Sleepy Hollow – the most entertaining show I’ve seen in a while

Happy New Year.

I’m finally all caught up with Sleepy Hollow. I saw the first couple of episodes when the show began in 2013, but with so much good TV available, I found myself with way too much choice and didn’t stick with Lieutenant, ahem Leftenant Mills and Ichabod Crane. More fool me. Over Christmas, I breezed through the rest of season one and the first half of season 2.

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What an entertaining programme!

We’ve got a healthy dose of history with the intriguing portrayal of The American Revolution (albeit it a warped, fantastical slant of that historical period), a small(ish) town setting, a charming Englishman from the 1800s baffled by the ways of our 21st century world, one of the most enjoyable partnerships to watch since Mulder & Scully, and an intelligent, cool leading lady who I really like. I should say here that often when it comes to TV shows I find myself annoyed with the female lead. Clarke from The 100 anyone? Or Liz from Roswell? To top it all off, plenty of supernatural shenanigans abound in every episode.

If you haven’t watched it yet, please give it a chance. Tom Mison as our hero, Ichabod Crane, and Nicole Beharie as the highly capable Abbie Mills are Witnesses, destined to play a major role in fending off the apocalypse. They both have personal tragedies to bear, but manage to make it through crazy situations every episode with humour. It’s also great to see a black woman in a leading role. Beharie is awesome. Her character, Mills, is smart, tough, in a position of authority, and the chemistry between her and Crane kept me glued to the screen. I hope the writers keep their relationship platonic. It’s clear they share affection and a good friendship, but let’s keep the romance at bay, at least for now.

Check out Mills and Crane in this short clip, “Democracy in Action“.

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Are you a fan of Sleepy Hollow?

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18 thoughts on “Sleepy Hollow – the most entertaining show I’ve seen in a while

  1. I don’t watch a lot of TV, but on my vacation I stayed with two friends who are Sleepy Hollow fanatics, so we watched an episode. It was really good, and I might start at the beginning and get caught up at some point. (We also watched the first episode of Gotham, which made Sleepy Hollow look even better than it was by comparison.)

    Oh, and I know what you mean about the friendship. I like to check movies against the Bechdel test, but I also apply the Friendship Test — movies that believe that a (straight) man and woman can be friends without inevitably ending up in bed together. Almost no movies pass that test — which is really silly because those friendships exist everywhere in the real world.

    1. Hi Anthony. If you do decide to catch up, season 1 is quite short, something like 13 episodes and we’re only at the halfway point of season 2 at the moment, so think of doing a Sleepy Hollow weekend marathon and you’ll be sorted. I haven’t seen Gotham yet, but do plan to give it a watch.
      I’m not familiar with the Bechdel test, so I’ll Google that shortly. 🙂 It often happens that when the leads of a show or movie finally get together, the chemistry is ruined. I hope the writers keep Crane and Mills’ friendship intact for the foreseeable future.

  2. I do like this show a lot. It’s not my very favorite, but it’s on our DVR list. Hubby likes it a LOT. I love the way Tom Mison portrays Ichabod Crane. He’s perfect in the role. Except, I keep wanting to comb his hair….

    1. This show is insane, but in a good way. Tom Mison makes me fall for him every single episode. I have to say, I like his long, unruly hair. Did you see the episode where Abbie brought him modern clothes in the form of skinny jeans? Was quite funny.

  3. Love this show! You hit everything spot on, too….their amazing chemistry, the setting, history, supernatural elements, even the humor…everything I love in one place! I think I have about 5 eps yet I still have to catch up with on my DVR on seadon 2, but consider me a fan!

    1. I thought you’d like it, Mae. I actually thought of you because of the history in the show. I know it’s not the Civil War, but still you popped into my head while I was watching it over Christmas. 🙂

  4. This has been on my ‘to watch’ list for quite some time, so I’m really happy to see you giving it the thumbs up! I’ve been a bit disappointed with TV shows lately so maybe Sleepy Hollow is just what I need. 🙂

    P.S. I watched Hocus Pocus for the first time earlier today and you were right, it was good!

    1. It’s lots of fun, Becky. And the two main characters work great together.
      Yay, so glad you liked Hocus Pocus. I’m “forced” to watch it often these days given it’s my niece’s favourite film, well that and Frozen.

  5. Going by your comments and others I have missed out on a decent programme hopefully I will get the chance I am sure to watch on a re-run that television seems to do a lot as you say there has been a lot to watch on the TV in 2014 hopefully it will continue in 2015 of decent programmes I wonder

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