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Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye

Moral Rating: Usually Okay
(Always OK)
Primary Audience: Teen to Adult
Genre: Drama
Length: 1 hr.


    Starring: Deanne Bray, Yannick Bisson, Rick Peters, Marc Gomes, Enuka Okuma, Tara Samuel, Ted Atherton | Produced by: PAXtv

Click here to read our interview with Sue Thomas
Would the real Sue Thomas please speak up? Read our interview…
"Sue Thomas: F.B.EYE," a groundbreaking, original drama premiering Sunday, October 13 with a two-hour opener (9:00 - 11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on PAX TV, is inspired by the true story of Sue Thomas, who although profoundly deaf from the age of 18 months, overcame significant obstacles to work surveillance for the F.B.I. This 9:00 p.m. Sunday night series is a coming-of-age, suspenseful drama starring Deanne Bray, a severely deaf actress who like Sue Thomas, was strongly encouraged by her parents to speak and read lips. "Sue Thomas: F.B.I." is entertainment aimed not just at hearing audiences but at the more than 28 million deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States (10% of the population).

Deanne Bray in 'Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye'As portrayed in the series, Thomas (Bray) is a somewhat sheltered young deaf woman who has recently graduated from college and is about to start her first real job - which happens to be with the F.B.I. Disappointed when she is relegated to the tedious task of analyzing fingerprints, Sue doesn't remain there for long. A new acquaintance, F.B.I. agent Jack Hogan (Yannick Bisson) discovers her unique lip reading ability and enlists her to join the bureau's elite surveillance team. Suddenly Sue and her hearing dog, Levi, are "G-men," caught up in a good deal more action than they ever bargained for. But what they lack in experience, they make up for in spirit and enthusiasm.

"We believe this is a precedent-setting series," says Dave Alan Johnson, creator of "Sue Thomas: F.B.EYE." "Never before has there been a television show about the real life experiences and career of a deaf person - who is also portrayed by a deaf actor. When Deanne came in and auditioned against numerous other actresses - both hearing and deaf - she won the role. We knew right away what an incredibly gifted woman she was and that she perfectly embodied the persona of Sue Thomas."

"Each week, we'll present a fast-paced, inside look into high-profile F.B.I. cases based on actual recent and current events," said Gary R. Johnson, series creator. "Corporate scandal, diplomatic immunity, abuses of power and terrorist activity are just some other areas we'll explore. But the show is about more than that. It's about the courage, perseverance and humor of Sue Thomas. It's a series that will keep you on the edge of your seat, but will also make you laugh and cry."

"Sue Thomas's story is one I deeply understand because like Sue, I'm deaf," said Bray. "My hope is that this show will not only entertain - I'm sure it will do that - but that it can also be a bridge between different worlds, that it can help everyone understand that we are all more alike than we are different."

"Finally, audiences will be able to gain a deeper understanding and respect for the individuals who walk the path of silence," said Sue Thomas, now a motivational speaker and author, who serves as a consultant on the show. "I feel blessed that PAX will bring this message to television in such a powerful and positive way."

In addition to Bray, the cast of "Sue Thomas: F.B.EYE" features Yannick Bisson, Rick Peters, Mark Gomes, Tara Samuel, Ted Atherton, Enuka Okuma and Jesse as Sue's golden retriever Levi.

"Sue Thomas: F.B.EYE" is created by Dave Alan Johnson and Gary R. Johnson, creators of PAX's top-rated series, "Doc." Marilyn Stonehouse produces for Pebblehut Productions. Viewer Comments   

Always OK—My husband Joe and I always enjoy the show. It's great for our young people to see that some handicaps can be worked around. Keep this show on the air.
   —Anne Hamm, age 67

Always OK—My wife works with Deanna's mother who told us about the show. We always watch it and are never disappointed. We hope it has a long run.
   —Robert, age 47

Always OK—I think this show is terrific. I have a good friend who is partially deaf so I really enjoy seeing the sign language. I really hope this show stays on the air for a while. I think its great that Sue works with the FBI that to me is a major accomplishment.
   —Susan Bedard, age 33

Always OK—My friend of mine told me about this show Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye. She told me that show reminds her of me. Because I am hard-hearing and now attending Penn State. When I first saw that show, I cried in joy. I wasn't sure if there will be any deaf or hard hearing on T.V. Shows. I was immediately caught up in the heartwarming drama. Deanna Bray is my #1 role model. Someday I hope I will meet her in person. That would meant so much.
   —Shannon Valero, age 20

Always OK—This show is really an inspiration to the world. It offers a variety of circumstances that happen in everyday life but it is handled in a Christian manner. I can actually watch a show without nudity and profanity. Thanks girl-we all love ya. May God bless each step you take.
   —Cynthia R. Craven, age 42

Always OK—I love this show so far I never missed one yet and I hope never will. Sue Thomas is a strong woman and so Levi which I hope to get a hearing dog myself soon. It just very rare to see a deaf show or a deaf actress. I hope it stay on the air for a long time.
   —Adam Craig, age 20

Always OK—I love this show! I have been teaching my hearing child sign language since he was 9 months old. I had to teach myself to teach him. During this time I learned about the deaf community. Now ironically I have lost my hearing in one ear and can sympathize even more. This show can really educate and entertain the public at the same time. Please make more episodes.
   —Mary Reynolds, age 45

Always OK—I don't watch much TV but I sure do enjoy watching this show. So far it has been a good clean family show and I trust it will stay that way. I do tell people this is one show they need to watch. Keep this wonderful show on the air.
   —R Smith, age 43

Always OK—Best show on T.V. The emotion shown between her and the other cast members is outstanding. You feel a part of her life. Levi is great,too.
   —Cora Blaukat, age 60

Always OK—This show has been watched over & again by our family of 6. We've taped each episode & enjoy our own reruns, while looking forward eagerly to this clean, exciting, & enjoyable show…even the teens can't wait for this one!.
   —Lynn Benkhardt, age 47

Always OK—This is the only show that my whole family looks forward to watching. I hope they don't start pre-empting it like they did this Sunday 12-8-2002 until it has built a solid fan base. Most of the people we have told about this great show weren't even aware of the Pax channel but maybe this will increase their viewership.
   —Ron Meeker, age 56

Always OK—it is excellent! Not only is there no objectionable material (so far), but there are many desirable character qualities displayed as well as warm platonic relationships. Language is clean, dress is modest, acting is excellent and story lines are family fare. We are thrilled for there to be such quality programming on for our children (and us!). We are even keeping a running tape of the shows. I am a little surprised and disappointed that they are already in re-runs. What's up with that?
   —Robin Leftwich, age 42

Usually OK --I love it! It's long overdue. I wish other networks would get a clue. Please don't drop it ever. It's groundbreaking and original. I appreciate it, and I'm a hearing person.
   —Tajmah Abdallah, age 29

Always OK—This show is great! I love that it is clean, exciting and modern. I hope that it stays that way. Even though I have just watched the beginning movie; I hope there is more of a mutual interest that developes between the two Bray and Bisson characters. It's good to see more heart warming and touching shows on PAX. Keep up the good work!
   —Kristi, age 28

Always OK—This is my favorite show. I really don't watch any television program regularly…until now. I love this one!
   —J. Cull, age 50

Always OK—More than OK, its great. I have watched from day one and plan on watching as long as its on. The actors are all great together, even grouchy old Miles! Deanne and Levi are great and it is so good to watch shows where people want to do good and help others instead of tearing people down. Thanks for a great hour!
   —Dee, age 41

Always OK—We love the show! But, our daughter-in-law is hearing impaired and the captioning on the show is not always legible. She really enjoys the show but needs the captioning to be correct. Please keep the good shows coming.
   —Nancy Schaub, age 54

Always OK—I absolutely love this show! It is refreshing to see a clean show without all the profanity and obscenity that is so prevalent in many of the shows seen on tv today. PLEASE KEEP IT CLEAN! Great cast! I would like to see more of a story line on all of the cast - particularly Demetrius.
   —Valerie Toval, age 44

Always OK—I love this show, so much that I'm taping everyone to keep. It is so cool to have a tv show about a Deaf person. The fact that it is clean is great too. Keep up the good work.
   —Megan, age 20

Always OK—This is a wonderful show ! Being hard of hearing myself makes this show so special. I hope the show runs a long time.
   —D. Richardson, age 75

Always OK—I just caught the first episode of Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye and it was a real decent family show with a lot of heart and soul! I'm definitely going to make this new cool show a regular now.
   —Anny, age 21

Always OK—Loved this show. It has humor and good moral standards, a good clean show for the entire family to view.
   —Yana Bien, age 47

Always OK—I watched the show from the very beginning and loved it. It is such a pleasure to watch a clean and entertaining show. I hope it continues to be a clean and decent drama. I tell everybody to watch it.
   —Mary Ann, age 47

Always OK—I love this show! Not only is it informative (on issues facing deaf people, it also gives insight into government issues.) Great actors all, but I have to say Bray and Bisson are my two favorites.
   —Belinda Jovani, age 45

Always OK—Actually, I think this is better than "usually ok". No profanity or other inappropriate content. Well-acted, suspenseful, and promotes good values. Don't miss it!
   —Marie Brooks, age 32

Always OK—This is a WONDERFUL Show! They all Plays such great people- Fun, Funny, Caring, Understanding & Loving. Them all Understanding how to handle there selves with Sue is Great! Levi is so Cute. My Dog's Love standing at the screen wagging there tail's & watching every little move he make's along side with Sue.
   —StarsallNight, age 28

Always OK—This is a great show. Shows like this make me want to be a better person and help other. Thanks for such a great show, I can't think of one thing I would change about it except to see more. Great job!
   —Shaun Huffman, age 33

Always OK—I love this show! Deanne Bray does a wonderful job (as do the other actors). Thank God for PAX.
   —Danny Marks, age 40

Always OK—I saw the first show and thought it was very good. It is wonderful to have a clean show on TV. I hope you continue to keep it clean.
   —K.C., age 40

Always OK—It was so nice to be able to enjoy this show with my two teenage girls last night. My prayer is that we will have more clean shows like this in the future.
   —Marcy Ruff, age 36

Always OK—Fantastic - the best new show on television. I was immediately caught up in the heartwarming drama and loved every minute of it. I've been telling everyone I know to watch. Thanks for such great entertainment!
   —Hattie, age 49

Young people express their opinions…

Always OK—I LOVE THIS SHOW!! We watch it all the time in my ASL class!! We all enjoy it and I personally think that Jack (Yannick Bisson) is the hottest guy ever!!
   —Shannon Whitish, age 16

Always OK—I love this show. I know sign language, and ,although I can hear this show has encouraged me to learn to read lips. I would like to meet the crew and, of course, the real Sue Thomas. I have noticed a certain connection between Sue & Bobby, I love you, Jack, but Bobby is great. I love watching the way he looks at Sue when no one is looking! Keep up the good work,
   —Naomi, age 15

Always OK—It's the best show I ever saw!!! I know how it feels when people turn their heads and you don't even know what they are saying. I'm deaf and I can read lips really well like she does which i'm grateful for that. I hope this show will never get cancelled.
   —Erica Crossley, age 14