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->''What did any of us ever do to you? What did the whole fucking world do to you that we deserve all of this? I mean, come on, the locusts and the death of the first-born wasn't good enough for you anymore, so now it's the death of the eldest? The death of heroes? You know what? Fuck you. Because we're not just gonna lay down and die down here. You want to finish off the job? Come down here! Do it yourself. You send the Angel of Death, you better give him one hell of a big sword, because I tell you what, we are gonna kick his ass all the way back to the great white fucking throne. And then we're coming for you.''
-->--'''Jeremiah''', [[RageAgainstTheHeavens to God]]

''Jeremiah'' is a PostApocalyptic television series that aired on {{Showtime}} from 2002 to 2004. It was (very loosely) adapted from the French-Belgian comic book series ''ComicBook/{{Jeremiah}}''. It was directed by Creator/JMichaelStraczynski and starred Luke Perry and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. The series ended after two seasons when JMS quit, citing too much ExecutiveMeddling on the part of MGM, and the network elected not to continue without him.

In the early 21st century, a supervirus known as "the Big Death" was unleashed across the planet: highly communicable, short incubation period and [[spoiler:almost]] one-hundred percent fatal to anyone who had reached the age of puberty or higher. Within six months, the population had been decimated and the only survivors were the pre-pubescent children, who somehow had to rebuild a society they never fully knew. [[AfterTheEnd Fifteen years later]], one such survivor is Jeremiah (Perry), who [[WalkingTheEarth travels]] between the rural, low-tech communities that have cropped up in the intervening years and searches tirelessly for something called "Valhalla Sector", a place his father once spoke of as a possible refuge against the Big Death.

During his travels, Jeremiah befriends fellow wanderer Kurdy (Warner), [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure colony leader]] Markus Alexander (Peter Stebbings) and [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane possible prophet]] Mr. Smith (Sean Astin), and gets caught up in an attempt to rebuild the United States of America, a brewing conflict with those who'd attempt to seize power for themselves and a possible recurrence of a new and even more dangerous plague.

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This series provides examples of:
* ActionSurvivor: Jeremiah, the primary protagonist and the show's namesake.
* AfterTheEnd
* AGodAmI: A very charismatic and intelligent man pulls this. [[spoiler: It ends with a little over a hundred daisy cutters going off under him.]]
* AllAsiansKnowMartialArts: At least twice - Lee Chen, previously not much more than a desk jockey, pulls this out of nowhere, as does a female underground leader in Season 2.
* TheAlliance: Much of Season 2 is spent building one of these centered around [[ElaborateUndergroundBase Thunder Mountain]] and then defending it against various new threats.
* AnAesop: The entire series has a few overarching ones, the principle one being 'blind faith in anything is bad'.
* {{Atheism}}: Kurdy, along with several other characters, but interestingly ''not'' Jeremiah himself. Jeremiah is actually a [[RageAgainstTheHeavens maltheist]], a person who believes that a God exists, and that this deity is ''evil'', and does not deserve to be worshiped but rather should be opposed.
* BadassNormal: Jeremiah and Kurdy both qualify: they're tough, smart, hard to beat, and have survived on their own for 15 years despite the dangers of the new world.
* BigBad: Daniel is set up as one, although it's eventually subverted in that [[spoiler:there is no Daniel, he's a computer-generated figurehead propped up by a group of master manipulators. The real danger is the ''idea'' of Daniel, combined with [[TheDragon Sims]]]]
* BookBurning: The plot of one episode is centered around preventing a cult from doing this to the entire collection of an old public library, which with the loss of knowledge after the Big Death has become a vital repository of knowledge.
* BootCampEpisode: "The Question"
* ButNotTooWhite: The black nationalist group Shadow of the Crescent dislike seeing Elizabeth when she comes with Kurdy to forge links with them for Thunder Mountain, because she's light-skinned, of mixed race and has a "white" name. Kurdy calls them out on this soundly, noting how many leaders in black empowerment (including the nationalists like Malcolm X) were themselves of mixed race descent, and certainly didn't reject those who were.
* CargoCult: In an episode of season 2, one of these is shown. They worship an old, precalamity house, and kidnap people to force them to live a precalamity lifestyle while they watch on television. This is treated as a religious exercise by them, and they believe it will restore the previous world if they are dutiful enough.
** Also seen in passing in the 2nd episode, where Jeremiah and Kurdy drive past a bunch of cultists who are reverently holding vigil around a broken telegraph pole.
--> '''Jeremiah''': So, er, what are you doing?
--> '''Cultist''': [[CloudCuckooLander Waiting for a call.]]
* [[spoiler: CartwrightCurse for anyone Kurdy or Jeremiah dates]]
* ColdBloodedTorture: The remnants inhabiting [[spoiler:Valhalla Sector]] are quite adept at both the physical and psychological versions of this.
* CornerOfWoe
* DawsonCasting
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Megan after killing almost everyone in Valhalla, followed by DrivenToSuicide]]
* DeusExMachina: In "The Question", Mr. Smith offers one guaranteed miracle from God if Marcus, Kurdy, and Jeremiah ask for it and wait at an appointed place in time. [[spoiler: In the end, Mr. Smith is the only one to do so and the only one to receive his miracle. Then again, bringing someone BackFromTheDead, eliminating all weaponry from the planet, and having Jeremiah personally chew out God face-to-face was... probably not something the show would want to do anyway.]]
** Note that, [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane as with everything else Mr. Smith does]], the question of whether this was actually divine intervention or not is deliberately left open.
* [[spoiler: DisasterDemocracy and DividedStatesOfAmerica: the US government (or some people ''claiming'' to be the government, at any rate) have been undercover in Valhalla all this time.]]
* DisasterScavengers: The entire world, since not many people are making new food and goods.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Thunder Mountain, and Valhalla Sector.
* TheEmpire: Daniel.
* FakeGuestStar: Marcus is TheAlliance leader and is in almost every episode of season 2, but isn't in the opening credits.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Mr. Smith seems to be aware of several characters' deaths before they happen.
* GenderIsNoObject
* [[spoiler: KarmicDeath: President Evil and most of the population of Valhalla want ThePlague so they can kill off their enemies. Hah hah!]]
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Daniel.
** [[spoiler:Since he doesn't exist.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: [[SassyBlackLady Theo]], who is a strong contender for the least likable person in the series. She's not ''evil'', per se (amoral, sure, but not necessarily evil), just incredibly and often deliberately unpleasant.
* LaResistance
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The religious group from "Journeys End at Lovers Meeting". Did they actually AscendToAnotherPlaneOfExistence? Or... [[spoiler: did they kill everyone out on a boat, to keep the miracle illusion?]]
** See also: literally everything related to Mister Smith. Every miracle or instance of divine intervention he witnesses always has a convenient mundane explanation, even if it's a ''really'' unlikely one.
* MissionFromGod: Mr. Smith, possibly also a CosmicPlaything. "I'm just God's sock puppet, okay? He shoves his hand up my ass and words come out the other end."
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Lee, Megan, Libby]]
* MysteriousPast: Mr. Smith, most likely a DarkAndTroubledPast too. "I have some issues ... One of thousands. Would you like to hear them alphabetically or in order of psychic trauma?"
* NoNameGiven: Mister Smith. Or rather, he claims that ''is'' his full name. "First name 'Mister,' last name 'Smith.'"
--> "So if I was going to introduce you to somebody, I'd say, this is Mr. Mr. Smith?""
* NoNewFashionsInTheFuture: Justified - the plague didn't exactly leave many fashion designers alive and kicking.
* NonIndicativeName: Although Jeremiah, the character the show is named after, is ''a'' main character, he is by no means the only one - Kurdy gets as much screen time and dialogue as he does, and there's a whole ensemble of other recurring characters who get nearly as much face time.
* OhCrap: The look on Theo's face after angrily proclaiming to the rioting mob that they have ''[[BlatantLies no electricity]]'', only for her team of kept geeks to choose that exact moment to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard test the electrical generator they built.]]
-->'''Theo''': Well, ''sheeit.''
* OnlyAFleshWound: Played straight (Jeremiah's freaking ''point-blank gut wound'') and subverted (Mr. Smith's arm wound making him permanently crippled there). Of course, given that this is Mr. Smith we're talking about, it's not subverted for long.
* OrphansOrdeal: The entire planet.
* ParentalAbandonment: Again, the entire planet, but made worse since their parents didn't just leave, they died horribly. Often right in front of their children.
* ThePlague, which is OnlyFatalToAdults
** [[spoiler:Only fatal to ''most'' adults - a very small percentage of the adult population was immune. Only one group of immune adults is encountered over the course of the series, and they're all very old men living in secret disguised as a monastic order.]]
* ThePornomancer: Jeremiah himself, who manages to sleep with virtually every woman he encounters over the course of the series.
* [[spoiler: PresidentEvil]]
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: One of the best ones ever, after a particularly heroic and innocent person dies. This rant is directed at Michaelangelo's ''Genesis'':
--> '''Jeremiah''' ''Are you happy? Are you satisfied? That's how it works, isn't it? You set us up, you take someone like him, and you give him hope, so you can take it away again? What did he do to you? What did any of us ever do to you? What did the whole fucking world do to you, that we deserve all of this? What, the locusts and the death of the firstborn wasn't good enough for you anymore so now it's the death of the eldest? Death of heroes? You know what? Fuck you. Because we're not just going to lay down and die here anymore. You want to finish off the job? Come down here! Do it yourself! You send the angel of death, you better give him one hell of a big sword, 'cause I tell you what; we are going to kick his ass right back to the great white fucking throne! And then we're coming for you. We're coming for you.''
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Marcus.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Mr. Smith says this didn't go well for him. It's implied to be an extreme understatement.
* SaltAndPepper: Jeremiah and Kurdy.
* SamusIsAGirl: Theo.
* SassyBlackWoman: Theo again.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Season 2 was split in half by the network, with the two halves airing months apart (initially the second half only aired in Canada). Fans and viewers were mostly kept in the dark about the fate of the remaining episode. Creator J. Michael Straczynski eventually got so fed up with the amount of control the network was exercising over the series that he declared he would not be involved in any further developments.
* StarCrossedLovers: Megan and Markus, one of the worst cases when you think about it.
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: Apparently Mr. Smith's daughter ''also'' hears the voice of God.
* [[TakeUpMySword Take Up My Rover]]: In the pilot episode, one of Thunder Mountain's scouting teams are killed; the leader, on his final breaths, encourages Jeremiah and Kurdy to take the rover back to Thunder Mountain in their place.
* TapOnTheHead: Played heavily, repeatedly, and enforced throughout the series. Including one case where the lead character gets a blow to the head and wakes up ''more than a day'' later, with no lingering effects.
* TeenageWasteland, though the show shows what happens after those kids grew up
* TheChosenOne: Mr. Smith.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Specifically, ''neo''-Nazis; several different groups of them are encountered over the course of the series, and it's mentioned in a throwaway line of background dialogue that one particularly powerful neo-Nazi group controls almost all of Montana.
* TyphoidMary: Megan; she even [[LampshadeHanging explicitly refers to herself as such]] at one point.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Where the heck does Libby get all of those FanService outfits? Heck, where does all of Jeremiah's unlimited ''paper'' come from?
* VancouverDoubling: For Colorado, Washington, Virginia, and most of the western United States.
* WalkingTheEarth: As much of it as can be reached from their home base on a single tank of gasoline, anyway.
* WickedCultured: Sims. [[spoiler: He shows appreciation of fine wine, blank verse poetry, and kindness to a small girl, but is utterly ruthless otherwise]].
* [[spoiler: WhiteShirtOfDeath: Megan]]
* WomanInWhite: Megan
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