The BEST Episodes of Early Edition

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2019

Network: CBS

Gary Hobson was a regular Chicago stockbroker. One day his wife dumped him and he was forced to move into a hotel room. The next morning, at 6:30 am, a mysterious yellow cat showed up at his front door with tomorrow's edition of the Chicago Sun-Times. From that day on his life was never the same. At first skeptical, Gary started to try saving people's lives and stop disasters from happening. With the help of his friends Chuck and Marissa, Gary became a man with a mission, even though he doesn't know why or how the paper gets to him every morning.


#1 - Collision

Season 3 - Episode 2

Chuck has left McGinty's in financial chaos and Marissa announces for a pub manager in the paper without telling Gary who has hands full with the choice of preventing a major car crash or saving an 8-year-old.

star 8.89
17 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Alex Taub
The Fourth Carpathian

#2 - The Fourth Carpathian

Season 2 - Episode 17

Gary's parents receive the paper when Gary is trapped in an absndoned theater trying to save a monkey. Gary's parents and Crumb accidentally bring together a family of Letonian trapeze artists in Chicago.

star 8.84
18 votes
Directors: Gary Nelson
Writers: Alex Taub
The Return of Crumb

#3 - The Return of Crumb

Season 2 - Episode 14

Gary has to keep an honest cop, Detective Crumb, from being arrested due to a blackmailed investigation.

star 8.83
12 votes
Directors: Gary Nelson
Writers: Randy Feldman
Lt. Hobson, USN

#4 - Lt. Hobson, USN

Season 3 - Episode 4

To stop an explosion, Gary poses as a Navy Lieutenant, but before he can get off the base, he attracts the attention of an admiral who wants Gary to take his daughter to a dance. However, things don't go as planned and Gary ends up imprisoned in a Naval Jail. Worse yet, Gary receives the paper while in jail and learns that McGinty's is going to blow up.

star 8.78
18 votes
Directors: Mel Damski
Writers: Sean Clark

#5 - Fate

Season 3 - Episode 18

A homeless man plummets to his death while Gary tries to save him. Gary is rattled by his inability to prevent the tragedy and questions his involvement with the paper. When Gary refuses to prevent the next day's bad news, he winds up being forced to confront his own fate when he reads his obituary in the paper and must figure out what he's done wrong so he can save his life.

star 8.76
17 votes
Directors: Gary Nelson
Writers: Carla Kettner
Blowing Up is Hard to Do

#6 - Blowing Up is Hard to Do

Season 3 - Episode 23

Gary saves a woman from drowning in a pool at a women-only gym, who turns out to be Detective Armstrong's wife. The Armstrongs invite Gary and Erica to dinner at their house; Det. Armstrong is suspicious about Gary saving his wife, and accuses him of trying to kill her. Erica decides to end her relationship with Gary, and leave Chicago. Meanwhile, Gary has to prevent two places from blowing up after a manifesto is sent to the Sun Times and the TV station, both of which refuse to read or publish it, and then are targeted by the people who wrote it.

star 8.69
13 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Jeff Pinkner, Carla Kettner
Two to Tangle

#7 - Two to Tangle

Season 3 - Episode 17

A couple is fighting with each other over their lingerie company, and Henry befriends their daughter.

star 8.68
13 votes
Directors: Jim Quinn
Writers: Rick Mittleman
Don't Walk Away, Renee

#8 - Don't Walk Away, Renee

Season 2 - Episode 20

Gary helps Renee, a woman who is being targeted by thieves.

star 8.67
15 votes
Directors: Gary Nelson
Writers: Sean Clark, Alex Taub

#9 - Slippity-Doo-Dah

Season 3 - Episode 12

Gary catches a snake that was going to bite a bingo player who faints and knocks her head. However, she's incapable of her next doings: babysitting Henry. Gary takes over, but Marissa warns him that he can't handle both the paper and Henry. While babysitting for Henry, Gary's intervention with one accident sets off a chain reaction of accidents.

star 8.64
14 votes
Directors: Fisher Stevens
Writers: Carla Kettner
Funny Valentine

#10 - Funny Valentine

Season 3 - Episode 15

While in town to discuss a major deal with the Chicago Cubs, star ball player Andy Miller escapes serious harm when Gary saves him from being severely injured in a freak accident. Andy does bruise his shoulder during the incident, however, and Gary takes him to the hospital where Andy winds up falling in love with his physician, Dr. Suzy Pietro. Andy decides to accept the Cubs lucrative offer so he can stay in Chicago and be with Suzy. Unfortunately, Andy's agent doesn't want him to sign with the team and he soon learns that Suzy is contemplating a marriage proposal from another man. When Gary reads that Andy is going to choose a different ball club, he rushes to keep Andy with the Cubs and reunite him with Suzy.

star 8.63
16 votes
Directors: Adam Nimoy
Writers: Jeff Melvoin
Where or When

#11 - Where or When

Season 2 - Episode 16

After Gary is injured in a fall, he becomes housebound while his broken leg heals. In a ""Rear Window"" style plot, he watches people in the apartment building across the street and is attracted to a new neighbor who seem to have been the victim of a murder almost 50 years ago.

star 8.59
17 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Shannon Dobson
The Last Untouchable

#12 - The Last Untouchable

Season 3 - Episode 13

An old ex-cop with an outdated driver's license starts his car and Gary crawls on it to stop him driving. Two Italian tourists are robbed by fake taxi drivers. The tourists charm Erica to show them old Chicago buildings, and Capone's last living major gang member is released from prison.

star 8.58
12 votes
Directors: Randy Roberts
Writers: Sean Clark

#13 - Deadline

Season 3 - Episode 8

Gary tries to clear the name of an innocent man on death row hours before his execution. Lucious Snow had failed to stop the murder, but left Gary some clues.

star 8.54
17 votes
Directors: Scott Paulin
Writers: Sean Clark
Mum's the Word

#14 - Mum's the Word

Season 2 - Episode 15

Gary take Marissa who poses as an Egyptian princess to gain admission to a exibission so that he can save an archeaologist from being struck in the head by a ancient Egyptian stone at the museum, Gary pushes the man out of the way only to see that someone wanted the archeaologist killed. The day after Gary reads in the newspaper that there'll be a fire in the museum, so he checks up on a journalist who was at the museum the night the archeaologist was almost killed. When the eyes are stollen from a cat mummy, a curse is released, causing everyone involved, including Marissa, to fall seriously ill.

star 8.54
13 votes

#15 - Faith

Season 1 - Episode 21

Gary and Chuck wait on a bridge to help a man who will be run over by a car, but they don't realize that the man is Gary, who is knocked out unconscious. At he hospital, Gary meets a girl named Rachel, who is waiting for a compatible heart. Rachel questions Gary about his beliefs in God, a role the paper imposes him to play after announcing that Rachel will find a heart – from a young boy killed in a hold-up. Now Gary must choose between ignoring the boy and letting Rachel live or saving the boy, at the cost of Rachel's life.

star 8.50
20 votes
Writers: Bob Brush
The Quality of Mercy

#16 - The Quality of Mercy

Season 2 - Episode 18

The paper sends Gary to save a man John Hernandez from getting killed in a road accident. After doing that the paper changes and it states that Hernandez is going to kill Rachel Stone the prosecutor who sent him to prison. Gary can't help but wonder why the paper sent him on such an errand. Gary then goes to the courthouse to stop Hernandez; Hernandez gets away and Gary is arrested and brought to Ms. Stone. When he tries to warn her about Hernandez; she doesn't believe him cause Gary won't reveal the source of his information. Hernandez got away by knocking Chuck out and taking his car. While Gary waits at the hospital, the paper now says that Hernandez is going to try again this time at her home. Gary goes there and gets him and Ms. Stone taken as hostage.

star 8.50
20 votes
Directors: Fisher Stevens
Writers: David T. Levinson
Up Chuck

#17 - Up Chuck

Season 3 - Episode 7

A surprise visit from Chuck makes Gary suspect an ulterior motive.

star 8.46
17 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Alex Taub
Teen Angels

#18 - Teen Angels

Season 3 - Episode 11

Gary is mistaken for a substitute teacher while attempting to stop a high school shooting.

star 8.43
16 votes
Directors: James Quinn
Writers: Laura Doyle
The Wall (2)

#19 - The Wall (2)

Season 1 - Episode 15

Gary is on the run now that he has the police and Agent Dobbs after him. They seek for help with Morris, who takes them to a friend of his who secretly handles photo alterations. While they try to find something that might help on the 1963 picture of J.T. Marley, Gary tries to stay away from the president, since the paper says he is the murderer. But he can't run from his destiny, and so Gary goes to the crime scene.

star 8.41
29 votes
Directors: James Quinn
Writers: Bob Brush
Saint Nick

#20 - Saint Nick

Season 3 - Episode 5

Erica reunites with a childhood friend, Nick Sterling, who seems to be the perfect guy. Gary is jealous of their relationship and reads in the paper that Nick is going to propose to Erica. Gary also reads that the hospital that Nick just got done building is going to catch on fire at the opening party so he goes to the party but the building still catches on fire and he has to save Nick and Erica.

star 8.40
18 votes
Directors: Jim Quinn
Writers: Jeff Melvoin
A Minor Miracle

#21 - A Minor Miracle

Season 2 - Episode 11

Gary's search for a missing child makes him a suspect. When the police won't listen to him, he goes into the flooding underground sewer to try to rescue the little girl before it's too late.

star 8.40
20 votes
Directors: Jim Charleston
Writers: Randy Feldman

#22 - Blackout

Season 3 - Episode 1

During a blackout in Chicago, Marissa attempts to save two trapped teenagers.

star 8.40
20 votes
Directors: Gary Nelson
Writers: Star Froman

#23 - Home

Season 2 - Episode 1

Gary's hotel room burns in an electrical fire. While wondering where he is going to live, Gary also finds out that a greedy businessman wants to purchase McGinty's and an orphanage in order to demolish them and build a parking lot. Gary and Chuck must save McGinty's and the orphanage, and Gary must find a new place to live.

star 8.39
28 votes
Directors: Mel Damski
Writers: H. Wiggens

#24 - Psychic

Season 1 - Episode 18

Gary is unable to stop a child from being kidnapped and looks for help in Claire (a psychic who pursued him about opening a fortune telling business with her after he saved her from dying). She ""felt"" there was something wrong with the child, but Gary thought it was just a part of her act.

star 8.39
23 votes
Directors: Mel Damski
Writers: Alexander J. Taub, Gina Wendkos

#25 - Christmas

Season 1 - Episode 11

Gary has to stop a bomb from killing 20 ice skaters on a park. He goes to Det. Crumb for help, who still doesn't quite believe Gary. The headline on the paper changes to a department store, but still the bomber seems to be ahead of them. Meanwhile, Chuck is arrested for not paying 106 parking tickets. In his cell there's a man who thinks he's Santa, and he convinces Chuck to escape from jail and steal a car to deliver the gifts.

star 8.37
33 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Bob Brush