Is This The Most Potently Adorable New Couple On Television?

By Joanna Robinson | Miscellaneous | October 22, 2013 | Comments ()

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This show, Sleepy Hollow, had dreadful written all over it. It was supposed to be a joke. A show so weighed down with its own preposterous premise that there was no way it could succeed. But it is, against all odds, succeeding. It’s not the best show on television. It’s not even the best new show this fall. (That’s still Masters Of Sex.) But it might be the most enjoyable, and I have to lay the credit mostly at the feet of the fizz bang wallop chemistry between Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie (aka Ichabod Crane and Lt. Abbie Mills). It’s not really fair, is it, to give all the credit to the actors when they just lived in the world that Phillip Iscove, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Len Wiseman created. But a recent promotional video popped up that makes me think that the firm of Iscove, Kurtzman, Orci, Wiseman, Wolfram & Hart don’t deserve much credit at all.


In the video (which you can only see over on TVLine), Wiseman admits that not only is Tom Mison the one who decided that Ichabod should call Abbie Mills “leftenant,” but that he, Wiseman, initially tried to correct Mison. The “leftenant” thing, by the way, is one of the shows most endearing quirks. And it’s the quirks that keep the show from sinking into the mire of supernatural procedural. Mison and Beharie play off each other much like the oddball Doctor and his earthbound Companions. But the playing field is a little more even here. The footing a little more equal. In Doctor Who, the Companion is usually responsible for the Doctor’s emotional education but, for the most part, lets him do the heavy lifting when it comes to brains and rescuing. I like these two much better when it comes to solving sticky supernatural situations. They’re a team. And since I heard that “leftenant” thing, I’m willing to give Mison and Beharie all the credit. Hell, I’d even believe they sewed that magnificent coat. Matt Smith, eat your heart out.


Additionally, like the best Doctor/Companion relationships, these two are platonic. Ichabod is pining for his voluptuous, dead witch wife and doesn’t really have eyes for the “leftenant.” He may eventually, but for now we’re spared the mooning. For now.


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  • Amanda

    Tom Mison's nose is MAJESTIC. I never thought I would say that about anyone's nose.


    His face is majestic! And he has FIERCE eyebrows!!

  • Anna von Beav


    Every time he says it I'm all "WHY DOESN'T SOMEONE TELL HIM WE DON'T SAY IT THAT WAY NOW"

    (although TBPH I'm really hoping for a mall montage at some point, so I'm less annoyed about that one)


    Because when he uses OLD WORLD terms with her it is endearing and fun! He makes Abbie feel special, no one else does it! That is the point!

  • Walt

    This show WISHES it were Supernatural. It's totally stealing from Supernatural too.


    So go watch Super Natural! I watched Super Natural and wasn't amused. You are in the wrong messageboard!

  • Walt

    I do watch Supernatural! And, if they were on the same night, I would watch Supernatural instead!

  • Walt

    Team Katrina 100 percent.

  • Walt

    First episode was great bordering on excellent and amazing. Second episode was okay. Third episode was below average. Fourth episode was sub-par. Fifth episode was a disgrace. If they keep up their lazy writing, there may not be a third season.

  • Ben

    As much as these two a great, the thing that's really stood out to me is the monster design in it. That Sandman was fucking terrifying.

  • John W

    I get a kick when he addresses her as "Leftenant".

  • punkinelf

    It makes history enjoyable. Ichabod is Legolas. Cute, but they morph into Mison & Bloom.

  • Debra Kessing

    as stated before, I did not look forward to this even a little bit yet it is now one of my new favourite shows. Completely because of the lead actors. Plus headless guy galloping around the place ...

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Mison has the most magnificent eyebrows.

  • cgthegeek

    "Ichabod is pining for his voluptuous, dead witch wife and doesn’t really have eyes for the “leftenant.”"

    *sticks fingers in ears** LALALALALALALA I CANT HEAR YOU! #ichabbie4Ever


    Clearly you folks are team wife because in Freudian terms.. Any who.. There is a reason he was with Abbie and the wife's in purgatory. He will have to adjust to this world. The Katrina he knew was the one before he died, now that he is with Abbie all the time, Ichabod will experience the world differently. STOP comparing the show to other shows. Stop with the "he should change his clothes!" If he does, then what's the point?

  • cgthegeek

    Actually I'm shipping Ichabbie. I don't know how you pulled Team Wife and Freud....? Anyway who said anything about changing clothes or comparing it to other shows? Are we having a conversation I'm not aware of?


    NO I am not team wife.. I was making an analogy with Freud and people who are secretly hating Ichabbie based on other repressed issues.. Too much to get into.. ;-)

    I was making reference to the people who are talking about they should be Platonic and he's married. He and Katrina are both legally dead. It will be much more fun to see Katrina the witch not be able to use her power to separate Ichabbie. Plus Tom and Nicole really work well, otherwise.. Boring..

    To tell you the truth, I believe Katrina used witchcraft to hook up with Ichabod. Remember he said he is from Noble Stock? And in one of the flashbacks, Katrina was taking care of the wounded. I think they were not of the same class.. I want to see how this plays out! Also when Ichabod asked Katrina why Moloch had her in purgatory, she wasn't answering so quick. GREAT SHOW and Cast!

  • cgthegeek

    Oh we could go on for hours about anti-Ichabbie folks... ;-)

  • emmalita

    I know. I would totally ride the romance train with these two. And I don't usually say that.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I know the ladies (and a few gents) around here will disagree, but: Jaysus, Mison, close that damn shirt! You look like a douchebag. And while we're at it, your character should get a change of clothes already. Ichabod has to reek to high heavens by now.

  • For serious. The guy's been in 2013 for long enough to be moving into Sheriff Kurgan's cabin. Surely they could've bought him a pair of jeans while they were getting the groceries.

    As for the stink, he has apparently been doing his laundry in the motel room sink. Drying it with the hair dryer. Like ya do, when you're a charmingly out-of-time sort of guy.

  • +1 for 'Sheriff Kurgan.'

  • Samantha Klein


  • emmalita

    I will agree with you about the reeking thing.

  • emilya

    NOOOOOOOOO, i love the frock coat. it makes him more gloriously awesome.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    The coat is not the problem. He's still wearing the same clothes he was buried in.

  • Three_nineteen

    Which he cleaned in the second episode. I said this over at AV Club - I love the fact that almost everyone who watches this show is obsessed with Crane's clothes. It's really funny.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    He constantly wears damp underwear, then?

  • AvaLehra

    My kid's class is reading "Legend of Sleepy Hollow", so when he saw the commercial for the show he was all like, "We should watch that!" So now, I am hooked on this goober of show. (It doesn't hurt that Ichabod reminds me of Lee Pace and the leftenant thing made me say, "Aw...o.k.")

  • Tinkerville

    I hope your kid went back to class and very matter of factly told the teacher that the headless horseman is known to use machine guns.

  • AvaLehra

    Hahaha! I know, right?

  • Caro13

    In the linked video, the producers seem to think Mison had "done his research" and had special knowledge of history to know that his character would have pronounced "lieutenant" that way... rather than just being a British person who knows that in British English it's still just pronounced that way. Awkward.

  • Emm82

    Thankyou! That was bugging me since I read it, leftenant isn't a quirk damnit its the correct way of pronouncing lieutenant!

  • leuce7

    I had thought the writers were the ones on top of things, since I notice when he doesn't call Abbie "leftenant," he refers to her as "Miss Mills," and when Abbie's (younger) sister is around, he calls her "Miss Jenny Mills" or just "Miss Jenny" as one would, at that time, use Miss Lastname only for the eldest daughter.

    I wonder if that was Mison's input, too.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Kind of embarrassing for Wiseman to have attempted to "correct" him too, considering his wife is British...

  • axis2clusterB

    Hmmm. I guess I'll pick this back up, then. I watched two eps and sort of forgot about it. I love Grimm and didn't really think I needed them both.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Oh, but you do!

  • axis2clusterB

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. I love the show.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I'm glad to hear that. I was surprised how much I like Sleepy Hollow myself.

  • axis2clusterB

    I'll play catch up on Hulu this weekend!

  • Tinkerville

    I love this show so damn much. I think it's my punishment for judging things before I watch them.. I put off giving this a try for a while on account of how cheesy it looked. Now it's my favorite new show and I've given up entirely on series I was excited for like Agents of SHIELD.

    I'll never ever get sick of Ichabod not understanding the modern world. The Onstar conversation killed me.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    That was a thing of beauty. I heard the Onstar lady will be back too, so yay!

  • $6950553

    I just don't want another Bones/Castle/Virtuallyeveryotherfrickenshowontv central romance. They'd be much smarter keeping them as partners and friends.


    And who wants to watch them run around every week as friends.. Please..

  • Cyndi Lyled

    I know that if they become lovers then that's it for me. I'll drop the show and move onto something else. For now? It's fun and entertaining. I'm not rooting for them to get together in the least. So many others have pointed out the obvious, it was strongly influnced by the plutonic relationship in the X-Files. I just hope they stay true to that.

  • Three_nineteen


  • $6950553

    Well they are so far and it seems pretty popular.

  • stella

    I really really hope they stay patonic. Theyre awesome best friends.


    Actually, being platonic is dumb. The reason people were drawn to the show was their chemistry. He is with her 24/7, it will only make sense that they will without a doubt be attracted to each other. XLEEPY HOLLOW is not the Ex-Files.

  • Helena Hand-Basquet

    I second this. I love their friendship and hope it remains just that.

    I almost didn't watch this show because it looked so crazy. I'm glad I did. It reminded me of Twin Peaks (another fave), and sure enough, one of the creators was inspired by it. I love shows that are three exits past batshit, and Sleepy Hollow is unequivocally that.

  • meadowdancer

    I know. One reason why I did love the X Files so much was you didn't get that stupid romance like every other show out there (looking at you Castle, Bones, etc.) and when it became apparent something was happening between Mulder and Scully it was offscreen (which I didnt mind).

  • Samantha Klein

    Amen. And now, let us all bow to the divinity that is Tom Mison's nose. (Okay, and the rest of him.)

  • Amanda

    I'm so glad I'm not the only one who has noticed his incredible shnoz. Maybe a tumblr should be started in its honor.

  • Samantha Klein

    You do it. I'll show up, and I'll bring friends.

  • simplysarah

    It is a fun little show to watch. I love the chemistry between these two. It doesn't hurt that they are both beautiful to look at too.

  • NateMan

    This show should suck so much more than it does. But every episode has at least a couple moments where I grin and my wife giggles. Some of the humor is very dry, which we appreciate, and although the each episode itself is like a low-rent version of Supernatural (or, as I like to think of it, the last few seasons of Supernatural) it's still entertaining. I was bummed when it didn't DVR last night and I remembered they were on a 3 week hiatus.

  • Amanda

    I've been trying to get through S1 of Supernatural for over a YEAR and I can't do it, it's so terrible. I hear it gets better but WHEN DAGNABBIT, WHEN?

  • Pants_are_a_must

    It's not low-rent Supernatural. It's season 2 Supernatural but with money and diversity.

  • NateMan

    Ohhhh no. Not even close. I'll grant you the diversity bit - huge improvement. But not the rest of it.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I think it's very close to season 2. They're yet to truly establish strong emotional connections between the leading characters, which has been Supernatural's absolute forte, but they're starting to inch closer. And the lore of the show is just as insane as Supernatural's. They're yet to have their In My Time Of Dying episode, but I have great hopes.

  • meadowdancer

    + 1.

    Oh Supernatural why do you suck so much?

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