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Jericho - Season 1 [DVD]

Skeet Ulrich , Lenny James , Sanford Bookstaver , James Whitmore Jr.    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Skeet Ulrich, Lenny James, Kenneth Mitchell, Pamela Reed, Gerald McRaney
  • Directors: Sanford Bookstaver, James Whitmore Jr., Guy Norman Bee, Martha Mitchell
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 910 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RHUERU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,937 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When twenty-three nuclear bombs go off across the USA, the residents of Jericho are left wondering whether their small Kansas town is all that remains.

As the impact of the crisis sets in, the town’s people pull together and roles within the new community-–some unexpected and some unwanted--become established; Jake Green (played by heart-throb Skeet Ulrich; Scream, The Craft), the prodigal son of the town’s Mayor finds himself stranded in Jericho as a result of the catastrophe. Having just experienced a tense family reunion after five years unexplained absence he finds himself reluctantly assuming a leadership role within the community from which he has run: Emily Sullivan (Ashley Scott; The Kingdom, Dark Angel), Jake's high school sweetheart who lives outside of town and innocently goes about her business unaware of the catastrophe until a chance encounter with two escaped convicts; Emily’s estranged father Jonah Prowse (James Remar; Sex & The City, Dexter), the leader of a group of survivalists who have settled just outside of Jericho, who finds himself having to flee the town when he is accused of murder. Robert Hawkins (Lennie James; 24 Hour Party People, Outlaw), a mysterious jack-of-all-trades stranger who moved to Jericho three days before the attack and who seems to know more than he’s letting on; Mayor Johnston Green (Gerald McRaney; Deadwood), a man dealing with conflicting emotions after the return of his son but who is forced into action as the town begins to riot; Bonnie Richmond (Shoshannah Stern), a pretty 17-year-old who is hearing impaired; and Bonnie's older brother Stanley (Brad Beyer), Jake's best friend from childhood and an avid car lover who works on the family farm.

The townspeople start to think that things are getting back to normal when the phone and power lines are reinstated and they receive a pre-recorded phone call from Homeland Security telling them that help is on the way. However, their hope is quickly dashed when a power surge disables all of the town’s electronics and fires break out across the town.

Compelling throughout, the first season of Jericho captivated viewers attention to such an extent that, when the network attempted to cancel the show, it was resurrected for a second season based upon sheer fan power alone. This essential post-apocalyptic drama instantly embroils the viewer into the complex character interactions that occur following the explosions and remains absorbing right through to the season’s dramatic finale.

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Part-Lost, part-The Day After, this television 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 (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. He isn't welcomed back by his former girlfriend, Emily (Ashley Scott), who is 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 much 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 neighbours. 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 centre 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 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


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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fans Saved the Show 9 Jun 2007
By Captain Awesome TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This show was aired for one 'season' on CBS, across the pond. However, CBS pulled it, citing poor ratings.

The fans stepped-in, creating a media storm. An online petition gathered over 107,000 signatures, newspapers featured articles and 20 tons, yes tons of peanuts were sent to CBS' offices.

Within a few weeks this show was un-cancelled, something incredibly-rare in America.

As of now, CBS has purchased 7 episodes, to be broadcast sometime next year. More are promised if ratings improve. You bet your a** they will, CBS.

Now, to the plot. Jericho is a small rural Kansas town. Jerico is left paralysed after a series of nuclear attacks on the main US cities. Soon after an EMP attack knocks-out communications.

This might not sound like much of a basis for a show, but it works. It grips you right from episode 1 and doesn't let up.

I've already pre-ordered this. I urge you all to do the same.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't bother. 5 May 2013
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This show has, for me, the feel of a made-for-tv movie. Obviously, the show was made for tv, but unlike other shows such as Breaking Bad and Six Feet Under, this has an air of cheapness and one-dimensionality that I just couldn't get past. Let me put it this way...I've almost come to the end of the second disc, and I don't know any of the characters' names...THAT'S how unengaging they are. I was expecting at least some excitement. For example, when I had watched the first five minutes of the first episode of Breaking Bad, I KNEW it was going to be an amazing show. This? I wouldn't bother. Won't be wasting my time and energy watching another minute.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By D. M. York VINE VOICE
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This is a fantastic piece of television and looks with real honesty at what would happen to a western country if it were subject to a sweeping nuclear attack. That is to say, there would be barely contained chaos held in check by the efforts of good people, which is exactly what Jericho is about.

The story is well written with characters that you really come to care about. That the producers decided to cancel it after only one season is a clear demonstration that television producers now are only interested in maintaining established (and stagnant) shows rather than investing in new material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, gripping TV!! 18 Mar 2009
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We all know that American TV can be just awful sometimes, but we also know that it can be the best in the world. There's the fantastic '24', 'NCIS', the re-make of 'Battlestar Galactica', etc, all brilliant and compulsive watching, now we have to add another title to the list 'Jericho'. This is a drama that many would have missed, it only lasted a season and a half, the plug was pulled by - yes you've guessed it- those TV executives who did'nt like the low viewer ratings it was getting, but it is a superb piece of TV. It tells the story of a small town in middle America and what happens to it and it's population when atomic bombs suddenly explode on major American cities without warning one dark and dramatic day. Is it terrorists? Is America suddenly at war with another country? Has something gone tragically wrong? With no communication to the outside world Jericho starts to break down, as do it's townsfolk, as everyone tries to survive. All the main characters have secrets, some more closer to what has happened than others know, but all will do anything to survive. It's very gripping stuff, and the acting from all the main characters is superb, there are twists and turns aplenty, and it is an emotional rollercoaster all the way. I found myself watching a few episodes at a time, simply because I wanted to know what happened next!! Trust me if you purchase this you won't be disappointed, except for the fact that the series was cut short.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series - Bring on Series 2 22 Feb 2008
Format:DVD
This is a series which just grows on you, once you start watching the DVD's you just want to carry on until the end.

Set in the USA if focuses on the lives of people in a small Kansas town called Jericho after a nuclear strike. The series grips you because it deals with the people issues of nuclear war - how it changes normal lives and how the new uncertain future means all the rules have changes. I like the fact that although it deals with the terrible effects of a nuclear strike, it is not all blood, guts and radiation sickness. It has something for everyone, tense nail biting scenes, humour, emotion.

I for one am thrilled the fans won and a second series is on the way.....there had better be a third too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slow burner of a series 17 April 2009
By Bill Kelly VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
While this series has many faults, including some drawn out love triangles, it works extremely well in several areas. The acting, despite what one reviewer has said, is first class, particularly Lennie James (whom I last saw in the wonderful Granada series "Cold Feet - The Complete Collection of ColdFeet [DVD]") as the enigmatic Hawkins and Alicia Coppolla as the stranded urbanite. She develops this character so well. Secondly, the arc of the story is very well executed and the trickling in of news and contacts from outside the town is perfectly pitched to raise the tension with each episode. Thirdly, it does tackle some serious issues and makes you think - particularly the growing relationship between the political process and basic survival.

Overall, a wonderful gem of a series. Yes, it could've worked better with the HBO treatment perhaps, but given the confines of a network TV show very, very enjoyable. It beats the pants of the3 the overrated "Lost" any day!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
super program real eye opener
Published 1 month ago by dad
3.0 out of 5 stars People Power forced a 2nd season
This production was made with a particular audience in mind I suggest and it isn't for the fans of series such as Banshee - HBO Season 1 [DVD] [2013] or The Spartacus Collection... Read more
Published 7 months ago by robert stirling
5.0 out of 5 stars very good!!
I missed this when it was on tv, so couldn't wait to watch it on DVD.
it was worth the wait.

If you have a good imagination and like skeet Ulrich then this is for... Read more
Published 11 months ago by SHARON DAVIES
5.0 out of 5 stars Jericho
I loved this first series how everything came crashing down leaving the same outpost of Jericho. The characters are interesting and I look forward to further series to see how the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by OWLISE
1.0 out of 5 stars I've another season to get through!
Bought Season 1 and Season 2 together and I'm about four episodes in to the first one. It's very Saturday tea-time TV. Scooby-Doo kind of stuff. Very weak and uninteresting. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2012 by Scott Bolton
5.0 out of 5 stars good show
This really is not a bad show it can be a bit slow in places but the story about a Nuclear holocaust and the town is quite interesting. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2012 by D. Fortune
3.0 out of 5 stars It has its moments....
It's an interesting show, although poorly executed in many ways. Some people may compare it to Lost, but apart from one key character, there's not a lot of mystery beyond the... Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2011 by C. J. Crouch
3.0 out of 5 stars Jericho a no no
The front of the dvd box stated "If you like Lost, you'll love this"....WRONG! As i'm a massive Lost fan, I could not wait to rip this open and put it on, but I was quite... Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2011 by Michelle Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Lost, 24, Heroes combined... Here's why...
I bought this because the premise seemed interesting: a small town suddenly finds itself isolated due to nuclear attacks across the country. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2009 by Sean R. Strickland
5.0 out of 5 stars LEGENDARY!
the acting and character progression are brilliant! the storyline is simple yet hugely diverse for everyone to get stuck into. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2009 by Mr. Peter R. Rushforth
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