Sleepy Hollow (TV series)

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Name: Sleepy Hollow
Abbreviation(s): SH
Creator: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Phillip Iscove, Len Wiseman
Date(s): September 16, 2013 – present
Medium: television show
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Official Site Wiki page
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Sleepy Hollow is a Fox American fantasy mystery thriller adventure drama television series that premiered on September 16, 2013 starring Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane and Nicole Beharie as Lt. Abbie Mills that is about the retelling/reimaging of the Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".


During a mission for George Washington in 1781, Ichabod Crane "dies" during the battle against a mysterious horsemen whom he chops off its head after shooting it didn't work. He is reawaken in 2013 Sleepy Hollow, New York. But so does the Headless Horseman, who begins his nightly killing spree.

During his arrest, he is considered crazy by everyone except for Lt. Abbie Mills, who's currently investigating the horseman after he kills the Sheriff - someone who she admired. She learns that the sheriff was hiding old case files that dealt with "unsolved" and "mysterious" case files, one of them being her own as young girl with her sister and of how he believed there were two groups of witches still alive and working in Sleepy Hollow; one for good, the other evil. Ichabod learns that 250 years have passed since his "apparent death", so he has to deal with a great deal of differences of the 21st century. He also finds out during a vision from his wife, who is a witch, and that Katrina isn't exactly dead but instead trapped in an "other world" from the demon.

Ichabod learns that the Headless Horseman is Death, one of the four horsemen of Apocalypse. And that if the horseman is not stopped, dark forces will affect the world. Ichabod partners with Abbie Mills in to stop the Headless Horseman from awakening the other three horsemen.

Main Characters

  • Ichabod Crane - a soldier from 1781 that was enchanted to awaken when Death did by his wife and her coven, which he does in 2013. He believes that he and Abbie were chosen to deal with the Headless Horseman and the evil demons behind everything.
  • Lt. Abbie Mills - a young detective that had been heading toward the FBI before her partner was killed by the headless horseman. She believes Ichabod being from the past, and decides to stay in town to protect it against the horseman and the demon. When she was younger, she and her sister saw four white trees and a monster; for awhile everyone thought they were crazy. Abbie moved on from it, however her sister never could.
  • Capt.Frank Irving - is a police captain in the modern-day town of Sleepy Hollow.
  • Katrina Crane - is Ichabod's wife and a good witch that is currently trapped by an unknown evil demon. She visits Ichabod in dreams and visions.
  • Headless Horseman - is Death (one of the four horsemen of Apocalypse), whose head was chopped off by Ichabod and laid to rest for 250 years before being awoken.

Recurring Characters

  • Sheriff August Grey - isn't blind to the supernatural happenings in Sleepy Hollow, and manages to convince Abbie to join the force prior to the beginning of the show. He is killed by the Headless Horseman when he reawakens, and his death led Abbie in deciding to stay in town and help Ichabod.
  • Andy Dunn - he was an officer in Sleepy Hollow who was friends with Abbie. However he makes a deal with the demon, and he fails and is killed because of his failure by the demon. The demon reanimates him to help awaken a witch.
  • Jenny Mills - Abbie's sister who along with Abbie saw something a monster when they were younger. Unlike her sister, she could never move on from it, and is currently in a mental institute.


Although the show just premiered the show grew popular, with both mixed reviews - in favor and against the show both by critics and fans alike. The fandom is prominently on Tumblr, AO3, and LJ. There are currently over 290 Sleepy Hollow fics on FFN.

The popular pairing at present is Ichabod Crane/Abbie Mills with a total of 17 works dedicated to the ship at AO3[1]. Gen fic is also popular, although usually it also focused on Abbie and Ichabod, another popular character in fanon is Andy Dunn.

Major meta issues that arise around the Ichabbie pairing include Ichabod's marriage to Katrina and the problem of infidelity, controversy surrounding whether fandom is reluctant to adopt an interracial pairing involving an African American woman en masse, and questions regarding the characterization of Ichabod in Ichabbie fics as being the more timid or innocent character in relation to Abbie's sexual initiation or aggression.












  1. Ichabod/Abbie tag at AO3 on September 24, 2013. 17 works out of 41.
  2. Fan Dictionary - what are the ship names? at the Tumblr group FyeahSleepyHollow
  3. Fan Dictionary - what are the ship names? at the Tumblr group FyeahSleepyHollow
  4. Fan Dictionary - what are the ship names? at the Tumblr group FyeahSleepyHollow
  5. Fan Dictionary - what are the ship names? at the Tumblr group FyeahSleepyHollow
  6. “does the jennie x ichabod ship have a name?”
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