Tru Calling
Created byJon Harmon Feldman
Theme music composerWe 3 Kings
Opening theme"Somebody Help Me" by Full Blown Rose
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26
Executive producers
ProducerRobert Doherty
Production locationsVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Running time43 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkFox (episodes 1–25)
Syfy (episode 26)
ReleaseOctober 30, 2003 (2003-10-30) –
April 21, 2005 (2005-04-21)

Tru Calling is an American supernatural drama television series which aired on Fox. Original episodes aired between October 30, 2003, and April 21, 2005; however, the final episode was shown in other territories before it was aired in the United States due to lower-than-anticipated ratings.[2][3]

The show starred Eliza Dushku as Tru Davies, a twenty-two-year-old medical school student who takes a job at the city morgue when her internship falls through. When the corpse of a deceased woman seems to awaken and asks for her help, Tru discovers that she has the incredible power to relive that day in order to try to prevent that death. Over the course of the series, Tru struggles to keep her secret, juggle her responsibilities with her complicated personal life, and learn to control her power.

Created by Jon Harmon Feldman, the show was produced by Original Film, Oh That Gus!, Inc., and 20th Century Fox Television.[4]

Series overview

Tru is aided by her boss, Davis (Zach Galifianakis), who acts as a sort of guide and mentor, who is later revealed to have known about Tru's mother (who was, apparently, the last person to receive the "calling" before her daughter), her best friend Lindsey (A.J. Cook), who doesn't know Tru's secret, and her impulsive, good-natured and bumbling younger brother Harrison (Shawn Reaves). Tru keeps her secret from her boyfriends, as well as her sister Meredith (Jessica Collins), who has a drug problem.

Halfway through the first season, Tru's life gets much more complicated when she meets Jack Harper (Jason Priestley), a man who shares Tru's abilities but who works to preserve what he sees as the hand of Fate by ensuring that the people Tru tries to help stay dead, though the series was canceled before the conclusion of their struggle was written. In the first-season finale, it is revealed that Tru's father knows Jack Harper and that he had played a similarly antagonistic role versus Tru's mother, terminating her by hiring a hitman to kill her, though neither Harrison nor Tru found out.

The second season does not feature Tru's best friend Lindsey nor her sister Meredith, whose characters are not mentioned. This season has Tru juggling medical school and her live-saving ability, while Jack aims to foil her attempts at every turn.

Cast and characters

Main article: List of Tru Calling characters


Eliza Dushku played the role of Tru Davies.



Season 1 (2003–04)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
11"Pilot"Phillip NoyceJon Harmon FeldmanOctober 30, 2003 (2003-10-30)1AHP79
After graduating from college, hopeful medical school student Tru Davies is forced to take a job with the city morgue after finding out that her planned internship at a local hospital was no longer available. When a woman arrives at the morgue who died before her time, Tru sees the woman seemingly awaken and ask for Tru's help. The entire day rewinds, and Tru finds herself racing against the clock in order to save the woman's life before she dies, alongside trying to fix some of her own mistakes.
22"Putting Out Fires"Thomas J. WrightStory by : Chris Brancato & Albert J. Salke
Teleplay by : Chris Brancato
November 6, 2003 (2003-11-06)1AHP01
When her relationship with one of her former professors falls through, Tru finds herself questioning the possibility of a relationship contending with her secret. However, when two victims of a fire – a girl and an attractive firefighter – ask for her help, Tru finds herself falling in unexpected love as she tries to prevent arson.
33"Brother's Keeper"Paul ShapiroJon Harmon FeldmanNovember 13, 2003 (2003-11-13)1AHP02
Tru is relieved when Harrison finally seems to have met the right woman. But questions are asked and unsettling suspects raised when Harrison's new girlfriend's murdered ex-husband arrives at the morgue and asks for Tru's help.
44"Past Tense"Jeff WoolnoughZack Estrin & Chris LevinsonNovember 20, 2003 (2003-11-20)1AHP03
Tru tries to get a handle on living with her gift, but soon finds her hands full as five men all arrive at the morgue, each having died at the same bachelor party, as all five of them ask for her help. The only problem is, each came in under a gurney sheet and Tru has no idea what any of them look like.
55"Haunted"Michael KatlemanDouglas PetrieDecember 4, 2003 (2003-12-04)1AHP04
When a brilliant young med student arrives at the morgue, Tru tries to help her even as she questions her own life, as her dreams of going to med school herself seem to have been put on hold by her newfound responsibilities. Things get even more complicated, however, when Tru discovers that the young woman was part of a highly illegal and risky experiment to temporarily die in order to recover lost memories. Davis tells Tru that he knows about her secret.
66"Star-Crossed"Sanford BookstaverChad HodgeDecember 11, 2003 (2003-12-11)1AHP05
What at first looks similar to Romeo and Juliet turns complicated and dangerous when Tru investigates the deaths of two students who both attended the same expensive academy who died together in a car accident.
77"Morning After"Dave BarrettRobert DohertyDecember 18, 2003 (2003-12-18)1AHP06
After a belated house-warming party, Tru wakes up with the dead body of her ex-boyfriend lying in her bed.
88"Closure"David SolomonJon Harmon FeldmanJanuary 8, 2004 (2004-01-08)1AHP07
Tru helps a military veteran who's accidentally shot and killed. Meanwhile, her personal life gets complicated after a harsh phone call from the Davies' mostly absent father prompts her sister Meredith to take her boss Davis out on a date.
99"Murder in the Morgue"David SolomonZack Estrin & Chris LevinsonJanuary 15, 2004 (2004-01-15)1AHP08
When Tru catches a man in the act of covering up a murder, he shoots Davis and fires at Tru before the day rewinds. Meanwhile, she tries to prove to Harrison once and for all that she really does relive days.
1010"Reunion"Allan KroekerDouglas PetrieJanuary 22, 2004 (2004-01-22)1AHP09
When Tru and Lindsay attend their high school reunion, Tru finds herself trying to save the life of the woman who was once her best friend but callously dumped her five years earlier in order to steal her prom date and become Prom Queen.
1111"The Longest Day"David GrossmanStory by : Dana Greenblatt
Teleplay by : Chad Hodge
February 5, 2004 (2004-02-05)1AHP10
Tru finds herself stuck in a tragic loop as she rushes to prevent a murder at a local grocery store, only to have the day rewind over and over again as each of her actions inadvertently cause the death of a different unintended victim each time.
1212"Valentine"Paul ShapiroRobert DohertyFebruary 12, 2004 (2004-02-12)1AHP11
Tru, Lindsay, Luc, and Harrison visit a remote mountain retreat for Valentine's Day.
1313"Drop Dead Gorgeous"Michael KatlemanStory by : Scott Shepherd
Teleplay by : Robert Doherty & Jon Harmon Feldman
March 18, 2004 (2004-03-18)1AHP12
Tru enters a beauty pageant in order to prevent the murder of a contestant. Davis shares an earth-shattering secret with Tru about the woman before her who also relived days.
1414"Daddy's Girl"Jesús Salvador TreviñoChris Levinson & Zack Estrin & Jon Harmon FeldmanMarch 25, 2004 (2004-03-25)1AHP13
Tru, still reeling from Davis' revelations about her mother, is further shocked when her cold, aloof father returns to town with his second wife and two children. The character Jack Harper is introduced.
1515"The Getaway"Guy BeeStory by : Scott Shepherd
Teleplay by : Stephanie Williams & Paula Yoo
April 1, 2004 (2004-04-01)1AHP14
A newspaper reporter has been struggling to discover Tru's secret by questioning her and Davis about why Tru is at the location of so many prevented crimes, and about Tru's seemingly psychic ability to know when trouble is going to happen. When she's killed and asks for help, Tru has to keep her safe while protecting her own secret.
1616"Two Pair"Rick RosenthalDoris EganApril 8, 2004 (2004-04-08)1AHP16
Tru has a mystery to solve when two bodies with seemingly no connection to each other both ask her for help. Jack tries to piece together the mystery of Davis' past. Davis finally reveals to Tru and Harrison his connection to their family.
1717"Death Becomes Her"Michael KatlemanRobert DohertyApril 15, 2004 (2004-04-15)1AHP15
Carly Anders (special guest star Tamyra Gray), a famous movie star, befriends Tru while spending the day with her doing research for a job. Things abruptly take a turn for the worse when Carly dies and Tru must race to save her.
1818"Rear Window"Michael Katleman
Paul Shapiro
William SindApril 22, 2004 (2004-04-22)1AHP17
Tru must figure out who the identity thief is when two Chris Berensons enter her life. Davis and Tru discover Jack's secret.
1919"D.O.A."Dan LernerZack Estrin & Chris LevinsonApril 29, 2004 (2004-04-29)1AHP18
Tru is initially overjoyed at the idea of having another person in the world who actually understands her burden – but she's horrified to find out that while she uses her power to try to save lives, Jack believes in a different path.
2020"Two Weddings and a Funeral"Michael KatlemanJon Harmon FeldmanApril 29, 2004 (2004-04-29)1AHP19
As Lindsay's nuptials approach, Tru is torn apart when Harrison is murdered. Thankfully, Harrison asks for her help and the day rewinds – but Tru must fight to defend what she loves when every move she makes to save Harrison is opposed by Jack, leading to an explosive ending and a shocking secret.

Season 2 (2005)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
211"Perfect Storm"Michael KatlemanJon Harmon FeldmanMarch 31, 2005 (2005-03-31)2AHP01
After the explosive events of the season one finale, Tru is relieved to have had two months of peace, during which time Davis pulled some strings and Tru began auditing med-school classes. Her life is once again turned upside down when Jack reappears, fighting to prevent Tru from saving a Harbor Patrol officer who drowned in a rescue attempt.
222"Grace"Dan LernerDoris EganMarch 31, 2005 (2005-03-31)2AHP02
The battle between Tru and Jack surges to dangerous new heights when Jack deviously frames Tru for the murder of the psychiatrist that Tru was trying to save, leaving her on the run from the law.
233"In the Dark"Rick RosenthalJane EspensonApril 7, 2005 (2005-04-07)2AHP03
In an effort to cheer Tru up, Harrison gets Tru's new med-school friends and Davis to help him throw her a surprise birthday party at the morgue. Things quickly get complicated, however, when the lights surge out and somebody asks for Tru's help – but due to the dark, Tru has no idea who he was or what he looks like.
244"The Last Good Day"Michael KatlemanRichard HatemApril 14, 2005 (2005-04-14)2AHP04
Tru and Jack have no idea how to react when a woman that Jack is interested in commits suicide and then asks him for help, causing both Tru and Jack to experience each other's powers and leading Tru to believe that Jack is meant to save her. A distraught Jack turns to Tru's father for advice.
255"Enough"Guy BeeRobert DohertyApril 21, 2005 (2005-04-21)2AHP05
After her entanglements with Jack and the growing tension of fighting to save lives every day, Tru snaps when Jensen (Eric Christian Olsen) is killed in a robbery and his body doesn't ask for help. Jack tries to convince Tru of the wrongness of her actions as she desperately tries to outwit Fate by finding another body to ask for help so that her day will rewind and she can save Jensen.
266"'Twas the Night Before Christmas... Again"Jesús Salvador TreviñoZack EstrinUnaired2AHP06
On Christmas Eve, Tru reluctantly finds herself working with Jack when an old cadaver asks for help, leaving her confused as to Jack's true motives. Harrison, believing his father is having an affair, accidentally catches Richard meeting with Jack, leading to disastrous consequences. Jensen begins to subtly act out of character since Tru subverted Fate by saving him.


The series was canceled in 2005 due to low ratings. The final episode aired in many other territories before it screened in the US. The cancellation ended the series with multiple unresolved cliffhangers:

Russian adaptation

The series has been adapted in Russia using the title Я отменяю смерть, pronounced as "Ja otmenjaju smertj'", and translated to I Revoke the Death, premiering in the country on TV-3 on October 9, 2012.[5]


The series completed airing in its entirety in New Zealand first. The second season began airing in the country on TV3 on February 4, 2005, with the final episode shown on March 11, 2005. After nearly a year-long hiatus in the U.S., new episodes began on Fox on March 31, 2005. However, the series was pulled again in favour of Fox's new show Point Pleasant and the final episode was screened in many other territories before it finally aired in the U.S. on January 21, 2008 on Syfy.

The complete series also aired in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.

Home media

The Complete First Season
Set details Special features
  • Bonus Featurettes:[6]
    • "Finding The Calling: The Pilot"
    • "The Tru Path: Season One"
    • "Evil Comes Calling: A Late Season Twist"
    • Selected Episode Commentary
    • Deleted Scenes
    • "Somebody Help Me" Music Video by Full Blown Rose
United States Canada U.S. / Canada  United Kingdom  Australia
Episodes 20 20
Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 1.78:1
Running Time 880 minutes 880 minutes
Audio English (Dolby Digital Surround) English (Dolby Digital Surround)
Subtitles English, Spanish, French None
No. of Discs 6 6
Region(s) 1 (NTSC) 2, 4 (PAL)
Rating Not Rated M
Release dates November 30, 2004[6] August 9, 2005
The Complete Second Season
Set details Special features
  • Bonus Featurettes:[7]
    • "Tru Calling: Opposing Forces"
Canada United States Canada / United States  United Kingdom  Australia
Episodes 6 6
Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 1.78:1
Running Time 264 minutes 264 minutes
Audio English (Dolby Digital Surround) English (Dolby Digital Surround)
Subtitles English, French, Spanish None
No. of Discs 2 2
Region(s) 1 (NTSC) 2, 4 (PAL)
Rating Not Rated M
Release dates November 15, 2005[7] August 9, 2005
The Complete Series
Set details Special features
  • Bonus Featurettes:[8]
    • Selected Episode Commentary
    • Deleted Scenes
    • 4 Featurettes
      • "Finding The Calling: The Pilot"
      • "The Tru Path: Season One"
      • "Evil Comes Calling: A Late Season Twist"
      • "Tru Calling: Opposing Forces"
    • "Somebody Help Me" Music video by Full Blown Rose
    • Easter Egg: Zach Galifianakis' audition tape
Canada United States Canada / U.S.  United Kingdom  Australia
Episodes 26 26 26
Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 1.78:1 1.78:1
Running Time 1094 Minutes 1094 Minutes 1094 Minutes
Audio English (Dolby Digital Surround) English (Dolby Digital Surround) English (Dolby Digital Surround)
Subtitles English, French, Spanish English, Swedish None
No. of Discs 8 8 8
Region(s) 1 (NTSC) 2, 4 (PAL) 4 (PAL)
Rating Not Rated 15 M
Release dates August 12, 2008[9] June 27, 2005[8] October 24, 2006


U.S. Nielsen ratings

Season Timeslot
U.S. season
U.S. season
(in millions)
1 Thursdays at 8 p.m. 2003–2004 October 30, 2003 April 29, 2004 #151[10] 4.50[10]
2 Thursdays at 9 p.m. 2005[a] March 31, 2005 April 21, 2005 #121[11] 4.89[11]


Each U.S. network television season begins in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.
  1. ^ Only 5 of the 6 episodes were aired by Fox. The series finale was shown in the U.S. on Syfy in 2008 and is not part of the season's ratings. The second season originally aired in New Zealand from 4 February 2005 – 11 March 2005.

Awards and nominations

Accolades for Tru Calling
Year Award Category Recipients Result
2004 2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Show Tru Calling Nominated
Choice Breakout TV Star – Female Eliza Dushku Nominated
30th Saturn Awards Best Actress in a Television Series Eliza Dushku Nominated


  1. ^ Dawn Parouse. (2004). Finding the Calling: The Pilot (Tru Calling Season 1, Disc 6, Special Feature) [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  2. ^ (January 28, 2005). "Season two unaired episodes of Tru Calling will screen on New Zealand network TV3 beginning February 4 at 7.30pm". Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  3. ^ (April 19, 2005). "'Fox dumps Tru Calling finale for The Simple Life'". Archived from the original on February 6, 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  4. ^ "Tru Calling (TV Series 2003-2005) Company Credits".
  5. ^ "Я отменяю смерть on TV-3 website".
  6. ^ a b "Tru Calling – The Complete First Season (2003)". Amazon. Retrieved 2010-01-19.
  7. ^ a b (July 2008). "Tru Calling – The Complete Second Season (2003)". Amazon. Retrieved 2010-01-19.
  8. ^ a b "Tru Calling: Complete Series: 8dvd: Box Set". Retrieved 2010-01-19.
  9. ^ (12 August 2008). "Tru Calling: The Complete Series". Amazon. Retrieved 2010-01-19.
  10. ^ a b ABC Medianet
  11. ^ a b "2004-05 Final audience and ratings figures". The Hollywood Reporter. May 27, 2005. Archived from the original on July 8, 2006.