Heroes is an American television series of the science fiction and superhero fantasy genres. It was created by Tim Kring and produced by Tailwind Productions and released through Universal Media Studios. Season one of Heroes aired on NBC from September 25th, 2006 to May 21st, 2007, totalling twenty-three episodes. The premise of the show involved a mysterious event that spontaneously gifted a group of seemingly unconnected individuals with superhuman abilities. The central characters are bonded through an act of fate, and a vision of a nuclear holocaust that can only be averted by the actions of several key figures. In addition to the promise of national calamity, there is also the rise of a villain - a psychotic killer calling himself Sylar, who has the ability to duplicate the abilities of others by taking their brains.