Jericho: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (20 Sep. 2006)

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A small Kansas town struggles with life after a nuclear attack destroys America.



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JERICHO is a drama about what happens when a nuclear mushroom cloud suddenly appears on the horizon, plunging the residents of asmall, peaceful Kansas town into chaos, leaving them completely isolated andwondering if they're the only Americans left alive. Fear of the unknown propels Jericho into social, psychological and physical mayhem when all communication and power is shut down. The town starts to come apart at the seams as terror,anger and confusion bring out the very worst in some residents. Jake Green, theprodigal son of the town's mayor, becomes a reluctant hero when a school bus crashes as a result of the explosion. Mayor Johnston Green is conflicted with the return of his estranged son,but is called to action when the town begins to riot. Johnston's wife, Gail, is the strong, savvy first lady of the town who runs interference between her husband and her favorite son. Attempting to usurp the mayor's power is Johnston's political adversary Gray Anderson, who is not above ... Written by Brian Hairston

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During the introduction, the Morse code spells out "Jericho Pilot". See more »


When Jake returns to Jericho, he stops at Stanley's farm. Stanley greets him with a hug, pinning his arms. In a reverse angle shot of the same scene, Jake's arms are free. See more »


Jake Green: We were both born on third base, quit pretending you hit a triple.
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Written by David Lawrence
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Not as great as it looked
20 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Now that its fall madness and new series are starting everywhere I decided to give Jericho a try. The pilot episode starts like a movie showing the main character Jake returning back to his small town for some money, running into old friends then leaving. About fifteen minutes or so in you see two kids playing hide and seek and then the one sees a giant mushroom cloud in the distance. Cut to a group of kids on a school bus. They are driving back home and then they see a deer running frantically along side of the bus and then crash. Naturally parents in the town are going crazy and yelling. When the power goes out the town starts practically rioting. Eventually we learn that the bomb hasn't gone off near Denver but it has also gone off near Atlanta.

When CBS advertised the show they said something to the extent of "It'll keep you guessing the entire season." Being an avid fan of LOST I thought it would be cool to have another mystery drama the same night as LOST. So I watched it and was thoroughly unimpressed. The story seemed predictable and the plot twists were expected. I might tune in next week in hopes of just a cruddy first episode but I'm doubtful. 6/10 at best.

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