When twenty-three nuclear bombs go off across the USA, the residents of Jericho are left wondering whether their small Kansas town is all that remains.
As the impact of the crisis sets in, the towns people pull together and roles within the new community-some unexpected and some unwanted--become established; Jake Green (played by heart-throb Skeet Ulrich; Scream, The Craft), the prodigal son of the towns Mayor finds himself stranded in Jericho as a result of the catastrophe. Having just experienced a tense family reunion after five years unexplained absence he finds himself reluctantly assuming a leadership role within the community from which he has run: Emily Sullivan (Ashley Scott; The Kingdom, Dark Angel), Jake's high school sweetheart who lives outside of town and innocently goes about her business unaware of the catastrophe until a chance encounter with two escaped convicts; Emilys estranged father Jonah Prowse (James Remar; Sex & The City, Dexter), the leader of a group of survivalists who have settled just outside of Jericho, who finds himself having to flee the town when he is accused of murder. Robert Hawkins (Lennie James; 24 Hour Party People, Outlaw), a mysterious jack-of-all-trades stranger who moved to Jericho three days before the attack and who seems to know more than hes letting on; Mayor Johnston Green (Gerald McRaney; Deadwood), a man dealing with conflicting emotions after the return of his son but who is forced into action as the town begins to riot; Bonnie Richmond (Shoshannah Stern), a pretty 17-year-old who is hearing impaired; and Bonnie's older brother Stanley (Brad Beyer), Jake's best friend from childhood and an avid car lover who works on the family farm.
The townspeople start to think that things are getting back to normal when the phone and power lines are reinstated and they receive a pre-recorded phone call from Homeland Security telling them that help is on the way. However, their hope is quickly dashed when a power surge disables all of the towns electronics and fires break out across the town.
Compelling throughout, the first season of Jericho captivated viewers attention to such an extent that, when the network attempted to cancel the show, it was resurrected for a second season based upon sheer fan power alone. This essential post-apocalyptic drama instantly embroils the viewer into the complex character interactions that occur following the explosions and remains absorbing right through to the seasons dramatic finale.