Sleepy Hollow (TV series)

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Sleepy Hollow
File:Sleepy Hollow - Title Card.jpg
Created by
Based on "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
by Washington Irving
Opening theme Brian Tyler
Ending theme Brian Tyler
  • Robert Lydecker
  • Brian Tyler
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 49 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Lance Gross (Co) (season 3)
  • Clayton Townsend (pilot)
  • Melissa Blake (season 1
  • Neal Ahern Jr. (season 1)
  • Kristen Reidel (season 1)
  • Marc David Alpert (season 2)
  • Jane Bartelme (season 2)
  • Heather V. Regnier
  • Leigh Dana Jackson
  • Shernold Edwards
Editor(s) Michael N. Knue
John Refoua
Steve Haugen
Location(s) Wilmington, North Carolina (seasons 1-3)
New Bern, North Carolina (seasons 1-2)
Atlanta, Georgia (season 3)
Cinematography Kramer Morgenthau
Jan Richter-Friis
Running time 41–43 minutes
Production company(s)
20th Century Fox Television
Original network Fox
Picture format 720p (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital
Original release September 16, 2013 (2013-09-16) – present
Related shows Bones
External links
Official website

Sleepy Hollow is an American supernatural drama television series that premiered on Fox on September 16, 2013.[1][2] The series is loosely based on the 1820 Halloween short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving with added concepts from "Rip Van Winkle", also by Irving. The series is set in real-life Sleepy Hollow, New York, although it portrays the town as much larger than it actually is.

In October 2013, Sleepy Hollow was renewed for a second season with 13 episodes.[3][4] The season was extended to 18 episodes in May 2014.[5] Early in March 2015, Sleepy Hollow showrunner Mark Goffman left the series after the second season.[6] On March 18, 2015, Sleepy Hollow was renewed for an 18-episode third season by Fox with a new showrunner, Clifton Campbell, taking over.[6][7] On May 13, 2016, Fox renewed the show for a fourth season.[8] On May 16, 2016, during the 2016 network upfronts, Fox announced that the fourth season will premiere during mid-season 2017.[9]


In 1781, Ichabod Crane, a soldier and spy in the Colonial Army on a mission for General George Washington, kills the Headless Horseman while at the same time the Horseman kills him. More than 230 years later, in the present day, Ichabod rises from his grave after the Headless Horseman (revealed to be Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse) is summoned back from his watery grave by an unknown party; the resurrection of the one causes the other to also come back to life as a result of their blood mixing shortly after Crane decapitated the Headless Horseman on the field of battle.

Police Lt. Abbie Mills begins investigating the Headless Horseman after he beheads Sheriff August Corbin, Mills's mentor and partner. Mills's investigation reveals the presence of two occult groups — one for good, the other evil — in Sleepy Hollow, both of which are concerned with the Four Horsemen and the associated apocalypse. The killing spree the Horseman embarks on causes Crane and Mills to team up, especially when they find out that they are destined to be the two witnesses, the only ones who can protect the world from the forces of Hell.

As Crane's worldview is from 18th-century Colonial America, some friction can be expected between him and Abbie, and also between him and the people he must now work with. This is often a source of comic relief for the show, but also forces him to look at things differently and thus becomes a strength.

Following the second season, the apparent Apocalypse is averted with the death of Moloch and the Horseman of War, but a new threat emerges in the form of the mysterious Pandora, who is using her box to nurture particular fears throughout Sleepy Hollow to act as 'seeds' on a mysterious tree.

Cast and characters

Development and production

The pilot episode was filmed in Gastonia, Salisbury, and Charlotte, North Carolina.[15][16][17][18][19]

The rest of the first season, all of the second season and the first two episodes of the third season were filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina. The remainder of the third season was filmed in Conyers and Lawrenceville, Georgia, in the metro Atlanta area.[20]

Aerial footage for the series is filmed over the actual village of Sleepy Hollow and the surrounding Tappan Zee region of New York.


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 September 16, 2013 (2013-09-16) January 20, 2014 (2014-01-20)
2 18 September 22, 2014 (2014-09-22) February 23, 2015 (2015-02-23)
3 18 October 1, 2015 (2015-10-01) April 8, 2016 (2016-04-08)


Sleepy Hollow airs simultaneously on Global in Canada.[21] For the third season, the show moved to CTV Two. In India, the series is aired shortly after its American telecast on Star World Premiere (only in high-definition). The series also premiered on Star World India on February 18, 2015 with the season 2 finale airing on April 1, 2015.

In Australia, the series premiered on September 17, 2013 on Network Ten.[22] The series was moved to Eleven on January 13, 2014.[23] In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the series was acquired by the Universal Channel,[24] which premiered it on October 9, 2013.[25] The second season debuted on October 15, 2014[26] and the third season debuted on October 22, 2015.

In South Africa, the second season began airing on M-Net Edge alongside the network's launch on October 20, 2014.[27] In Thailand, the series aired on Channel 3 every Thursday night starting November 26, 2015.[28]


Sleepy Hollow has received generally favorable reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a rating of 77%, based on 44 reviews, with an average rating of 6.6/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Despite its overstuffed plot, Sleepy Hollow is a fun romp with exciting action scenes and sparkling production values."[29] On Metacritic the first season has a score of 64 out of 100, based on 29 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[30] On The TV Reviewer, the critic speaks highly of the series, 'This season was not as strong as the first one, but still managed to deliver some marvelous episodes', He gave the season two finale a rating of 10/10.[31]

Verne Gay of Newsday commented that although there is "nothing scary here", the show is "fun enough".[32] Robert Bianco of USA Today gave the show 3 out of 4 stars.[33] Entertainment Weekly, which originally doubted the premise of the show, gave the show a B+ after seeing the first half of the first season, citing the Crane & Mills' chemistry and the show's surprisingly fun mythology.[34] Time called Sleepy Hollow one of 2013's Ten Best new shows.[35]

The series premiered on September 16, 2013 to 10 million viewers with 3.5 rating/9 share which was double the amount that Fox's The Mob Doctor brought in at the same time last year and marked the network's highest rated fall drama premiere since the 2006 police drama Standoff.[36] In Australia the first episode had 597,000 viewers[37] and in the United Kingdom the same episode had 527,000 viewers.[38]

In the real Sleepy Hollow, New York, the local newspaper has regularly enumerated the many fanciful fictions told about the village, including its labyrinth of Revolutionary-era tunnels and a vast increase in population (from an actual 2010 census of 9,870 to roughly 144,000 reported in the show).[39]

Season 2 was met with more favorable reviews, holding a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. The consensus reads, "Sleepy Hollow continues to pack a punch in its sophomore season, with fantastic writing and lots of chills."[40]


Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Rank Avg. viewers
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Monday 9:00pm 13 September 16, 2013 (2013-09-16) 10.10[41] January 20, 2014 (2014-01-20) 7.05[42] 2013–14 38 8.60[43]
2 18 September 22, 2014 (2014-09-22) 5.51[44] February 23, 2015 (2015-02-23) 4.35[45] 2014–15 92 6.12[46]
3 Thursday 9:00pm (1–8)
Friday 8:00pm (9–18)
18 October 1, 2015 (2015-10-01) 3.46[47] April 8, 2016 (2016-04-08) 2.96[48] 2015–16 99 4.82[49]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominee Result
2014 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Nicole Beharie Nominated
Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series Chitra Elizabeth Sampath Nominated
People's Choice Awards Best New TV Drama Sleepy Hollow Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Network Television Series Sleepy Hollow Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show Sleepy Hollow Nominated
Choice Breakout Show Sleepy Hollow Nominated
2015 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Favorite Actress on Television Nicole Beharie Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Nicole Beharie Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Television Series – Genre Sleepy Hollow Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Network Television Series Sleepy Hollow Nominated


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