Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Fox's Sleepy Hollow?

Right now you're probably sighing and shaking your fist at the heavens and crying, "Why, God, why?! Why did we need *another* adaptation of Washington Irving's classic short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"? Because when you complain to God, you always make sure to note the author of the work you're whining about. But the question today isn't whether or not we needed Fox's take on the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, but whether or not you should watch it. Read on to find out.


Seriously, why do we need another "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" adaptaion? Does this one do anything special with the story?

Sleepy Hollow mashes up the supernatural, cop, and the period drama genres, with a magic Bible and a George Washington cameo. It's sounds ridiculous, but—and If you haven't already read Tim's pilot preview, this might surprise you—it's not so bad. Oh sure, it's pretty insane when you think about it, but the good kind of insane. Seriously, just go with it.

In the premiere, Ichabod Crane has been transported to the future, where he meets Detective Abbie Mills of the Sleepy Hollow PD. Abbie's had a few supernatural experiences in her past, so she takes more kindly to Crane's "I'm from the past" story than her boss does. And of course, there's that pesky Headless Horseman, who's also been transported through time because he and Ichabod are linked. But, because this is TV, he's not just any old horseman without a head; as it turns out, he's one of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and well, you know how those guys are. Like I said, it sounds completely insane, but it's fun


Who raised the Horseman this time? And who's taking him down?

Name-wise, you may not be familiar with executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, but you definitely know their work: The pair has produced and/or co-created several well-known series, including AliasFringe, and Hawaii Five-0. And they've had their hands in a couple of small movies called Transformers and Star Trek as well. In other words, these guys know what's up (and are apparently BFFs with J.J. Abrams), and they have plenty of experience exploring the world of the weird. 

Now, as for the pretty faces staring at you from the photos above? Tom Mison (Parade's End) is your Ichabod Crane, and Nicole Beharie (most recently seen in the Jackie Robinson film 42) co-stars as Detective Mills. Rounding out the cast are Orlando Jones as Abbie's boss, Captain Frank Irving, and Katia Winter (Dexter) as Ichabod's wife Katrina. 


When do heads start to roll?

The series premieres Monday September 16 at 9pm on Fox.


Who's the target audience for Sleepy Hollow? Will I like it?

The easiest way to gauge whether or not this new take on Sleepy Hollow is for you is to ask yourself what you want out of it. If you go in expecting a great drama, it's going to be a major letdown. But if you want an exciting show that doesn't take itself too seriously, put a check in the "yes" column. If you want a show that has an interesting mythology, put another check in the "yes" column. If you want a show that features the hilarious image of the Horseman wielding a shotgun, definitely check "yes."



What's good about Sleepy Hollow?

The time-travel bit, as weird as it may be, actually works here. And although the pilot features obvious jokes about why there are so many Starbucks in present day, and some unfortunate ones about slavery, it does offer a new spin on Ichabod Crane. There will be flashbacks to Crane's time as a member of George Washington's army, and the "secret history" of the United States factors quite heavily, but the glimpses of that time period that appear in the pilot are very well done. 


And what's maybe not-so-good?

If you think too hard about the plot and the many elements that must come together to form that plot, Sleepy Hollow probably ceases to function. The mythology might eventually become a little convoluted, but it's laid out fairly well in the pilot; we won't know how sustainable it'll be until further down the line. 


So, should I watch it?

Most definitely, I say! While Sleey Holly might never be edge-of-your-seat drama, it has the potential to be really fun. And after the emotional toll that series like Breaking BadGame of Thrones, and Homeland have taken on our minds and bodies, it's pretty appealing to think about just letting a TV show be entertaining and not anxiety-inducing. This series is compelling in that it does what you want it to: It provides an outlet for escape from the real world for an hour. So sit back and enjoy the ridiculous ride.


I'm still not convinced you're not crazy. Can I see a preview? 

I might be still be crazy, but here you go!



What should I drink while watching Sleepy Hollow?

Kool-Aid. Just drink the Kool-Aid.


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Sleepy Hollow premieres Monday September 16 at 9pm on Fox.

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Sep 16, 2013
I'm curious about this one so I'll be watching this tonight. Pilots are usually pretty good indicators of how a series will be. However, there are those odd series that take a little longer to get going. So if I get a good vibe from the pilot I may extend it to the 4 episode test.
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Sep 16, 2013
Totally going to give the show a try. I've actually haven't watched too many adpations of Sleepy Hollow, so I think it'll be better for me than some folk.
On to another note, any chance of them giving the character a haircut? Or the actor growing his hair out. Or is his wig just going to take on a personality of it's own, lol.
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Sep 16, 2013
I'll give it a chance, I've been on the fence about it for months, but I really doubt I'll stick with it - if ANYTHING else had been on tonight, I would have swept it away.
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Sep 16, 2013
Definitely my kind of show, so, naturally, I'll be watching it. Just hope that ratings down make it crash, but given how "under the dome" managed to succeed for reasons unknown to all... this may last a full season or three.
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Sep 16, 2013
I'm actually looking forward to it. I hope it is what I expect. (When reading your review, it seems to be!)
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Sep 16, 2013
Since this is coming from the team that created Fringe as well, I'm taking my faith in them that this series is gonna be good. But, I'm afraid that it might take the Fringe route as well - get season 1 on Monday night or Tuesday night or whatever but if they pull off a season 2 it would be thrown to Friday nights where it would die a slow painful death. Please Fox do not screw this one up and let it stay in its schedule for its entire run.
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Sep 16, 2013
So you are saying it's good but it's nothing to loose your head over. :)
It looks fairly generic (especially that title picture) but I like the genre so I will give it a chance.
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Sep 16, 2013
Okay, so I wasn't planning to watch this. I'm a genre fan, but the amount of plain boring (Dracula)/ ridiculous (Sleepy Hollow) / too much procedural aspect (Almost Human) of several of the upcoming genre shows this season is off-putting.

All that being said, I do like to give genre shows a try, and what do you know, surprisingly here in Australia this series is being fast-tracked by Channel 10 and will be the first new fall show that will air here, so now I'll be watching because I won't have to resort to other means to obtain it.

I don't necessarily expect or want a great drama from this, and exciting, not taking itself too seriously, and interesting mythology all things I enjoy. Horseman wielding a shotgun doesn't appeal to me either way.

The major problem I think I'll have with this show is if it falls into that procedural aspect each week at the expense of its mythology and the flashbacks. I hate flashbacks at the best of times (they need to be extremely relevant to the current story and extremely compelling for me to like them), but period piece flashbacks is like taking two the two storytelling tropes I hate the most and bringing them together, so I'm hoping there's not so much of this.
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Sep 16, 2013
I'm familiar with Tim mision because of lost in austen and I love sleepy hollow stories. So yeah defintiely going to watch. Plus convulted isn't bad if you know where the end is. Something I think the writers learned from LOST and have done a fine job of rectifying. (Personally) take OuaT- instead of dragging the "curse" for 6 seasons with a wtf ending, they ended it and expanded the story line further. Am i thrilled about some of the turns they took in season two? Eh no but they always manage to bring it together and I can't wait to get into Neverland Anymore than I can wait to meet Ichabod in the 21 st century... Although I hope they didnt show his best jokes in the trailer. ( the Starbucks thing cracks me up still)
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Sep 16, 2013
I have the same feeling I had with Once Upon A Time: it sounds weird but really entertaining. So count me in!
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Sep 16, 2013
Trailer says from the writers and producers of Star Trek.
I said Oh god please dont mean the new movies!
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Sep 16, 2013
Sounds so bad it might actually be good
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Sep 16, 2013
Tell me they did NOT kill off Clancy Brown in the first episode!!
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Sep 16, 2013
Maybe it will scratch my Da Vinci's Demons itch.
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Sep 16, 2013
It looks absolutely great. Let's hope ratings won't sink this one.
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Sep 16, 2013
This will be on my dead pool, assuming there will be one.
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Sep 16, 2013
Mine too I think. It's one of the earliest starting shows and it's very high concept, plus Fox is probably only looking one show to fill Fringe's void, and that'll be Almost Human, which starts three weeks after this interesting enough.
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Sep 16, 2013
I will give it a chance
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Sep 16, 2013
Ok, I must admit I am interested in this one, but does this community really have almost 2,000 members??
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Sep 16, 2013
Crazy myths and FUN ride without using my sense at all? I am ALL IN.
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Sep 16, 2013
I will try it.
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Sep 16, 2013
I am all on board for this. I mean it can't be any worse than The Following or Under the Dome. And this has magic. So when the cops have their convenient bouts of stupid they can say it was magic.
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Sep 16, 2013
I believe that show is just more proof that today's writers lack enough imagination to come up with anything original. Won't be watching.
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Sep 16, 2013
A little premature to rate a show but good reviews can draw me in for a look if it is a genre I might like.
On the other hand bad reviews are tossed out the window if it is a show I was planning to check out. I'll be the judge.
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Sep 16, 2013
As long as they get the Headless Horseman by the end of season one and move to something else. If this is going to be another Red John, no thank you.
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Sep 16, 2013
Red John is just another weekly bad guy with an extended arc--The Headless Horseman is as much a part of the story as Ichabod. I expect to see him hang around.
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Sep 16, 2013
you can't hang someone whose already headless. #seewhatididthere
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Sep 16, 2013
well, i will give this a shot, as long i can remind myself
"this is not fringe, this is not fringe, this is not fringe"
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Sep 16, 2013
It seems that it might be somewhat along the same lines as Grimm.
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Sep 16, 2013
Someone needs to be a witness to what looks like a horrendous concept.
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Sep 16, 2013
My buddy's step-sister makes $72 an hour on the computer and she can't wait for this show to premiere! Now that's an endorsement!
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Sep 16, 2013
SPAM SCAM!!!
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Sep 16, 2013
It looks like fun. Just hope they don't stuff up it's chances by chopping times/dates around like they did for shows that may have stood a better chance.
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Sep 15, 2013
This looks just the right level of crazy, count me in!
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Sep 15, 2013
It sounds as wacky cool as Alcatraz prisoners from the past returning to the present day. Since its on the same network, I give it an equal chance to survive. If it makes it to season 2, I'll consider it, but trusting Fox to give a new show time to get a following is like trusting Lucy to hold the football...
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Sep 16, 2013
Fox is not alone in cancelling shows. ABC cancelled a couple of shows quickly that I was watching last season. And remember that FOX keep Fringe on the air AND provided closure.
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Sep 15, 2013
So on board. The crazier, the better.
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Sep 15, 2013
call the Winchester :)) I will definitly watch it and see
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Sep 16, 2013
Ameen to that.
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Sep 15, 2013
Omg the fall season is like really starting! Yay!
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Sep 15, 2013
looks fun, so I will have a look.
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Sep 15, 2013
Yeah, I will be watching 2 of falls new halloween iconic themes this season...

- First one is, hallows castle on the edge of the night capturing vampires or werewolves drama supernatural... It's "Dracula" debuting on NBC at 10:00pm on 26th of October...

- Second one is, hallows forest of the night capturing a guy hunter and a dead guy on a horse drama supernatural.. It's "Sleepy hollow" debuting tomorrow night at 9:00pm on Fox...
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Sep 15, 2013
Will be checking this out. Hope it hooks me in.
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Sep 15, 2013
It might be witchcraft, but I'm in.
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Sep 15, 2013
The actor who plays the hero has beautiful blue eyes and he is english, which means he's got a 90% chance of being good at his job. I'm in, at least for the pilot.
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Sep 15, 2013
Death is disproportionately favored as a choice of horseman in modern fiction. I want to hear more about Clyde.
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Sep 15, 2013
Definitely going to give this show a shot.....though to be fair, I give every supernaturally-themed show a chance, so I am pret biased...
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Sep 15, 2013
I have been totally convinced and brainwashed into this...I have a feeling it is going to mess with us emotionally eventually. Sort of like Supernatural. Like we will be laughing and smiling and then like they go on mid season finale and kill someone we really like or screw with us and intro another Horsemen and like in Supernatural its death and we find we are sympathetic to him or at least get his or her point. Or find out Ichabod is one of them and that is the link.
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Sep 15, 2013
Watching for sure!
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Sep 15, 2013
I'll certainly give it a whirl.
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Sep 15, 2013
I feel like I should get high and watch the series premiere to the Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Heads Will Roll".
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Sep 16, 2013
Relevant.
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Sep 15, 2013
It's been a long Summer. I'll watch anything.
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Sep 15, 2013
Ohmygod I don't care how bad it'll be, I just wanna watch it.
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Sep 15, 2013
This sound batshit crazy so I'll definitely watch it. That being said, I'm a bit worried it might get too convoluted and over the top.
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Sep 15, 2013
The legend of sleepy hollow has always been one of my favorites I don't care if it's the Smurfs (The legend of smurfy hollow, "Which I watched three times over the weekend" or Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow" or any of the other hundreds of interpretations I'm always on board, added to that some diversity in it's leads and it's a win, win for me. The trailer looks really good and I've got my fingers crossed I'll like this one. Tomorrow night I know what I'll be watching :)
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Sep 15, 2013
So, is it obvious to anyone else that the creators of this show don't actually know anything about the short story? There is no headless horseman in Washington Irving's story. It's a practical joke, people.
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Sep 16, 2013
And how many shows and movies are true to their source material?
Not many.
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Sep 16, 2013
Doesn't make it not annoying (mostly because I'm a literature graduate student and when undergrads read that story they completely misread it because so many 'remakes' [or whatever you want to call them] get it so completely wrong).
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Sep 15, 2013
Unless Irving got it wrong...
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