The BEST Episodes of The Dead Zone

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 7, 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.

Wheel of Fortune (1)

#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.

star 8.03
311 votes
Writers: Michael Piller

#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.

star 7.83
161 votes
Directors: Michael Robison
Writers: Craig Silverstein

#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.

star 7.78
211 votes
Writers: Craig Silverstein

#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.

star 7.57
138 votes
Directors: Michael Robison
Writers: Joe Menosky, Michael Piller
Quality of Life

#5 - 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.

star 7.54
263 votes
Directors: John Lafia
Writers: Michael Piller
Cold Hard Truth

#6 - 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.

star 7.54
195 votes
Writers: Michael Taylor
Enemy Mind

#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.

star 7.50
273 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: David Benz
What It Seems (2)

#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.

star 7.44
354 votes
Writers: Michael Piller
Dinner with Dana

#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.

star 7.42
215 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: Michael Taylor

#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.

star 7.42
246 votes
Directors: Mike Rohl
Writers: Dana Greenblatt
Descent (1)

#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)

star 7.39
185 votes
Directors: James Head
Writers: Robert Hewitt Wolfe

#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.

star 7.39
174 votes
Directors: Jefery Levy
Writers: Teddy Tenenbaum
Broken Circle (2)

#13 - Broken Circle (2)

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 12, 2005

Johnny is forced to try and save Greg stopping Rachel Caldwell from making a fatal mistake, even though it may cause nuclear armageddon.

star 7.36
191 votes
Directors: Michael Robison
Writers: Michael R. Perry, Michael Taylor

#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.

star 7.36
193 votes
Directors: James Head
Writers: Loren Segan, Christina Lynch
The Storm

#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.

star 7.35
195 votes
Directors: Michael Robison
Writers: Michael Piller
Finding Rachel (2)

#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.

star 7.35
132 votes
Directors: James Head
Writers: Karl Schaefer, Michael R. Perry

#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.

star 7.34
271 votes
Directors: James Head
Writers: Richard Hatem
A Very Dead Zone Christmas

#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.

star 7.34
219 votes
Directors: James Head
Writers: Karl Schaefer

#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.

star 7.33
217 votes
Directors: Erik Canuel
Writers: Jim Dunn, Sam Ernst
Tipping Point (1)

#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.

star 7.31
162 votes
Directors: Michael Robison
Writers: Karl Schaefer
The Collector

#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.

star 7.31
161 votes
Directors: Michael Robison
Writers: Shintaro Shimosawa, James Morris

#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.

star 7.30
192 votes
Directors: Tim Southam
Writers: Jim Dunn, Sam Ernst
Double Vision

#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.

star 7.30
194 votes
Directors: Mike Rohl
Writers: Karl Schaefer
Deja Voodoo

#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.

star 7.29
163 votes
Directors: James Head
Writers: Karl Schaefer

#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.

star 7.29
217 votes
Writers: Michael Taylor