Meggie Kay

The Life of a 20-Something

Review – Sleep Hollow (TV Series)

We’ve all heard of the tales of Sleepy Hollow and the Headless Horseman through the books and movies, but have you heard of the TV show?!?!

The new series, Sleepy Hollow, is my new found addiction that recently had it’s Season 1 finale. I rarely get interested in television shows. If you ask if I’ve seen a super popular show, chances are I haven’t. Breaking Bad? Not at all. The Walking Dead? Nope. Game of Thrones? Okay, that one I do watch. But generally, TV isn’t my thing.

Sleepy Hollow premiered around Halloween. I tuned in because I’ve heard the stories of the Headless Horseman in Sleepy Hollow and hey, it was Halloween. I was also curious how they were going to create this into a full television series. How much can they expand this Halloween classic? I thought I must be misunderstanding a TV special as a series. But no, it’s a full TV series and a damn good one at that!

There are lots of stories and folklore involving a Headless Horseman, but since it’s an American produced show, they used the American Folklore version from Washington Irving short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. If you’re not familiar with the story, I wouldn’t worry about it. You will be able to follow what happens without any prior knowledge. With that said, there is so much more you will notice if you have the background or a general knowledge of American history.

The Headless Horseman

The Headless Horseman (Source:

The show takes place in modern day Sleepy Hollow, NY. Ichabod Crane, killed in battle during the American Revolutionary War after beheading a Hessian, finds himself awoken from death after 200 years. Turns out the Hessian that was beheaded also awoke at the same time. Ichabod teams up with Abby Mills, a local police officer, to figure out who this Horseman is and why he is going around beheading other people… That’s the basics of the show. Or at least at the beginning. It develops quite a bit off that point.

The show goes through various American historical moments, inserting the supernatural and the characters from the show. It’s interesting to see the slight twists that they add make complete sense (in the realm of the supernatural) without distorting any facts that you might remember from history class.

Ichabod Crane and Abby Mills

Main Characters: Ichabod Crane and Abby Mills

They also pulled out the Book of Revelations which I was not expecting. Even though my Sunday school repertoire has dwindled over the years, Revelations is one that stands out as an interesting story. Basically, without giving too much away, the Headless Horseman is one of the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse. Personally, I think this is a genius way to tie the horsemen to something more solid than just a ghost story. It also gives great premise in allowing for (at least) 7 seasons since the 2 main characters are presented as the 2 witnesses from Revelations who will have to battle evil and defend humanity for 7 year… GENIUS I SAY!

Finally, a quick list of the little things I love about Sleepy Hollow:

  • Ichabod speaks with a British accent (as it should be). This includes the proper pronunciation of Lieutenant.

  • The mishaps that occur simply because Ichabod is not from this century

  • The blatant criticism of today’s society and social norms in comparison to 200 years ago (including some towards skinny jeans and Starbucks – HILARIOUS!)

  • Adding the characters into real historical events

  • It has just the right amount of horror and suspense where it’s not terrifying or nightmare rendering but can still get your heart racing.

  • The use of supernatural creatures and demons

  • The intertwining of stories in ways that shock

So, if you haven’t seen it yet, I’d recommend catching up before Season 2 starts!


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This entry was posted on February 3, 2014 by in Reviews, Television and tagged , , , , , , , .


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