The BEST Episodes of Zero Hour

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Apr 20, 2021

Network: History

This dynamic original series dramatizes the final hour leading up to several pivotal historical events, tracking happenings as they unfold, minute by minute. Using a real-time clock and a split-screen to follow key players, the series reveals the chilling lead-up to events that changed the world including the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown, 9/11 and the Columbine shooting.

Operation Certain Death: The SAS in Sierra Leone

#1 - Operation Certain Death: The SAS in Sierra Leone

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 2, 2006

On September 10, 2000, the West Side Boys held members of the British Army's Royal Irish Regiment hostage. In the following rescue attempt, an estimated 56 people were killed, 12 wounded, and 18 WSBs captured.

star 10.00
28 votes
The Sinking of the Estonia

#2 - The Sinking of the Estonia

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 30, 2006

On September 27, 1994, the ferry 'Estonia' departed from the capital of Tallin with 989 people on board heading for Stockholm. It never arrived.

star 9.71
31 votes
The King of Cocaine

#3 - The King of Cocaine

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 28, 2006

On December 2, 1993 Pablo Escobar, a Columbian drug lord, and his assistant, were captured and killed at Escobar's home.

star 9.00
56 votes
The Plot to Kill the Pope

#4 - The Plot to Kill the Pope

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 2, 2006

On May 13, 1981, the group Grey Wolves nearly assassinated Pope John Paul II. The Pope remarkably survived. He lost 3 quarts of blood. Season 3 (2006)[edit]

star 9.00
28 votes
The Lima Siege

#5 - The Lima Siege

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 9, 2006

On April 22, 1997, hundreds of high-level diplomats, government and military officials and business executives were freed from the grasp of 14 members of the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) during a raid on the Japanese embassy in Lima by Peruvian Armed Forces commandos, during which one hostage, two commandos, and all the MRTA militants died.

star 9.00
28 votes
The North Hollywood Shootout

#6 - The North Hollywood Shootout

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 12, 2007

On February 28, 1997, two heavily armed bank robbers, Larry Eugene Phillips, Jr. and Emil Dechebal Matasareanu, engaged over 300 LAPD officers in a shootout in North Hollywood, Los Angeles. Both robbers were killed, eleven police officers and seven civilians were injured, and numerous vehicles and other property were damaged or destroyed by the nearly 2,000 rounds of ammunition fired by the robbers and the police.

star 9.00
1 votes
Shoot-Out in Marseilles

#7 - Shoot-Out in Marseilles

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 16, 2007

On December 26, 1994, members of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) hijacked Air France Flight 8969 in Algiers, in an attempt to destroy the Eiffel Tower. When the aircraft reached Marseille, the GIGN, an intervention group of the French Gendarmerie, stormed the plane and killed all four hijackers. 3 passengers had been killed by the hijackers in Algiers, and 25 others were wounded during the rescue.

star 9.00
28 votes
A Royal Massacre

#8 - A Royal Massacre

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 16, 2006

On June 1, 2001, Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah killed 9 people and injured 5 others at a house in the grounds of the Narayanhity Royal Palace, before shooting himself and dying three days later on June 4, 2001.

star 8.90
30 votes
The Bali Bombing

#9 - The Bali Bombing

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 12, 2005

A compelling program detailing the minutes leading up to the horrifying event that changed the way Australians think of our favourite holiday destination. Based on first hand witness accounts, official documents and actual footage of events. Including interviews with survivors and re-enactments of what happened in the nightclubs.

star 8.50
2 votes
One of America's Own

#10 - One of America's Own

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 26, 2006

On April 19, 1995, the Alfred P Murrah federal building in downtown Oklahoma City became the site for the most deadly peacetime attack on United States soil to date. As hundreds of employees prepared for the day ahead, a truck parked outside the front of the nine storey building. It then exploded.

star 8.00
1 votes
Falling Star - Columbia

#11 - Falling Star - Columbia

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 19, 2007

On February 1, 2003, the U.S. Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, resulting in the death of all seven crew members.

star 7.80
5 votes
Massacre at Columbine High

#12 - Massacre at Columbine High

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 12, 2004

On April 20, 1999, two bullied teenagers from Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado embarked on a massacre, killing 12 students and one teacher, as well as injuring 24 other students (21 by direct gunfire), before committing suicide.

star 7.71
100 votes
The Last Hour of Flight 11

#13 - The Last Hour of Flight 11

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 5, 2004

Zero Hour: The Last Hour of Flight 11 dramatically recounts the final sixty minutes of American Airlines Flight 11—an hour, and a flight, that changes the world forever. At 08:46 on the morning of September 11, 2001, Flight 11, a fully fueled Boeing 767, explodes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. It is the first terrorist strike on that day of infamy.

star 7.66
271 votes
Disaster at Chernobyl

#14 - Disaster at Chernobyl

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 29, 2004

At precisely 1.23am on 26 April 1986, the world changed forever. In Pripyat, Ukraine in the Soviet Union, the largest nuclear reactor of its kind exploded at the Chernobyl Power Station.

star 7.59
234 votes
Directors: Clive Maltby
Writers: Renny Bartlett
Terror in Tokyo

#15 - Terror in Tokyo

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 19, 2004

During a rush-hour morning, Tokyo's elaborate underground Metro system is packed with commuters. They are unaware that it is about to become ground zero for an attempted mass murder. This program reconstructs minute by minute events from 7.46am to 8.46am as five men set out to poison the Tokyo Metro system. It offers personal testimonies of individuals caught up in events beyond their control.

star 7.51
182 votes
Capturing Saddam

#16 - Capturing Saddam

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 9, 2006

Eight months after the fall of Baghdad, Saddam Hussein is still at large. This is the tense countdown to the capture of Iraq's fugitive dictator.

star 7.50
56 votes