Medium: Season 1 (2005)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Medium may have a unique premise, but with bland storytelling, the outcome -- well, you can see it coming.



Critic Ratings: 18


Audience Score

User Ratings: 12
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Air date: Jan 3, 2005
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In the premiere season of the paranormal drama, wife and mother Allison DuBois (Patricia Arquette) begins to see the good that can come from her gift of being able to communicate with the dead and foresee certain events. The series is based on the real-life experiences of self-proclaimed medium Allison DuBois. As the series opens, Allison gets a job working for Phoenix DA Manuel Devalos (Miguel Sandoval) and has a dream about a murder in Texas. Initially, her husband Joe (Jake Weber) attributes her visions to stress. To prove his point, he submits the details of what Allison saw to various law-enforcement agencies, and he's surprised when the dream relates to a real case. Devalos soon introduces Allison to Det. Lee Scanlon (David Cubitt), who is dealing with the aftermath of an apparent murder-suicide involving his sister and brother-in-law. Scanlon is reluctant to let Allison help at first, but then he sees she really does have a paranormal gift. Soon, Allison learns she's not the only family member with the gift: Her middle daughter Bridgette (Maria Lark) gets a new playmate who turns out to be a little boy who's been dead for several years. Later, oldest daughter Ariel (Sofia Vassilieva) dreams of a young girl being held captive by an ogre. Allison thinks this is nothing more than a nightmare, but Ariel does some investigating and discovers it's something more. Eventually, Allison helps Ariel decode the dream and they find that a young girl really is missing. At one point, Allison has a vision about the death of her brother Michael (Ryan Hurst), a soldier in Afghanistan. She's terrified the dream's going to come true, but then her brother turns up at her doorstep for a visit, and he has some secrets he's been hiding. Other cases Allison works on in Season 1 involve a serial killer, a wrongly convicted man and a murder from the 1960s.


Patricia Arquette
as Allison DuBois
Jake Weber
as Joe DuBois
Miguel Sandoval
as DA Manuel Devalos
Sofia Vassilieva
as Ariel DuBois
Maria Lark
as Bridgette DuBois
David Cubitt
as Det. Lee Scanlon
Arliss Howard
as Capt. Push
Brent Jennings
as Sketch Artist
Reed Diamond
as Jared Swanstrom
Robert Joy
as Dr. Kenneth Holloway
Frances Fisher
as Abigail Marsh
Chad Lowe
as David Call
Kathy Baker
as Joe's Mom
Zach Grenier
as Leonard Cardwell
Jennette McCurdy
as Sara Crewson
Camryn Grimes
as Young Sharona
Paul Blackthorne
as Henry Stoller
Jay Ferguson
as Tommy Lehane
Paul Adelstein
as Gary Craig
Joey Slotnick
as Brett Carter
Colby French
as Sgt. David Chadway
Joe Chrest
as Henry Yellen
Andy Milder
as Tim Beauchamp
Reggie Jordan
as Salesman
Lisa Lackey
as Kamala Perry
Don Harvey
as Darrell yellen
Kendahl King
as Devalos Assistant
Samuel Monterroza
as Chavo Galindo
Bruce Gray
as Joe's Dad
Neal Matarazzo
as Homicide Detective
Lenora May
as Mother
Michael Mantell
as Myles Rivers
Frank Wood
as Wifekiller
Victor Talmadge
as Ken Buckley
Gino Montesinos
as Reynaldo Cerrera
Caryn West
as Mary Buckley
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Critic Reviews for Medium Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (14)

It's easier to swallow Allison's unusual gifts and befriend her once we see how responsible she is in other parts of her life.

Aug 8, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

This neat distinction, between real world and not real world, is always dubious in Medium. That's because it's a belief or a resolution, depending on where you start. Either way, it can only be rickety.

Aug 9, 2018 | Full Review…

So the concept is cool, the teleplays are tight, and the show is about as well-directed a TV series you're ever likely to see ... but Medium's true power lies within its cast.

Aug 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Bottom line: Adults may find the show intriguing, but kids should not tune in.

Apr 25, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Medium's opener will hook you once Allison (based on a real person) finds her true calling.

Apr 23, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

As tough as it is to watch another super-powered crime solver in action, the first episode of this show turned out to be pretty compelling.

Jul 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Medium is a quietly radical show disguised as a perfunctory crime procedural.

Aug 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Medium, NBC's new hit drama based on the experiences of real-life psychic Allison DuBois, might, however, be the only supernatural series in which the main character's ordinary life threatens to steal the show.

Aug 14, 2018 | Full Review…

The producers of Medium, the new psychic "drama" premiering on NBC, must really be psychic -- because there's nothing about Medium that isn't, well, medium. It never rises above the mediocre level, although it certainly sinks below it occasionally.

Aug 8, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

She sees dead people... She sees crimes as they happened. What you'll see are the fragments of other TV shows already on the air. Plus some that are dead and gone -- because they were bad.

Aug 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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