Medium: Season 1 (2005)


Season 1
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Medium may have a unique premise, but with bland storytelling, the outcome -- well, you can see it coming.

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Critic Ratings: 18

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User Ratings: 15

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Air date: Jan 3, 2005

Allison keeps having dreams that her husband Joe is determined to disprove. In a drastic measure he submits her dreams to different law enforcement agencies. Much to his surprise he gets a hit on a case out of Texas, involving the murder of a teenage boy.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2005

The Phoenix D.A. calls Allison to seek her help in selecting a jury. He needs a jury that is sure to return a guilty verdict and deliver the death penalty. Allisonís abilities are tested when she doubts herself.

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Air date: Jan 17, 2005

D.A. Devalos introduces Allison to Detective Lee Scanlon in an effort to help him with the apparent murder/suicide of his sister and her husband. Scanlon is standoffish about Allisonís abilities until her theories start to lead in the killer's directio

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Air date: Jan 24, 2005

Allison alerts D.A. Devalos that one of his witnesses is giving false information to the police sketch artist. Allison dreams she is being chased through an airport by a wolf who holds the secret identity of the real killer. Meanwhile Bridgette, her middl

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Air date: Jan 31, 2005

Allison is frustrated when Joe has a medical procedure done and she cannot "see" anything about his health or future. See seeks the help of Catherine, a fellow psychic, who warns of her trouble ahead. Meanwhile, Allison dreams of the location of a murder

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Air date: Feb 7, 2005

Allison (Patricia Arquette) dreams a man (Reed Diamond) kidnaps her children and later insists that he's a killer. Joe: Jake Weber. Ariel: Sofia Vassilieva. Young Sharona: Camryn Grimes. Officer: Vince Duvall. Devalos Assistant: Kendahl King.

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Air date: Feb 14, 2005

Allison keeps dreaming of a girl throwing herself off a cliff into a ravine. Finally Allison sets out to find this girl, who turns out to be someone who was dating a defense attorneyís son. Elsewhere Joe is worried about the health of a co-worker who A

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Air date: Feb 21, 2005

Allison finds that her brother Michael (Ryan Hurst) also possesses psychic gifts, but when he pays the DuBois family a visit, he wants nothing to do with visions. Tommy Lehane: Jay Ferguson. Sgt. David Chadway: Colby French.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2005

Allison's daughter Ariel dreams that she is a young girl named Sara being held captive by an ogre in a castle. While Joe agonizes over the possibility that two of his three daughters have inherited their mother's psychic abilities, Allison tries to help A

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Air date: Mar 14, 2005

Allison's recurring dream about two young boys racing a train is analyzed by Dr. Leonard Cardwell, but Allison soon learns that he's involved. Devalos investigates the case of a 14-year-old who confessed to murder.

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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.

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…

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…

Unfortunately, Allison is such a passive heroine that it's hard to get too involved with her, and Arquette doesn't bring much life to the role.

Aug 8, 2018 | Full Review…

From a narrative standpoint, it might be better if [the other characters] were a little less cooperative, but that would make Allison less special among the special.

Aug 8, 2018 | 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…

Audience Reviews for Medium: Season 1

  • Feb 24, 2021
    This show is definitely a hard 3 and even though I have a few more episodes to go I strongly doubt that will change. The main character like most eventually becomes very annoying and insufferable. While looking up if anyone else thought Allison was mean I found out they killed Joe. Which makes no sense as he was glue of the family. The only reason his death would make sense was relieve him from the burdens Allison placed on him. It is great to see a father step up and take care of his family and given the circumstances Joe was exceptional. I lost count on how many times Allison hits Joe. She always got caught up in her work often neglecting her husband and children. Joe was rarely thank or appreciated, especially when he tried to help her think rational. Allison is a tough woman and often selfishly so. It also didn't help that the story lines lack luster. Some of the emotional scenes were very melodramatic. I love the use of the cute middle child to add an often funny and heart warming dynamic to scenes. However, I could have done with out the very dramatic reactions of the older daughter. She is great actor for her age at the time but the writers didn't do her character justice. It is Allison attitude that is the biggest turn-off and why I won't budge from 3 stars.
  • Feb 22, 2021
    This frightening, disturbing, horror, investigation show, packed with likeable and intriguing characters, will never fail to have you interested and anxious. The only reason I didn't give it a higher rating, is that its big on character and story and not so much on action, fight scenes, that some people may be looking for in a show like this.

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