I tried to get into this show, I really did. But it is just too cheesy for me. The acting, the music, the production quality, everything about it feels cheap. It just has that low budget, find it in the cheap bin quality to it. Maybe I'm used to quality shows like Lost, Grey's Anatomy and even Friday Night Lights,(FNL can be cheesy at times, but is at least watchable and entertaining). I'm surprised Jericho lasted as long as it did. I personally will not waste my time with this show. But then again, I couldn't watch Smallville for the same reason.
Jericho's premise was great; it had all the elements needed to build an outstanding show, but unfortunately got the wrong writers, the wrong actors, the wrong producers. I'm still wondering why it actually lasted one full season before its first cancellation, when it should have lasted no more than the usual 13 episodes.
Seriously, this show was messed up by all the wrong people working on it. And I'm not talking about the details; I'm not that kind of guy who's looking for the goofs and all that. I watched the whole show, and all along the way, while I was looking forward to see the obvious good things that should have been done, all I got was the perfect example of how to screw up in every possible way what was an awesome idea.
It's not CBS's fault. The network, as annoying as they can be when they cancel shows whose audience was twice of Jericho's audience, has nothing to do with this show's demise. As said above, it was so poorly executed by all the parts involved, that it's actually some kind of miracle how it lasted one full season.
Sorry guys, but that's the truth. Jericho was always way too far from awesome, even was far from being good. All that was good from it, was the original idea. Go find the right writers, actors and producers, and start it all over again. Damn, if even a cheap show like Stargate SG-1 lasted 10 seasons...
My review of jericho.. to start off with can any of you loyal viewers tell me if they actually have peanut farms in Kansas?? It would seem like that if they do that peanuts, which grow very low to the ground..would be one of the quicker vegatation forms that would absorb any ambient/residual airbourne/waterbourne radiation fallout thereby contaminating the local foodchain to the extent that they were being used as part of it. Making them if contaminated useless as both a food source or bartering goldmine to the remaining survivors of the attacks.. this much is believable. As far as the remainder of the show goes...... there would be rampant human and animal mutations vegation ones as well, so then why are there none of these on the show...if it is going to call itself science fiction, which has to have a basis in actual science to be believable... this aspect is totally lacking, and one of the major reasons why I personally find it to be unwatchable, you all have your rights to watch any shows that you wish.
Great premis, but the writing was terrible. Did they have any technical advisors? The world's ending and people are calmly walking around shopping? If they would have just focused on it as more science fiction than heart-throb soap opera it would have had a chance. I gave it 4 episodes, but the pathetic-ness/sillyness/ intelligence insulting-ness was too much. Geiger counters that apparently can sit in a basement for years and not need batteries or calibration. Fire fighters that have obviously never held a hose or responded to a fire No idea of what consequences a nuclear explosion would have on communications infrastructure. On and on. If you managed to pass 9th grade science you would be laughing
I used to watch this show, but the main storyline is so slow... I finally got to wonder why I was watching it...
we've seen that so many times... Remember Invasion? it was exactly the same, good idea at the beginning but then it gets SO boring...
I am making a prediction: in the 3rd season (if there is one), you will still not know what happened exactly the day of the attack, who the black guy really is and why on earth you're still watching this show.
Look twice at it: the only thing it does is feeding you with some american-family-values crap!
I believe the attack (if it is one) is just a diversion...it plays with our fears, it makes us realize what Armageddon could be. That's right! its just here to make us good christians !! In other words, its just manipulation and propaganda.
To summarize, please people, wake up! this show is a fake.
I gave this show a chance watch all 10 episodes. Seams to me that George and Dick wrote script themselves. Just to summaries in sixty six words: stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid.
What a waste of time.
How horribly irresponsible...to be granted the right and priviledge to direct, produce or even write a show that will be shown internationally and with an idea which is similar to that of'Battlefield Earth' (Do not see this movie) and Independence Day (again do not see this movie)holds incredible responsibility. You are given a chance to really produce a show that has substance and to tell a story that is so unique that it might even make you rich.
But no, someone is given a budget, which they clearly blew on the good looking actors (that is all they are...good looking, because in reality everyone is hot)and are given an idea which is just great and what do they do... they develop a series that resembles two cows mating in the middle of a sewage treatment plant.
WHY?? This show has so much potential. Very disappointed.
For example...let me set the scene. One confirmed nuclear bomb has been detonated in Denver. The fallout is heading to Jericho. It begins to rain driving the radiation to the ground. People are forced to take cover by living in basements or sealing their homes with plastic. They are not allowed to confront the trauma of knowing that potentially millions of their countrymen are dead, and that they may die, or they might be under attack. They aren\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t allowed to manage the shock of what has just occured.
One of the young boys takes shelter with the young indiffent girls. They last out the rain. When all her friends turn up. Because that is what I will do when I survive a rain storm of nuclear fallout, hang out and visit with my mates.
They enter her house, and begin questioning why that boy is with her...ewww...is one of their expressions.What the....??? Surely a human beings priorities in that situation would be beyond who you survived a rain storm of nuclear fallout with. But rather: thank god you are all alive and well. Because if I have to take cover from a rain storm of nuclear fallout I probably won\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t worry about who it is with. Bad writing. People this is not reality. This is not real. The world is horrible and not simple.
Typical "human nature experiment" show; very predictable storylines such as the prodigal son coming home; father/son struggles; the hinted-at 'I just met a girl in the face of disaster and we will fall in love if only I could get over the old girlfriend' storyline; the secondary threat of convicts running loose; townspeople turning against eachother; and one could actually guess the dialogue 'cause really, we've all seen this one before in the several post-nuclear war movies of the '80's and know what is coming next. Jericho already comes off as a 'formula' show and I actually rolled my eyes in a few places (the Mayor's 'don't break my heart' speach - a Gerald McRaney standard, Jake and Heather introducing themselves AFTER he saved them, etc.) Not going to bother with this 'new' show.
Started watching the show from day one and have been impressed with how fast it went from something worthwhile to COMPLETE CRAP.
Is this the best you have???? Where are your writers???? WHAT are your writers? kids?
CRAP CRAP CRAP
Since I have to write 100 words, I am forced to come up with different words for crap.
So, crap, junk, silly, dumb, crap, crap crap. Your writers HAVE to do a better job, they have to do SOMETHING. This is like jerry crap springer but WORST.
God, come ON people. You HAVE to do a better job. Your better then this CRAP.
oh yeah crap
This show has been a trainwreck since the pilot. And, like a good train wreck, you cannot look away. I watch Jericho religiously because nowhere else on broadcast TV can you find such a satisfying combination of bad writing, bad acting, bad direction, all coupled with piss-poor pacing and a total dearth of realism and believability. Some famous philosopher once said "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" -- this rings as true as the Liberty Bell for Jericho. From hammy, nightclass-style acting to textbook high-school drama story arcs, Jericho has it all. And did I mention the fear-mongering, nuclear terrorism premise? Instead of zooming out to see how a nation is dealing with several dozen cities swathed in atomic hellfire, Jericho chooses instead to focus on how its namesake smalltown is handling (gasp!) a fire at the library, and (swoon!) the theft of the mayor's horses by area scofflaws. One last thing I might add is that Jericho contains the most unrealistic, hateable character in the history of primetime telvision: Gracie. As of episode 7, Gracie, a frail, grandmotherly Midwestern woman with a limited vocabulary and a horrific accent, is practicing her smalltown brand of price-gouging at her general store. She has also taken in an orphaned child for the purposes of slave labor, and has refused the town's largest farm bags of fertilizer needed to save the only corn crop that might feed Jericho. On lesser programs, she would quickly be overwhelmed by pitch-fork heaving townsfolk, her store inventory transferred to the mob or at least the collective good. But not in Jericho. Last time I checked, good old Gracie was trading a bag of cat food for someone's antique crystal vase. In many ways that is a metaphor for this show. While its ingredients -- mostly tripe, and some filler -- may resemble those of cat food, the producers have somehow managed to trade them for a peach of a show, watchable -- nay, unmissable -- because of the very self-atrocity lesser shows would be said to "suffer from."
This show had the potential to be a great show and stand out from the sea of reality tv & cop/lawyer shows the U.S. chucks out every year but unfortunately the creator did zero research into the topic what-so-ever.
Jericho teaches us that Radiation fallout from the nearest city which is just visible on the horizion from Jericho (so i'd guess 20-40 miles away) is just a bad rain cloud that as long as you get out of the rain, tape up ur windows & doors and not touch anything wet after the rain then you will be ok ROFL ROFL ROFL.
Also don't worry about food because apparently if the crops have matured enough then they will be immune to the effects of radiation HAHAHAHA
OMFG no wonder there are so many stupid americans when their tv shows wont even take the time to google Radiation Fallout.
The thing about Jericho is for a true Kansas native it is appalling. It seems like an attempt by a writer or show producer to stereotype Kansas as a whole. I feel they never researched the state before they put this fake town out in \"no where\" America. It is like they think Kansas does not know when things are going on especially one of a national disaster event. The show may be good and it attracts an audience but why make people believe the people of Kansas are living in the backwoods. We don\'t and in all honesty if there was a national disaster that involved nuclear warfare, Kansas would be one of the very first to know. Click on the old computer and go visit. Kansas has a nuclear plant. Yes, backwoods rural Kansas has a thriving nuclear plant and with international airspace all around it. Wolf Creek. Yes, that is the name and believe it or not if there was an attack on the US, it would be one of the very first places hit because of what it is. Yeah, lets show people how a community would survive if an attack would happen but maybe next time research rural America and find out that what you think is so \"out there\" and in \"no where\" land actually has been kept track of for over three decades by homeland security. So while every one is out there enjoying this show please remember that if there really was a nuclear attack; it sure won\'t be Kansas that is the last to know. Jericho is a drama show all right but nothing more than an attempt to scare people with all these talks of nuclear weapons in the world. Many people in Kansas are used to what may happen in an event like they and are trained yearly as to what they are supposed to do. Please producers, do some research. It doesn\'t hurt you to get off a chair and go visit somewhere before you put false information out on the air. Kansas is not a backwoods when it comes to nuclear and its destruction. Again just research before you make up false towns for your fake shows.
i yeast seen the pilot i almost fell a slepp. iwas expecting som futuristisk setting. Not a the same small towne thats in every singel movie and series. they get cut off by the world and they loss electrisity and there telefons. but its same tradgik conflicts as usial. they yeast making a series about how the politics keps the ameriken people skerd of an attack, in sutch a big skell attack that never gone happen. the ameriken televisen is tetching the terorist how to attack. now they might try it wen they got som insperation. dont they understand they are creating the terorist them self, like in irak they ver no alkida befor they attackt but after they was all over the plase. a seies like this never gone be a hit i europe.
I had originally watched the first few episodes of Jericho, back when it had started, and really enjoyed the show. Half way through season 1 though, the show just started going downhill, and I stopped watching. The relationships were forced, it ripped off scenes from other BETTER shows, the dialogue was laughable, and the only character that I found interesting was written off half way through.
I really liked the concept, and it did seem like this show could work at the beginning, but then it began to become apparent that the writers were heading in a completely different direction, and the show began to turn into some "battle of the towns" crap.
After missing half the season, I tuned in to the last few minutes of the season 1 finale, and things had only got worse. After hearing of the shows renewal, I decided to check out the first few episodes of season 2 and see if there were improvements. Unsuprisingly, no. The show had gotten worse again. It became a cheap and tacky, and seemed to think it was a clever, smart show. It really isn't.
Then the shows death character (forgot her name), goes parading around with a gun, thinking she can shoot down an army on her own. Pleaseeeeee. As if thats believable.
It's a horrible, cheesey Lost wannabe, and I'm glad if wont be coming back for an even worse season 3. Hopefully CBS will replace this trash with something better.
If you're considering watching this show, it really isn't as good, or anywhere near as the few dedicated fans make out.
This show comes off as a remake of a Twilight Zone episode. It seems as if the writers were trying to come up with their own \"Lost\", they failed miserably. I found the show boring and the whole thing comes off as a cheap TV Movie of the week. The show won\'t last much longer, so if you like it check it out now before you have to buy the DVD set that will include the entire series. The characters aren\'t interesting, they over react to everything and it has the cheesy wrap up at the end. The whole show was very dull. Although I was looking forward to the show, I doubt I\'ll watch it again.
The show was pretty good for the first four or five episodes. When you finally find out that it was a terror attack everything got stupid. There is no terrorist organization on Earth that could pull off that kind of attack. I did not waist my time on any more of the government propaganda TV show to get us to support more bills that take our freedoms away like the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (USA Patriot Act) and the Hate Bill. Don't buy into this garbage. You liked Jericho? Just remeber that it will come true if we nuke Iran, an option that has not been removed from the table. China and Russia can do that! Al CIAida... ...NO!
I lost interest in this show during the episode where there was a fire at the library.
Eric was trapped in a room with a child while the fire raged outside the door.
He blatantly ignored the very large window through which sunlight was streaming into the room, and instead waited there (to die I guess) until the firefighters came and rescued them.
There was no explanation why the window wasn't a viable option, no reason why it couldn't be broken. It was as if, for this character, the window didn't exist. But the viewer can clearly see the sunlight coming from it.
At this point, I found it impossible to suspend my belief in this show. If a show doesn't have enough budget to break a window and replace it, or have the presence of mind to shoot a "trapped" scene in a room without an obvious means of escape, then I, for one, am not going to waste my time by watching it. After this episode, I just felt angry toward the character Eric, and though I tried watching a couple more episodes afterward, my mind kept jumping back to this glaring flub.
It may have gotten better. But I wouldn't be the one to know. I refuse to be. They lost me at the library.
I waited for this show all summer with high hopes. Not sure why, there was just something about the premise that appealed to me. I’ve given it three episodes and boy has it been disappointing. The first episode was so bad I actually got angry.
It was so clichéd it was embarrassing (and I watched it alone).
The storyline so far is poor with almost everything telegraphed and transparent. Most of the emergencies have been contrived. The conflicts between characters seem silly in the face of what seems to be happening around them. The only element of the entire three episodes so far that has been even a little interesting is the Hawkins character and his family. Obviously, he knew something before and he is being played vague enough that you can’t tell anything about him yet. Good guy? Bad guy? Something in between? That’s good, but how long can they go with just the one mystery? Lennie James deserves credit for the only real acting in the series so far. I love Gerald McRaney but this isn’t his best work and the rest of the cast could be background characters from the Andy Griffith Show.
I’m not well versed on radiation hazards or nuclear war details, but I suspect they are playing fast and loose with the facts. The idea that rain will wash the radiation out of the air seems laughable, but what do I know?
Anyway, I’m glad CBS has picked it up. Maybe it’ll get better and with the other nonsense on in this time period, at least I have something to watch until Lost comes on. Even if it’s only to watch and shake my head with disappointment.
this show was pretty cool then i saw like 6 of them and i said this is going to be like lost of something. someone find something and there is meeting someone deads they get scare and so on. now i said to my self why i am watching this and then i stop watch it and find a different show to watch.
This show fails in every possible aspect; dreadful and embarrassing. Set-up with a great premise, a nuclear holocaust, the series falls way short to create any feeling of real disaster. Week after week, the audience can watch a mediocre soap opera, while you would expect a grim and dark drama, in which everybody is forced to fight for the mere survival. Jericho lacks any sense of realism, but offers a lot of overdone melodrama. If they wouldn't mention the nuclear bombs in their retrospect every time, you could easily think you are watching a fireman drama or an O.C. clone, depending on their story of the week. The writers came up with a lot of badly written stock characters and (of course) one mysterious hero with a unknown past. This is one ridiculous show, but its apparent success is even more mystifying to me.
I was excited to watch this show when I saw the preview. It's a great plot and a great set up for a top notch show. What went wrong? How can a show with such a cool plot still be so bad? The characters suck. The characters are just plain boring. The mini stories inside the main plot are boring. I could care less about some guy paying his back taxes or if a girl is throwing a party or if they need gas but can't figure out how to move it. There is one interesting character and that is the mysterious black man ( can't remeber his name)but he can't hold the whole show together. I'm getting bored just thinking of the show.
After a nuclear disaster of unknown origin, residents of a small Kansas town must face the threat of anarchy, looming starvation, radiation and most of all shapeless fear in their quest to survive and build a future for their families and town.
While solidly directed and well produced, Jericho suffers from hackneyed character archetypes and little if any scientific validation. First I will applaud Jericho for holding my interest for three episodes despite offering nothing really new or interesting in terms of network television character drama. It is well paced and doesn’t create unanswerable questions that string the viewer along episode after episode. They set up a premise, hold out elements of suspense then mete out new information in a deliberate and satisfying pace. In other words, this won’t be another X-Files.
That said, in the first two episodes we endured a pointless hostage standoff with prison escapees. Sadly, the escapees are both killed cutting short a plot thread and moral dilemma that were both potentially more interesting than the resolution of the crisis. We find out about a love triangle between the Mayor’s son, the town doctor and the local bar owner – each impossibly beautiful, none terribly interesting. Worst of all we see the town facing the first tangible consequence of a nuclear exchange - fallout. Regrettably, the solution (duct tape and plastic wrap) is so unworkable and scientifically unsound that there SHOULD have been no episode three. All citizens of Jericho would be dead within hours. The fallout would have left the soil radioactive and consequently lethal for centuries. Not just for farming as the show insisted but for walking, breathing or being near.
What saddens me is not that Jericho is a thoroughly bad show – it is not. It is the fact that despite so much potential, Jericho too often falls back on traditional nighttime drama to pad its episodes and refuses to explore its apocalyptic setting with any effort or honesty. Remember, it’s fiction. If you find an aspect of nuclear aftermath too horrendous to surmount, write a way around it. We didn’t have to face radioactive fallout. It might have been more interesting to leave the direction of the wind a constant source of suspense.
In the end, there is too much in the way of inane character friction, irrelevant drama and scientific implausibility to take for 20+ episodes. While there is enough dramatic foundation to hope that Jericho will improve, in my opinion there are still too many holes in the premise to allow for a meaningful restoration of the
I don't see how this show could be considered original. The first episode is cheap drama at its greatest. "Well, I know what will make people excited! et's make someone die, and let's make someone else almost die. That'll keep them watching." There's no way to surprise a viewer with what happens. All of the TV/radio commercials and internet ads show a big huge mushroom cloud. As a result, the first 20 minutes or so of the show just drags. After the bomb goes off, you might think that the dragging would stop and the action would start. You would be wrong. There are no more surprises after the bomb goes off than there were before, so if you get to the bomb going off and think the show's interesting, then by all means, continue. If you get to the bomb going off and just can't take any more, and hope that it gets interesting soon, turn off your television, Go for a walk, and then punch yourself for ever having hope in this obviously bad show.
It really is true. Stupid people deserve stupid television. Unfortunately, these people end up breeding anyways so that their children can create and watch more bad television.
Too feel goody for my tastes. I\\\'ll give it a couple of more episodes but I am quiet disappointed so far and have a feeling I will stay that way. In addition some of the acting and scenes came off as way too cheesy. This show looked like it had promise and that it was really something to look into that would maybe pick up where The Day After came up short. Instead I think it will go the way of Invasion, a show that also looked like it had promise only to come up short when it really counted.
Guy comes back to town after 5 years of being gone. We see different characters in their daily lives. Then the mushroom cloud. Everything goes to pot. The town riots. Hero rescues girl and children. Mayor gives inspirational speech. Order is restored.
The idea is intriguing and full of possibilities. Unfortunately, I came away from the pilot disappointed, irritated and offended. I can\\\'t believe that there is supposed to be this school bus hitting a deer which results in the teacher breaking her leg and then for hours simply lying in the front seat waiting to be rescued. And, lo and behold, here is the hero coming to the rescue. Are you kidding me? She was incapable of calling for help on the radio or driving the bus or finding a first aid kit for the injured kid? Ridiculous. Strangely enough, he also has a leg injury, but is able to persevere through the pain. I can’t watch a show that does not respect its female characters. Then the hero performs an emergency tracheotomy which results in the girl gasping for air? Duh, her airway is blocked. If she can gasp, she can breathe normally. So stupid. The tracheotomy bit is such a gimmick. This is the third one I’ve seen in a year. Speaking of gimmicks, the prison bus transporting prisoners crashes which allows the prisoners to escape. I wonder where THAT is going. And watching the mayor's wife being constantly supportive and giving significantly supportive looks full of understanding was annoying. Also, how come such a small town with so few roads had giant generator-driven lights for their road repair work? Do small towns generally have these to work on their tiny roads at night? I doubt it. I can’t recommend a show that treats its viewers like idiots, doesn’t treat its characters with respect and expects the watcher to accept silliness for the sake of moving a storyline along.
ok... Jericho must be the most stupid series of the year. at least is fun to see people surviving radioactivity so well, looks very easy to survive, so learn, if your neighbor city is nuked by an atomic bomb, just be calm, find a cave, wait a few hours, ant then... well... then you're free to go and have fun :D
Well, I have to admit I was completely thrilled by the Preview of this series. It sounded like a really interesting new show with a dark atmosphere and a lot going on.
How wrong I have been. Lets face it. This series and its producers are just not imaginative and most of all brave enough to show what would be going on after a nuclear strike.
From what I am seeing in my crystal orb, this series will not survive season 1, because people are starting to avoid it alltogether, so they might as well do some drastic changes concerning pace and storywriting. Maybe they should take it off air for a couple of weeks and do some reshoots, because at the moment, this is just a dull show about a dull town. Its like Atomic O.C. without the atomic threat...
PLEASE try to make this worthwhile, because it really could be good entertainment with a psychological twist and even educational inputs. At the moment its getting more boring from episode to episode and I ask myself all the time: Will I watch another episode at all?!?!
And please: Change that stupid synthesizer rock action music, because its embarrasing...
This show needs to be more probable, it lacks concrete structure, a realsitc story line and realstic motives with the characters involved. The characters in Jericho do not have there priorties in order. For starters there a farming town right, why didn\\\'t they smoke and cure the meat on the first episode. They haven\\\'t secured a food and water supply, They are still using money. They all sit around at the bar and drink its ridiclous. The writers are not thinking like farmers nor any person with common sense.This show defintley has potential but it is not realistic. I hope the writers get some common sense and ingenuity. Thanks Allen
What actually happens in this show? I sat, I saw, I waited, and waited, and nothing happened. Was excited about watching this after reading the synopsis of the pilot episode, but it actually delievered nothing. The terrorist attack was a Mushroom cloud on the horizon, ok that\'s a pretty big statement to make, that there\'s been a potential Nucular attack on US Soil, but after that nothing happens.
A collection of small town characters ensamble together, with the main character set out as he saves a school bus of children by himself. Maybes if they had fed me more \'meat\' I would have appreciated the build up of characters a little better, but nothing in the Pilot projected the story along futher then \'US has been attacked and these are the people we\'ll watch as the cope with the attack and fallout\'. There was no explanation as to WHY or WHO. Maybes I\'ve went into this show with the wrong mentality, I was expecting a more gripping style of format and show rather then an actual \'serious\' drama evolving around characters and their emotions.
The show is more like a soap opera with boring characters and there\'s really nothing going on in the small town of Jericho.
I started watching this show because the plot seemed interesting, but I was very disappointed.
The show is more like a soap opera with boring characters and there\'s really nothing going on in the small town of Jericho.
I started watching this show because the plot seemed interesting, but I was very disappointed. The 45 minutes is filled with fuzzy dull small stories and you don\'t get the feeling that atomic bombs really have viped most of the country off the map. Only bright spot is the story about the mysterious guy who moved to town right before the explosions. He clearly have something to hide, good or bad but we have virtually no information on him yet, even after 7 episodes.
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