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Now to all those who are scrambling to get in first to answer the easiest question ever, I can tell you it's NOT Stephen King's "The Green Mile". I'm absolutely certain I saw it before "The Green Mile" movie and I'm 99% sure I saw it before the book was released.

What I remember:

  • I saw it in the late 80s or early 90s.
  • It was one of those half hour serial TV shows where a story is built up to a twist, possibly Twilight Zone or Alfred Hitchcock Presents or something similar.
  • The condemned man is scheduled to be executed in the coming days/weeks.
  • Somehow he is granted the power of healing and heals some of the prisoners and guards.
  • The warden hears about it and brings in his young, terminally ill daughter, who the prisoner heals.
  • The warden then tries to arrange clemency and/or a pardon. I can't remember if he's successful.
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    Possible duplicate of Movie about a prisoner with healing powers – Greenstone Walker Aug 14 '17 at 4:35
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    Sorry, have to leave this open as the other question isn't accepted (even verbally). – Möoz Aug 14 '17 at 4:58
  • Are you sure it's not "The Green Mile?" – Darth Egregious Aug 14 '17 at 15:36
  • it's certainly not "The Green Mile" @user973810 :) – NKCampbell Aug 14 '17 at 18:06
  • @user973810 This episode aired 10 years before Stephen King wrote the book series The Green Mile was based on – Machavity Aug 14 '17 at 20:39
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The episode is called "Life on Death Row" and is an episode of the second season of Amazing Stories airing in 1986

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0511102/

Life on Death Row follows Eric, a young death row inmate (Patrick Swayze) whose final appeal on his verdict was rejected, and he’s slated for execution in 24 hours. After an accident in a desperate and failed escape attempt, Eric develops the amazing ability to heal people by touch – and his life take a whole new direction, just when there’s so little time before they are claimed by the hangman.

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Additional notes from the SFF Planet site re: this episode relevant to the question:

The story bears many similarities to Stephen King’s acclaimed novel The Green Mile (and its 1999 big-screen adaptation directed by Frank Darabont), but the episode was broadcasted many years before King wrote his book – and perhaps it’s not a coincidence that in his post Amazing Stories career, Garris became a prolific writer and director of Stephen King adaptations in both cinema and television some (The Stand) successful, others less so.

http://www.sffplanet.com/space-oddities-amazing-stories-life-on-death-row-mick-garris-1986/

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    That looks like it, thank you. – Moriarty Aug 14 '17 at 0:56
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    I was 100% sure that OP was talking about The Green Mile. Those stories indeed sound curiously similar. – xLeitix Aug 14 '17 at 12:55

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