Sleepy Hollow is an American supernatural drama television series that aired on Fox from September 16, 2013 to March 31, 2017. The series is loosely based on the 1820 short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", by Washington Irving, with added concepts from "Rip Van Winkle", also by Irving. The first three seasons are set in a fictionalized version of Sleepy Hollow, New York, which portrays the town as much larger than it actually is. For the fourth and final season, the setting moved to Washington, D.C.
In 1781, Ichabod Crane works for George Washington as a double agent. Crane beheads a Horseman, who doesn't die. In desperation, Crane wins with a mutually fatal blow. Crane next awakes in 2013 Sleepy Hollow, with Washington's bible to guide him. He meets Sheriff's Lt. Abigail Mills and learns that the Horseman is also back. Crane learns that he and Abbie are the two Witnesses of Revelation, and the Horseman is Death. Should he get his head back, or his master, Moloch, be released from Purgatory, the End of Days will occur. Crane also learns that his wife, Katrina, was a witch, banished to Purgatory for saving him. His blunder has linked his life with the Horseman's. Fighting off Moloch's army of demons, Crane discovers that the Horseman of War is his own son, Jeremy Crane/Henry Parish, who loathes Crane and Katrina for abandoning him. Crane also learns that "Headless" is his former friend, Abraham Von Brunt.
Crane and Abbie manage to defeat Moloch, but at the cost of releasing everything trapped in Purgatory, including demons looking for a replacement for Moloch. Henry gets Katrina to side with him and awaken the descendants of their coven, but both are killed by Crane, who is filled with regret and remorse.
In the following months, Crane investigates all myths about the Witnesses, learning that Moloch was the first of Seven Tribulations. The second comes in the form of Pandora and her master, the Hidden One, an ancient Sumerian god. Because Moloch is dead (and thus cannot end the world), Crane gives the Horseman back his head, allowing him to destroy Pandora. However, the head is sucked into Pandora's box, which is destroyed. This battle costs Abigail her soul. Learning that there will always be two Witnesses, Crane vows to find her replacement and face the last five Tribulations.
Relocating to Washington D.C., Crane discovers that the next Witness is a little girl named Molly. Crane works with her mother, Agent Diana Thomas of Homeland Security, to combat supernatural threats until Molly is old enough to help. Crane also allies with Agency 355 agents Jake Wells and Alex Norwood, taking command of the organization as George Washington wished. The third tribulation comes in the form of Malcolm Dreyfuss, who sold his soul to build his business. Dreyfuss seeks immortality for fear of death. After Dreyfuss becomes immortal, he decides to assemble the Four Horsemen, kill the President and take over the United States of America. A woman named Lara arrives from the future that Dreyfuss wishes to create, revealing herself to be an alternate version of Molly. Because she is in her prime, Lara takes the Witness title from Molly, freeing her past self from the burden. Crane is forced to make a deal with the devil for a piece of the philosophers' stone that will strip Dreyfuss of his immortality and send him to Hell.
While Lara goes on a journey to discover her place in the world, Crane continues working with Agent Thomas to combat supernatural threats, hoping that he can someday escape his bargain with the devil.
Cast and Characters
- Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane, Esq., soldier of the American Revolutionary War and Biblical witness. Ichabod Crane also acts as both a Sheriff's consultant and an FBI consultant whilst working with Mills.
- Nicole Beharie as Abbie Mills, Sheriff's Lieutenant, FBI Agent and Biblical witness (seasons 1–3)
- Orlando Jones as Frank Irving, Sheriff's Captain (seasons 1–2)
- Katia Winter as Katrina Van Tassel|Katrina Crane, a witch (seasons 1–2)
- Lyndie Greenwood as Jenny Mills, artifact hunter (seasons 2–4; recurring season 1)
- John Noble as Henry Parish, the son of Ichabod and Katrina, and the Horseman of War (season 2; recurring season 1, guest season 4)
- Nikki Reed as Betsy Ross, soldier of the revolutionary war (season 3)
- Shannyn Sossamon as Pandora, a supernatural entity (season 3)
- Zach Appelman as Joseph Corbin, E.M.T., artifact hunter and Wendigo (season 3; guest season 2)
- Lance Gross as Daniel Reynolds, FBI Agent (season 3)
- Jessica Camacho as Sophie Foster, FBI Agent (season 3)
- Janina Gavankar as Diana Thomas, Homeland Security Agent (season 4)
- Jerry MacKinnon as Jake Wells, research analyst at Agency 355 and The Vault (season 4)
- Rachel Melvin as Alex Norwood, engineer at Agency 355 and The Vault (season 4)
- Oona Yaffe as Molly Thomas, Diana's 11-year-old daughter, and Biblical witness (season 4)
- Jeremy Davies as Malcolm Dreyfuss, a billionaire tech mogul, who is seeking out mystical artifacts (season 4)
- "Dead Men Tell No Tales"