I cannot figure out why this show is not a bigger hit. It's fantastic.
Anthony Michael Hall, (now looking eerily like Steve McQueen instead of Farmer Ted) plays Johnny Smith, a young man who loses six years of his life to a coma after a car crash.
He wakes up to find that his mother is dead, his fiancee is married to another man (who Johnny's son thinks is his father), and that his brain has created a new path to consciousness, leading his thoughts through what his neurologist describes as "the dead zone". This new path gives him psychic visions, of the past, the future, and the present.
This could have been a very episodic show...mystery happens, Johnny has vision that solves it, blah blah blah. Instead, the writers and producers give us a fascinating drama, where Johnny and his ex-finacee try to sort out their feelings for each other, where Johnny is alone in a world that not only doesn't have a place for him, but doesn't trust him.
There are not always happy endings. Most of the episodes are bittersweet, at best. But watching Anthony Michael Hall and an excellent supporting cast try to deal with the fallout from Johnny's tragedy and unwanted notoriety makes this one of the most compelling dramas you'll see.
Throw in David Ogden Stiers as the "is he good or bad" Reverend Purdy, and Sean Patrick Flanery as the "definitely bad but will the world know in time" Greg Stillson, and you have enough intrigue to keep you going episode after episode.
Especially if you are a fan of shows that deal in some way with the occult, like Buffy r Angel, you'll love this one!
Spooky (at times very much so), funny, sad, utterly engrossing. Please watch The Dead Zone...it's definitely worth your time.
(And yes, it is based on the Stephen King novel, so some characters and situations are familiar...but many aren't.)