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What would you do if you received tomorrow's newspaper today?

After his wife throws him out of his house, Gary Hobson starts receiving tomorrow's issue of the Chicago Sun-Times every morning, always accompanied by an orange cat. At first he tries to use this for personal gain, but after he sees an accident that was exactly described in the newspaper, he has a change of heart. In the end, he and his friends Chuck and Marissa start to use the newspaper to save people and prevent problems.

The series ran for 91 episodes from 1996 to 2000 on CBS. It wasn't renewed for a fifth season, even with fan demand. The first season DVD came out in June 2008. Very, very late.

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The show provides examples of:[edit | hide | hide all]

  • An Aesop: One for each episode.
  • Action Girl: Renee Callahan and Gary's mom in "Don't Walk Away, Renee"
  • All Just a Dream: Marissa Clark run over by car in "Run, Gary, Run".
  • Black Best Friend: Once Chuck Fishman (Fisher Stevens) left the show, Marissa became Gary's best friend.
  • Blessed with Suck: Gary views the newspaper as this.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Gary once tried spending the night in a cabin in the woods to avoid getting the paper, and it still found him.
  • Cassandra Did It: Police and others sometimes put Gary in this role when he tries to avert disasters.
  • The Cat Came Back: The pilot shows Gary tried to avoid the cat, to no avail.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The pilot begins with a shot of a man sitting on a train station bench. He tries to rob a bank later that episode.
  • Chick Magnet: Gary, due to his heroics. Extreme examples of his in-universe fanbase include a cheerleading squad, a Russian princess, and a woman who turned down a marriage proposal from a world-famous, philanthropic doctor.
  • The Chosen Many: Gary is not the only one who gets the paper.
  • Christmas Episode: Gary and Crumb team up to find a bomber.
  • Completely Missing the Point: From the episode "Dad":

Gary's Dad: Tomorrow's newspaper . . . today. Comes in the morning with the cat. So, you read a story in the newspaper and you run out into the city and save somebody's life and just like that, the story is gone?
Gary: Something like that.
Gary's Dad: Well, how do they do that? Some kind of special ink?
Gary: I—I'm not sure.
Gary's Dad: I bet it's the ink. Disappearing ink. The army was working on something like that when I was at Fort Briggs. Top secret stuff.