The Dead Zone (TV series)

The Dead Zone
Created by Stephen King
Developed by
Opening theme "New Year's Prayer" by Jeff Buckley
(seasons 1-3)
"Dead Zone Epic" by Blues Saraceno
(seasons 4-6)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 80 (list of episodes)
Producer(s) Peter Lhotka Ep 1 & 2
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) DawnField Entertainment
Crescent Entertainment (2002-2007)
Dead Zone Production (2002–2007)
Lionsgate Television (2002–2007)
The Lloyd Segan Company (2002–2007)
Modern Entertainment (2002–2005)
Piller2 (2002–2007)
Paramount Network Television (2002–2006) (seasons 1-5)
CBS Paramount Network Television (2006–2007) (season 6)
Distributor Debmar-Mercury/20th Television (USA)
CBS Studios International (non-USA)
Original network USA Network
Original release June 16, 2002 (2002-06-16) – September 16, 2007 (2007-09-16)
The cast of The Dead Zone.

The Dead Zone, a.k.a. Stephen King's Dead Zone (in USA) is an American/Canadian science fiction drama television series starring Anthony Michael Hall as Johnny Smith, who discovers he has developed psychic abilities after a coma. The show, credited as "based on characters" from Stephen King's 1979 novel of the same name, first aired in 2002, and was produced by Lionsgate Television and CBS Paramount Network Television (Paramount Network Television 2002-06) for the USA Network.

The show was originally commissioned for UPN, but the network later dropped the show and it was picked up instead by USA.[2] The series was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for its first five seasons. The sixth and last season was billed as "The season that changes everything" and production was moved to Montreal.[3]

The Dead Zone was expected to be renewed for a seventh season; however, due to low ratings and high production costs the series was canceled in December 2007, without a proper series finale.

Some rumors spread that Syfy would pick up the series after it was canceled by USA, but it did not happen. Rumors of a made-for-TV movie have all but faded with time.[4]


Small-town teacher Johnny Smith is involved in a car accident that leaves him comatose for approximately six years. After regaining consciousness, Johnny begins having visions of the past and future triggered by touching items or people; doctors attribute the visions to activity in a previously unused "dead zone" of his brain that is attempting to compensate for the impaired function of the portions injured in the accident. Johnny also learns that his fiancée, Sarah, gave birth to his son in the interim following the accident, but has since married another man.

With the help of Sarah, her husband Walt, and physical therapist Bruce, Johnny begins using his abilities to help solve crimes. However, his attempts to do good are complicated by intermittent visions of apocalyptic events brought about following the future election of congressional candidate Greg Stillson.

Cast and characters


Recurring guests

Former recurring



The first season averaged 6.4 million viewers while season four averaged 3.4 million and season six averaged 2.1 million. The series premiere scored 6.4 million viewers, holding the record for highest premiere on USA Network, until bested by The 4400 premiere which drew 7.4 million viewers.



DVD releases

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has released all 6 seasons of The Dead Zone on DVD in Region 1, while CBS Home Entertainment (distributed by Paramount) has also released all 6 seasons in Region 2.

On June 26, 2012, Lionsgate Home Entertainment released a complete series set on DVD in Canada only.[5]

DVD name Ep # Region 1 Region 2 Additional information (Region 1 DVDs only)
Season 1 13 June 17, 2003 January 30, 2006
  • Behind the Scenes: Genesis - The creators of the series explain how The Dead Zone came to be.
  • Writing -A featurette that takes you inside meetings with the writing staff as they outline each episode.
  • Music And Special Effects- An in-depth tour of The Dead Zone's amazing visual effects.
  • Never before seen interviews with various guest stars
  • Commentary on all 13 episodes.
  • Storyboards
Season 2 19 June 8, 2004 May 1, 2006
  • Production Commentary for all 19 episodes
  • The Making of an Episode
  • Cast & Crew Interviews
  • Never-before-seen interviews with directors and guest stars
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Storyboards
Season 3 12 June 7, 2005 February 12, 2007
  • Commentaries for all 12 episodes
  • Featurettes: HD Conversion and Wacky Caterers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Short Film ("Five Minutes 'Til Mitch") Directed by John L. Adams with Intro.
Season 4 12 June 13, 2006 July 23, 2007
  • The production design of The Dead Zone featurette
  • Audio commentaries
  • Deleted scenes
Season 5 11 June 5, 2007 July 13, 2009
  • The Other side of the Camera explores the directorial debut of series stars Chris Bruno and John L. Adams.
  • A Day With JLA is a guided tour of a typical day on set with series star John L. Adams.
  • Audio Commentaries
Season 6 13 June 3, 2008 March 22, 2010
  • A New Home for The Dead Zone
  • All Aboard: Filming The Dead Zone
  • Audio Commentary on 4 Episodes
Complete Series 80 June 26, 2012 N/A

See also


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