Waco: Miniseries

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Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch lead this miniseries based on the true story of the 1993 standoff between the FBI, ATF... More

Where to watch Waco: Miniseries

Waco: Miniseries is available to stream in Australia now on... More Apple TV Store and Paramount+ and Paramount+ channel on Prime.

Waco: Miniseries episodes

Episode 1.1

Visions and Omens

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

Episode 1.2

The Strangers Across the Street

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

Episode 1.3

Operation Showtime

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

Episode 1.4

Of Milk and Men

Negotiations intensify as the Branch Davidians refuse to surrender. As... More David Koresh waits for a sign from God, the lack of food and medical treatment tests both the Davidians’ faith and law enforcement’s patience.


Stalling for Time

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


Day 51

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

Waco: Miniseries | Ratings & Reviews

"A sturdy if inelegant study... aided by almost uniformly strong performances that work to sell merely adequate dialogue."

A.V. ClubA.V. Club

"Waco is a bit more plodding than a drama about an apocalyptic cult should be."


"The key choice here was the casting of Mr. Kitsch..."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"More notable for its casting than its execution."



Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

"Thought-provoking, risky, and engaging..."


"(The miniseries is) unnervingly sympathetic to David Koresh..."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"The show creates its own problems... especially as it can't seem to handle the scope."


"Despite a fantastic cast, with a particularly outstanding performance by Taylor Kitsch, the miniseries' desire to make Koresh a folk hero is a miscalculation."


"The first episode... is human, paranoid and pretty great."


"A compelling, tragic tale that allows stars like Kitsch and Shannon to play different, surprising roles..."


"Waco is poorly written historical drama but never any worse than traditional TV movie and miniseries productions."

Film School RejectsFilm School Rejects

"The Waco series seems overly eager to vindicate Koresh. And that taints an otherwise well-told story."


"(There's) a stiffness to it that constantly reminds you you're watching a by-the-numbers quasi-sanitized account of things."


"Taylor Kitsch’s performance as Koresh is so raw and deeply felt that it’s impossible to look away from him."


"A captivating drama anchored by its powerful performances."


"A reasonably effective dramatisation of what led to the siege, and little more."

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune

"An incomplete view of the humanity behind the story."


"Waco is an excellent addition to the subgenre."

The AustralianThe Australian

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