Full Name: Michael Wiseman
Nationality: American
Organization: American Intelligence
Occupation Agent

Creator: Glenn Caron
Time Span: 1999 - 2000


Michael Wiseman is an agent of American Intelligence.

I use that highly nebulous description of the organization that Wiseman works for because we are given no other identifier - reasonable since the project is so incredibly hush-hush that anyone unauthorized learning about it is in danger of being removed, permanently. Including, Wiseman, so to speak.

When we meet Wiseman he is a middle-aged heavy-set man working for nearly two decades at an insurance agency and miffed and disappointed at being passed over for a deserved promotion in favor of a much younger man he trained. In frustration, he goes out for drinks with a workmate and head for home and his wife and teenage daughter via the subway. An unplanned and unforced bump of one person into another and then in another and so forth and poor Wiseman is accidentally knocked into the path of the incoming train. Exit one insurance company employee.

Upon awakening for the first time since his accident, he is astonished to be told his funeral was quite lovely and that he was in a hospital, though it did not look like any facility he had ever seen. When he then asked how he could be in such a place if he had already had a funeral, he posed the logical question, "What am i?" To this, Dr. Theodore Morris, a Black scientist awaiting his revival, replied, "Right now What you are is a middle-aged brain hooked up to some extremely sophisticated computers that let me hear what you are thinking you're saying".

Morris would go on to explain that since WWII the U.S. government has spent many billions of dollars reaching all sorts of biochemical and bioengineering ways in the attempt to build "a man" - an American man who would be willing to do those things that mere mortal men are 'loathe' to do such as "travel into dangerous places, take risks, wage war".

Morris then gets to the heart of the matter (so to speak) in that the scientists had pretty much figured out everything except for one - the mind. They have created a body that had "the speed of Michael Jordan, the strength of Superman, and the grace of Fred Astaire" who is going to "look good, be young, be omnipotent. Wow, huh?" They just could not lick the whole 'mind' thing in that they have no been able to build anything close to what they need, which left them with just one option - they had to harvest one.

That is where, naturally, Wiseman comes into the matter. It was his brain they used and it is mind that now inhabits the awesome body it now resides in. In exchange for this miraculous gift of a new life, Wiseman must 'simply' agree to never contact anyone he knew before at the risk of his - and their - immediate demise. In other words, for this new life he must agree to stay dead.

And, of course, work for the government in a highly covert manner.

Running the show is Dr. Morris who is as cheerful and spooky as you might want him. Friendly, as long as Wiseman doesn't break his rules or question his authority or, well, blink wrong. Deadly in his promise to wipe out anyone for the sake of the top secret project that Morris is running. Morris wants to continue the research with Wiseman with new and interesting experiments while at the same time using Wiseman's new body to go on secret missions or fight some major criminal activity, all to justify the money the government is funneling into the project.

Good Lines:
- Said by an agent for Dr. Morris, interrogating Wiseman's best friend after learning Wiseman is still alive, "Do you still want me to kill him? He's awfully annoying. And he does work for an insurance company."


Number of Episodes:22
First Appearance:1999
Last Appearance:2000

Eric CloseMichael Wiseman [ 1 ]
Dennis HaysbertDr. Theodore Morris [ 1 ]
John GoodmanMichael Wiseman [ 1 ]
Margaret ColinLisa Wiseman [ 1 ]
Heather MatarazzoHeather Wiseman [ 1 ]
Garret GrahamRoger Bender [ 1 ]

1 Origins
Episode S1-1, first aired 09/24/1999
Director: Glenn Gordon Caron
Writer: Glenn Gordon Caron

Michael Wiseman's brain is taken from his dead body to be implanted inside the ""perfect man"", created by the U.S. Government. Dr. Theodore Morris, his caretaker, instructs him he will never see his family again.

2 On the Town
Episode S1-2, first aired 10/01/1999
Director: Christopher Misiano
Writer: Glenn Gordon Caron

Desperate, Michael breaks free and kidnaps his old business partner, Roger, forcing him to drive to his old house. Roger, however, is unaware of who this young man is.

3 Over Easy
Episode S1-3, first aired 10/08/1999
Director: Alan Taylor
Writer: Glenn Gordon Caron

The city receives a threat from ""The Eggman"" who claims he will release a poison gas. Dr. Morris takes Michael to try and stop him, unaware that Roger and Lisa – joined by Heather – are following Michael to find out who he is.

4 One For the Money
Episode S1-4, first aired 10/15/1999
Director: Susan Seidelman
Writer: Hans Tobeason

Michael is given a mission by Dr. Morris but his moral feelings on the issue don't help his relationship with his captor; and Lisa and Heather run into money troubles.

5 The Insurance Man Always Rings Twice
Episode S1-5, first aired 10/22/1999
Director: Vincent Misiano
Writer: René Echevarria

Michael learns that Lisa is selling his house and pleads with Dr. Morris to find out what is happening, and to save his wife by ""convincing"" his former boss Craig Spence to pay his insurance policy.

6 Nothing To Fear But Nothing To Fear
Episode S1-6, first aired 11/05/1999
Director: Tim Van Patten
Writer: Michael Angeli

Michael is stunned when Lisa shows up at his apartment to ask him out, but Dr. Morris forbids his involvement; while a wave of seemingly random acts of dangerous nonchalance sweeps the city.

7 A Girl's Life
Episode S1-7, first aired 11/12/1999
Director: Bryan Spicer
Writer: Marlane Emily Gomard

When Heather is struck by lightning, a distraught Michael convinces Dr. Morris to let him go to her bedside where she wakes and sees him outside her window, leading her to claim that an angel saved her.

8 Pulp Turkey
Episode S1-8, first aired 11/19/1999
Director: Harry Winer
Writer: Ted Humphrey

Three separate Thanksgivings collide into one eventful evening for Michael, Dr. Morris, Lisa, Heather and Roger.

9 By The Light Of The Moon
Episode S1-9, first aired 11/26/1999
Director: Vincent Misiano
Writer: René Echevarria

Dr. Morris is replaced by a new doctor, Dr. Taylor (Reiko Aylesworth) who intrigues Michael; while Lisa considers her romantic feelings for her suitor, Gerald Misenbach.

10 I've Grown Accustomed To His Face
Episode S1-10, first aired 12/17/1999
Director: David Jones
Writers: Marlane Meyer , René Echevarria

On the morning he is supposed to be doing a 'survival' test, Michael wakes to find his front door open and his apartment empty. Unsure if it is a test or the result of some kind of accident, Michael is given the chance to flee into the outside world.

11 Fire And Ice
Episode S1-11, first aired 01/07/2000
Director: Vincent Misiano
Writer: Ted Humphrey

While doing dangerous tests on Michael, Morris approaches him for help in wooing a lady colleague.

12 Disco Inferno
Episode S1-12, first aired 01/14/2000
Director: Jace Alexander
Writer: Marlane Meyer

Michael investigates a church that is seemingly the nexus of an apparent spontaneous human combustion.

13 I Am The Greatest
Episode S1-13, first aired 01/28/2000
Director: Vincent Misiano
Writer: Michael Angeli

Lisa starts her daunting new job in real estate; while Michael and Morris track down the first man the government experimented on: the one who got away (Charles Malik Whitfield).

14 Film At Eleven
Episode S1-14, first aired 02/11/2000
Director: Ronald L. Schwary
Writer: Debbie Sarjeant

While out in the park on Valentine's Day, Dr. Morris is called away to meet with the President. Michael, to save a life at a bank robbery, uses his super-strength, which is caught on film by a security camera.

15 Deep In My Heart Is A Song
Episode S1-15, first aired 02/18/2000
Director: Vincent Misiano
Writer: Thomas Edward Bray

General Irving (James Rebhorn) visits just as this time Michael slips into an apparent coma. While Dr. Morris desperately attempts to discover what is wrong, we see flashbacks to Michael before he became superhuman and a similar health scare that occurred then.

16 Everybody Who's Anybody
Episode S1-16, first aired 02/25/2000
Director: Stephen Cragg
Writers: Dan E. Fesman, Harry Victor

Roger invites Lisa to a reception when his wife is unavailable, and General Irving makes a request of Michael which rubs him the wrong way.

17 Boy Wonder
Episode S1-17, first aired 03/10/2000
Director: Vincent Misiano
Writer: Ted Humphrey

A mentally-challenged teenager follows Michael home after he sees him using his super-strength; Roger's investment portfolio becomes the subject of Craig Spence's envy.

18 Lizzard's Tale
Episode S1-18, first aired 03/31/2000
Director: Bob Balaban
Writer: Deborah Sarjeant

At a medical conference, an old colleague of Morris's – trying now to recruit him into his organ-harvesting business – becomes very interested in Michael.

19 There Are No Words
Episode S1-19, first aired 04/14/2000
Director: Aaron Lipstadt
Writer: Thomas Edward Bray

The country slowly devolves into madness after a mysterious virus which removes the words from books begins appearing in places Dr. Morris frequently visits.

20 The Bugmeister: Part 1
Episode S1-20, first aired 04/21/2000
Director: Sandy Smolan
Writer: Michael Angeli

Roger is kicked out by his wife and comes to stay with Lisa, soon getting on her nerves; Heather befriends an insect expert with a secret; and Morris takes charge in investigating a plague of mosquitoes who seem very specific in their targets.

21 The Bugmeister: Part 2
Episode S1-21, first aired 04/28/2000
Director: Vincent Misiano
Writer: Michael Angeli

Dr. Morris and Michael desperately attempt to thwart a series of attacks by a bug expert.

22 The Eggman Cometh
Episode S1-22, first aired 05/05/2000
Director: Ronald L. Schwary
Writer: René Echevarria

For a brief period, Michael is without a tracking device and he is determined now more than ever to flee and take his family with him. The Eggman plots to escape from prison and get revenge on Michael. Lisa discovers more information than she expected on Dr. Morris and Michael and, determined to prove what she believes, decides to confront Dr. Morris.


I remember watching the first couple of episodes of this series back in its day and thinking that while I enjoyed it, I wondered how long it would stay on the air. It lasted longer than I would have expected.

It was this show that made me a huge fan of Dennis Haysbert with his deep, glorious voice and his dominating presence. He is both fatherly and frightening and always, always enjoyable to watch.

And Margaret Colin is always a joy to watch.

I really had fun rewatching the series for this entry.


My Grade: B


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