- 3 Seasons
Frequency is a sci-fi drama television series that aired on The CW in 2016 and 2017. The show was created by Jeremy Carver and is based on the 2000 movie of the same name. The series stars Peyton List as Detective Raimy Sullivan, Riley Smith as Frank Sullivan, Devin Kelley as Julie Sullivan, Anthony Ruivivar as Lieutenant Satch Reyna, Mekhi Phifer as Detective Stanford, Daniel Bonjour as Daniel Lawrence, and Lenny Jacobson as Gordo.
Frequency follows the story of Raimy Sullivan, a detective in the NYPD who discovers that she can communicate with her deceased father, Frank Sullivan, through a ham radio that he used before his death in 1996. The twist is that when Raimy changes something in the past through her communication with Frank, the present is altered accordingly. As Raimy and her father try to prevent a string of murders that connect their past and present, they also try to figure out the consequences of their changing timelines.
The show is set in 2016, twenty years after Frank's death. Raimy is haunted by the memory of her father, who she idolizes as a hero cop. Raimy's mother, Julie Sullivan, abandoned her daughter after Frank's death, leaving Raimy to grow up with an alcoholic and abusive father who died when she was 8 years old. When Raimy discovers that she can talk to Frank through the ham radio, she gets a chance to reconnect with her father and prevent his untimely death.
Frank, who is alive and well in 1996, is initially confused and skeptical about Raimy's claims that she is his daughter from the future. However, as Raimy proves herself by providing accurate details about his future, Frank starts to believe her. The two work together to solve the Nightingale murders, a string of serial killings that Frank was investigating before his death in the original timeline. As they delve deeper into the case, they encounter several complications, including changing timelines, new suspects, and personal conflicts.
Meanwhile, in the present timeline, Raimy's work life is also complicated. She is partnered with Detective Stanford, a veteran cop who has a grudge against her family because Frank was his former partner. Raimy also has a turbulent personal life, as she struggles to balance her job with her relationship with her long-time boyfriend Daniel Lawrence. Daniel is a forensic technician who is unaware of Raimy's communication with her father.
Throughout the show, Raimy and Frank's actions in the past have far-reaching consequences in the present. As they prevent one murder, another one is caused. As they solve one mystery, another one appears. The show plays with the concept of fate and free will, as the characters struggle to figure out whether their actions can ever truly change the future.
In addition to the time-traveling storyline, Frequency also features elements of police procedural dramas. Raimy and Stanford work on different cases in the present timeline, and the show highlights the difficulty of police work, especially in cases of domestic violence and sexual assault. The show also explores themes of family, love, and sacrifice, as Raimy and Frank's relationship deepens and they learn to trust each other despite their different timelines.
The show has been praised for its strong performances, with particular highlights on Peyton List's portrayal of Raimy and Riley Smith's portrayal of Frank. The show's pacing and writing have also been commended, especially for its ability to balance the sci-fi and procedural elements.
Overall, Frequency is a captivating show that explores the intersection of time-travel, police work, and family dynamics. With its strong performances and intricate storytelling, the show is a must-watch for fans of sci-fi dramas and procedural shows alike.
Frequency is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (35 episodes). The series first aired on October 5, 2016.