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Published:May 21st, 2007 09:57 EST


By Sean Stubblefield

Abducted. Changed. Returned.

Critically acclaimed and multiple Emmy nominated for outstanding material, The 4400 continues to be highly rated as one of USA Network’s most watched original programming, with over 3 million viewers weekly each season.

This is the extraordinary story of how 4400 unusual individuals effect society after being pulled from throughout the past 60 years by people in the future, and returned together in 2004 with various paranormal abilities.

In the not too distant future, it is clear that something went horribly wrong with the world, and it is the calculated intent and hope of people in the future that these chosen 4400 will influence change in the present to create a better future. Exploring the trials and tribulations of these unique people as they struggle to integrate into “normal” current society, the show brilliantly speculates potential circumstances of how each side reacts to the other. These 4400 are essentially made alien, in terms of their abduction, their notoriety, their special powers, and their temporal displacement. Including all the associated stigmas and idiosyncrasy-- good and bad.

Written and produced with intelligence, insight and integrity, The 4400 takes the subject matter of enhanced people seriously, and therefore attains a level of excellence and maturity that the similar show Heroes could and should have achieved, but failed miserably. To give you an idea of the difference in quality, The 4400 is to Beethoven what Heroes is to Avril Lavigne.

Don’t misunderstand me; I enjoy both. But whereas Heroes is entertaining, The 4400 is interesting.


Like all proper science fiction, it is a speculative inquiry and contemplation of the human condition.

A morality tale without being preachy, The 4400 encourages us to recognize the responsibility we have for creating the world we live in, and the ripple effects our actions cause on the future.

Much like Deep Space 9, Millennium and Battlestar Galactica, The 4400 is socially conscious and socially relevant, yet doesn‘t get the credit and appreciation among the mainstream that it deserves for its excellence. Scenarios, characters and their interactions are well conceived and portrayed authentically to cultivate a nuanced sense of realism, infusing believability into the incredible.

Laying the foundation and preparing for the 4th season, the USA Network’s 4400 website is seeking increased fan input by featuring interactive online options for them to participate in and promote the show. On May 21, the site relaunched to provide new web content to support and augment the new season storyline, including several ARG (alternate reality game) and role playing elements, in addition to their posting boards, blogs, episode guide and behind the scenes material.


If you want to catch up on all 33 episodes, seasons 1-3 are out on DVD.

Watch one of the best TV series ever, when The 4400 season four premieres on Sunday, June 17 at 9/8C on USA!

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