Frequency: Season 1 (2016 - 2017)

Season 1

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Frequency's confusing timeline and somewhat familiar dramatic framework are offset by solid acting and an intriguingly loaded premise.



Critic Ratings: 26


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User Ratings: 160

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Air date: Oct 5, 2016

In the series premiere, a detective discovers she's able to communicate with her estranged father who died decades earlier via a ham radio. She then warns him off his untimely death, leading him to survive, but also dramatically changing the present.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2016

Raimy informs Frank that her mother will be murdered unless he can prevent the crime from occurring. Meanwhile, Raimy follows a lead in the Nightingale case, as Frank and Satch pursue the same lead back in 1996.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2016

When Raimy uncovers evidence in the Thomas Goff case, she relays this information to Frank over the ham radio, which prompts him to take matters into his own hands while ignoring a strong warning from Satch. -- (C) CW

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Air date: Oct 26, 2016

With the date of Julie's abduction rapidly approaching, Raimy and Frank each work to gather information from a girl whose mother was taken by the Nightingale. -- (C) CW

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Air date: Nov 2, 2016

Frank and Raimy uncover clues from the past to help solve a present-day murder case, triggering Raimy's memories of her first day with the NYPD. Meanwhile, Raimy learns more about Stan, causing friction between her and Satch; and Frank grows jealous, as he attempts to give Julie space.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2016

Raimy meets a strange man who can speak to his future self; and Frank feels taunted by the Nightingale. Meanwhile, Raimy and Frank hatch a plan to use the killer's next victim as bait.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2016

A cold-case victim leads Raimy and Satch to a big break in the investigation, a room where the Nightingale held his first victim.

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Air date: Nov 30, 2016

Peyton and Satch discover a connection to the Nightingale's first murder, leading Frank to search for additional clues. Meanwhile, Frank and Julie are forced to have an honest conversation; and Raimy receives a surprise visit.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2016

Raimy and Frank make a startling discovery about the Nightingale. Meanwhile, Frank's blindsided by an unexpected betrayal.

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Air date: Jan 4, 2017

Frank and Raimy hatch a plan to kill the Nightingale, but Frank's reluctant to carry out the task. Meanwhile, Raimy's confronted with an unexpected choice of morality.

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When Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) lost her father Frank (Riley Smith), an undercover cop, at the age of 8, she believed he was turned and vowed to never follow in his footsteps. Now a detective herself, Raimy begins to uncover evidence that her father may not have been a corrupt cop like she was led to believe. When lightning strikes the antenna of his old, broken ham radio, Raimy begins to hear a man's voice coming through. Realizing that the man she is communicating with is her father from decades earlier, Raimy warns him of his impending death and is able to prevent it. However, by altering the past she sets off a butterfly effect that changes her reality in ways she could never have predicted. The first season also stars Devin Kelley, Anthony Ruivivar and Mekhi Phifer.


Peyton List
as Raimy Sullivan
Riley Smith
as Frank Sullivan
Devin Kelley
as Julie Sullivan
Mekhi Phifer
as Satch Reyna
Anthony Ruivivar
as Stan Moreno
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Critic Reviews for Frequency Season 1

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (12)

Frequency does a pretty solid job of juggling its balls and creating new intrigues.

Oct 4, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Frequency's" concept was mildly intriguing in theaters, and it's mildly intriguing now, even with an extra layer or two of musthy TV-style goop to top off the story's basic hokeyness.

Jan 25, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The most urgent problem is that Frequency is based on source material that was already derivative, a grab bag of tropes borrowed from movies including Back to the Future, Sliding Doors and Ghost.

Oct 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Hey, we're not watching television for the realistic aspects, not even when we watch reality TV. So, once we're on board with the ham-radio-bridging-two-decades premise, there's a lot to like about Frequency.

Oct 6, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Frequency aims for earnestness and emotion to smooth out leaps in logic.

Oct 5, 2016 | Full Review…

Frank and Raimy's relationship is the core of the show. For the majority of the season, the episodic elements suffered, but Frank and Raimy's dynamic kept you coming back for more.

Jun 20, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

There is real emotional sincerity here, as well as smart writing and strong acting.

Dec 20, 2017 | Full Review…

I'm a sucker for these stories, and this one hit all the right notes. Peyton List and Riley Smith do a wonderful job as father and daughter over the airwaves.

Jan 22, 2017 | Rating: 4.25/5 | Full Review…

Supernatural time-shifting drama has heart, some violence.

Oct 19, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I'm a sucker for anything time travel, and Frequency is looking like it will deliver.

Oct 7, 2016 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

The father-daughter duo of Frank and Raimy are the core emotional element of Frequency, grounding the high-concept sci-fi drama in reality.

Oct 6, 2016 | Full Review…

The show is no out-of-the-box winner, but it has possibilities to become an intriguing nighttime soap with sparks of electricity.

Oct 5, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Frequency: Season 1

  • Aug 03, 2020
    While not as strong as the original, it does some interesting things with its premise and has a strong cast.
  • Jan 07, 2020
    I loved this series! Why on earth did they cancel it when I had such great reviews?!
  • Aug 26, 2019
    Fantastic show, great acting, good story, unpredictable. Shame the second season was cancelled.
  • Feb 12, 2019
    Loved it and want more
  • Jan 14, 2019
    It’s too bad they cancelled the show. I just started watching it and I find it fantastic. Well written and the acting is outstanding.
  • Jul 22, 2018
    Great that they changed the son TO a daughter
  • Mar 31, 2018
    It was an intriguing retelling of the movie version and I really enjoyed it. Strong acting helped. Time travel always presents issues in story telling but I thought it was done well and not that difficult to follow. Worth a watch and shame they show got cancelled after the first season. Glad to see CW did an epilogue to close out the storyline.
  • Oct 07, 2017
    A well made show that could have gone on for another season. It did end with a great epilogue, props to CW for producing that after the show was cancelled.
  • Apr 27, 2017
    Great transition from movie to TV.
  • Apr 18, 2017
    Very entertaining show. Hope they do a season 2!

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