Sleepy Hollow is an American supernatural drama with horror elements. The show’s premise is loosely based on The Legend of Sleep Hollow by Washington Irving, but quickly diverges into a larger mythology.
Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), Colonial soldier and spy, dies in 1781 in pitched battle with a mystical Horseman. Crane successfully drags the Horseman into death with him. However, when something calls the Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, back into existence, Crane is brought back as well. Only now, he’s alive in the 21st century.
Crane’s greatest ally in the present – his future – is Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), a lifelong resident of Sleepy Hollow who puts aside her training at the FBI to investigate the Horseman. She becomes Crane’s touchstone to the current century as well as a fellow warrior against evil.
Crane and Abby join with others to hold off the coming Apocalypse as well as other evils as they arise.
The series is shot in the actual Sleepy Hollow, lending its fantastical concepts a necessary grounding in reality. Though the show’s plot can seem daunting, the production values are high and action is spectacular. There are also procedural elements that will appeal to those who favor police dramas.