The BEST Episodes of The Dead Zone
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 5, 2020
Network: USA Network
Johnny Smith has been leading an idyllic small-town life. Employed as a science teacher, Johnny takes great pleasure in showing his young students the wonders of the natural world. He is also newly engaged to Sarah, a fellow teacher he's known since childhood, and is a good son to his widowed mother, who lives nearby. Johnny's life is nearly perfect... until a near-fatal car crash that leaves him in a deep coma. Six years later, Johnny finally regains consciousness and discovers that the life he once knew is gone. His mother has passed away, and Sarah has gone on to marry someone else - and the child she and her husband, the local sheriff, are now raising is Johnny's son. But Johnny himself is also not the same person he once was: he now finds himself in possession of amazing psychic powers which allow him to see into the lives of anyone he touches.
#1 - Wheel of Fortune (1)
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 16, 2002
Johnny Smith was leading an idyllic small-town life: working as a high school science teacher, engaged to the love of his life, Sarah, and being a devoted son to his widowed mother, Vera, who lives nearby. But after a near-fatal car accident puts him in a deep coma, Johnny awakens six years later to find everything has changed: Sarah is now is married to someone else, local sheriff Walt Bannerman; the child they are raising is actually Johnny's son and knows nothing about his real father; and Johnny's mother Vera has passed away, leaving Johnny's finances under the thumb of Reverend Purdy, an influential religious leader who is also his mother's former lover. But, most importantly, Johnny himself has changed: he now finds himself with the gift (or curse) of second sight. Through visions he sees with a simple touch, he becomes responsible for saving a nurse's little girl from a fire, helping his Vietnamese doctor reunite with the mother he thought was killed during the fall of Saigon, and now must prevent a local serial killer from striking again. Now Johnny is faced with the daunting task of coming to grips with his new powers - and navigating his way through his new life.
#2 - Visions
Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Aug 17, 2003
Johnny tries to determine who the mysterious hooded man in his visions are and aid him in the present, while determining more about what the future holds for him personally.
#3 - Destiny
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 15, 2002
In the past Johnny Smith as a child and Greg Stilson, the son of a Bible salesman, briefly meet and Johnny has a future vision of danger. In the present Johnny has a vision of a restaurant graduation party tragedy and warns his employer, the father of a student. Stilson, now a Senatorial candidate being backed by Rev. Purdy, comes to town after the tragedy and Johnny gets visions of catastrophe in Stilson's wake. Johnny and Sara get together while in flashback we see how Stilson has been a total bastard all of his life, and that Johnny came out of his coma just as Stilson was sworn in as state representative. When they meet at a rally Johnny shakes Stilson's hand and sees him as the source of catastrophe - Washington D.C. devastated by a nuclear holocaust.
#4 - Zion
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 6, 2003
Johnny goes the funeral of Bruce's father and somehow gives Bruce visions of what Bruce's life would have been like if he had never met Johnny.
#5 - Cold Hard Truth
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 27, 2004
When shock jock Jack Jericho who spews venomous attacks on the airwaves gets a concussion from being beaten by a group of bikers he offended, the most unlikely person comes to his aid. Johnny who is the target of Jack's many radio bashings becomes concerned that the radio host's self-destructive behavior is leading him down a path that would end in his death. In the midst of all this, Johnny attempts to help Walt and Sarah with J.J. who is having problems at school and at home.
#6 - Quality of Life
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 30, 2002
Johnny returns to his old school as a substitute teacher and as a hockey coach. During practice, Johnny has a vision inside a player's heart that indicates he may have a serious heart condition. However, there is no medical evidence to support him. Johnny's vision of Todd, and his previous publicity, cause an outcry by the parents who demand that Johnny be fired.
#7 - Enemy Mind
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 28, 2002
While helping to track down a runaway, Jill, who is involved with drugs, Johnny is exposed to a drug that causes him to start getting weird (weirder than usual) visions. He insists on trying to find Jill, despite the concerns of Bruce and Sarah. Confusing matters further is that Jill's boyfriend is in trouble with his supplier. The boyfriend gets killed and Jill and Johnny go on the run. In the final showdown, Johnny manages to fight past his hallucinations and knock the drug dealer off a high ledge, while Jill is reunited with her mother.
#8 - What It Seems (2)
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 23, 2002
With the help of his new friend Bruce, Johhny attempts to stop the Bangor Strangler from claiming another victim.
#9 - Dinner with Dana
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 25, 2002
A jealous ex-lover stalks Dana as her affair with Johnny heats up.
#10 - Numb
Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 29, 2007
Sarah must take unexpected actions to save Johnny's life after he goes into a coma.
#11 - Descent (1)
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 12, 2003
As Walt begins to wonder what's between Johnny and his wife Sara, a group of teenagers disappear into an abandoned copper mine that was owned by Johnny's grandfather. Walt brings Johnny in to help with the rescue and Smith soon begins to get visions not only of the teens but of the miners who died in an incident in 1949 brought on by his grandfather's actions. The ghost miners seem to be striking back at Johnny and Walt is seriously injured. The teens are rescued but Johnny gets a vision of Walt's funeral as he is taken away in the ambulance. (To be continued)
#12 - Precipitate
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 9, 2003
Johnny must stop a series of bad future visions based on the blood donations he receives from six different donors.
#13 - Broken Circle (2)
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 12, 2005
Johnny is forced to try and save Greg Stillson...by stopping Rachel Caldwell from making a fatal mistake, even though it may cause nuclear armageddon.
#14 - Saved
Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 28, 2005
When Stillson's girlfriend disappears, he must reluctantly turn to Johnny Smith for help in locating her.
#15 - The Storm
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 6, 2003
In the aftermath of Kate's death, Johnny's friends stage an intervention to shake him out of his guilt, but as Bruce drives him to Purdy's lakeside resort, he senses a storm is brewing. Now Johnny is forced to try to come to terms with his destiny in order to save the people he loves.
#16 - Finding Rachel (2)
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 13, 2004
Arrested for the murder of Rachel Caldwell, Johnny seeks the assistance of her sister, a reluctant Rebecca--who believes that he is guilty--and his friends to prove his innocence and help figure out what really happened to her.
#17 - Exile
Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 26, 2007
Johnny goes to the aid of his psychic friend, but soon finds he's the one who needs help. Meanwhile, Sarah moves out of Johnny's house and goes to Stillson, who reveals information that sheds light on the events leading up to Walt's death.
#18 - A Very Dead Zone Christmas
Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 4, 2005
Johnny prepares for a Christmas celebration and has to deal with a visit by Alex, an amnesiac Santa, three young brothers without a family, and... turducken.
#19 - Outcome
Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 5, 2007
Johnny must turn to a friend of Sarah's for help when he gets a vision of an imminent bus station bombing.
#20 - Tipping Point (1)
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 22, 2004
The continuing strain of visions takes its toll on Johnny while he and Rebecca try to bring Stillson to justice for Rachel's murder, and Reverend Purdy confesses his sins.
#21 - The Collector
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 19, 2005
When a friend of Sara's goes missing, Johnny becomes involved trying to find her twisted abductor...before he kills the missing woman.
#22 - Re-Entry
Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 1, 2007
Johnny gets a vision of disaster on a private space mission and is forced to work with Stillson to save the crew.
#23 - Double Vision
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 26, 2005
Johnny runs into an attractive psychic as they both try to find and stop a sniper.
#24 - Deja Voodoo
Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 20, 2003
Johnny is forced into a series of changing visions to help a young woman he's romantically attracted to.
#25 - Vortex
Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 6, 2006
To save a child, Johnny infiltrates a compound belonging to a cult, but soon finds that the place is loaded with explosives and must stop a confrontation between the cult leader and the FBI before the entire place goes up.