Fall premieres have officially arrived, and Fox is putting a modern spin on Washington Irving's classic spooky tale. Sleepy Hollow premieres tonight and it may not follow the original story word for word, but you'll undoubtedly recognize the infamous characters. Is the fantasy series too out-there, or does it work? I've previewed the series, so I'm letting you know whether this is one to watch!


  • What it's about: Sleepy Hollow still features central character Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), but this time, the wounded soldier falls asleep in the midst of the Revolutionary War and wakes up in the present day. He must work together with a police officer (Nicole Beharie) to stop the Headless Horseman, an ominous figure who may signal the end of times.
  • Where it works: Mison is cute and funny as Ichabod, a man displaced in time. The pilot also contains a few genuinely surprising twists, which makes me think there are more exciting turns in store.
  • Where it doesn't: A headless horseman in modern times is a hard concept to pull off without being silly, and the show doesn't exactly succeed. Some of the dialogue is eye-rollingly cheesy, and with an apocalyptic story anchoring the series, it's a bit heady.
  • You might like this show if: You wish Once Upon a Time was creepier.
  • When it's on: Mondays at 9 p.m. on Fox

Watch a preview and see some pictures of Sleepy Hollow when you read more.