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Frequency - S01E01

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Detective Raimy Sullivan has always wanted to prove that she is nothing like her father. In 1996, when Raimy was 8 years old, NYPD Officer Frank Sullivan left Raimy and her mother, Julie, behind when he went deep undercover, got corrupted, and got himself killed. Or so the story has always gone. Few people knew about the secret undercover sting operation Frank was really charged with, led by Stan Moreno, who has now risen to Deputy Chief of Police. Frank's former partner, Lieutenant Satch Reyna, is now Raimy's mentor and friend, and he has urged her to let go of the hurt and anger she still feels about Frank's disappearance and death, but the old pain still lingers. Raimy can barely bring herself to discuss Frank, even with her devoted boyfriend, Daniel, or her childhood friend, Gordo. Now, twenty years later, Raimy is stunned when a voice suddenly crackles through her father's old, long-broken ham radio - it's Frank, somehow transmitting over the airwaves and through the decades from 1996. They're both shocked and confused, but Raimy shakes Frank to the core when she warns him that the secret sting he is undertaking will lead to his death. Armed with that knowledge, Frank survives the attempt on his life. But changing history has dramatically affected Raimy's life in the present - and there have been tragic consequences. Separated by 20 years, father and daughter have reunited on a frequency only they can hear, but can they rewrite the story of their lives without risking everyone they love?.

 
Episode Title: Pilot
Airs: 2016-10-05 at 21:00
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    It’s heartfelt and likable, but doesn’t quite justify its existence.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    The movie wasn't that great. It was just sort of OK. The series seems to be in pretty much the same territory.

    The Salt Lake Tribune Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The movie moved me, but the show feels like it’s going to wear thin after the setup in the pilot.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Erik Adams

    Frequency’s vintage equipment is missing its spark of life.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Those familiar with the source material will recognize the pilot is essentially the first two-thirds of the film. Some convincing performances from Smith and List get Frequency humming. But that’s just not enough buzz.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    List is earnest in her role, and manages to make the stranger aspects of the show’s time travel and inter-dimensional plot points feel grounded.

    Collider Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Frequency is a much smaller story [than NBC's Timeless]: a daughter trying to save her father without endangering everyone else around them. It's a good story, but in essence, it feels very much like a movie story--which is exactly what it was. Whether it can work as a TV story, only time will tell.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Despite your understandable and probably entirely justified fear that the success of a show about a time-traveling ham radio will lead to a painful rash of sequels about time-traveling toaster-ovens and Waring blenders, Frequency is not so bad. The paradoxes of time-travel, though familiar to anybody with even a passing acquaintance with sci fi, are artfully woven in, and List is quite appealing as a daughter remaking her long-held image of a father she hardly knew.

    Reason.com Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Frequency’s concept was mildly intriguing in theaters, and it’s mildly intriguing now, even with an extra layer or two of mushy TV-style goop on top of the story’s basic hokeyness. List and the other cast members give convincing enough performances.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Frequency does a pretty solid job of juggling its balls and creating new intrigues. By the end of the premiere episode, another perplexing murder mystery is in play while Raimy wonders what hit her.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    The Dennis Quaid-Jim Caviezel movie has been reimagined as a story about a police detective (Peyton List, Blood & Oil) who's trying to save her long-dead father (Riley Smith, Nashville), and it packs the emotional punch of the original.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    It’s hard to make an impression in a genre so heavily worked, especially with a series drawn from a moderately popular movie, but Frequency is in good hands and has promising ingredients.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    I do know that I like this opportunity for List as a TV star and tthe opening time-travel convolutions are treated to accentuate emotion and character relationships in a solid way. It has room to grow and room for improvement.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    The show is no out-of-the-box winner, but it has possibilities to become an intriguing nighttime soap with sparks of electricity.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Michael E. Ross

    The producers and creator Jeremy Carver have deftly retrofitted a familiar film for the small screen with smart present-day touches and solid performances.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Terry Terrones

    Skillfully shot, with a slick concept and a strong cast, I was eager to see what happened next after viewing the premiere.

    Colorado Springs Gazette Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    Peyton List stars in this immediately riveting mix of police drama and time-bending fantasy.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Frank and Raimy are co-authors of their own personal histories. How they write it together, or mess it up together, could make an intriguing cop procedural.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Darren Franich

    It's two moody-cop procedurals for the price of one, with deeply felt emotion in the performances. [7 Oct 2016, p.51]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    The characters and relationships are never specific or resonant enough to make the attempted blending of family drama, time travel series, and cop show memorable, or, perhaps more importantly, as addictive as the several other smart hybrid programs on the CW.

    Variety Full Review
  • Meredith Blake

    It is an unabashedly hokey affair with an inherently seductive premise. The problem is that Frequency is too generic to make the sentiment work.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review