The Hot Zone

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Season 1 episodes (7)

1 Arrival
Lt. Col. Jaax is a wife and mother of two and has one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Every day, she dons layers of protective gear and enters the Biosafety Level 4 lab at USAMRIID, where she handles the world’s deadliest viruses. In 1989, she arrives at work and tests a sample, which she fears it may be one of the deadliest viruses known.
2 Cell H
Lt. Col. Nancy Jaax takes matters into her own hands when she convinces an employee at the research facility to hand over more samples from the infected monkeys. Meanwhile, at USAMRIID Jaax and Jahrling test the new specimens and face the virus through their microscope. Jaax is determined to figure out the source and brings in Ebola expert Dr. Wade Carter.
3 Charlie Foxtrot
When representatives from varying agencies disagree on how to handle Jaax’s discovery, she realizes there are few protocols in place for containing a deadly virus on U.S. soil. An employee at the monkey research facility falls ill, causing Jaax to fear the virus has spread to the human population. Travis Rhodes, from the Center for Disease Control, arrives with a different way of handling matters.
4 Expendable
Nancy Jaax begins to lead a team from USAMRIID to prepare for the most dangerous mission any of them have ever faced. With full access to the research facility, the life-threatening stakes cause great concern in the Jaax family home. Her husband, Jerry, searches for a way to protect his wife. Meanwhile, Jaax believes her mentor, Dr. Wade Carter, may have a different agenda.
5 Quarantine
Inside the primate research facility, unforeseen dangers arise. Lt. Col. Jaax works tirelessly in Biosafety Level 4 to find out why the virus is behaving differently in human victims than expected. With the daunting task of euthanizing monkeys, unforeseen dangers arise, and even the strongest of the team are pushed to the brink.
6 Hidden
An already volatile situation inside the infected research facility boils to a head. With Nancy Jaax stepping up while those around her fall, exhaustion threatens the precision needed to sterilize the threat. Their efforts to contain panic are threatened when the press arrive and neighbors become aware of the danger next door.
101 Behind the Scenes
THE HOT ZONE, starring Julianna Margulies, is inspired by a true story about the arrival of Ebola – a deadly and highly infectious virus – on U.S. soil in 1989, and the desperate efforts to contain it without alarming the public.  This behind-the-scenes video features interviews with the cast, producers, and director, along with clips of the series.

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The Hot Zone, starring Julianna Margulies as Dr. Nancy Jaax, is inspired by a true story about the origins of Ebola, a highly infectious and deadly virus from the central African rainforest and its arrival on U.S. soil in 1989. When this killer suddenly appeared in monkeys in a scientific research lab in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., there was no known cure
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storylover niwa
December 9, 2021
Dear National Geographic please make a 3 season but about Covid or Hantavirus and then Season 4 about Covid. Please keep making Hot Zone based on the true and scientifically accurate information about deadly disease outbreaks in the USA. Thank You for making enjoyable "edjutainment" that is mostly fact based and realistic.
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Stephen Jacewicz
June 4, 2019
This is a very important show, a good strikeback to people who made Ebola a joke. ITS NOT A JOKE. this thing is serious. This one is definitely gripping, even if the ending episode seems like more should be in it. But they had to base it as best they can ok the true events though so. And the acting seems not so good at times, other times it holds up well. I definitely recommend it! and the documentary that came after the last episode, Going Viral: Beyond The Hot Zone, was phonomanal. Watch that.
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May 27, 2019
haven't seen the show but I'm hoping it's as good as the book by Richard Preston!!
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