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JERICHO is a drama about what happens when a nuclear mushroom cloud suddenly appears on the horizon, plunging the residents of a small, peaceful Kansas town into chaos, leaving them completely isolated and wondering if they're the only Americans left alive. But in this time of crisis, as sensible people become paranoid, personal agendas take over and well-kept secrets threaten to be revealed, some people will find an inner strength they never knew they had and the most unlikely heroes will emerge.
Part-Lost, part-The Day After, television's first Code Orange serial drama very effectively taps into palpable post-9/11 dread. The residents of Jericho are literally in the dark when they are cut off from civilization in the wake of a nuclear blast. Has the United States been attacked? How many cities were destroyed? Was it terrorists, or something way more sinister? It is up to Johnston Green (an Emmy-worthy Gerald McRaney), the town's mayor (and series bedrock), to calm the community, keep its citizens from turning on each other, and protect them from predatory outsiders. Johnston's son, Jake (Skeet Ulrich), a "screw-up," returns home just prior to the blast following a mysterious five-year absence. Jake is at odds with his estranged father, who is running for reelection, and his brother, Eric (Kenneth Mitchell), his deputy. Nor is he welcomed back by his former girlfriend, Emily (Ashley Scott), now engaged to a man who is missing following the blast. With the fate of America in the balance, one would think that "small town problems" wouldn't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy new world, but it is Jericho's human dramas that resonate most deeply.
On the most cherished TV shows, characters come to feel like family. Jericho's characters come to feel like neighbors. Dale (Erik Knudson), the orphaned teenage outcast, forms an unexpected friendship with the town's spoiled mean girl, Skylar (Candace Bailey). Robert Hawkins (Lennie James), just arrived in town, introduces himself as a former cop from St. Louis, but his secret basement command center suggests otherwise. Gray Anderson (Michael Gaston), a mayoral candidate, politicizes the disaster to undermine Johnston. Stanley (Brad Beyer), a farmer, falls in love with his condescending IRS auditor from Washington, D.C. (Alicia Coppola). And Eric plans to leave his wife, Alice (Darby Stanchfield) for bartender Mary (Clare Carey). But at the heart of Jericho's first season is Jake's hard-earned redemption in his family's (and Emily's) eyes (suddenly, he's a regular MacGyver, able to perform a tracheotomy with a juice box straw!). Star Trek has its Trekkies/-ers and Laurel and Hardy its fraternal organization, the Sons of the Desert. Jericho has its "Nuts," who, in heroic It Takes a Village spirit, mounted a monumental campaign to rescue the series after it had been cancelled. Fans posted a barrage of videos on You Tube and deluged the studio with peanuts (the significance is explained in the season finale). "What is it about this town that has you so addicted to it?" someone asks Emily at one point. Just watch a couple of episodes, and you'll also be hooked. This First Season set should rally Jericho's army and inspire new recruits. --Donald Liebenson
I loved every moment of the series. I wish they'd never canceled it. I know several people who feel as I do.Published 3 days ago by Marilyn J England
Amazing story, and very possible scenario. How people would deal with a nuclear explosion, & being cut off from the outside world. Rivetting!!Published 29 days ago by HK
PLEASE revive this series. Can't believe it didn't run for years!Published 2 months ago by Knight Errant
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I am happy you think Jericho is great. Please help get Jericho renewed again. You can do that by emailing CBS at firstname.lastname@example.org after every episode and tell them you watched. This is the only way CBS can count the viewers who are not Nielsen Ratings households.
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Feb 16, 2008 by Seymour | See all 2 posts
It could very well be a rights issue. Although it would be pretty short-sighted of CBS, they may have only negotiated TV broadcast rights for the music, not DVD distribution rights. Or those rights may have just been too expensive to be worth it :).
Oct 4, 2007 by M. Markley | See all 3 posts
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We are having this same problem. We have tried two seperate disks in two different DVD players. Can anyone help?
Feb 19, 2010 by Amazon Customer | See all 3 posts
Sounds great! I'm also hoping the Countdown webisodes will be on the DVD.
Jul 17, 2007 by Kelly Knight Hall | See all 4 posts
Worked for me. Just make sure you enter TVGUIDE5 in the coupon area during your checkout.
It should take off 5%.
Thanks for the coupon :)
Jul 9, 2007 by AndroidFreebies | See all 4 posts
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