The Stand is a 1994 television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. King also wrote the teleplay, and has a cameo role in the series. It was directed by Mick Garris and stars Gary Sinise, Miguel Ferrer, Rob Lowe, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Jamey Sheridan, Laura San Giacomo, Molly Ringwald, Corin Nemec, Adam Storke, Ray Walston and Matt Frewer. It originally aired on ABC starting on May 8, 1994.
At a government laboratory, a weaponized version of influenza is accidentally released, immediately wiping out everyone at the laboratory, except for security guard Charles Campion and his family, who flee the base. However, Campion unknowingly spreads the “super flu” to the outside world. One of the first sites of infection is at a gas station in East Texas where Stu Redman (Gary Sinise) and some friends have gathered. While others take sick, Stu remains mysteriously healthy and is kept in confinement at a CDC facility in order to study a possible cure. This proves futile and the superflu rages unchecked, killing over 99% of the population.
After the infection runs its course a small group of immune survivors lies scattered across the country. These include rock star Larry Underwood (Adam Storke), who has just had his big break but is now stranded in a dead New York City, Nick Andros (Rob Lowe) a deaf man in the midwest, Frannie Goldsmith (Molly Ringwald) a teenager in Ogunquit, Maine, Lloyd Henreid (Miguel Ferrer) a criminal stuck in a prison cell, and “Trashcan Man” (Matt Frewer) a mentally ill scavenger. The survivors soon begin having visions, either of Mother Abagail (Ruby Dee) a kindly old black woman, or of a demonic seeming man named Randall Flagg, (Jamey Sheridan). The two sets of visions call their recipients to travel either to Nebraska to meet Mother Abagail, or to Las Vegas to join Randall Flagg.