Based on a novel by Stephen King, The Dead Zone was first adapted into a 1983 film. The plot follows Johnny Smith, a teacher with an ideal life. He's beloved by his students, respected by his peers, and in love with a beautiful woman. That all changes after a car accident leaves him in a coma.
Johnny wakes up five years later, soon discovering that the trauma awakened a latent mental ability allowing him to receive visions of the past or future via touch. The TV series kept the premise intact, but expanded the universe. New characters were created, old ones altered, and Johnny given a son that he'd never met.
The Dead Zone was one of USA's first original hits, debuting in summer 2002. Six seasons were produced, with the final year receiving a sloppily-executed retool.