Some TV shows and movies about Ebola and other viral outbreaks include “Outbreak,” “Contagion,” “The Strain” and “The Walking Dead.” These fictionalized accounts of viral outbreaks depict characters struggling to contain the spread or grappling with the aftermath of the diseases.
Loosely based on “The Hot Zone,” Richard Preston’s non-fiction account of the Ebola virus, the 1995 film “Outbreak” depicts the U.S. government’s struggles to contain an Ebola-like outbreak in the United States. Dustin Hoffman stars as a military virologist attempting to stop the virus and expose a government conspiracy.
Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 drama “Contagion” acts as a modern successor to “Outbreak,” focusing on a large cast of characters who deal with a viral outbreak in very different ways. The film’s all-star cast includes Matt Damon as a newly single father, Laurence Fishburne as a high-level CDC employee and Jude Law as a conspiracy theorist hocking supposed cures for the virus.
FX series “The Strain” depicts a viral outbreak that transforms victims into vampire-like monsters. Director Guillermo del Toro helms this horror thriller that focuses on various characters fighting against the virus, including CDC workers, vampire acolytes and an elderly billionaire.
AMC’s popular “The Walking Dead” focuses on a viral outbreak that transforms victims into zombies. The series stars Andrew Lincoln as a police officer who struggles to defend his family and other survivors after the virus triggers societal collapse.