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Premiere January 24, 2018
Finale February 28, 2018
Based on the book "Waco: A Survivor's Story" by
David Thibideau and
Leon Whiteson
the book "Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator" by
Gary Noesner
Developed by John Erick Dowdle &
Drew Dowdle
Network Paramount Network
Style 60-minute drama
Company Brothers Dowdle Productions,
Paramount Network Original Production
Episodes 6
Origin USA

Waco is based on the true story of the 1993 FBI siege of Koresh’s Branch Davidians compound near Waco, Texas that ended in a deadly shootout and fire at the conclusion of a 51-day standoff.

It will explore the true life details leading up to and chronicling the siege between the FBI, the ATF and the religious sect, told from several perspectives of those involved. The series is based on two biographies: Waco: A Survivor's Story, by Branch Davidian survivor David Thibodeau, and Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator, written by the FBI’s Special Agent in Charge of Negotiations Gary Noesner.



Actor Character
Main Cast
Michael Shannon FBI Negotiator Gary Noesner
Taylor Kitsch David Koresh
Andrea Riseborough Judy Schneider
Paul Sparks Steve Schneider
Rory Culkin David Thibodeau
Shea Whigham Richard Rogers
Melissa Benoist Rachel Koresh
John Leguizamo ATF Agent Robert Rodriguez
Julia Garner Michelle Jones
Camryn Manheim Balenda Thibodeau
Eric Lange Ron Engelman
Annika Marks Kathy Schroder
Stephen Culp FBI Agent Jeff Jamer
Sarah Minnich Sharon Wheeler


# # Title Written By Directed By Airdate Viewers 18-49 Rating
1 1 Visions and Omens John Erick Dowdle &
Drew Dowdle
John Erick Dowdle January 24, 2018 1.451M 0.5%
2 2 The Strangers Across the Street John Erick Dowdle &
Drew Dowdle
John Erick Dowdle January 31, 2018 1.001M 0.35%
3 3 Operation Showtime Salvatore Stabile John Erick Dowdle February 7, 2018 1.13M 0.39%
4 4 Of Milk and Men Sarah Nicole Jones Dennie Gordon February 14, 2018 978k 0.32%
5 5 Stalling for Time Salvatore Stabile Dennie Gordon February 21, 2018 973k 0.33%
6 6 Day 51 John Erick Dowdle &
Drew Dowdle
John Erick Dowdle February 28, 2018 1.094M 0.34%


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