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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 16, 2002
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
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  • Starring: Chris Bruno, Nicole de Boer, John L. Adams
  • Summary: Johnny Smith has been leading an idyllic small-town life. Employed as a science teacher, Johnny takes great pleasure in showing his young students the wonders of the natural world. He is also newly engaged to Sarah, a fellow teacher he's known since childhood, and is a good son to his widowed mother, who lives nearby. Johnny's life is nearly perfect... until a near-fatal car crash that leaves him in a deep coma. Six years later, Johnny finally regains consciousness and discovers that the life he once knew is gone. His mother has passed away, and Sarah has gone on to marry someone else - and the child she and her husband, the local sheriff, are now raising is Johnny's son. But Johnny himself is also not the same person he once was: he now finds himself in possession of amazing psychic powers which allow him to see into the lives of anyone he touches. Before he even leaves the hospital, he helps save the life of a nurse's daughter after having a miraculous vision, in which he sees the young girl trapped in the middle of a raging house fire. Now, as Johnny attempts to reacquaint himself with a life he has been away from for six long years, he must also begin a quest to come to terms with his new abilities - abilities that may turn out to be both a blessing and a curse. Helping Johnny make a fresh start are his physical trainer Bruce, who also becomes a close friend; his mother's minister, Gene Purdy, who sets up a trust fund for Johnny but may not be looking out for Johnny's best interests; and Sarah, who must find a way to make Johnny a part of her life again without risking her relationship with her husband and son. Based on characters from the novel, "The Dead Zone" by Stephen King. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Suspense, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jul 28, 2014
    It is absolutely riveting. And Anthony Michael Hall has grown up to be not only a terrific actor, but a hunk and a half.
  2. Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Jul 28, 2014
    Turns out to be an engaging new hour, boasting crisp writing, near-cinematic production values and an almost fail-safe plot. [14 June 2002, p.3]
  3. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Jul 28, 2014
    What is clear, is that series stars Anthony Michael Hall and Nicole de Boer are fun to watch and that the powers of Hall's character, Johnny Smith, can give rise to any number of imaginative stories. [12 June 2002]
  4. Reviewed by: Lit Matson
    Jul 28, 2014
    The first episode spends much of the time establishing the series, and it's not particularly edge-of-the-seat scary. But the paranormal special effects are good and the acting holds up. How the action unfolds is questionable - the constant touching, gasping and seeing visions could get old. [16 June 2002, p.A07]
  5. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jul 28, 2014
    USA's The Dead Zone takes its concept and characters seriously, without any playful subtext or comic relief. So does Hall, who plays his character as David Janssen played "The Fugitive": rarely smiling, always nervous, and only occasionally believed by those around him. There is reason to believe, though, that this Dead Zone may be the real thing.
  6. Reviewed by: Noel Holston
    Jul 28, 2014
    Hall lacks Walken's natural aura of strangeness, and he looks a little too well-fed for a guy who has been vegetating for half a decade. But he does manage to make Smith credible and sympathetic. [14 June 2002, p.B51]
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jul 28, 2014
    It's just not that suspenseful. [14 June 2002, p.55]

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