I watched this show when it was first on the air, and after watching it again on DVD for the first time in years, I was struck by how well it still holds up in this decade. In fact, if this show was airing right now, I honestly think it would be the best show on television.
To start, the premise is extremely interesting and original: a Chicago man, Gary Hobson, holds the future in his hand: he mysteriously receives tomorrow's newpaper a day early. He must make many moral decisions as to how he is going to use the paper - for his advantange, or for other peoples' advantage. Of course, for those who really appreciate Kyle Chandler's boyish, innocent looks, we already know he's a good guy in this.
Every episode involves stories in the newspaper, mostly tragic, that Gary must try to fix or prevent. However, such is life, where one thing is often connected to another, be it people or events, and situations are not always what they seem. Many episodes take us through exciting twists and turns, and before we know it, a 40-minute episode is sadly over.
What I love about "Early Edition" is its tremendous heart. I never cry when I watch television and most movies, but I think this show wins in making me tear up with gladness in more than several episodes throughout its four-year run, especially during the first season. Episodes like "The Choice," where Gary must decide who to save from death, "Gun," which shows the devestating effects of a broken-up family, "Hoops," and "Faith," where a young girl helps Gary reevaluate the kind of faith he puts in his paper, are uplifting and helps us believe in a world that still has hope and goodness in it. Sounds cliche, but I'll take a show that celebrates the goodness in people over ones that seem to take joy in showing heartache and violence as a result of the evil people do.
Other episodes such as "His Girl Thursday," "The Wall 1+2," "Psychic," "Phantom at the Opera," and "Love is Blind" are exciting and at times very intense mysteries that showcase the classic "Early Edition" comedy and engaging story lines. Kyle Chandler as the bumbling, kind-hearted, and adorable Gary Hobson, as well as Fisher Stevens (as best buddy Chuck) and Shanesia Davis (as blind friend Marissa), make "Early Edition" one of my favorite series for its high quality stories, humor, performances, and heart-felt messages.