Frequency (TV series)
Frequency is an American drama television series that aired on The CW from October 5, 2016 to January 25, 2017. Inspired by the 2000 Gregory Hoblit film of the same name, Frequency was developed by Jeremy Carver. The series was canceled on May 8, 2017; five days later, an epilogue to the series was released.
In 2016, NYPD Detective Raimy Sullivan discovers that she is able to speak to her deceased father Frank Sullivan in 1996 via his old ham radio. Her attempts to save his life trigger the "butterfly effect", changing the present in unforeseen ways. To fix the damage, she must work with her father across time to solve a decades-old murder case.
Cast and characters
- Peyton List as Raimy Elizabeth Sullivan: An NYPD detective who experiences an unusual weather phenomenon that allows her to communicate with her late father through radio transmissions. Born and raised in Queens, Raimy is stationed at the 21st Precinct (the same precinct her father worked out of in 1996) and has been since the start of her career in 2008. She achieved the rank of detective in 2014. After changing the timeline by conversing with her father, Raimy seems to be the only one who notices the changes. Now, she and Frank work across time to solve the Nightingale murders before her mother can become the killer's next victim.
- Riley Smith as Francis Joseph "Frank" Sullivan: Raimy's father and an NYPD detective in 1996. He was originally killed while working undercover and posthumously accused of being corrupt, but survived when Raimy changed the timeline by warning him of his impending death. In the new timeline caused by his survival in 1996, Frank saw his daughter grow up and graduate from the police academy, and even served as her training officer in 2008. He dies in a car crash in 2011.
- Devin Kelley as Julie Elizabeth Sullivan: Raimy's mother and Frank's widow who, once the timeline is changed so that her husband survives, is killed by the Nightingale.
- Mekhi Phifer as Detective (1996)/Lieutenant (2016) Satch Reyna: Frank's partner who now runs the 21st Precinct's Detective Squad where Raimy works. He and Stan Moreno were patrol officers in the late 1980s. In the original timeline, Satch's marriage collapsed in the intervening 20 years, and he became estranged from his children.
- Anthony Ruivivar as Captain Stan Moreno: The 21st Precinct Commander who, as a narcotics detective in 1996, was responsible for the undercover operation that resulted in Frank's death. In the original timeline, then-Sergeant Moreno, already a legendary narcotics detective, served as Raimy's training officer in 2008. Frank and Raimy believe he is corrupt.
- Lenny Jacobson as Gordo: Raimy's childhood friend.
- Daniel Bonjour as Daniel Lawrence: Raimy's fiancé in 2016. When Raimy alters the timeline to save her father, she is horrified to discover that she and Daniel have never met and he is dating another woman. Nevertheless, she retains memories of their previous romance. When the timeline is again altered, their engagement is restored by the end of the series.
- Ada Breker as young Raimy
- Sandy Robson as Mike Rainey
- Brad Kelly as "Little Jay" Garza
- Alexandra Metz as Maya Gowan
- Michael Charles Roman as Thomas Goff: A suspect in the Nightingale murders.
- Melinda Page Hamilton as Marilyn Goff
- Britt McKillip as young Meghan
- Kenneth Mitchell as Deacon Joe Hurley: A suspect in the Nightingale murders.
- Rob Mayes as Detective Kyle Moseby: A fellow NYPD detective who in the changed timeline has a sexual relationship with Raimy.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"Pilot"||Brad Anderson||Story by : Toby Emmerich |
Teleplay by : Jeremy Carver
|October 5, 2016||T15.10135||1.35|
|After lightning strikes the antenna for her father Frank's old ham radio, Raimy Sullivan begins to communicate with another man, who she realizes is Frank nearly 20 years earlier. They both quickly realize they are speaking to each other through time. Both are also police officers in their respective time periods; Frank, in 1996, is going undercover and Raimy investigates the cold case of a serial killer in the present, known as "the Nightingale" because he targets nurses. She also uncovers evidence that Frank, who died in a shooting during a botched sting operation, was set up by his superior Stan Moreno, the current deputy police chief. She helps prevent his death at the time, but sets off a butterfly effect that changes reality: although Frank survives the shooting, she discovers her mother was killed by the Nightingale in the late 1990s, and her boyfriend Daniel has never met her.|
|2||"Signal and Noise"||John Kretchmer||Jeremy Carver||October 12, 2016||T13.20252||1.08|
|Raimy informs Frank that her mother, Julie, will be a Nightingale victim. She urges him to warn her, but Frank is hesitant to jeopardize his shaky relationship with Julie and young Raimy. In their respective time frames, both he and Raimy investigate Thomas Goff, a Nightingale suspect who had a sexual-assault charge filed but dropped against him; Frank's visit in 1996 precipitates the escape of a girl named Maya that Goff kidnapped, exposing his crimes to his mother. In 2016, Raimy discovers that Frank's actions caused the Goffs to move away, and she can no longer find them. In a desperate attempt to convince Julie she is in danger, Frank leads her to the radio to speak with Raimy, who remains silent in fear of further changing their history.|
|3||"The Near Far Problem"||Nina Lopez-Corrado||Nancy Won||October 19, 2016||T13.20253||1.04|
|In 2016, Raimy finds where Goff hid Maya under an outbuilding and encourages Frank to pursue that lead in 1996. Frank discovers that the underground space has been cleaned with bleach, and finds a footprint that leads him to the woods, where he finds Maya. Raimy becomes convinced that Goff is the Nightingale, but Frank has doubts. They each track down Goff in their own time frames, but in 1996, Goff steps into traffic to keep himself out of prison; he dies in the past and vanishes just as Raimy is about to murder him in a blind rage. The Nightingale case remains unchanged, confirming Goff's innocence. In 2016, Raimy refuses to attend her mother's funeral, straining her relationship with Satch.|
|4||"Bleed Over"||Michael Fields||Michael Alaimo||October 26, 2016||T13.20255||0.99|
|In 1996, a young girl, Eva Salinas, is found wandering the streets, having escaped from the Nightingale after he abducted her mother. The traumatic experience keeps her quiet until Frank has young Raimy play with her at the park. She tells Raimy a secret: she saw the Nightingale's face. In 2016, Raimy learns that Eva has been abducted again, but eventually discovers that she has faked the whole thing for attention. Frank asks Raimy to describe the Nightingale sketch from her precinct and he, in turn, shows it to young Eva. She recalls the Nightingale stalking her mother and describes his vehicle, which Frank recognizes from the park. He tries to approach it, but the driver flees and later burns it.|
|5||"Seven Three"||Oz Scott||John Dove||November 2, 2016||T13.20254||0.91|
|In 2016, Raimy discovers that her very first collar has been murdered and realizes that she remembers two versions of that day: one from the current timeline, where she and her father arrested him, and one from the timeline where Frank was killed, where she rode with Stan Moreno and found him murdered. Raimy's knowledge of both timelines further implicates Stan as a dirty cop, but she has no hard evidence to prove it. She and Frank use an unaltered file from 1996 to try and flip one of Stan's CIs in 2016. After Frank accuses her of cheating on him with Raimy's softball coach, Julie asks him for a divorce.|
|6||"Deviation"||John Kretchmer||Jeannine Renshaw||November 9, 2016||T13.20256||1.05|
|At Raimy's insistence, Frank uses the next Nightingale victim as bait. He saves her life, but the Nightingale escapes, knocking him unconscious and taking a family photo from his wallet. In 2016, Raimy speaks to a tipster in prison who specifically requested her. He introduces himself as Karl Pierce, a mentally unstable quantum physicist who claims to have discovered the same phenomenon as Raimy, which led him to kill his neighbor at the urging of his future self. He suggests that the only way to stop the Nightingale is to kill him in the past. Raimy dismisses him, but changes her mind after discovering that the woman Frank saved has become a Nightingale victim in 2016.|
|7||"Break, Break, Break"||Tim Hunter||Linda Patel||November 16, 2016||T13.20257||0.97|
|In 1996, Frank is approached by his former lover, Miracella Corrado, whom he met while undercover and is now seeking refuge from Stan, who had her brother Jay murdered to cover up his attempt on Frank's life. Discovering the affair, Julie retaliates by rekindling her relationship with Raimy's softball coach, Ted. In 2016, Satch wants to retire after his wife divorces him, but Raimy convinces him not to when they find a major clue to the Nightingale's identity. A new victim, Larissa Abbot, is found at an old Christian hideaway camp where she was a nurse in 1994 and Raimy determines that whoever killed her must have worked at the camp at the same time.|
|8||"Interference"||Tara Nicole Weyr||Tom Farrell||November 30, 2016||T13.20258||0.97|
|After watching a press conference where Raimy appeals for information about the hideaway camp, a woman named Meghan tries to contact her, but is prevented from doing so by the staff at the mental health clinic where she is held. A man who helped troubled youth at the camp, Deacon Joe Hurley, of whom she is terrified, is approached for information about the camp by the police. Raimy's date with her new boyfriend, Kyle Moseby, is interrupted by a drunk Daniel, forcing Raimy to abandon Kyle so that she can take him home. He admits he cannot stop thinking about her and they share a kiss, but she leaves after finding the ring he plans to give to his girlfriend. He later visits Raimy again and they have sex. In 1996, Frank searches Larissa's belongings with her family's permission and learns she was friends with Meghan at the camp. He also finds out about Julie's affair with Ted, but eventually gives her his blessing to continue.|
|9||"Gray Line"||John Showalter||Nancy Won||December 7, 2016||T13.20259||0.85|
|In 1996, Frank sets up a sting to expose Stan's corruption, but Satch tips him off and Frank is warned not to mess with Stan again. Frank and Julie reconcile after he comes to her wanting to tell her about his time undercover. Frank also tracks down a younger Meghan and learns of her suspicions that her stepfather Joe murdered her mother and brother. In 2016, Meghan escapes the clinic and calls Raimy, but is abducted. Raimy breaks into Deacon Joe's house and finds the mummified remains of Meghan's mother; the Deacon attacks her and escapes, launching a manhunt. Raimy warns Frank that Joe is the Nightingale and must be killed to save Julie, to which Frank reluctantly agrees.|
|10||"The Edison Effect"||Rob Seidenglanz||John Dove||January 4, 2017||T13.20260||0.67|
|Having finally identified Deacon Joe as the Nightingale, Raimy helps her father prepare to murder him. Frank goes along with her plan, but questions whether it will cause more harm than good to the timeline; Raimy insists that doing so is the only way to save Julie. Kyle winds up in the hospital after being injured in a pursuit and he and Raimy share a tender moment. Meghan manages to call the police, who trace her phone to a remote cabin; despite Raimy's best efforts, Joe kills Meghan and flees. After chasing him down, she murders him in cold blood and surrenders her firearm to another officer. Meanwhile, Frank succeeds in abducting Joe, but ends up in a car crash after receiving a call from Julie.|
|11||"Negative Copy"||John Behring||Michael Alaimo||January 11, 2017||T13.20261||0.74|
|Joe escapes from Frank's car, foiling Raimy's plan. Her actions are subsequently investigated as misconduct and her badge is confiscated. Fearing that Joe will target his family, Frank concocts a new plan to frame him for theft. Unfortunately, this results in an alternate timeline where Joe was never caught in the first place, erasing all of Raimy's progress. Realizing that he will almost certainly kill Meghan in 2016 to cover his tracks, they decide to find her. Julie covers for Frank when Satch comes by their house to investigate, but he eventually figures out that she's lying. Out of desperation, Frank plants a bag of cash in Joe's house and has him arrested, while Raimy breaks into his cabin, finding Meghan and her brother alive in the nearby woods.|
|12||"Harmonic"||Stefan Pleszczynski||Jeannine Renshaw||January 18, 2017||T13.20262||0.73|
|Raimy takes Meghan and Robbie to the hospital, where she learns that the latter has been living under an alias for 20 years after running away from home. Frank tries to get Joe to confess, but he fakes a beating and is allowed to leave. Raimy and Satch find the evidence needed to get Joe arrested and Raimy gives him her shoelaces to commit suicide in return for the location of his wife's body, which Frank then uses to identify Joe as the Nightingale. Raimy discovers that her mother is now alive in 2016, while Robbie, having been reunited with his sister by Frank, returns to his apartment in 1996 and inspects a collection of photos of Julie before going to sleep.|
|13||"Signal Loss"||Thomas Wright||Jeremy Carver & Nancy Won||January 25, 2017||T13.20263||0.79|
|In the new timeline, Frank still dies in 2011, but Julie is now a doctor, Gordo is a lawyer, Satch's marriage is intact, there have been no Nightingale murders since Joe's arrest, and Raimy and Daniel are engaged. By chance, Raimy encounters Robbie and becomes suspicious of him, convincing Frank to visit Robbie and Meghan in 1996 and make further inquiries about Joe. This unbalances Robbie and he tells Meghan that he is the Nightingale and that Joe took the blame for him. Robbie murders Meghan and then attacks Julie, Raimy, and Gordo, shoots Gordo's father, and destroys the ham radio, cutting off contact with Raimy in 2016. Despite their bad blood, Stan races to help Frank rescue his family, but is shot by a vengeful Miracella before he can reach the scene. Frank is shot by Robbie, who tries to flee with a captive Julie, but Satch stops them and rescues Julie, though Robbie escapes. Raimy is relieved to find the present relatively unchanged in 2016, but Robbie remains at large.|
On May 13, 2017, The CW released an epilogue to the series to provide closure after its cancellation.
Netflix acquired the exclusive broadcast rights to Frequency in the United Kingdom, Ireland, India, Canada and Oceania, adding new episodes to its platform less than a day after their original U.S. broadcast.
Frequency has received generally positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the series a score of 75% based on 24 reviews. The consensus says, "Frequency's confusing timeline and somewhat familiar dramatic framework are offset by solid acting and an intriguingly loaded premise." On Metacritic, the show has a weighted average of 64/100 based on 21 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
|1||"Pilot"||October 5, 2016||0.4/1||1.35||0.2||0.71||0.6||2.06|
|2||"Signal and Noise"||October 12, 2016||0.3/1||1.08||0.3||0.77||0.6||1.85|
|3||"The Near Far Problem"||October 19, 2016||0.3/1||1.04||0.2||0.66||0.5||1.71|
|4||"Bleed Over"||October 26, 2016||0.3/1||0.99||0.2||0.73||0.5||1.72|
|5||"Seven Three"||November 2, 2016||0.3/1||0.91||0.2||0.73||0.5||1.63|
|6||"Deviation"||November 9, 2016||0.3/1||1.05||0.2||0.61||0.5||1.66|
|7||"Break, Break, Break"||November 16, 2016||0.3/1||0.97||0.2||N/A||0.5||N/A|
|8||"Interference"||November 30, 2016||0.3/1||0.97||0.2||0.61||0.5||1.57|
|9||"Gray Line"||December 7, 2016||0.2/1||0.85||N/A||0.45||N/A||1.29|
|10||"The Edison Effect"||January 4, 2017||0.2/1||0.67||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|11||"Negative Copy"||January 11, 2017||0.2/1||0.74||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|12||"Harmonic"||January 18, 2017||0.2/1||0.73||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|13||"Signal Loss"||January 25, 2017||0.3/1||0.79||N/A||0.43||N/A||1.22|
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