The BEST Episodes of Early Edition

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2020

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.

False Witness

#1 - False Witness

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 25, 2000

While stealing cars for a chop shop, Jose (Joey) encounters Gary, who is brought in by police to ID the teenager in a criminal lineup. When Gary realizes that Joey is Miguel's little brother, he denies knowing him in order to protect his friend. Although Joey promises Gary that he will go straight, his accomplice pressures him into pulling another job, a heist in which the owner of the car is shot and Gary is taken hostage. While trying to convince Joey to give up his life of crime, Gary is wounded by gunfire and left to ponder whether or not he should have acknowledged Joey's involvement the first time around before people were seriously hurt.

star 9.17
70 votes
Directors: Ian Barry
Writers: Eric Tuchman
Angels and Devils

#2 - Angels and Devils

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 1, 1997

Gary and Chuck become involved with a basketball program at a local church for inner city youth, where they meet a young nun named Sister Mary. Gary helps Sister Mary from abandoning her call after a young man involved with the basketball program is killed during a convenience store holdup, which Gary fails to stop.

star 9.16
73 votes
Directors: Gary Nelson
Writers: Sean Cholodenko
March in Time

#3 - March in Time

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 15, 1997

After learning that a leader of a racist movement will be assasinated during a march, Gary begans to debate whether he should save his life or let him die. Marissa manages to convince him to save him, but the dilemma is further compromised when the leader's comrades attack and vandalize McGinty's. Now Gary has to stop the sniper from killing the leader of the movement. The situation is further complicated when the leader's son befriends a young African-American kid.

star 9.00
75 votes
Directors: Robert Ginty
Writers: Randy Feldman
Blowing Up is Hard to Do

#4 - Blowing Up is Hard to Do

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired May 15, 1999

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 8.86
42 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Carla Kettner, Jeff Pinkner
The Fourth Carpathian

#5 - The Fourth Carpathian

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 18, 1998

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 8.73
99 votes
Directors: Gary Nelson
Writers: Alex Taub
The Iceman Taketh

#6 - The Iceman Taketh

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 16, 1999

As Brigatti carries out her plan to entice the thief with an expensive diamond pendant, her relationship with Gary grows more personal since they are forced to spend several days and nights together. When it appears that the case has been solved, Gary reads that the diamond will turn out to be a fake -- putting Brigatti's career in jeopardy. Armed with tomorrow's news, only Gary can save Brigatti's job by finding the true thief and returning the diamond to its owner.

star 8.64
44 votes
Directors: Scott Paulin
Writers: Diane Messina Stanley, James Stanley
Snow Angels

#7 - Snow Angels

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 26, 2000

While out in the snow, Gary encounters two men, Earl Camby, a reformed criminal who now devotes his life to helping those less fortunate than himself, and Cliff Mourning, a sleazy motel operator. As Gary tries to save Earl's life when a building collapses on him, he reads that Cliff is going to succumb to a heart attack. Torn between leaving Earl alone to die while he saves an ungrateful human being, Gary contemplates a decision that could ultimately tie the two men's lives together.

star 8.64
44 votes
Directors: Sander Stern
Writers: André Nemec, Josh Appelbaum
Camera Shy

#8 - Camera Shy

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 23, 1999

While covering the opening of a local pickle factory, Miguel winds up in the middle of one of Gary's saves, when he falls head first into a barrel of kosher dills. After Miguel's pickled puss winds up in all the papers, he loses his job and must take a position at a museum, where he's forced to photograph uncooperative school children. When Gary reads that one of the kids at the museum will be injured, he races to prevent the tragedy - only to cost Miguel another job. To make matters worse, while at the museum, Miguel inadvertently takes a photo of Bruce Bryce a vicious criminal thought to be dead. When he realizes he has evidence that could potentially get him his newspaper job back, Miguel heads over to the Sun Times with the film. But Bryce tracks him down and threatens him with bodily harm if he doesn't hand over the photos. With Miguel's life in jeopardy, Gary must figure out how to save him before his days as an inquiring photographer are over.

star 8.60
43 votes
Directors: Reza Badiyi
Writers: Eric Tuchman
The Cat

#9 - The Cat

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 13, 1997

Gary takes the cat to the vet thinking he's not feeling good. He is obligated to leave him there overnight, but rushes to the clinic in the morning for the paper, only to find out it's not there (nor is the cat). The cat mysteriously appears at Eunice's (the vet's mother) house with the paper, and Gary wonders if the cat decided to abandon him. He later finds out that the cat only wants him to save Eunice, who was madly in love with Lucius Snow 40 years ago and is now dying from cancer.

star 8.59
85 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Norman Morrill
A Regular Joe

#10 - A Regular Joe

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 22, 1997

Gary is stressed out, and just wants a regular life. He is having recurring dreams about a psychiatrist, who encourages him to take Sundays off from the paper. Gary decides to take that advice. However, he finds out that he needs to convince a famous quarterback to stop playing in order to avoid a serious injury.

star 8.57
42 votes
Directors: Mel Damski
Writers: Jeff Melvoin
Occasionally Amber

#11 - Occasionally Amber

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 29, 2000

When Chuck returns to Chicago to get married, Gary recognizes Chuck's bride as Amber, a jewel thief. She is now calling herself Jade. Gary confides in Marissa who tells him that he must inform Chuck. Gary confronts Jade, who tells him that she truly loves Chuck and that she is really Jade. He decides not to tell Chuck what he knows. The next morning's paper says that a large diamond will be stolen from an auction. Gary and Marissa throw a private rehearsal dinner for Chuck and Jade to keep Jade there while the theft is suppossed to happen. Jade hires two female strippers to handcuff both Gary and Chuck. She then leaves and steals the diamond. When she returns to her apartment Gary confronts her. Jade tells Gary that she had to steal the diamond because it was once a national treasure of her country. Gary doesn't believe her story. He takes the diamond from her and puts it into the curator's mailbox with a letter warning them to tighten security.

star 8.55
40 votes
Directors: Kyle Chandler
Writers: Lawrence Meyers
Everybody Goes to Rick's

#12 - Everybody Goes to Rick's

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired May 20, 2000

Gary travels back in time to 1929, and is the proprietor of a speakeasy at the location where McGinty's is currently located. He must try to prevent the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

star 8.55
40 votes
Directors: Gary Nelson
Writers: Diane Messina Stanley, James Stanley, Lorin Wertheimer
Don't Walk Away, Renee

#13 - Don't Walk Away, Renee

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired May 9, 1998

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

star 8.54
70 votes
Directors: Gary Nelson
Writers: Alex Taub, Sean Clark
A Bris is Just a Bris

#14 - A Bris is Just a Bris

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 20, 1997

Gary comes between his cook and an accident-prone librarian. Chuck turns truthful while dating a Rabbi.

star 8.53
43 votes
Directors: Scott Paulin
Writers: Alex Taub
Where or When

#15 - Where or When

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 11, 1998

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 8.52
71 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Shannon Dobson
Mel Schwartz, Bounty Hunter

#16 - Mel Schwartz, Bounty Hunter

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired May 6, 2000

Gary must keep rescuing an accountant who is determined to become a bounty hunter.

star 8.50
40 votes
Directors: Todd Pfeiffer
Writers: Alex Taub
Mum's the Word

#17 - Mum's the Word

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 4, 1998

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 8.48
69 votes
The Quality of Mercy

#18 - The Quality of Mercy

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 25, 1998

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 8.47
76 votes
Directors: Fisher Stevens
Writers: David T. Levinson
Downsized

#19 - Downsized

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 25, 1997

Gary and Chuck must stop an old friend of theirs from their former job from having a fatal plastic surgery to impress his girlfriend and enhance his career.

star 8.47
107 votes
Directors: Mel Damski
Writers: Nick Harding
Show Me the Monet

#20 - Show Me the Monet

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired May 2, 1998

Gary learns that a British person who assisted him with a mission is actually a forger with many enemies.

star 8.44
71 votes
Directors: Mel Damski
Writers: Nick Harding
Walk, Don't Run

#21 - Walk, Don't Run

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 24, 1998

Gary tries to use his nomination to a public job to get a light put at a dangerous crossroad.

star 8.43
70 votes
Directors: Richard Heus
Writers: Sean Clark
Romancing the Throne

#22 - Romancing the Throne

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 17, 1998

Gary must deal with a stowaway princess who hid in his trunk.

star 8.39
75 votes
Directors: Gary Nelson
Writers: Carla Kettner
Redfellas

#23 - Redfellas

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 8, 1997

The newspaper arrives with an article written in Russian. Gary saves a cab driver, in a seemingly unrelated article written in English. The cab driver is able to read the Russian article to Gary. Gary then must save a beautiful Russian violinist from being murdered and brings her together to her long lost father.

star 8.38
73 votes
Directors: John Kretchner
Writers: Carla Kettner
Collision

#24 - Collision

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 3, 1998

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 8.38
127 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Alex Taub
Fate

#25 - Fate

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 20, 1999

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 8.37
99 votes
Directors: Gary Nelson
Writers: Carla Kettner