Synopsis by Hal Erickson
One of the many serialized dramas which dominated the 2006-2007 TV season, NBC's Heroes dealt with a disparate group of people from all over the world, ranging from a teenager to thirtysomethings, who suddenly discovered that they possessed superpowers. Drug-addict artist Isaac Mendez (Santiago Cabrera) could paint disturbingly accurate pictures of the future -- but only when he was stoned; cop Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg) was able to hear other people's thoughts; single mother Niki Sanders (Ali Larter) seemed to have a super-strong, violent alter ego; Japanese comic-book fanatic Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka) had the capacity to make time stand still or travel through time; 17-year-old cheerleader Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere) was seemingly indestructible; politician Nathan Petrelli (Adrian Pasdar) has the power of flight; his brother, male hospice nurse Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia) can absorb the powers of others around him, and so it went. Brought together to try to prevent an impending horrific disaster in New York City, these novice (and ofttimes reluctant) superheroes were forced to cope with their new skills and to hopefully channel them for a common purpose of good, all the while being plagued with surrealistic flashbacks and weighted down with traumatic backstories. Created by Tim Kring (Crossing Jordan), Heroes debuted September 25, 2006.