The 4400

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  • TV-14
  • 2004
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.3  (46,330)

The 4400 is a science fiction television series that aired on USA Network from 2004 to 2007. Set in Seattle, the show follows the lives of 4400 people who were abducted by aliens over the course of several decades and mysteriously returned to Earth in a single moment. Each of the 4400 has been imbued with special abilities that they did not possess before their abduction.

The series begins with the return of the missing 4400 individuals, who have no memory of their time away from Earth. As they try to adjust to their new lives, they realize that they have been given unique abilities that range from healing to telekinesis to time travel. The returnees are soon faced with the challenge of trying to reintegrate themselves into society after having been absent for so long.

The show follows a government agency known as NTAC (National Threat Assessment Command) as they investigate the returnees and their abilities. NTAC is headed by Tom Baldwin (Joel Gretsch), a widowed father who is struggling to adapt to life without his wife. He is joined by Diana Skouris (Jacqueline McKenzie), a no-nonsense agent who takes her job very seriously.

The show's cast also includes some notable guest stars, such as Summer Glau, who plays Tess Doerner, a returnee who can see the future; and Jeffrey Combs, who plays Kevin Burkhoff, a scientist who worked on the alien experiments that led to the 4400's abilities.

One of the key themes of the show is the struggle that the 4400 face as they try to reintegrate into society. Many of them have lost loved ones, jobs, and homes, and they are forced to rebuild their lives from scratch. The show also examines the impact that the 4400 have on the people around them, as some view them as a threat to society while others see them as saviors.

Another theme that runs throughout the series is the idea of destiny and free will. Many of the returnees believe that they have been brought back for a specific purpose, while others believe that they have been given a second chance to make something of their lives. The show's exploration of these themes is thought-provoking and adds depth to the sci-fi elements of the show.

The 4400 also features a number of subplots that keep the show interesting from episode to episode. For example, one of the main characters, Kyle Baldwin (Chad Faust), Tom's nephew, is believed to be one of the returnees but is never officially recognized by NTAC. Kyle's storyline is particularly interesting as it explores the idea of what it means to be "different" in a society that values conformity.

Throughout the series, the 4400 and the government agency that investigates them are constantly faced with new challenges and obstacles. These include other returnees who have turned their abilities to nefarious purposes and a group of people who believe that the 4400 are "the chosen ones" and must be protected at all costs.

The show's final season explores the origins of the 4400 and the true nature of their abilities. The government agency that once sought to understand and control the returnees is now in shambles, and the 4400 are left to fend for themselves against a new threat that emerges.

Overall, The 4400 is a captivating sci-fi series that explores complex themes while also delivering thrilling action and a compelling storyline. The show's impressive cast and consistently strong writing make it a must-watch for fans of the genre.

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The Great Leap Forward
13. The Great Leap Forward
September 16, 2007
Season 4 ends with Seattle in chaos and NTAC asking Promise City for help. Meanwhile, Kyle's life is in danger and Jordan attempts to escape from the Marked.
Tiny Machines
12. Tiny Machines
September 9, 2007
Meghan and Diana learn how to remove the entity from Tom, but the procedure is dangerous. Meanwhile, Shawn finds help in his attempt to rescue Kevin from Promise City; and Jordan is betrayed by someone close.
Ghost in the Machine
11. Ghost in the Machine
August 26, 2007
Tom and Diana are in a race against time to find the source of a computer virus that is threatening Ubient software, one of the largest software companies in the world. Meanwhile, Maia heads to Promise City where she is visited by her birth parents.
One of Us
10. One of Us
August 19, 2007
Tom finds it hard to continue on the search for Richard Tyler because of chronic dreams about the future he's been having. Later, Richard, who is hiding with Isabelle, is visited by his wife who has been dead for more than a year. Meanwhile, Collier's movement is threatened; and Rebecca Parrish puts pressure on the NTAC for results.
Daddy's Little Girl
9. Daddy's Little Girl
August 12, 2007
Richard, hoping to start over, kidnaps Isabelle. Meanwhile, Tess takes over a diner, forcing Shawn to intervene.
No Exit
8. No Exit
August 5, 2007
A mysterious lockdown at NTAC traps everyone, including Collier and his group, forcing an unlikely alliance.
Till We Have Built Jerusalem
7. Till We Have Built Jerusalem
July 29, 2007
Tom and Diana are concerned when a Delta Force team composed of enhanced soldiers is ordered to capture Jordan, dead or alive. Maia has a vision of the team killing Jordan and what follows scares the hell out of her. She tells Diana that she must save Jordan at all cost. Shawn gets in trouble when he gets sued for supposedly having used his healing powers to get sex from the daughter of the woman he healed.
The Marked
6. The Marked
July 22, 2007
Diana and Tom watch a black and white movie about JFK's assassination. Of course, they have a reason for watching this and that is because 4400 Curtis Peck made the movie. Neal, one of the actors, believes that Peck's movies reflect reality and that is why he was brought back as a 4400... to tell the truth. When interviewing Neal, Tom and Diana are shown a tape Peck made in case something happened to him. In it, the 4400 claims that Jordan Collier and the 4400 are not a threat but that "them" are. While trying to locate Peck, our NTAC duo must try to figure out who is "them." Kyle brings a blindfolded Shawn to an abandoned bunker to meet up with someone.
Try The Pie
5. Try The Pie
July 15, 2007
Shannon Reese, thirtysomething patient, is able to teach Tom about her neighbors by using her ability to remove stress by listening to problems. Meanwhile, Tom is less than thrilled to learn that it seems like all residents of Evanston has been given Promicin.
The Truth and Nothing But The Truth
4. The Truth and Nothing But The Truth
July 8, 2007
Diana finds her sister, April, who has developed an ability that puts Diana in danger. Meanwhile, Shawn is asked to run for office and Kyle protects Isabelle.
Audrey Parker's Come and Gone
3. Audrey Parker's Come and Gone
July 1, 2007
An elderly woman develops the ability to astral project while remaining unseen after taking Promicin. But when her body is murdered, the woman is stuck in limbo and must find a way to contact Tom and Diana in order to track down her killer. Despite being threatened, Shawn returns to healing people.
Fear Itself
2. Fear Itself
June 24, 2007
People begin to see their greatest fears -- from tarantulas to walls closing in -- leading Tom and Diana to look for someone with the ability to make people see only their worst fear. Their investigation finds that several of the victims used the same ATM before the "fear attacks," leading them to a bank. Isabelle could land herself a better living situation if she agrees to be injected with Promicin.
The Wrath of Graham
1. The Wrath of Graham
June 17, 2007
Months after the season 3 finale, a student develops a unique ability after taking a Promicin injection. Diana hunts for her sister while Tom heads to the jail to visit Isabelle. After some advice from Cassie, Kyle is able to get Shawn out of his coma. Meanwhile, Jordan battles his conscience and a new director is brought in at NTAC.
  • Premiere Date
    July 11, 2004
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (46,330)