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This drama miniseries fictionalizes the true events that occurred when a cult leader holed up with his cult of followers in a compound in Texas. The situation turned tragic when the cult engaged in a gun battle with federal agents. The series was criticized for being overly sympathetic to the cult leader, who allegedly abused the children in his cult.

Paramount Network
1 Season, 6 Episodes
January 24, 2018
Crime, Drama, Mini-Series
Cast: Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, Andrea Riseborough, Paul Sparks
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Waco Full Episode Guide

  • The standoff at the Mount Carmel compound comes to a violent and tragic end.

  • For a moment, it seems like the end of the stalemate is nearing when the FBI's tactical division turns up the heat with psy-ops on David Koresh and the Branch Davidians.

  • Negotiations intensify as the Branch Davidians refuse to surrender. Also: the lack of food and medical treatment tests both the Davidians' faith and law enforcement's patience.

  • The ATF siege begins. Assault vehicles storm the Mount Carmel compound and gunfire is exchanged, which begins a 51-day standoff.

  • ATF agent Jacob Vasquez begins undercover surveillance on the Mount Carmel compound and befriends David Koresh in hopes of finding illegal weapons or other activity.

  • In the series premiere, the ATF gets a tip of suspicious activity involving weapons taking place among a small religious community led by David Koresh and located at the Mount Carmel Center just outside of Waco, Texas.

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'Waco' Presents Right-Wing Version of the Controversial Real-Life Story

The miniseries is sympathetic to cult leader David Koresh and skips past allegations of violence and sexual abuse.

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