Series: The Others

Paranormal Investigation series airing on NBC in the spring of 2000. Centered on Marian Kitt, a shy college student in Boston who discovers/is discovered by a small network of psychically gifted do-gooders. She herself was able to communicate with the dead, making her a prime recruit. She and the others (pun intended) were also targets of various evil supernatural forces.

The Others was created by John Brancato and Michael Ferris, the writing team behind David Fincher's The Game. Early on, The X-Files/Millennium veterans Glen Morgan and James Wong were brought in as showrunners. On the plus side, the pair had a playful approach to fantasy and horror conventions, as well as a strong stock company of actors. On the minus side, they had a proclivity to Shoot the Shaggy Dog endings, and oh how The Others got one.

Since the show's untimely end, several of the cast members have enjoyed some degree of success elsewhere. Julianne Nicholson, who played Marian, played Mike Logan's new partner on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. John Billingsley was Dr. Phlox on Star Trek: Enterprise. Gabriel Macht starred in the live action movie of Will Eisner's The Spirit, and currently stars in the USA Network legal drama Suits. Most amusing of all however, is that Zachary Quinto featured in a tiny role in the second episode.

This show provides examples of:

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: One episode deals with a demon trying to discover what each member of the Others truly wants in life, and the finale deals with them getting it — though it's not exactly to their liking.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: Mark and Ellen — whenever they touch each other, lightbulbs and other electrical appliances start exploding.
  • Disability Superpower: Blind seer Albert McGonagle.
  • During the War: "Till Then" contains Elmer's flashbacks from World War II.
  • I See Dead People
  • Jack the Ripper: Features briefly in an episode, though the bulk of the episode involves Mark (thanks to psychic dreams) falling in love with Mary Jane Kelly, his fifth and final victim.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: Elmer has this ability, and uses it at least once on an interfering flight attendant.
  • Kill 'em All: Everyone except Albert dies. Or at least appears to. A line of dialogue from Elmer suggests all the deaths are an illusion crafted by him to fool his adversary.
  • Psychic Powers
  • Our Demons Are Different: Miles defines them as the spirits of those who've gone to hell.
  • The Smart Guy: Miles Ballard.
  • Waif Prophet: Warren Day, a rare male example.