Containment (TV series)

Genre Drama
Based on Cordon by Carl Joos
Developed by Julie Plec
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Cyrus Yavneh
Location(s) Atlanta
Cinematography Nelson Cragg
Editor(s) Paul Karasick
Camera setup Single-camera
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network The CW
Original release April 19 (2016-04-19) – July 19, 2016 (2016-07-19)
External links
Production website

Containment is an American limited series,[1][2] based on the Belgian TV series Cordon. The show was officially ordered as a series by The CW on May 7, 2015,[3] and aired from April 19 through July 19, 2016.[1] The series follows an epidemic that breaks out in Atlanta, leaving a section of the city cordoned off under quarantine and those stuck on the inside fighting for their lives. Major themes in the series are love, loss, and duty. On May 12, 2016, The CW announced that Containment would not be renewed and would remain as a limited series.[4]

Cast and characters

Main characters

Recurring characters


Containment shot its pilot episode, in February and March 2015, on location in Atlanta, Georgia. Several locals were cast as extras in various scenes.[6] By that October, the show was in regular production in the Atlanta area.


The series was also broadcast on the Global Television Network in Canada,[7] in the UK on E4 (TV channel)[8] and in Germany on ProSieben.


On Metacritic, the series holds an average score of 48 (out of 100 points) based on 20 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[9] Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes also reported mixed critical responses, averaging a 53% rating. The site's consensus reads: "Uninspired performances and pedestrian writing make Containment just another in the long line of disaster movie scenarios we've seen played out countless times before."[10] However, Audience scores on Rotten Tomatoes have been largely positive, showing a 78% rating.[11]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
1"Pilot"David NutterTeleplay by: Julie PlecApril 19, 2016 (2016-04-19)2968531.67[12]
A Syrian man is found to be infected by a highly contagious virus. He infects multiple people, including his doctor and family, and sets in motion a series of events which lead to Zone 6 of Atlanta's being quarantined via a cordon sanitaire. Government official and doctor Sabine Lommers erects this barrier around Zone 6 to prevent the virus from spreading. She asks police officer Lex Carnahan to stay outside the barrier to maintain calm and become the public face of the virus containment effort in the rest of the city. He eventually accepts, but only in the hopes of learning what is happening inside the quarantine, as his girlfriend Jana and his friend and fellow cop Jake are inside.
2"I to Die, You to Live"[13]Charles BeesonJulie PlecApril 26, 2016 (2016-04-26)3J59521.56[14]
Authorities discover that the younger brother of the Syrian man, now deemed "Patient Zero", had a girlfriend who was likely exposed to the virus. Sabine and Lex must track her down to see if she has been infected. They use citywide security footage to learn that she is at a teen sleepover somewhere inside the cordon. Meanwhile, the pregnant Teresa wishes to visit her grandmother, who has Parkinson's disease. On the way, Teresa's infected friend exposes her to the virus while hugging and kissing her, and Teresa then takes measures to avoid infecting her grandmother. When the authorities confirm the existence of infected people outside the cordon, they position shipping containers to reinforce the barricade, signifying a somewhat more permanent quarantine.
3"Be Angry at the Sun"[15]Charles BeesonMarguerite MacIntyreMay 3, 2016 (2016-05-03)3J59531.42[16]
While Lex attempts to maintain control outside the cordon, he learns that a young woman, who had close contact with an infected patient, is unaccounted for. With limited resources available, Lex is forced to enlist help from Jake, whose growing resentment towards Lex for getting him trapped inside is causing him to spiral. Meanwhile, Katie must face her students' desperate parents, and Teresa is shaken by a robbery at her mother's store. Furthermore, Leo Green, a reporter, shows that there is a way out of the cordon, which leads to chaos and the shutdown of all communication inside the cordon, except for that with Dr. Cannerts.
4"With Silence and Tears"[17]Chris GrismerMichael Jones-MoralesMay 10, 2016 (2016-05-10)3J59541.35[18]
Lex continues his PR job until he realizes that that is not the job he wants to do. Katie needs medication, and Jake helps retrieve it and supplies for Dr. Cannerts. Jana makes a phone that works inside the cordon; while looking for a signal on the roof, she meets Sam, head of building ops and maintenance. She successfully makes the phone, but it stops working after she talks to Lex for a second. Theresa's mother gets robbed again but is saved by a gang that takes over the shop. Xander tries to get into the cordon and, after an unsuccessful attempt, he gets in with Leo's help.
5"Like a Sheep Among Wolves"[19]Janice CookeJeff StetsonMay 17, 2016 (2016-05-17)3J59551.28[20]
A food drop is organized inside the cordon. With limited police officers available to oversee the distribution, part of the food is taken by the gang still in charge of Theresa's mother's shop. Meanwhile, Lex is getting fed up with the authorities, and Katie realizes a mismatch in the timeline of events which leads to her figuring out that the people in charge are lying to the public. In the end, Meese is seen inside the cordon talking over a sat phone to a Chief Besser, saying that he made it inside the cordon.
6"He Stilled the Rising Tumult"[21]Michael AllowitzElizabeth PetersonMay 24, 2016 (2016-05-24)3J59561.40[22]
7"Inferno"[23]David BoydMatt Corman & Chris OrdMay 31, 2016 (2016-05-31)3J59571.06[24]
8"There is a Crack in Everything"[25]Elliott LesterAriella Blejer & Dawn KamocheJune 14, 2016 (2016-06-14)3J59580.95[26]
9"A Kingdom Divided Against Itself"[27]Lance AndersonMichael Jones-MoralesJune 21, 2016 (2016-06-21)3J59590.87[28]
The CDC and the National Guard organize a breach to get a child out of the cordon who may be the key to curing the virus.
10"A Time to Be Born"[29]Carol BankerElizabeth PetersonJune 28, 2016 (2016-06-28)3J59600.86[30]
11"Nothing Gold Can Stay"[31]Chris GrismerJulie Plec & Tom FarrellJuly 5, 2016 (2016-07-05)3J59610.82[32]
Lommers blames the virus on Cannerts, on national television. Katie dies of the virus, with Jake holding her in his arms.
12"Yes Is the Only Living Thing"[33]Charles BeesonMarguerite MacIntyreJuly 12, 2016 (2016-07-12)3J59620.78[34]
13"Path to Paradise"[35]Charles BeesonMatt Corman & Chris OrdJuly 19, 2016 (2016-07-19)3J59630.85[36]
The series ends with news media outlets covering Lommers' scandal and reporting they expect there will be hearings. The two young teenagers get engaged. Lex joins Jana in the cordon. They find another person who has antibodies against the disease. At the show's conclusion, the cordon sanitaire is still in place.


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  15. Be angry at the sun for setting If these things anger you. Watch the wheel slope and turn, They are all bound on the wheel, these people, those warriors. - Robinson Jeffers (1:11)
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  19. I am sending you out like a sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. - Matthew 10:16 (0:56)
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  21. With a smile of Christian charity great Casey's visage shone; He stilled the rising tumult; he bade the game go on; He signaled to the pitcher, and once more the spheroid flew; But Casey still ignored it, and the umpire said, "Strike two." - Ernest Lawrence Thayer (0:59)
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  23. This hound will hunt that creature high and low Until he thrusts her back in the Inferno Whence envy freed her first and let her go. - Dante's Inferno (1:19)
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  25. Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in. - Leonard Cohen (1:04)
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  27. "...How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, That kingdom cannot stand." - Mark 3:23-24 (0:59)
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  29. There is a time for everything, And a season for every activity under the heavens: A time to be born and a time to de. - Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (1:11)
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  31. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. - Robert Frost (0:48)
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  33. (... i imagine that yes is the only living thing) and we'll make yes - E. E. Cummings (1:07)
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  35. "The path to paradise begins in hell." - Dante Alighieri (1:24)
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