• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 16, 2013
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 12, 2013
    50
    While the show is certainly handsomely done, the fish-out-of-water dialogue already feels a little green around the gills.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 16, 2013
    60
    Success is the exception for shows that try to weave mythologies this complex, and Sleepy Hollow falls back early on predictable conventions like having Abbie’s deceased ex-boss leave copious files on mysteries he could never solve.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 16, 2013
    50
    [A] lavishly entertaining but hopelessly convoluted new supernatural thriller.
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 16, 2013
    50
    You have one of the most complex and mixed-up and irritating mythology soufflés ever to be delivered in a single pilot.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 15, 2013
    75
    Even amid the excess exposition, you'll be able to spot a few enjoyable jolts, some clever, throwaway culture-shock moments and the charms of the show's two stars. Combined, they give the show more than enough room to grow into an entertaining weekly adventure.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 16, 2013
    80
    It’s fun, it’s entertaining, it’s got some scares and some action and plenty of secrets to unveil.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 13, 2013
    83
    Nothing scary here, but Hollow is fun enough, and promising enough, too.
  8. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 16, 2013
    70
    In its pilot, it achieved its modest goals without leaning too far into pompousness (as is the case with "Almost Human") or slicing off too much ham (hello "The Blacklist").
  9. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 13, 2013
    67
    It is aware of just how ridiculous it is, and it tries to cram in as many wacky ideas as can fit into the opening hour without falling into complete camp.
  10. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 16, 2013
    83
    The first new network show of fall is a supernatural adventure that manages to drop a few good scares.
  11. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 11, 2013
    67
    Mison and Beharie work well together as Ichabod and Abbie.... On the down side, Orlando Jones so far is stuck in the muck of a prototypically officious police captain named Frank Irving.... Whatever befalls its denizens, Sleepy Hollow gets off to a better and more “believable” start than anticipated.
  12. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 10, 2013
    75
    Suspend disbelief, not to mention your knowledge of Washington Irving's classic tale, because the illogical hodgepodge of myth premiering Monday night is great fun.
  13. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Sep 16, 2013
    70
    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.
  14. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 15, 2013
    30
    By the end, Sleepy Hollow seems less like a show than a garage sale of used story pitches.
  15. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 13, 2013
    50
    It’s all done with a cold efficiency and a gloomy, disinterested tone.
  16. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Sep 16, 2013
    60
    Sleepy Hollow got my attention, but I’m not yet sure if it’s good, ridiculous, good but ridiculous, or good because it’s ridiculous.
  17. 70
    It's witty but never overly pleased with itself, and even when it's predictable, it's predictable with a wink that says, "Come on--you know you needed that to happen."
  18. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Sep 13, 2013
    80
    Sleepy Hollow is great fun and gorgeous to look at.... The mythology of Sleepy Hollow is richly complex.
  19. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Sep 11, 2013
    70
    Cultural commentary mixed with the mystery, along with lavish production values, gives Irving’s tale a clever twist. The hour is trying to cover a lot of bases, but it may find its focus.
  20. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Sep 15, 2013
    70
    Plenty of places for this series to take its engaging leads, one of the odder crime-fighting pairs on TV, doing battle against one of TV’s creepier-looking if expressionless bad guys.
  21. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Sep 26, 2013
    50
    It’s a program that bounces around tonally and narratively, never feeling like its head is in the right place to know where it wants to go.
  22. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Sep 10, 2013
    75
    Sleepy Hollow is is fizzy if formulaic fright-night fun. [20/27 Sep 2013, p.141]
  23. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Oct 3, 2013
    63
    Sleepy Hollow has an interesting premise and some terrific CGI effects (re: the Headless Horseman), but I didn’t buy into the show’s mystical/mythological/sci-fi overtones, a mishmash of history, witchcraft and muddled Biblical prophesy that left me confused instead of intrigued.
  24. Reviewed by: Chris Conaton
    Sep 16, 2013
    60
    Somehow, this ludicrous premise and uneven plot elements cohere into a fast-moving, exciting hour.
  25. Reviewed by: Vicki Hyman
    Feb 13, 2014
    25
    The mythology comes on hard and heavy in the first hour, but like ABC's blink-and-you-missed-it spring thriller "Zero Hour," it's ponderous yet silly.
  26. Reviewed by: David Sims
    Sep 15, 2013
    91
    Sleepy Hollow works because it approaches everything with a relatively straight face, yet never seems to be taking itself too seriously.
  27. Reviewed by: Billy Nilles
    Sep 16, 2013
    70
    Sleepy Hollow is quite fun, if you're willing to suspend all disbelief and go for the ride.
  28. Reviewed by: Matthew Wolfson
    Sep 10, 2013
    75
    [Lieutenant Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) and Ichabod Crane's (Tom Mison)] sharp banter, coupled with campy scenes of the horseman riding around town severing peoples' heads, makes for a mutually reinforcing combination of amusing and absurd TV.
  29. Reviewed by: Dan Lucas
    Sep 26, 2013
    20
    This could be a watershed moment in TV's long and inglorious history of idiocy, a drama that unintentionally almost matches Arrested Development for laughs.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 186 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 40
  2. Negative: 5 out of 40
  1. Sep 18, 2013
    9
    Lots to like here if this is your genre. Agree with what everyone else is saying fast -paced, good acting, nice cinematography. The over arching plot is interesting and has loads of potential to expand, though it does seem like a show where you have to watch to keep up with the mythology. There were a few clichéd, annoying plot elements early in the pilot but thankfully they cleaned them up and moved on before the hour was up. And one super minor blooper, the real village of Sleepy Hollow has a population of 9870. For the series, they used the Village of Sleepy Hollow sign but changed the pop. to 144,000, which is a city, not a village. Full Review »
  2. Sep 16, 2013
    8
    If you can't or aren't willing to suspend your imagination then this show really isn't for you. Having said that what we have is a promising, if preposterous, pilot with a solid cast, good production values, and the genesis of a serial story arc. While I'm sure we'll be dealing with a certain number of stand alone episodes, the show's pilot seems strictly focused on the larger picture...apocalyptic you might say. This is a good thing as a serialized shows tend to rely more on the characters to carry individual episodes than the individual content of each episode. While for some shows this would spell doom, in this case it is a very good thing as the strength of the acting and the chemistry between the two leads is arguably the best thing it's got going for it.

    There are creepy, but only occasionally scary scenes, but the pilot seems to suggest that Sleepy Hollow is intended not as a horror show, but as a supernatural mystery with dark overtones and a scare here and there. The horseman himself is well done and makes a more interesting character than one might expect from a character that has no lines and no head. There's a surprising amount of humor, although much of it relies on the fish out of water concept that is sometimes pretty campy.

    As for the show's mythology...well it's certainly going to be interesting. It seems as though the writers brainstormed on things they could tie in to the idea of the headless horseman and rather than deciding on any specific idea, they instead decided to go with a mixture of most if not all of them. This might seem disastrous when viewed from a distance, but after watching the pilot it somehow works.

    Give it a shot. See what you think. I recommend it, particularly to those who like sci-fi, horror
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  3. Nov 24, 2013
    10
    I love, love, love, the show it keeps me wating more. I love how it reference the bible. The actors are great and I think they have great chemistry it makes you believe the story. I look forward to more seasons Full Review »