12 episodes

Based on a true story, American Hostage stars Jon Hamm as Fred Heckman, a beloved local radio reporter who is thrust into the middle of a life-or-death crisis when hostage-taker, Tony Kiritsis, demands to be interviewed on his popular radio news program.

American Hostage is an 8-episode scripted psychological thriller from Criminal Content starring Emmy Award-winner Jon Hamm and directed by Academy Award® winner Shawn Christensen.

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    • 4.6 • 771 Ratings

Based on a true story, American Hostage stars Jon Hamm as Fred Heckman, a beloved local radio reporter who is thrust into the middle of a life-or-death crisis when hostage-taker, Tony Kiritsis, demands to be interviewed on his popular radio news program.

American Hostage is an 8-episode scripted psychological thriller from Criminal Content starring Emmy Award-winner Jon Hamm and directed by Academy Award® winner Shawn Christensen.

    Episode 1 | The Man with the Gun

    Episode 1 | The Man with the Gun

    In the series Premiere, local news reporter Fred Heckman's life is turned upside down when he receives an unexpected call from a listener.

    Starring: Jon Hamm, Joe Perrino, Dylan Baker, Carla Gugino and Becky Ann Baker
    Directed by: Shawn Christensen
    Written by: CD Carpenter

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    • 26 min
    Episode 2 | The Man with the Microphone

    Episode 2 | The Man with the Microphone

    Tony and Fred’s negotiations heat up as WIBC and Indianapolis detectives contemplate the ramifications of letting a hostage-taker air his personal grievances live on the radio.

    Starring: Jon Hamm, Joe Perrino, Dylan Baker, Carla Gugino and Becky Ann Baker
    Directed by: Shawn Christensen
    Written by: CD Carpenter

    • 24 min
    Episode 3 | The Lion's Den

    Episode 3 | The Lion's Den

    As authorities surround Tony's apartment, Heckman continues to chip away at Tony and slowly inch toward his heart.

    Starring: Jon Hamm, Joe Perrino, Dylan Baker, Carla Gugino and Becky Ann Baker
    Directed by: Shawn Christensen
    Written by: CD Carpenter

    • 28 min
    Episode 4 | The Profiler

    Episode 4 | The Profiler

    The FBI sends in their newest profiler to help Fred prepare for the most dangerous on-air interview of his life.

    Starring: Jon Hamm, Joe Perrino, Dylan Baker, Carla Gugino and Becky Ann Baker
    Directed by: Shawn Christensen
    Written by: CD Carpenter

    • 19 min
    Episode 5 | The Interview

    Episode 5 | The Interview

    Fred goes live on the air with Tony, knowing that with one wrong word... the gun goes off.

    Starring: Jon Hamm, Joe Perrino, Dylan Baker, Carla Gugino and Becky Ann Baker
    Directed by: Shawn Christensen
    Written by: CD Carpenter

    • 22 min
    Episode 6 | Playing with Fire

    Episode 6 | Playing with Fire

    As the public joins the airwaves to sound off on Tony and the hostage crisis, local authorities send in SWAT, setting Tony off, and putting everyone's life at risk.

    Starring: Jon Hamm, Joe Perrino, Dylan Baker, Carla Gugino and Becky Ann Baker
    Directed by: Shawn Christensen
    Written by: CD Carpenter

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
771 Ratings

771 Ratings

dream1354 ,

Quick and captivating

This well-written, well-acted radio play will keep you listening. The episodes are quick and captivating, and the sound mix could not be better. I could “see” every moment.

BenApplsmiles ,

WOW!!

THE BEST series I’ve heard in some time and I’m a podcast junkie!!!.. this had me on the edge of my seat the whole time!!.. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🤗🤗🤗

P-Nutt_17 ,

Best so far

This podcast is by far the best true crime series that I came across. The voice actors all do an excellent job making the story come to life. I never knew this even happened in the 70’s. It was really intriguing.

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