Zoo (TV series)

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Series Intertitle
Based on Zoo 
by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Developed by
Theme music composer John Carpenter
Composer(s) Chris Tilton
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Jeff Pinkner
  • Josh Appelbaum
  • André Nemec
  • Scott Rosenberg
  • Michael Katleman
  • James Mangold
  • Cathy Konrad
  • James Patterson
  • Bill Robinson
  • Leopoldo Gout
  • Steve Bowen
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original channel CBS
Original release June 30, 2015 (2015-06-30) – present
External links

Zoo is an American drama television series based on the novel of the same name by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. CBS has ordered a first season of 13 episodes.[1] The series premiered on June 30, 2015.[2]


Violent animal attacks upon humans are occurring all over the world. Jackson Oz, an American zoologist, begins to notice the animals' strange behavior and takes it upon himself to solve the reason why before these attacks become more coordinated and ferocious.

Opening Introduction: (episodes 1–3, narrated by James Wolk):

For centuries, mankind has been the dominant species. We domesticated animals, locked them up, killed them for sport. But what if all across the globe, the animals decided no more? What if they finally decided to fight back?

Opening Introduction: (episodes 4–, narrated by Nonso Anozie):

For centuries, mankind has been the dominant species. We domesticated animals, locked them up, killed them for sport. But what if all across the globe, the animals decided no more? And so we were hired a team of people from different backgrounds, with different specialties: an expert in animal behavior, a journalist, safari guide, foreign intelligence agent, and a veterinary pathologist. Our task: to find out what is happening with the animals, why it's happening, and how to stop it.






No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "First Blood" Brad Anderson Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg June 30, 2015 (2015-06-30) 8.18[9]
In Botswana, the American zoologist Jackson Oz rescues Chloe Tousignant from a lion attack. She seems to be a tourist from Paris but is in reality working as an intelligence analyst at the French defense department. Jackson's late father Robert was collecting evidence for an upcoming rise of the animals against mankind. At the Los Angeles Zoo, a lion keeper is attacked. Journalist Jamie Campbell is convinced this is caused by new food that was contaminated with pesticides from Reiden Global, a biotechnology company, and starts to investigate together with veterinarian pathologist Mitch Morgan. Even ordinary pet cats behave strangely.
2 "Fight or Flight" Michael Katleman Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg July 7, 2015 (2015-07-07) 7.67[10]
Jackson's friend, safari guide Abraham Kenyatta, is attacked and then held captive by a group of lions and is eventually rescued by Jackson, but there are more victims. Startled by this unusual behavior, Jackson's mother tells him to look for his father's rejected research results in Japan. Jamie and Mitch continue their investigation on strange animal behavior around the world and against Reiden. They also find unusual brain activity and hints on hive-like communication in the zoo lions. A man is lead into an ambush by a dog owned by a hotel. Chloe returns to Paris and learns her ex-fiance is cheating on her with her sister. She is later approached by Gaspard Alves.
3 "The Silence of the Cicadas" Chris Long Denitria Harris-Lawrence July 14, 2015 (2015-07-14) 6.56[11]
Gaspard shows Chloe six men killed by dogs and asks her to help him investigate the strange animal behavior. In Japan, Jackson and Abraham fly to a radioactive island outside Fukushima where Robert conducted his research. They are the only survivors when their plane crashes after a bat attacked. They find horses that were blinded by Robert when they had developed defiant pupils and had become violent. Jamie and Mitch travel to New Orleans to show their evidence to Senator Vaughn, head of the environment committee, but he turns them away because Reiden is too powerful. Afterwards, Gaspard recruits Mitch in a bar and brings them to Japan, where he also rescues Jackson and Abraham from the island. Everyone is introduced to Mr. Delavenne who also believes that the animal pandemic has started. In Mississippi, Evan Lee Hartley, a death-row inmate, can escape when wolves attack the prison.
4 "Pack Mentality" David Grossman Bryan Oh July 21, 2015 (2015-07-21) 6.69[12]
On video surveillance of the prison in Mississippi, it looks like Hartley was leading the wolf pack. FBI agent Ben Shaffer also investigates. Jamie finds a photo of Hartley together with Robert. Mitch and Abraham try to catch one of the wolves but are caught themselves by Hartley. They can escape when hunters shoot a wolf, and examine the body in the hotel room for an infection. In Antarctica, a research station is attacked by bats.
5 "Blame It on Leo" Steven A. Adelson Jay Faerber July 28, 2015 (2015-07-28) 7.09[13]
In Alabama, Mitch finds a chemical signature in the bacteria from the wolf that leads to one of Reiden's chemists, Leo Butler, a name that Hartley had written all over his bible. Jamie hacks into Reiden and finds that Butler was blackmailing money from them to compensate damages caused by Reiden around the world with. Together with Shaffer and Jackson she finds Leo who explains Reiden's success is based on the "mother cell", their special vector molecule, which is in all of their products, including human medication, plant herbicides, and animal food. However, it has side effects. Leo takes Jamie to retrieve the mother cell but Shaffer tracks his cell phone GPS signal, and they are intercepted by Hartley. Chloe, Mitch and Abraham travel to Rio to investigate daylight-active bats. Local authorities plan to poison them. The bats are attracted by electricity and create a power failure, so the group wants to draw the bats out of the city with a strong electric signal but they are held up by Gustavo Silva and his gang. In Boston, Mitch's daughter Clementine is having a seizure. Later, her dog Henry is hit by a car and needs expensive surgery to recover.
6 "This Is What It Sounds Like" David Solomon Carla Kettner August 4, 2015 (2015-08-04) 5.95[14]
In Paris, a bear roams an apartment. In Rio, Silva holds Chloe and Mitch captive. The authorities are busy spreading poison against the bats (which does not work), so Abraham needs to find his friends with his own fists. Silva wants Mitch to solve the bat problem without the cell phone antenna as bait, otherwise he will kill them, so Mitch builds an ultrasound signal. In Mobile, Alabama, Jackson notices on a photo that Hartley has the same widened pupils as the rogue animals. Hartley makes an eye doctor inject a sample of the mother cell into his eye. Jackson, Jamie, and Shaffer go after him but only find him dead from the procedure. Shaffer steals the mother cell from Jamie but Jackson catches him after finding out Ben killed the optometrist. In pursuit, Jamie shoots him dead. With the mother cell in possession, the full team of five reassembles at the airport.
7 "Sleuths" Dean White Denitria Harris-Lawrence August 11, 2015 (2015-08-11) 6.69[15]
Jamie obtains a fake passport so she can travel after killing Ben. In Paris, the bear caught in an apartment is just one out of a sleuth of four. Chloe's ex-fiancé Jean-Michel Lion is working with the local officials on the case. Jamie infiltrates Reiden's Paris office to hack into their accounting records. She wants to find out if Ben had been paid by Reiden so she does not need to hide from police anymore. Mitch examines the caught bear, which apparently fell into hibernation. At first, there are no signs of influence of the mother cell, but when it awakes, its pupils have widened and it has developed a thicker skin to deflect needles. Also, the DNA test shows changes with respect to an earlier record. He hypothesizes that the mother cell leads to accelerated evolution but the mother cell might also be able to cure. Chloe, Jean-Michel, Jackson, and Abraham find the missing three bears in an old fortress where they awake from hibernation and attack. Jean-Michel is injured but they can find the bears' weak spot. Mitch contacts Clayton Burke from Reiden and offers him the mother cell in return for a cure for his daughter Clementine.
8 "The Cheese Stands Alone" Eric Laneuville Jay Faerber and Scott Rosenberg August 18, 2015 (2015-08-18) 5.85[16]
A container ship runs aground before the coast of Massachusetts near an island that Jackson used to live on as a child. The crew was killed by rats that have been feeding on the cargo of grains treated with Reiden pesticides. Thousands of bloodthirsty rats swim ashore and hide away in an abandoned hotel. The team is sent there to capture a male and female rat to check if the mother cell has accelerated their reproduction rate. Becky, an old friend of Jackson and now sheriff, does not want to evacuate the area not to spoil the tourist season. Abraham catches a male rat which gives birth but cannot nurse the pups. Jackson believes the rats have evolved to a hive organization and they go after the rat queen. Mitch splits up and visits his daughter and her mother in Boston. In New York, a horse gets out of control and gallops off to crash the carriage it was pulling with Brannigan, Ben's FBI boss, in it. Ben's body is discovered and Brannigan starts to investigate. Mitch visits Burke to obtain the cure for his daughter in exchange for the mother cell, and sees Delavenne in Reiden's offices.
9 "Murmuration" Michael Katleman Bryan Oh August 25, 2015 (2015-08-25) 6.18[17]
In posession of the pills for his daughter, Mitch escapes from the Reiden building without handing over the mother cell and reunites with the group. He thinks he can use the mother cell to develop a cure against the mutations, but they need to find an animal that mutated without contact to Reiden's products. They decide that Zambian leopards is their best option. Brannigan issues an arrest warrant for Chloe and Jamie. Delavenne is Reiden's head of global security and is ordered by Burke to retrieve the mother cell. Jackson and Chloe visit him to suggest Reiden admits they have caused the animal mutations, but he refuses, so Jamie contacts her journalist friend Wilson Dupree. When they meet to hand over the evidence, Brannigan tries to arrest Chloe and Jamie and they can only escape closely. Reiden legally threatens Wilson's newspaper and he backs out. Different bird species have learned to communicate with each other and start attacking. Mitch rescues his daughter and her mother from a bird attack and gives them the medication. Burke orders Delavenne to have the group assassinated.
10 "Emotional Contagion"[18] Christine Moore Jay Faerber September 1, 2015 (2015-09-01) TBD
11 "Eats, Shoots and Leaves"[19] Zetna Fuentes Rebekah F. Smith September 8, 2015 (2015-09-08) TBD
12 "Wild Things"[19] John Polson Carla Kettner September 8, 2015 (2015-09-08) TBD
13 "That Great Big Hill of Hope"[20] TBA TBA September 15, 2015 (2015-09-15) TBD


The series started filming in New Orleans in January 2015.[21]


Zoo airs in Australia on Channel Ten, fast-tracking each episode to air the day after the U.S.[22] The series is simulcast in Canada on CTV.[23]


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