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8.6/10 TV

Country of origin  USA
No. of episodes  22
First episode date  24 September 1999
Network  CBS
8.3/10 IMDb

Created by  Glenn Gordon Caron
No. of seasons  1
Running time  60 minutes
Final episode date  5 May 2000
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Starring  Eric Close Dennis Haysbert Margaret Colin Heather Matarazzo
Cast  Eric Close, Dennis Haysbert, Margaret Colin, Heather Matarazzo, Gerrit Graham

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Now and Again is an American television series created by Glenn Gordon Caron which aired in the US from September 24, 1999 until May 5, 2000 on CBS. The story revolves around the United States government engineering the perfect human body for use in espionage, but not being able to yet perfect the brain. In an attempt to get the project up and running, they take the brain of overweight family man Michael Wiseman, who is killed by a train.


Given a new life, Michael is kept in an apartment where he is trained by government experts, led by Dr. Theodore Morris, in the art of espionage. Despite his new life and new abilities, Michael longs to return to his wife Lisa and daughter Heather, who are themselves discovering that not all is as it seems with Michael's death.


Michael Wiseman (John Goodman in the pilot and flashbacks) lives in suburban New York with his wife Lisa (Margaret Colin) and daughter Heather (Heather Matarazzo) and works as an executive at an insurance company. When passed over for a promotion, Michael and his friend and co-worker Roger (Gerrit Graham) go out drinking after work. While standing on the subway platform heading home that night, Michael is accidentally knocked off the platform directly into the path of an oncoming train. When he awakes, he sees Dr. Theodore Morris (Dennis Haysbert), the head of a top secret government project to artificially engineer the perfect human body (Eric Close). Unable to create a brain from scratch, Dr. Morris has rescued Michael's brain from his dead body and implanted it in the engineered body. The process allows Michael Wiseman to continue to live, but also forces him to work as an experiment for Dr. Morris and occasionally help fight terrorists. Because of the top secret nature of the project, Michael is told he may never have contact again with his wife or daughter, under penalty of his own death and the death of anyone he tells of his existence. Despite the threat, Michael finds ways to contact his family while keeping his true identity a secret.

Over the course of the series, Dr. Morris continues to experiment on Michael, testing the limits of his abilities and strength. Michael is occasionally used to complete secret missions or foil criminal activity. Lisa and Heather find themselves running out of money because the insurance company refuses to pay on Michael's policy, leading Lisa to become a realtor.


The show ran for one season. Airing on Friday nights, the show garnered only fair ratings. The reasons cited by CBS for its cancellation included the unjustifiable expense of the program and the low ratings.


  • Michael Wiseman (Eric Close), an insurance executive who was killed in an accident; his brain has been implanted into a genetically-engineered body.
  • Dr. Theodore Morris (Dennis Haysbert), the head of the top secret government project to engineer a human being
  • Lisa Wiseman (Margaret Colin), Michael's housewife widow who must learn to move on with life after her husband's death
  • Heather Wiseman (Heather Matarazzo), Michael's teenage daughter
  • Roger Bender (Gerrit Graham), Michael's best friend and fellow executive at the insurance company
  • Recurring

  • The Eggman (Kim Chan), a terrorist who uses eggs to contain a deadly poisonous gas
  • Gerald Misenbach (Chip Zien), a lawyer who represents Lisa in dealing with Michael's insurance company, and later a potential suitor
  • Craig Spence (Chad Lowe), Michael's scheming and corrupt boss at the insurance company who is dead-set against paying on Michael's policy
  • Special Agent #1 (Timothy Devlin), Dr. Morris' right-hand man
  • Ruth Bender (Christine Baranski), Roger's never-seen wife
  • Notable Guest Stars

  • In the first episode and flashback scenes in later episodes, John Goodman played Michael Wiseman in his original body.
  • Reiko Aylesworth appeared as Dr. Taylor, a physical therapist for Michael Wiseman, sent to test his romantic attachment to his former wife.
  • Mick Foley appeared in the final episode as the Eggman's cellmate, and assists in the Eggman's escape from prison.
  • In addition, beginning with episode 10, Charles Durning was heard reading a brief narration at the beginning of each episode summarizing the show's backstory.


    In 2000 Now and Again won three Saturn Awards for;

  • "Best Genre TV Actress" - Margaret Colin
  • "Best Genre TV Supporting Actor" - Dennis Haysbert
  • "Best Network Television Series"
  • Now and Again was also nominated for an Emmy in 2000 for Outstanding Main Title Design.

    DVD release

    On August 26, 2014, CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount) released Now and Again - The DVD Edition on DVD in Region 1. The 5-disc set features all 22 episodes of the series, as well as a nearly two-hour long retrospective documentary featuring interviews with series creator Glenn Gordon Caron, executive story editor Michael Angeli, supervising producer René Echevarria, all of the regular cast members and others.


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