the series as vital for handling the kind of virus that they worked with goes out of the window at the first possible occasion. This goes especially and most visibly for the main roles. See more »

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Fact-checked takes down a peg
28 May 2019 | by MiketheWhistleSee all my reviews

First the show is neither great nor bad, it's just another inspired by from a book story with some really good actors and some good new faces. The story though should scare everyone because it is when not if we will see Ebola outside of Africa again. The dramatization to push that point home is where the show differs from the book, facts, and the actual true story based on several articles I have read.

I've not read the book, but I have read articles checking on the story accuracy and it probably deserves a C at best for how faithful it is and an A for making sure to repeat the words that it is inspired by a true story. Some of the errors are general that things are/were simply not the way it is told, and some of the errors challenge the words inspired by because the story is changed from the actual events in fairly dramatic ways.

Having said all that, it's better than many other stories (like the Spanish Princess for example), and the acting is considerably better. Take the review with a grain of salt as 5 people rated this at 4.3 before it even aired, and as you can see for another review someone watched 5 minutes and made a decision.

If nothing else, it should scare the absolute socks off everyone because where the story deviates from fact, it shows us what it could be like old Europe with the number of dead we could have had.

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Release Date:

27 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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