ZeroZeroZero is an Italian crime drama television series created by Stefano Sollima, Leonardo Fasoli and Mauricio Katz for Sky Atlantic, Canal+ and Prime Video. It is based on the book of the same name by Roberto Saviano,[1][2] a study of the business around the drug cocaine, covering its movement across continents. The series stars Andrea Riseborough, Dane DeHaan and Gabriel Byrne as the American Lynwood family, controlling an international shipping company which acts as cocaine broker between Mexican and Italian organized crime.[3]

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Created by
Based onZeroZeroZero
by Roberto Saviano
Directed by
Country of originItaly
Original language(s)
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Riccardo Tozzi
  • Gina Gardini
  • Giovanni Stabilini
  • Marco Chimenz
  • Richard Middleton
  • Matteo De Laurentiis
  • Stefano Sollima
  • Roberto Saviano
  • Leonardo Fasoli
  • Mauricio Katz
  • Pablo Trapero
  • Janus Metz
  • Stefano Bises
  • Fabrice de la Patelliere
  • Pierre Saint-André
  • Nils Hartmann
  • Sonia Rovai
  • Rola Bauer
  • Jonas Bauer
Production location(s)
Running time48-66 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorStudioCanal TV
Original network
First shown inItaly
Original release14 February 2020 (2020-02-14) –
present (present)
External links

The world premiere of ZeroZeroZero was on 5 September 2019 at the 76th Venice International Film Festival, where the first two episodes were screened out of competition.[4] The series premiered on television on 14 February 2020 on Sky Atlantic in Italy.


The series follows the troubled journey of a large shipment of cocaine from Monterrey, Mexico to Gioia Tauro, Italy. The sellers are the narcos brothers Enrique and Jacinto Leyra, who are aided in their criminal activities by Manuel Contreras and his group of corrupt soldiers; the buyer is Don Minu La Piana, a boss of the 'Ndrangheta, whose position is challenged by his grandson Stefano and the Curtiga family; the brokers in charge of the shipment are the Lynwoods, an American family from New Orleans owning a prestigious shipping company. The infighting within the 'Ndrangheta causes the shipment to be rerouted to Africa, and the delay has dramatic consequences for all the interested parties.



  • Andrea Riseborough[1] as Emma Lynwood, eldest daughter of Edward Lynwood, running the family's shipping company
  • Dane DeHaan[1] as Chris Lynwood, Emma's younger brother, affected by Huntington's disease
  • Giuseppe De Domenico[1] as Stefano La Piana, a member of the 'Ndrangheta
  • Adriano Chiaramida as Don Damiano "Minu" La Piana, a boss of the 'Ndrangheta and Stefano's grandfather
  • Harold Torres[1] as Manuel Contreras, a soldier of the Mexican Army, secretly working for the Leyra brothers
  • Noé Hernández as Varas, a commander of the Mexican Army
  • Tchéky Karyo as François Salvage, a sailor working for the Lynwoods
  • Francesco Colella as Italo Curtiga, Stefano's ally
  • Diego Cataño as Chino, a soldier of the Mexican Army
  • Norman Delgadillo as Diego, a loyal soldier of the Mexican Army
  • Nika Perrone as Lucia, Stefano's wife
  • Gabriel Byrne[1] as Edward Lynwood, Chris and Emma's father and head of the family's shipping company
  • Claudia Pineda as Chiquitita, Diego's wife
  • Érick Israel Consuelo as Moko, a soldier of the Mexican Army
  • Jesús Lozano as Gordo, a soldier of the Mexican Army
  • José Salof as Indio, a soldier of the Mexican Army
  • Flavio Medina as Jacinto Leyra, a Mexican narco
  • Víctor Huggo Martin as Enrique Leyra, a Mexican narco and Jacinto's brother
  • Seydina Baldé as Omar Gamby, Emma's fixer in Dakar
  • Nabiha Akkari as Amina, daughter of Yasser, the Lynwoods' fixer in Casablanca, and Chris's love interest


  • José Carlos Rodriguez as Pastor Jorge
  • Mostefa Djadja as Yasser, the Lynwoods' fixer in Casablanca and Amina's father
The cast along with director Stefano Sollima and author Roberto Saviano at the prémiere of the series during the 2019 Venice Film Festival


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateItaly viewers
(millions) [a]
1"The Shipment"Stefano SollimaTreatment by : Stefano Bises & Leonardo Fasoli & Roberto Saviano & Stefano Sollima
Teleplay by : Leonardo Fasoli & Mauricio Katz & Stefano Sollima
14 February 2020 (2020-02-14)0.41 (o.n.)[5]
2"Tampico Skies"Stefano SollimaLeonardo Fasoli & Mauricio Katz14 February 2020 (2020-02-14)0.27 (o.n.)[5]
3"Miranda"Janus MetzStory by : Leonardo Fasoli & Mauricio Katz
Teleplay by : Max Hurwitz
21 February 2020 (2020-02-21)0.26 (o.n.)[6]
4"Transshipment"Janus MetzLeonardo Fasoli & Mauricio Katz21 February 2020 (2020-02-21)0.21 (o.n.)[6]
5"Sharia"Janus MetzStory by : Leonardo Fasoli & Max Hurwitz & Mauricio Katz
Teleplay by : Max Hurwitz
28 February 2020 (2020-02-28)0.26 (o.n.)[7]
6"En el mismo camino"Pablo TraperoStory by : Leonardo Fasoli & Max Hurwitz & Mauricio Katz
Teleplay by : Leonardo Fasoli & Max Hurwitz
28 February 2020 (2020-02-28)0.26 (o.n.)[7]
7"Family"Pablo TraperoStory by : Leonardo Fasoli & Max Hurwitz & Mauricio Katz
Teleplay by : Leonardo Fasoli & Maddalena Ravagli
6 March 2020 (2020-03-06)0.31 (o.n.)[8]
8"Same Blood"Pablo TraperoStory by : Leonardo Fasoli & Max Hurwitz & Mauricio Katz
Teleplay by : Leonardo Fasoli & Max Hurwitz
6 March 2020 (2020-03-06)0.31 (o.n.)[8]
  1. ^ Combined viewers of simulcast on Sky Atlantic and Sky Cinema 1.


The series premiered on 14 February 2020 on Sky Atlantic in Italy. It was released in its entirety on 6 March 2020 on Prime Video in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Spain.[9] ZeroZeroZero premiered on 9 March 2020 on Canal+ in France,[10] and on 26 March 2020 on Sky Atlantic in Germany and Austria.[11] It premiered on 14 May 2020 on SBS and SBS On Demand in Australia.[12] It will also air on Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom and Ireland in 2020.[9]

HBO Europe has distributed the series in all its countries (Spain excluded) from 14 February 2020.[13][14]


The series was shot in Mexico, Italy, Senegal, Morocco and the United States.[9]


ZeroZeroZero has been well-received by critics. It has an 88% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 7.75/10, based on 16 reviews. The Critics Consensus states, "An addictive thriller whose greatest weakness is that it is at times too withholding, ZeroZeroZero will stick with you long after the credits roll.[15]

Nick Allen of praised ZeroZeroZero as "the kind of thriller that makes such a deep impression because it can think big and small at the same time, uniting three gripping individual stories into one massive saga."[16] Mike Hale of the New York Times characterized the show as a "three shows in one: an Italian mafia saga with rocky Calabrian hillsides and generational omertà; a Mexican narco thriller with lavish cartel violence; and, more improbably, an indie-movie-style American family drama and character study. The series toggles among the three stories, which are intimately connected but for the most part told separately, with occasional meetings that are invariably bad news for the characters involved." He compared the series unfavorably to the earlier Roberto Saviano-based series, Gomorrah, but praised the characterization and performances of Riseborough and DeHaan.[17] Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that ZeroZeroZero was "beautifully shot, but frustratingly limited on character," and adding that "genre familiarity may make ZeroZeroZero less fresh, but it remains quite watchable, if you can ignore its vaguely nihilistic streak, thanks to a good cast, confident direction and cinematography that's really quite stunning at times."[18]


A soundtrack album by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai was released on 1 May 2020.[19]


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  2. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (9 October 2017). "Cocaine Trafficking Show 'ZeroZeroZero' Goes Into Production With 'Gomorrah' Director (EXCLUSIVE)".
  3. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (20 April 2018). "'Gomorrah' Team Underway On Cocaine Crime Series 'ZeroZeroZero' With Andrea Riseborough, Dane DeHaan, Gabriel Byrne".
  4. ^ Rantala, Hanna (5 September 2019). "'ZeroZeroZero' takes bleak look at cocaine trade in Saviano book adaptation". Reuters. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  5. ^ a b Buonocore, Mattia (15 February 2020). "Ascolti TV – Venerdì 14 febbraio 2020. Boom Panariello, Conti, Pieraccioni (25.6%), GF Vip 18.7%. Crolla The Good Doctor 5.8%". (in Italian). Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  6. ^ a b Fabbretti, Fabio (22 February 2020). "Ascolti TV – Venerdì 21 febbraio 2020. La Corrida (4,2 mln – 19.7%) batte il Grande Fratello Vip (3,1 mln – 18.5%)". (in Italian). Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  7. ^ a b Buonocore, Mattia (29 February 2020). "Ascolti TV – Venerdì 28 febbraio 2020. La Corrida 18.7% – 4,2 mln, Amici 19.82% – 3,8 mln". (in Italian). Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  8. ^ a b Buonocore, Mattia (7 March 2020). "Ascolti TV – Venerdì 6 marzo 2020. Amici 19.9% – 3,7 mln. Porta a Porta 14.1% – 3,3 mln. La finale di IGT 6.8% su Tv8". (in Italian). Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  9. ^ a b c "VIDEO: Amazon Prime Video to Premiere ZEROZEROZERO on March 6". BroadwayWorld. 6 February 2020. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  10. ^ Belzamine, Ludovic (24 February 2020). "ZEROZEROZERO: La nouvelle création originale Canal+ arrive à partir du 9 mars". (in French). Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  11. ^ "ZeroZeroZero". Archived from the original on 19 February 2020. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  12. ^ "Acclaimed crime drama 'ZeroZeroZero' is coming to SBS and SBS On Demand".
  13. ^ Bylykbashi, Kaltrina (17 October 2018). "HBO Europe acquires Studiocanal drama ZeroZeroZero". Television Business International. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  14. ^ Vik, Sigurd (13 February 2020). "Zero Zero Zero S01". P3 (in Norwegian). Retrieved 19 February 2020.
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  16. ^ Allen, Nick. "TV/Streaming: Amazon Prime's Addictive Thriller ZeroZeroZero Depicts a Global Drug Deal Gone Wrong," (March 05, 2020).
  17. ^ Hale, Mike. "Missing ‘Gomorrah’? Watch This: While we wait for new seasons of TV’s best mafia drama, Amazon Prime Video offers a reasonable facsimile with the globe-trotting thriller 'Zerozerozero,'" New York Times (March 5, 2020).
  18. ^ Fienberg, Daniel. "TV: 'ZeroZeroZero': TV Review," The Hollywood Reporter (March 6, 2020).
  19. ^ Ede, Christiane. "Mogwai To Release 'ZeroZeroZero' Soundtrack". The Quietus. Retrieved 1 May 2020.