A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Officials act quickly and decisively to help the people in their charge. Even if they make mistakes, they can be trusted. Cast boasts extensive racial and ethnic diversity. Women are in positions of power and given agency. Themes include compassion, courage, self-control, and teamwork.
Positive Role Models
Carnahan is steadfast and brave; he puts the needs of others above his own. Teacher Katie Frank keeps her students, including her son, as safe as she can. Police officer Jake is courageous but makes mistakes. Other characters are various degrees of fallible.
Violence & Scariness
Characters die or are killed, are shot, stabbed, cough blood from a virus. Parents and children are in danger; people are warned not to touch each other for fear of spreading disease. A hideously contagious and fatal disease turns patients into near zombies who lurch around scarily before they die. Lab rats are kept in cages. Police officers brandish guns and violently restrain civilians. Virus sufferers are kept in isolation. Dead bodies are shown. Blood, gore. Scary imagery of barbed-wire fences that imprison those in danger. Medical imagery including needles and blood on medical gear.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild flirtations between characters.
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Occasional mild cursing ("dammit," "hell") as well as vulgar expressions: "Screw you."
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Products & Purchases
Infrequent mention of real celebrities: the Kardashians.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Containment is a tense drama about a city put under quarantine after a viral outbreak. Violence is frequent and, though not extremely gory, may be disturbing to young children or sensitive viewers; it includes extensive medical imagery, including shots of needles, dead bodies on gurneys, white-coated doctors and uniformed officers in a panic, and blood on medical equipment and hospital walls. Characters die on-screen, coughing blood from the virus or shot by terrified officials. Parents and children are in danger; an 11-year-old virus sufferer is kept in isolation. Occasional mild cursing ("dammit," "hell") and vulgar expressions.
Is It Any Good?
Creepy, gross, and entirely too plausible for comfort, this drama presents a picture of just how easily a major city could be brought to its knees. The virus that officials are trying to contain in Containment is a type of avian flu; no matter the details, it kills quickly in an Ebola-like fashion. Stranding most of our characters inside a barbed-wire-topped fence is an extra-tense touch. Do the federal agencies guarding the cordon expect everyone inside to die in short order? Why would the disease stop at a chain-link fence? Peppered with intriguing characters who are refreshingly portrayed mainly by people of color, Containment is a bit of briskly paced, smartly written, and addictive, if nightmare-inducing, television.
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