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The Dead Zone (2002–2007)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Complete series cast summary:
 Johnny Smith (81 episodes, 2002-2007)
 Sarah Bracknell Bannerman (72 episodes, 2002-2007)
 Sheriff Walt Bannerman / ... (69 episodes, 2002-2007)
 Bruce Lewis (65 episodes, 2002-2007)
 Reverend Eugene 'Gene' Purdy (40 episodes, 2002-2007)
 Deputy Roscoe / ... (34 episodes, 2002-2006)


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 a loving fiancée named 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 the day his life is interrupted by a near-fatal car crash that leaves him in a deep coma. Six years later, Johnny finally regains consciousness and discovers that life as he once knew it has completely changed. His mother has passed away, and Sarah has gone on to marry someone else - and now has a 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. 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 ... Written by Ronos

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You should see what he sees.


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In this series, prior to his accident, Johnny is a science teacher. In the previous film, as well as in the original novel, he was an English teacher, like author Stephen King himself. See more »


Johnny's hairstyle changes back and forth several times during the episodes "Wheel of Fortune" and "What It Seems" because of reshoots that were done a year after the initial filming. See more »


Bruce Lewis: You're always wrapped up in this 'Chicken Little' thing.
Johnny Smith: Who's Chicken Little?
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Followed by The Dead Zone (2002) See more »


New Year's Prayer
Performed by Jeff Buckley
Heard in all episodes starting with Episode 2 through the end of Season 3
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Writer's Using Their "Dead Zone" For A Change...
6 January 2003 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

What a pleasant surprise it is to see a cable TV show that actually has good writing. It joins Stargate SG1, Farscape and the X-Files in the well deserved and well received sci-fi/horror genre of "goodies". It's not really sci-fi and it's not really horror so let's stick it in the X-Files type. Who cares where it belongs as long as the great stories, good acting and terrific photography stay true for it's running. Michael Piller (co-creator/producer) has been in the business for years writing teleplays for all the Star Treks and the X-Files (among others) and he's done a great job updating the Stephen King story to the small screen. Kudos to all involved. Keep it up! :D

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