The BEST episodes of Containment

Every episode of Containment ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Containment!

The series follows an epidemic that breaks out in Atlanta, leaving the large city quarantined and those stuck on the inside fighting for their lives. The drama tells the story of loved ones torn apart, and how the society that grows inside the cordon reveals both the devolution of humanity and the birth of unlikely heroes.

Last Updated: 10/7/2022Network:The CW
Nothing Gold Can Stay
1441 votes

#1 - Nothing Gold Can Stay

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 7/5/2016

Lex and Leo clash over their next move after a failed plan threatens to unravel their entire case. When word begins to spread that there may be a way out of the cordon, Jana considers her options. Finally, an unexpected turn of events brings Jake and Katie closer than ever.

Directors: Chris Grismer
Watch Now:iTunes
A Time to Be Born...
1472 votes

#2 - A Time to Be Born...

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/28/2016

When Teresa goes into labor, Jana, Suzy and Sam band together to turn Bitscan into a makeshift delivery room. Meanwhile, after spending some time with Dr. Lommers, Lex grows concerned after noticing a sudden shift in her behavior. Elsewhere, Leo continues to unravel the conspiracy behind the virus outbreak, while Jake stumbles upon some damning information about who may be involved. Finally, fed up with his lies, Katie confronts Dr. Cannerts.

Directors: Carol Banker
A Kingdom Divided Against Itself
1478 votes

#3 - A Kingdom Divided Against Itself

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 6/21/2016

As tensions reach a fever pitch inside the cordon, mobs of angry protestors take to the streets in an attempt to break free. Meanwhile, stuck in isolation and cut off from their chain of command, Lex and Dr. Lommers have no choice but to stand by helplessly as the cordon erupts into mass chaos. At the hospital, Jake attempts to lighten the mood by taking Katie on a date, but their happiness is short-lived after they discover that several of Katie’s students have gone missing. Meanwhile, with Lex nowhere to be found, Leo moves forward with their investigation, inching one step closer to uncovering the person responsible for the outbreak.

Directors: Lance Anderson
He Stilled the Rising Tumult
1541 votes

#4 - He Stilled the Rising Tumult

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/24/2016

As life outside the Cordon returns to normal, Lex moves forward with an attempt to reveal the truth about a possible government cover-up; Katie and Jake search for a missing person; Xander and Teresa plan their escape.

Path to Paradise
1302 votes

#5 - Path to Paradise

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 7/19/2016

With only one shot to take Dr. Lommers down for good, Lex carefully plans his next steps. Jana, Suzy, Teresa and Xander make their dangerous escape out of the cordon, but unexpected road blocks threaten to destroy their chance of making it home. Inside the cordon, Dr. Cannerts and Jake make a breakthrough discovery following a risky experimental treatment. Finally, with time running out, Lex is forced to make a decision that will change his life forever.

Directors: Charles Beeson
Watch Now:Amazon
Like a Sheep Among Wolves
1663 votes

#6 - Like a Sheep Among Wolves

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/17/2016

Lex and Dr. Lommers butt heads over how to pull off a food drop within the cordon; a group of thugs rattles Jake as he tries to control a desperate crowd; noticing the timeline leading up to the outbreak doesn't make sense, Katie looks for answers.

Directors: Janice Cooke
Writer: Jeff Stetson
With Silence and Tears
1691 votes

#7 - With Silence and Tears

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/10/2016

As things grow more dire inside the cordon, Lex is increasingly frustrated by the false hope he's forced to convey to the public; Jana suspects the situation is more serious than the government is letting on.

Directors: Chris Grismer
Watch Now:iTunes
There Is a Crack in Everything
1472 votes

#8 - There Is a Crack in Everything

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/14/2016

A major breakthrough brings Dr. Cannerts closer to finding a cure for the virus; Katie and Jake discover the truth behind Patient Zero; Jana and Suzy plan to escape the cordon through an underground tunnel system.

Directors: Elliott Lester
Watch Now:iTunes
Be Angry at the Sun
1813 votes

#9 - Be Angry at the Sun

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/3/2016

Controversial videos depicting chaos inside the cordon prompt Lex to request reinforcements; Katie faces the desperate parents of a student; Teresa is shaken by a robbery at her mother's store.

Directors: Charles Beeson
Yes Is the Only Living Thing
1320 votes

#10 - Yes Is the Only Living Thing

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 7/12/2016

As Jana, Sam and Suzy pull together the funds they need to plot their escape, Jake considers his own options for breaking out of the cordon. Lex receives cryptic clues from Leo that lead him to an abandoned warehouse outside the city. Elsewhere, a widespread rumor leaves Dr. Cannerts' life in danger. Finally, after seeking shelter at her grandma's house, Teresa makes a difficult decision about her family's future.

Directors: Charles Beeson
I to Die, You to Live
2045 votes

#11 - I to Die, You to Live

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/26/2016

Lex learns that a woman who had close contact with an infected patient is missing; Jake's resentment toward Lex causes him to spiral; Katie keeps a watchful eye on her students; Teresa learns her friends may have been exposed to the virus.

Directors: Charles Beeson
Writer: Julie Plec
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
1525 votes

#12 - Inferno

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/31/2016

Lex clashes with Capt. Scott; the data recovery center comes under attack; a desperate plea from Jana leaves Lex's world in chaos.

Directors: David Boyd
Watch Now:Amazon
2276 votes

#13 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/19/2016

An urban quarantine is enforced in Atlanta after a deadly outbreak of a mysterious disease; Lex Carnahan, a policeman, has to keep peace on the streets while doctors race to find a way to stem the epidemic.

Directors: Charles Beeson
Writer: Julie Plec
Watch Now:Amazon

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