The good die young, that’s what they always say. Some of the best TV shows that have ever graced our screens only lasted for a short amount of time, even though the stories inside of them could have lasted forever (well, potentially). Jericho happened to be one of those shows. Set in the titular fictional town, Jericho tells a remarkable story about survival, human instinct, relationships, and how far some people will go to protect the ones they love against anybody that puts them in harm’s way.
Robert Hawkins, who The Walking Dead fans may recognise as Morgan, plays arguably the second biggest character in the show, someone who is a bit of an enigma. He moves to Jericho just before the bombs hit, but he proves to be a valuable asset to the population of the town. The show deals with issues such as nuclear fallout, bandits, famine, thirst, acid rain, war, aid, and even the simple things like the struggle to survive and remain together. In fact, if The Walking Dead is zombies with emotion, then this is nuclear war with emotion.
This is only a minor flaw, however. The show comes into its own pretty quickly and only improves from there. Although the show feels cut short with the second season only containing 8 episodes, it still provides essential viewing for people who enjoy drama, especially the kind of drama that could potentially happen to us in our lifetime. It’s a scary what-if scenario, but one that provides endless intriguing stories, as well as some fantastic characters to keep you stuck to the screen for so long. The show continues these days as a comic book, with season 4 having been published just last year. There has been no talk about a fifth season in comic book form, however that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t happen.
I recommend you watch the Pilot at the very least, from then on you’ll get hooked on the very real and terrifying idea of what would you do if a nuclear bomb landed just outside your town?