Sleepy Hollow and Tom Praised in More Year End Lists

The accolades continue to roll in for Tom and the show, as more end-of-year lists are posted:

Time Magazine: The Best New Shows of 2013

Sleepy Hollow (Fox)
What do you get when the American Revolution meets The Book of Revelation? A crazy good time.

MTV: The Most Criminally Underrated Hotties of 2013

Tom Mison This is almost certainly Tom Mison's last year to be counted as "underrated", now that the entire world is lusting after him in the role of the befuddled, time-traveling Ichabod Crane on Fox's "Sleepy Hollow." But since he spent most of 2013 in relative obscurity, we'll put him on this list if only to relish the fact that he's leaving it so soon. So long, Tom, and thanks for all the "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen."

TV Guide: Best Performances of 2013:

Tom Mison, Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow should be an unbearable cheese-fest, but thanks in large part to Mison, it's become a breakout hit. The actor's ability to insert an earnestness into Ichabod's fish-out-of-water routine elevates it far beyond the grating shtick it could have become. (One only has to look at Crane's impassioned speech to the NorthStar worker Yolanda to understand just how skilled Mison is at this.) His attention to detail is also to be admired. It was Mison who suggestion that Crane refer to Lt. Abbie Mills as "leftenant," which has quickly become one of the soldier's most endearing quirks.

EW's Doc Jensen Gives Sleepy Hollow a Midseason Review

Jeff "Doc" Jensen turns his attention to Sleepy Hollow as only he could, talking underlying themes, horror genre tropes and his theories about the show.  He wraps up the review by saying:

It will be interesting to see where Sleepy Hollow goes from here with its impish reflections on “the spirit democracy” or the business of converting American history into Gothic mythology, or if it can take any of it much further at all without becoming ponderous and preachy. But to be honest, I think less might be more: I like Sleepy Hollow more for its preposterous pop than its ponderousness. The show finds its best grounding not in history or big ideas, but in the relationship of its charming leads and the promising group dynamics of the team they are building; please, more Parrish, Jenny, and Orlando Jones’ “skeptical” Captain Frank. (Skepticism is a silly value for any character on this show to possess — which, of course, makes me wonder if Captain Frank knows much, much more than he’s telling.) As the season moves into its second half, I hope Sleepy Hollow keeps fleshing out Abbie’s character (which is to say, continue feeding the actress, Nicole Beharie, who is every bit a reason to watch as Tom Mison’s Ichabod), keeps the exquisitely designed corpse-creatures coming (The Sandman was eye-candy nightmare), well-designed creatures coming, and keeps the mythology intriguing yet manageable.

Read the rest of the review here.

Sleepy Hollow Premieres in the UK to Record Ratings

Last night's premiere episode of Sleepy Hollow gave the Universal channel its highest ratings since 2005, and was their highest rated premiere ever, according to

The show also got some great reviews, with the Metro giving the show 4 out of 5 stars GQ UK  had this to say:

With it's ludicrous premise, you're either in for a good ride or a long trip to snoresville - thankfully we're gifted with the former. Sleepy Hollow strikes the right balance with believable special effects (significantly more impressive than SHIELD) and a strong enough cast that can slip in and out of the serious and light-hearted moments. With Orlando Jones (Evolution) and John Cho (Star Trek) in the supporting cast, there's a lot of potential for a fun, knowing show that television has been missing for a long time.

Sleepy Hollow Reviews Start Rolling In

With the premiere of Sleepy Hollow only ONE DAY away, reviews of the show are being posted all over.  Here is a sampling of some of the great feedback Tom is getting for his portrayal of Ichabod Crane: 

Mison plays Ichabod Crane not as the scared, loveable goof from the Disney cartoon or the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp film, but as a much more traditional, broad-shouldered hero. This could have had me checking out of the show almost before it began if not for the streak of humor that runs through the pilot, most of it involving Ichabod’s reactions to everyday life in 2013. There’s just enough to keep the proceedings from being too self-serious without overwhelming the tone and losing suspense. It’s a tricky balance that the show is able to maintain in the pilot and hopefully that can continue as the series moves on.

The most vital part of keeping a steady tone is the leads, and Beharie and Mison prove to be up to the task. They have good chemistry from their first scene together, as Ichabod asks Abbie many of the questions you’d think an 18th-century white man would want to ask a 21st-century female African-American cop.

Wall Street Journal

Another bonus, for those who care, is Mr. Mison himself. Speaking in his native British accent, a little thin but tall and certifiably dreamy, he will forever give the name of Ichabod Crane a whole new meaning.

Micahel Ausiello (

I came for the mythology, I’m staying for the chemistry between leads Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie. There will be a lot of people boarding this ‘ship.

It helps that Mison has a light touch as Crane, who is very concerned about the world in which he finds himself and the trouble that the Horseman can cause, but isn't so grim that he and the show become a self-parody. He has a warm rapport with Nicole Beharie from "42" as Abbie Mills, the local cop who very much wants to believe this strange visitor's incredible story...Too many sci-fi and fantasy shows want so desperately for you to take them seriously that they become afraid of humor, and incapable of letting their characters enjoy themselves for even a moment. Despite the ludicrous events unfolding around them, Crane and Mills both come across as human beings, played by interesting actors.


I'm sure there will be more to come.  Is everyone ready??!!