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Sleepy Hollow: Season 1 (2013)

Seasons:
1

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77

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 10

Despite its overstuffed plot, Sleepy Hollow is a fun romp with exciting action scenes and sparkling production values.

65

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 7

Despite its overstuffed plot, Sleepy Hollow is a fun romp with exciting action scenes and sparkling production values.

audience

83

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Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 284

My Rating

Season Info

An update of Washington Irving's classic tale about Ichabod Crane, who wakes up in the 21st century but finds his 18th-century nemesis, the Headless Horseman, has also come along for the ride.

Network: FOX

Premiere Date: Sep 16, 2013

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 16, 2013

Pilot

Revolutionary War soldier Ichabod Crane awakes in modern-day Sleepy Hollow, where evil is lurking.

2
Air date: Sep 23, 2013

Blood Moon

Ichabod and Abbie hunt for a vengeful witch from the 1700s who has returned. -- (C) Fox

3
Air date: Sep 30, 2013

For the Triumph of Evil

S1Ep3, For the Triumph of Evil: Another soldier in the army of evil, the Sandman, seeps into the dreams of the residents of Sleepy Hollow. SLEEPY HOLLOW airs Mondays on FOX.

4
Air date: Oct 7, 2013

The Lesser Key of Solomon

S1Ep4, The Lesser Key of Solomon: Lt. Abbie Mills and Ichabod Crane search for Abbie's estranged sister, Jenny (guest star Lyndie Greenwood), who has escaped from a Sleepy Hollow psychiatric hospital. SLEEPY HOLLOW airs Mondays on FOX.

5
Air date: Oct 14, 2013

John Doe

S1Ep5, John Doe: When an unidentified boy is discovered in Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane and Lt. Abbie Mills are called to the scene. SLEEPY HOLLOW airs Mondays on FOX.

6
Air date: Nov 4, 2013

The Sin Eater

S1Ep6, The Sin Eater: Ichabod goes missing, and Abbie is warned that the Headless Horseman will return to Sleepy Hollow by nightfall. SLEEPY HOLLOW airs Mondays on FOX.

7
Air date: Nov 11, 2013

The Midnight Ride

S1Ep7, The Midnight Ride: Abbie gets an unexpected visit from the enigmatic Andy Brooks (guest star John Cho). SLEEPY HOLLOW airs Mondays on FOX.

8
Air date: Nov 18, 2013

Necromancer

S1Ep8, Necromancer: Ichabod, Abbie, Capt. Irving and Jenny Mills (guest star Lyndie Greenwood) join forces and face the Headless Horseman. SLEEPY HOLLOW airs Mondays on FOX.

9
Air date: Nov 25, 2013

Sanctuary

S1Ep9, Sanctuary: When Ichabod and Abbie investigate a missing persons case, the search leads to a colonial-era house which holds secrets from Ichabod's past. SLEEPY HOLLOW airs Mondays on FOX.

10
Air date: Dec 9, 2013

The Golem

S1Ep10, The Golem: Ichabod enlists Henry Parrish (guest star John Noble) to help him communicate with Katrina. SLEEPY HOLLOW airs Mondays on FOX.

11
Air date: Jan 13, 2014

The Vessel

S1Ep11, The Vessel: Capt. Irving's daughter becomes the target of evil forces. SLEEPY HOLLOW airs Mondays on FOX.

12
Air date: Jan 20, 2014

The Indispensable Man

S1Ep12, The Indispensable Man: Ichabod and Abbie discover a dark secret in George Washington's Bible, Part One of the season finale. SLEEPY HOLLOW airs Mondays on FOX.

13
Air date: Jan 20, 2014

Bad Blood

S1Ep13, Bad Blood: The battle between good and evil comes to a head in Part Two of the season finale. SLEEPY HOLLOW airs Mondays on FOX.

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (10)

The show's vibe is just right.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

There are four basic ingredients to its secret formula: a giddy sense of adventure, a sly sense of humor, a slick sense of style and loads of heart. Those are the four horsemen driving Sleepy Hollow to success.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Ultimately, what makes Sleepy Hollow so watchable is how much fun it is having with its own premise.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Episodes of Sleepy Hollow have a formula, but they are far from formulaic... "The Midnight Ride," followed the formula to a tee, but resulted in one of the strongest offerings of this series to date.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: The Loop
The Loop

Personally, I find it increasingly difficult to keep the different threads in order in my mind, especially when - the truth is - I am most interested in the growing relationship between the two leads.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com

Like any worthwhile bonkersawesome show, Sleepy Hollow, which is one of fall's few hits, is genuinely interested in its characters.

October 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

The plot continues to unfold at a steady pace, and I'm completely wrapped up in the mystery now.

October 15, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Equals
TV Equals

While the premise of Sleepy Hollow is campy and quite ridiculous, it's also surprisingly enjoyable to follow it down the rabbit hole of an ever-expanding occult mythology that's sure to provide many monster-of-the-week plotlines.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

To set the stage for the rest of the series, the pilot is crammed with supernatural events, and these pile up so fast that the whole enterprise threatens to become ridiculous. But hang in there and watch where it leads.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

Sleepy Hollow is gluttonous and over-the-top in all the best ways.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

Sleepy Hollow is big on the three Fs: fog, frights and fun and we're totally buying a one-way ticket to Crazytown aka Sleepy Hollow this fall.

September 18, 2013 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

It has promise. And if the people involved can find some way to keep all the plates spinning, it might even turn out to be more than a curiosity.

September 18, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Although the show has made obvious updates to the story, with one episode down, there's a certain sense of hollowness to the plot itself.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

This show about Sleepy Hollow, gets off to a bit of a sleepy start, and well, we're confused about just how long the two leads can survive fighting off this same big bad.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

Mostly minor gripes for what is very much a fun, pulpy hour of primetime television.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Taking a chance by killing off some of the more familiar faces in the first episode always impresses me. It means that pretty much anything can go and we need to hold on to our seats because it's going to be a rough ride. Bring it on!

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

Ichabod and Abbie may be the best new cop team of the year. Their scenes together are the show's greatest pleasure. Unfortunately, they have to wade through a story muckier than the floor of that cave.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

The mythology comes on hard and heavy in the first hour, but like ABC's blink-and-you-missed-it spring thriller Zero Hour, it's ponderous yet silly.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger

Sleepy Hollow is exciting, fun and dark, with a side of adventure and mystery to keep us interested through each act.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

Fox's Sleepy Hollow gallops like a horse that chugged a keg of Red Bull.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Sleepy Hollow works because it approaches everything with a relatively straight face, yet never seems to be taking itself too seriously.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Can Sleepy Hollow live up to Buffy, the granddaddy (or grandmomma) of this genre? Time will tell, but for now I'm just happy to see it off to a good start with a lively, fun first hour.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

It's a program that bounces around tonally and narratively, never feeling like its head is in the right place to know where it wants to go.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

It's fun, it's entertaining, it's got some scares and some action and plenty of secrets to unveil.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Irving's original Sleepy Hollow teemed with ghosts and ghoulies, real and imagined. That's his story, and I'm stickin' with it.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

By the end, Sleepy Hollow seems less like a show than a garage sale of used story pitches.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald

It's a time-travel story, a conspiracy thriller, a buddy-cop tale, a platonic-but-with-sexual-tension love story, and sometimes a satire on modern attitudes, and it juggles these modes with sure hands.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Vulture

The world created, from the minds of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Fringe), does show promise of being the sort of strange and fun place worth spending an hour in each week.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Even amid the excess exposition, you'll be able to spot a few enjoyable jolts, some clever, throwaway culture-shock moments and the charms of the show's two stars.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

This could be a watershed moment in TV's long and inglorious history of idiocy, a drama that unintentionally almost matches Arrested Development for laughs.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

Sleepy Hollow got my attention, but I'm not yet sure if it's good, ridiculous, good but ridiculous, or good because it's ridiculous. It could turn out, underneath all its DaVinci Code plot overstuffing, to be hollow. But it sure as hell ain't sleepy.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

I don't know if the pace and number of ideas is sustainable, or if the Headless Horseman shredding a police car with small arms fire is as nutty as the show can ever go, but I'm at least curious to see what comes next.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

The premiere episode of Sleepy Hollow is far more fun than it has any right to be.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Plenty of places for this series to take its engaging leads, one of the odder crime-fighting pairs on TV, doing battle against one of TV's creepier-looking if expressionless bad guys.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

You have one of the most complex and mixed-up and irritating mythology soufflés ever to be delivered in a single pilot.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

Deliberate and thoughtful, [it is not]. Rather than observe the ways a man from the 1770s might grapple with the realities of 2013, Sleepy Hollow seems mainly concerned with quickly launching a Grimm-like romp through folklore and episodic crime-solving.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

Nothing scary here, but Hollow is fun enough, and promising enough, too.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

The concept raises questions not only about the horseman's absence of a head, but in commercial terms, its wobbly set of legs as well.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

Whatever befalls its denizens, Sleepy Hollow gets off to a better and more "believable" start than anticipated.

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

That the series doesn't take itself seriously makes its overwrought premise and stock characters surprisingly easy-and sometimes genuinely pleasurable-to stomach.

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The special effects are convincing, and the pilot is directed at a properly taut and compelling pace by co-creator [Len] Wiseman.

September 10, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

Cultural commentary mixed with the mystery, along with lavish production values, gives Irving's tale a clever twist.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

Time travel, the undead, and a National Treasure-style mystery all rolled into one? Sign us up for this guilty pleasure.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This series deserves at least one view and maybe some return visits.

August 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

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