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
Production
Executive producerRoderick Taylor
Running time30 minutes
Production companyQwerty Productions
Release
Original networkMTV
Original 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.

Premise

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.

Episodes

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 HameckerTBAJune 22, 1994 (1994-06-22)
3"Love Minus Zero"Charles WinklerTBAJune 29, 1994 (1994-06-29)
4"Shock the Monkey"Ralph HameckerTBAJuly 6, 1994 (1994-07-06)
5"Gone Daddy Gone"Kari SkoglandTBAJuly 13, 1994 (1994-07-13)
6"Use Your Illusion"Ron OliverManny CotoJuly 20, 1994 (1994-07-20)
7"Live for Today"TBATBAJuly 27, 1994 (1994-07-27)
8"Tie Your Mother Down"Jefferson KibbeeTBAAugust 3, 1994 (1994-08-03)
9"Cry Baby Cry"Terrence O'HaraTBAAugust 10, 1994 (1994-08-10)
10"Life During Wartime"Jefferson KibbeeManny CotoAugust 17, 1994 (1994-08-17)
11"Hotel California"Ralph HameckerTBAAugust 24, 1994 (1994-08-24)
12"In Through the Out Door: Part 1"Ralph HameckerTBAAugust 31, 1994 (1994-08-31)
13"In Through the Out Door: Part 2"Ralph HameckerTBASeptember 7, 1994 (1994-09-07)

Reception

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]

References

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