‘Sleepy Hollow’ Reviews: Fox’s New Show Is ‘Crazy, Dumb Fun’

Tue, September 17, 2013 9:27am EDT by 26 Comments
Sleepy Hollow Review
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Fox’s new show ‘Sleepy Hollow’ premiered on Sept. 17 and the present-day headless horseman drama has definitely caused some mixed opinions. However, most are throwing the words ‘loony,’ ‘crazy’ and ‘fun’ into the mix.

The reviews are in! Critics have spoken about the new hit show Sleepy Hollow, which takes the classic story of the headless horseman and Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and brings it to a quirky, present day New York. So, did the show make heads roll?

‘Sleepy Hollow’ Review Roundup

While the joint consensus is that the “bizarre” show was entertaining to start, some aren’t sure it will last with the competition. However, many enjoyed the combination of witty jokes about Starbucks and Orlando Jones as a completely serious sheriff made the critics (and myself) actually enjoy the Blast From the Past-like show.

Wired

Sleepy Hollow is at its best when its characters are just sort of shrugging and resolving to deal with all the insanity going on around them as best they can, and conversely, it’s at its worst when it starts straying into trying to draw attention to that insanity for the sake of quick sound-bite jokes. [Tom] Mison does a great job of pulling off Crane’s frustration with a world that’s as crazy to him as he is to everyone else, but when he’s cracking wise at how many Starbucks there are in Sleepy Hollow, it falls pretty resoundingly flat. For the most part, though, he takes a character that could easily be annoying and plays him as the straight man to an increasingly bizarre world, and it works.

Huffington Post

The weakest part of “Sleepy Hollow” involves some mystical hoo-hah about Crane’s wife and a battle between good and evil that is hundreds of years old, yada yada. It’s very hard to do that kind of thing well without coming off as a third-rate “Buffy” knockoff, and it remains to be seen if “Sleepy Hollow” will avoid those genre traps or stride right into them in its fancy Revolutionary War-era boots. But all in all, I was reasonably impressed with what Mison, Nicole Beharie (who plays a local cop) and Orlando Jones (the, er, head cop) were able to do in the pilot. It may be nutty, but “Sleepy Hollow” is able to create genuinely atmospheric moments and a few jolting scares in its pilot, which is more than I can say for most other new dramas.

New York Times

Turning fairy tales and other time-honored stories into television is something of a thing right now, what with “Grimm” and “Once Upon a Time” and ABC’s forthcoming “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.” What gives “Sleepy Hollow” a chance is the appealing pairing of Mr. Mison and Nicole Beharie, who plays Abbie Mills, a lieutenant in the Sleepy Hollow sheriff’s department and just about the only person who takes Crane’s wild explanations seriously. Mills is black, and an amusing scene in which Crane tells her he is pleased that she has been emancipated is an example of the droll humor that runs beneath the sometimes-gruesome goings-on. Crane is also subjected to a polygraph test, another tasty collision of the 18th and 21st centuries.

LA Times

t’s all great fun until, you know, someone loses a head. Actually, until someone finds a head. For reasons known only to its creators, the pilot for “Sleepy Hollow” seems determined to jam into one hour what could have easily, and more enjoyably, been spun out over several. Indeed, so much happens that by the end of the pilot, it’s not quite clear where the story is going to go next. It seems crossing “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” with “National Treasure” was seriously discussed.

What did you think of Sleepy Hollow? Will you continue to watch? Comment below to let us know!

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Posted at 9:41 PM on November 11, 2013  

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Emory

Posted at 5:39 PM on November 2, 2013  

I thought it was creepy. It had a good thing going but then by the end of the episode I thought,”Whoaa, this is too deep and there is way too much going on.” I hope they can fix it out a little bit because there was too much going on in the first episode. PS… does anyone think her grieving/mourning for her captain was pitiful and well basically nonexistent?

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Stephen Johnson

Posted at 9:33 PM on November 2, 2013  

Some have said there is too much going on. If you feel that way please go back to your reality shows. I love a show with lots of content and complexity.

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jon e

Posted at 10:07 PM on October 11, 2013  

loved the new concept for the show, hated the casting of the sisters and Orlando…they are all too weak to carry the show.

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Carl J manning

Posted at 12:16 AM on October 12, 2013  

I agree with about Orlando and one of the sisters but l think given a chance, Nichole Beharie might surprise you.

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SickMetal

Posted at 9:49 PM on September 24, 2013  

This show is a snore! There’s no action-drama-suspense-chills with total predictability and a lack of character depth. The story is completely light hearted with no intrigue nor surprises. The so-called evil characters are pathetic with no sense of “evil” about them; and calling something evil doesn’t make it so nor scary. I was hoping for something more brilliant but of course Fox fails again. The producers & writers completely missed an opportunity but for Fox, this is the type of trash I expect and they always deliver.

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Latres

Posted at 1:21 AM on September 24, 2013  

I can’t get over the bad acting and plot of this show. Seriously, the Apocalypse?! That’s a show all by itself. I’ll stick with the movie as this version has too much going on, can barely follow it. It’s the result of lazy thinking and low standards, another case of what’s going on in America. A laughable mess. There’s cartoons written better than this crap on a plate.

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Carl J manning

Posted at 3:22 PM on September 24, 2013  

You’re probably one of those who are reality show fanatics that wouldn’t know a good show if it bit u in the butt.

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Lattes

Posted at 12:26 PM on September 28, 2013  

No, it’s reality show fanatics who would find this goofy show entertaining. Don’t get your feelings hurt. I simply think this show is a sorry version of the film. Deal with it.

 
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Carl J manning

Posted at 3:44 PM on September 29, 2013  

No crying here friend. As for dealing with it, already have. I will ask you this, why watch something if you find it silly. You’re obviously not into those kind of shows.

 
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Stephen Johnson

Posted at 10:19 PM on September 23, 2013  

Instead of comparing this show to Buffy the vampire slayer it more closely resembles Supernatural. This is true evil vs good at its best.

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Carl J manning

Posted at 3:24 PM on September 24, 2013  

Thank you. Finally someone who can appreciate the irony of this show and compare it to Supernatural. Cheers to you bro.

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Floyd

Posted at 1:37 AM on September 21, 2013  

I was born and raised in the area and attended Sleepy Hollow High School…absolutely loved it!

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aurens66

Posted at 11:16 PM on September 19, 2013  

It was ridiculous and silly, with plot holes you could drive a truck through, but it was watchable, the two leads don’t have the immediate chemistry of Supernatural’s Ackles and Padalecki (or Collins) or XFiles Duchovny and Anderson but that could develop in the first few eps, the trick will be to keep this dark and creepy, and not go with too many weak Monster of the Week eps, or broad Fish Out Of Water Comedy. It was too bad they dumped so much mytharc into the pilot, instead of bringing us along throughout the season, because I would have loved to find out more about the Headless Horseman, but now he’s revealed to be a mythic archtype, one of The Four Horseman, and there went the opportunity to create a tortured antithesis to Ichabod, (who the Horseman is now bound to) There were many threads that could have been explored that were tossed aside, the revelation that Ichabod’s wife was a witch, the fact that the Priest seemed to have been alive for the last 250 years. This does seem to be a lot of concepts thrown at a wall to see what would stick, I will be giving it another try,

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Kira

Posted at 10:28 PM on September 19, 2013  

I’m sorry to differ. It was CRAP. I can’t believe all the positive feedback it’s receiving. This just seems to prove people, on average, have really low standards, are easily entertained or simply don’t have much criteria to begin with. Executives present the same old crap all over again disguised as “new” and people really bite into it. This is just another cop show dressed up as a contemporary Sleepy Hollow story. Same happened with Once upon a Time or Revenge, for instance. Cheap soap operas introduced as innovative tv shows which had nothing to do with the original concept they sold. A solid idea destroyed by transforming the show into another melodrama about who’s sleeping with who, love triangles, maternal issues, lost babies and one-dimensional stereotyped baddies: That’s Melrose Place! You can dress the characters as Disney characters all you want but they’re still Melrose Place characters. You want to profit out of people’s stupidity so what do you do?

‘What about a cop show taking place in a small town? Nah, we’ve already used that several times. Oh, we’ve run out of ideas let’s sell the same all garbage under another name… Let’s use Sleepy Hollow! We can make poor awkward Ichabod Crane turn into a self-confident attractive guy who wakes up into the XXI century and then give the headless horseman a machine gun! But it has 5-year old dialogues, lame jokes and a incredibly weak unoriginal plot! Doesn’t matter, cuz it’s called Sleepy Hollow.’ Immediate success.

Ichabod’s appeal was precisely his nerdy nature, unmanliness, and awkwardness. Why turn him into this cartoonish stereotypical and overused hero AGAIN? Why prescind of the town characteristic spooky and haunting atmosphere? And why, oh why do they have to bring the Apocalypse into the story as if.. The more and most terrible things happen the best the plot will be? It’s unnecessary. ‘Let’s see… We have a headless horseman, you know who else rides a horse? The Lone Ranger! It may seem forced but whatever, oh you know who else rides horses? The four horsemen! Yay! that’s not really pushing it, is it? I mean, they have the equine factor in common. ‘ Don’t get me started on George Washington’s bible, not only has he been a vampire hunter, now he is also fighting the four horsemen. Focus on a single point and work on a good plot from it. Good scripts are based on intricate, complex and elaborated plots about simple ideas. Good stories=complex plot about a simple idea. Lame Stories=simpleton plot about a complex, over the top idea. You notice when a story goes downhill the moment they bring out one of these three pathetic twists: (1) In fact, they’re brothers but didn’t knew all along, (2) characters die on a daily basis only to be revived out of the blue, (3) the Apocalypses is coming, brace yourself. If the pilot already begins with one of these… I mean, these are supposed to be used as a really lame last resort. I was expecting this show to make a difference… Guess I was wrong.

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Bogus Badson

Posted at 3:11 AM on September 21, 2013  

Like yourself much?

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Sean Taylor

Posted at 2:12 PM on September 21, 2013  

Best review ever ! You nailed it ! But of course an asinine show like this would be a hit in today’s ADD America , lets face quality shows died a long time ago , especially when millions of people are watching Duck Dynasty and Honey Boo Boo. , we live in a shallow to lazy to think society . I agree with this comment , and the people who like this show are imbeciles .

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Carl J manning

Posted at 8:31 PM on September 21, 2013  

I’m not an imbecile friend. I grew up with shows like l love Lucy Sanford and Son, and Cheers. I like this show because of its premise. Washington Irving and Edgar Allan Poe were my favorite authors. Horror mixed with Sci-Fi seems to be a pretty good mix. To me, Reality shows are ridiculous and people that watch them are imbeciles. You and Kira are judging this show based on the pilot. Wait a month and if you feel that way l will respect your opinion and u can call me an imbecile. Until then keep an open mind.

 
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Posted at 12:42 PM on September 22, 2013  

“How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.”
― Benjamin Disraeli

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Roxanne

Posted at 2:37 PM on September 19, 2013  

I loved the show! I hope they stick with it. I was a HUGE Fringe fan. I hope they don’t stray from the storylines line Fringe did, after a few seasons it just got weird. Keep up the good work with this show, it’s a winner and I think it will give Once Upon a Time a run for it’s money.

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Carl J manning

Posted at 8:16 PM on September 17, 2013  

lt floored me with the cast and the special effects esp the horse with red burning eyes. Mison and Beharie fit well together like a bizarre puzzle. l hope FOX sticks with this one, it’s a blast!!

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Amy

Posted at 12:11 PM on September 17, 2013  

I watched the show last night and I loved it! I loved the historical aspects and how it fits with what’s going on in modern day Sleepy Hollow. I hope the show just keeps getting better.

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Brei

Posted at 10:21 AM on September 17, 2013  

I thought it was great! Very interesting, can’t wait to see what happens next!!

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Kathryn S

Posted at 9:35 AM on September 17, 2013  

I LOVED this show!! It was seeped in tradition and a real thriller. Great costumes, great sets, great acting! I can’t wait for the next show!!

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