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      Season 1 – Early Edition

      1996 Drama Fantasy List
      73% 11 Reviews Tomatometer 57% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score This is why you should always feed stray cats. Gary Hobson is startled to open his door one day to find a cat sitting on a newspaper, a newspaper that has a publishing date of the next day. With the future's headlines running through his head, he tries to save the lives of as many people as he can. And this happens every day. Read More Read Less
      Early Edition — Season 1

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      With an affable Kyle Chandler saving the day, Early Edition elevates its syrupy concept with genuine heart.

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      Previous Episode 1 Aired Sep 28, 1996 Pilot Gary begins receiving the early edition of the next day's newspaper and realizes the responsibility that has been entrusted to him. Details Episode 2 Aired Oct 5, 1996 The Choice Marissa and Chuck help Gary in an attempt to save both a child who will die of hospital neglect and a Chicago jetliner destined for doom. Details Episode 3 Aired Oct 12, 1996 Baby Gary sets out to prevent a catastrophic water main break that could black out the entire city; Marcia has a change of heart. Details Episode 4 Aired Oct 19, 1996 The Paper Gary saves a reporter in pursuit of a story and attempts to locate the source behind the mysterious paper. Details Episode 5 Aired Oct 26, 1996 Thief Swipes Mayor's Dog Gary is determined to save the mayor's dog, as well as the future of the thief who wants to kidnap it. Details Episode 6 Aired Nov 2, 1996 Hoops Gary tries to convince a promising young basketball player with a heart condition to leave the game before it costs him his life. Details Episode 7 Aired Nov 9, 1996 After Midnight Gary tries to save two lives when he learns a teenage mother, who has become involved in an illegal drug operation, is going to abandon her baby. Details Episode 8 Aired Nov 16, 1996 Gun Gary poses as a school official to prevent a boy with behavioral problems from fatally shooting his older brother. Details Episode 9 Aired Nov 23, 1996 His Girl Thursday Gary saves a family from a tornado; Chuck and Gary's journalist girlfriend use the early edition for gain. Details Episode 10 Aired Dec 7, 1996 The Wrong Man Gary is mistaken for a criminal when he tries to save a man who is about to marry his ex-wife, Marcia. Details Episode 11 Aired Dec 21, 1996 Christmas Gary learns the teddy bear bomber will strike a crowded skating rink; Chuck helps a man claiming to be Santa Claus escape from prison. Details Episode 12 Aired Jan 11, 1997 Frostbit A homeless boy who lifted Gary's wallet faces freezing to death unless Gary can free him from an abandoned warehouse. Details Episode 13 Aired Jan 25, 1997 Mob Wife Gary and Chuck run afoul of the mob and the FBI when they try to prevent the murder of a key witness. Details Episode 14 Aired Feb 1, 1997 The Wall With the president about to visit Chicago, Gary becomes the subject of a Secret Service investigation when he saves the life of the newspaper's editor in chief. Details Episode 15 Aired Feb 8, 1997 The Wall A pawnbroker holds the answer that Gary needs to stop a planned presidential assassination from taking place in Chicago. Details Episode 16 Aired Feb 22, 1997 Bat Masterson Gary helps a decorated police officer claiming to be the legendary cowboy Bat Masterson avenge his partner's death. Details Episode 17 Aired Mar 8, 1997 The Jury Gary is serving on a jury about to pronounce a man guilty when he learns from the next day's paper that the defendant is innocent. Details Episode 18 Aired Apr 12, 1997 Psychic When Gary saves the life of a fraudulent psychic, she refuses to leave him alone, convinced that he truly has the ability to see the future. Details Episode 19 Aired Apr 13, 1997 The Cat The cat begins delivering the paper to an eccentric lady named Eunice in an effort to get Gary to help her with her problems. Details Episode 20 Aired Apr 19, 1997 Phantom at the Opera Gary considers stopping his new love from being reunited with her old love when he learns about it in the paper. Details Episode 21 Aired Apr 26, 1997 Faith Gary must decide whether to save the life of a girl in need of a heart transplant or to prevent a troubled teen from being killed in a robbery attempt. Details Episode 22 Aired May 3, 1997 Dad Tossed out of the house by his wife, Gary's father moves in with his son, where he soon proves valuable in preventing the next day's tragedies. Details Episode 23 Aired May 17, 1997 Love Is Blind Gary must prevent Marissa's charming study partner from killing her psychology professor in a bomb blast. Details Next
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      Previous Diane Werts Newsday Though the details may be fuzzy, this show's heart is crystal clear and always in the right place. It's a magical blend of the human spirit common sense and heart-pounding action. Oct 20, 2021 Full Review Noel Holston and Neal Justin Minneapolis Star Tribune CBS's new slogan, "Welcome Home," was designed not only to remind viewers that the Eye once ruled the land, but also to tell folks that its attempt to be the Gen-X network was a terrible mistake. Early Edition is the network's most entertaining apology. Oct 19, 2021 Full Review Steve Johnson Chicago Tribune Groundhog Day without the humor, it's a good Twilight Zone episode. Can it be sustained? Jan 3, 2019 Full Review Rick Kushman Sacramento Bee Sweet show with a likable cast, Doesn't push the bounds of the ridiculous too far, although it's close. 2.5/4 Oct 21, 2021 Full Review James Endrst Hartford Courant The show is uneven, wobbly, full of holes, but it wins points for having its heart in the right place. Oct 15, 2021 Full Review Kay McFadden Charlotte Observer The pilot was a bit clumsy, but the moral dilemma is compelling and Kyle Chandler is perfectly cast as the introvert who's suddenly confronted by the possibilities of interfering in the world's affairs. B+ Oct 14, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews Next
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      Previous Audience Member This is one great family show. What better than a young man getting a paper that clues him in as to what is going to happen the next day? Then, he becomes a sort of super dude that goes out and saves people. Very well done. My entire family loved it and still do. It has become a sort of 'comfort food for my soul'. The entire cast is really good, especially Kyle Chandler as Gary Hobson and Shanésia Davis as Gary's closest friend, a blind woman named Marissa Clark. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member A fun premise that wasn't executed in the best way. A charming show, nonetheless. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Next Post a review

      Season Info

      Stephen Cragg, Randy Zisk, Rick Rosenthal, Michael Dinner, Dan Attias, Lee Bonner, James Quinn, Michael Toshiyuki Uno
      Executive Producer
      Bob Brush, Ian Abrams, Lillah McCarthy, Michael Dinner
      Bob Brush, John J. Sakmar, Deborah Joy LeVine, Alex Taub, John Romano, Norman Morrill, Robert Rabinowitz, Kerry Lenhart
      Drama, Fantasy
      Original Language
      Release Date
      Sep 28, 1996
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