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The Dead Zone

The Dead Zone

USA Network 2002

Johnny Smith discovers he has developed psychic abilities after a coma.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Dead Zone

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#1 - Here There Be Monsters (Season 1 - Episode 10)

Johnny and Bruce drive into the small town of Hobb's Landing where Johnny gets a vision of himself being burned at the stake. He goes to the police and has a vision of the murder of a local girl. The police hold him on charges of witchcraft and he is sent to trial.

The episode was rated 8.25 from 32 votes.

The Dead Zone - S4E5

#2 - Heroes & Demons (Season 4 - Episode 5)

An autistic boy makes his way to Johnny to "ask" him to help clear his father - a cop on death row for the murder of an undercover cop.

The episode was rated 8.09 from 22 votes.

The Dead Zone - S2E5

#3 - Precipitate (Season 2 - Episode 5)

Johnny must stop a series of bad future visions based on the blood donations he receives from six different donors.

The episode was rated 8.09 from 34 votes.

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#4 - Wheel of Fortune (1) (Season 1 - Episode 1)

Johnny Smith was leading an idyllic small-town life: working as a high school science teacher, engaged to the love of his life, Sarah, and being a devoted son to his widowed mother, Vera, who lives nearby. But after a near-fatal car accident puts him in a deep coma, Johnny awakens six years later to find everything has changed: Sarah is now is married to someone else, local sheriff Walt Bannerman; the child they are raising is actually Johnny's son and knows nothing about his real father; and Johnny's mother Vera has passed away, leaving Johnny's finances under the thumb of Reverend Purdy, an influential religious leader who is also his mother's former lover. But, most importantly, Johnny himself has changed: he now finds himself with the gift (or curse) of second sight. Through visions he sees with a simple touch, he becomes responsible for saving a nurse's little girl from a fire, helping his Vietnamese doctor reunite with the mother he thought was killed during the fall of Saigon, and now must prevent a local serial killer from striking again. Now Johnny is faced with the daunting task of coming to grips with his new powers - and navigating his way through his new life.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 91 votes.

The Dead Zone - S2E6

#5 - Scars (Season 2 - Episode 6)

After learning Stillson's congressional rival, a long-time incumbent is a war veteran with a dark secret. Johnny ponders whether the truth is more important than Stillson's defeat.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 28 votes.

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#6 - The Collector (Season 4 - Episode 2)

When a friend of Sara's goes missing, Johnny becomes involved trying to find her twisted abductor...before he kills the missing woman.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 21 votes.

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#7 - Destiny (Season 1 - Episode 13)

In the past Johnny Smith as a child and Greg Stilson, the son of a Bible salesman, briefly meet and Johnny has a future vision of danger. In the present Johnny has a vision of a restaurant graduation party tragedy and warns his employer, the father of a student. Stilson, now a Senatorial candidate being backed by Rev. Purdy, comes to town after the tragedy and Johnny gets visions of catastrophe in Stilson's wake. Johnny and Sara get together while in flashback we see how Stilson has been a total bastard all of his life, and that Johnny came out of his coma just as Stilson was sworn in as state representative. When they meet at a rally Johnny shakes Stilson's hand and sees him as the source of catastrophe - Washington D.C. devastated by a nuclear holocaust.

The episode was rated 8.02 from 44 votes.

The Dead Zone - S3E3

#8 - Collision (Season 3 - Episode 3)

While following a missing person's case of an eleven year old named Katie Mercer, Johnny's visions of the girl intercede with visions of the night of his crash 9 years ago. He struggles with the help of Rebecca to relive and endure the night of his accident so that he could figure out where Katie is located as the intensity of the physical and emotional pain of his visions start to wear him down. As Johnny sorts out this strange intertwining of the past and present, he is led to the mysterious person that saved his life.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 21 votes.

The Dead Zone - S6E13

#9 - Denouement (Season 6 - Episode 13)

In the sixth season finale, visions of Walt lead Johnny to an amazing discovery about his father Herb, and secrets from the past are exposed.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 24 votes.

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#10 - The House (Season 1 - Episode 6)

Johnny moves into his new house and starts having visions of a tub filled with blood. He also sees visions of his dead mother, and comes to believe that Rev. Purdy killed his mother. The facts seem to suggest that Purdy did indeed engage in a cover-up concerning the death of Johnny's mother. In a final confrontation Johnny touches Purdy and gains a vision of Purdy finding Johnny's mother dead by suicide. Realizing what the death of a child can drive a parent to do, he goes to the aid of a local neighbor girl whose brother died on a military mission and whose mother is preparing to kill herself.

The episode was rated 7.98 from 46 votes.

The Dead Zone - S4E3
#11 - Double Vision
Season 4 - Episode 3

Johnny runs into an attractive psychic as they both try to find and stop a sniper.

The episode was rated from 26 votes.
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#12 - Tipping Point (1)
Season 3 - Episode 12

The continuing strain of visions takes its toll on Johnny while he and Rebecca try to bring Stillson to justice for Rachel's murder, and Reverend Purdy confesses his sins.

The episode was rated from 21 votes.
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#13 - Independence Day
Season 5 - Episode 2

Johnny has a vision of a dead Bruce in a multi-car accident on the highway, but finds that his every effort to stop it only makes things worse.

The episode was rated from 21 votes.
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#14 - Visions
Season 2 - Episode 19

Johnny tries to determine who the mysterious hooded man in his visions are and aid him in the present, while determining more about what the future holds for him personally.

The episode was rated from 20 votes.
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#15 - Unreasonable Doubt
Season 1 - Episode 5

Johnny is summoned to jury duty on a murder trial. Johnny starts to get visions which lead him to believe the accused is innocent. He is the only not-guilty vote

The episode was rated from 53 votes.
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#16 - Quality of Life
Season 1 - Episode 3

Johnny returns to his old school as a substitute teacher and as a hockey coach. During practice, Johnny has a vision inside a player's heart that indicates he may have a serious heart condition. However, there is no medical evidence to support him. Johnny's vision of Todd, and his previous publicity, cause an outcry by the parents who demand that Johnny be fired.

The episode was rated from 69 votes.
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#17 - Descent (1)
Season 2 - Episode 2

As Walt begins to wonder what's between Johnny and his wife Sara, a group of teenagers disappear into an abandoned copper mine that was owned by Johnny's grandfather. Walt brings Johnny in to help with the rescue and Smith soon begins to get visions not only of the teens but of the miners who died in an incident in 1949 brought on by his grandfather's actions. The ghost miners seem to be striking back at Johnny and Walt is seriously injured. The teens are rescued but Johnny gets a vision of Walt's funeral as he is taken away in the ambulance. (To be continued)

The episode was rated from 46 votes.
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#18 - Misbegotten
Season 2 - Episode 7

Johnny is kidnapped by three women who take him to a haunted house - each has their own reasons. Penny is romantically obsessed with Johnny and wants to have his baby, Maddy plans on making a "Blair Witch" style Internet event and sell it to Rev. Purdy, and Anita is seemingly obsessed with the mystery of the family who was killed there. While Dana and Sara reluctantly go through the piles of "fan mail" that Johnny receives, Johnny himself unravels the mystery through his visions, and discovers that the young son Nicholas who survived is responsible...and that Anita is that boy, dressed as a woman. With the women's help the police arrive just in time as Anita/Nicholas goes berserk. Johnny manages to restrain her long enough to save his life and Anita is taken away.

The episode was rated from 28 votes.
The Dead Zone - S2E16
#19 - The Hunt
Season 2 - Episode 16

Johnny is recruited to help the CIA track down Osama Bin Laden.

The episode was rated from 24 votes.
The Dead Zone - S2E15
#20 - Deja Voodoo
Season 2 - Episode 15

Johnny is forced into a series of changing visions to help a young woman he's romantically attracted to.

The episode was rated from 23 votes.

Last updated: sep 20, 2022



Great show so far... On season 3.


It´s not just great, is one of the greatest =)


One of Stephen King's better novels gets a surprisingly well-done expansion and fills up some plot holes by giving Johnny Smith a more balanced personality solving other crime cases and the mysterious visions that he gets from others. Anthony Michael Hall do his best role since the 1980s making me almost forgetting that Christopher Walken did the role perfectly in 1983. David Odgen Stiers had a recurring role as a reverend in the show that he nails perfectly. It loses it's way during it's last seasons with stories that feels more interesting in repeating itself from past glories and some filler episodes are boring. It is also a missed opportunity that the series never go down the path of the novel and make the hero more of a loner and paranoid when he starts to take on his arch enemy, Greg Stillson - at least they should have addressed this for some shows make this arc story feel more like a different parallel world take on the original story.


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