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Medium: Season 1 (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.

Cast

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
Conor O'Farrell
as Larry Watt
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
Ryan Hurst
as Michael
Zach Grenier
as Leonard Cardwell
Camryn Grimes
as Young Sharona
Paul Blackthorne
as Henry Stoller
Jay Ferguson
as Tommy Lehane
Wallace Langham
as Alan Perry
Jennette McCurdy
as Sara Crewson
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
Vince Duvall
as Officer
Lisa Lackey
as Kamala Perry
Kendahl King
as Devalos Assistant
Samuel Monterroza
as Chavo Galindo
Don Harvey
as Darrell yellen
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

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

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

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

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

Most viewers, I fear, would have hoped for more from writer Glenn Gordon Caron, who gave us Moonlighting and Now and Again

April 23, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

As silly as [it] sounds, the series is actually pretty good.

April 23, 2014 | Full Review…

There's a soothing flow between husband and wife, a tug of mundanity and humor and sex that makes the show feel weighted and lived-in, despite its intimate dealings with the unliving.

April 23, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It's smart and classy, two qualities in short supply on NBC's prime-time schedule these days. I

April 23, 2014 | Full Review…

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