Dead at 21
Created byJon Sherman
StarringJack Noseworthy
Lisa Dean Ryan
Whip Hubley
ComposerRobert J. Walsh
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producerRoderick Taylor
Running time30 minutes
Production companyQwerty Productions
Original release
ReleaseJune 15 (1994-06-15) –
September 7, 1994 (1994-09-07)

Dead at 21 is an American drama series broadcast by MTV in 1994. The series ran for eleven thirty-minute episodes with a two-part final episode. The series was created by Jon Sherman and written by Sherman, P.K. Simonds, and Manny Coto.


Ed Bellamy (Jack Noseworthy) discovers on his 20th birthday that he was an unknowing subject of a childhood medical experiment. Microchips had been implanted in his brain, which make him a genius but will also kill him by his 21st birthday.

Accompanied by Maria Cavalos (Lisa Dean Ryan), Ed tries to find a way to prevent his death. The research center orders the termination of the project and the elimination of anyone involved. The center frames Ed for a murder and sends Agent Winston (Whip Hubley) to capture him.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Dead at 21"Ralph HemeckerJon ShermanJune 15, 1994 (1994-06-15)
2"Brain Salad"Ralph HameckerUnknownJune 22, 1994 (1994-06-22)
3"Love Minus Zero"Charles WinklerUnknownJune 29, 1994 (1994-06-29)
4"Shock the Monkey"Ralph HameckerUnknownJuly 6, 1994 (1994-07-06)
5"Gone Daddy Gone"Kari SkoglandUnknownJuly 13, 1994 (1994-07-13)
6"Use Your Illusion"Ron OliverManny CotoJuly 20, 1994 (1994-07-20)
7"Live for Today"UnknownUnknownJuly 27, 1994 (1994-07-27)
8"Tie Your Mother Down"Jefferson KibbeeUnknownAugust 3, 1994 (1994-08-03)
9"Cry Baby Cry"Terrence O'HaraUnknownAugust 10, 1994 (1994-08-10)
10"Life During Wartime"Jefferson KibbeeManny CotoAugust 17, 1994 (1994-08-17)
11"Hotel California"Ralph HameckerUnknownAugust 24, 1994 (1994-08-24)
12"In Through the Out Door: Part 1"Ralph HameckerUnknownAugust 31, 1994 (1994-08-31)
13"In Through the Out Door: Part 2"Ralph HameckerUnknownSeptember 7, 1994 (1994-09-07)


Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly rated the series as "B+." He described the dialog as "lame" but praised Noseworthy as a "lissome hunk," adding that the subtext "plays brilliantly" to the adolescent self-absorption of the MTV audience.[1]


  1. ^ Tucker, Ken. "Turn the beat around". Issue 227. 40. 2 p, 5c. Entertainment Weekly. June 17, 1994. Retrieved 9 August 2010.