Retired serial-profiler Frank Black has moved his family to Seattle to escape the violence and horror he dealt with while working for the FBI in Washington, D.C. Although his uncanny and often unsettling ability to see int... more »o the twisted minds of serial killers has caused him much inner torment, Black knows his "gift" can still be used to help protect and save others. For that reason he has joined the mysterious Millennium Group, a team of underground ex-law enforcement experts dedicated to fighting against the ever-growing forces of evil and darkness in the world.« less
Interested series with one of my favorite actors Lance Henriksen but it needed more bite with the plotline.
Jean W. from JORDANVILLE, NY Reviewed on 8/28/2015...
just got started watching this first season, but it look promising.
Steven H. (sehamilton) from BIRMINGHAM, AL Reviewed on 6/20/2011...
Can TV get any darker than this? Lance Henriksen is amazing as Frank Black, the central character in this series. Plot lines and images are dark, disturbing and seared into the mind. It is difficult to find any bright spots or levity in the series2. Even when the bad guy is caught, the resolution seems insufficient. All technical aspects of the series are top-notch, but be prepared to enter a darkness that can be felt.
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Samantha K. (entilzah) from OSCODA, MI Reviewed on 10/30/2010...
I watched this only cause I got the whole season for 9 bucks at the goodwill and I like it. I loved how it felt like the X-files. Being my Carter of course it would. But I think if you love the X-Files you will at least like this. I had a baby back in 1996 so I saw very little tv for about 4 years.
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Gerald G. from COLUMBIA, MO Reviewed on 8/12/2009...
An amazing series that keeps you guessing.
Why TV was invented.
kidnugget | Bakersfield, CA USA | 07/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a professor of English, focusing on mass media and popular culture, so I watch a lot of TV. Having said that, this is the best show I've ever had the pleasure of viewing. The directing, acting, music, tone, writing, and quality of the show is astounding.
I used to watch the show religiously when it was on, and I'd slowly watch my friends and family get turned off by it. The first season was too slow for some, the second too gory, the third, well, you'll have to wait and see. But people couldn't keep up with the harsh reality of Chris Carter's world. They all regret abandoning the show now that it's on DVD, and they've begun watching it again.
Yes, they quit watching because the show was hard. And yes, the show is hard. It makes you think. It makes you feel. It sets up characters, often to kill them off, and make you miss them. Why watch, then, you may ask? Well, when's the last time a show made you feel? Made you sad or angry or worried or made you simply get up and lock your door?
If you want more sappy crappy TV to slide down your throat like everything else in our fast food world, walk away and hit some sitcoms on the big three networks. If you can take a rather hardcore look at crime, demonogoly, and the end of the world, and if you can take actually feeling--emoting in our flood of apathetic televised garbage--then buy this DVD set right away."
I waited a Millennium for this!
William Smith | Fontana, CA United States | 08/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Highs: It's about as cryptic as I remember from my `96 encounter with it and it still has a lot going for it in terms of being something cutting edge for television. Some of the content is difficult to stomach let alone realize it was on TV*. (*See the Pilot)
Lance Hendrickson has that `instant credibility' that is missing from exactly 99.99% of current television. He is a great lead and simply has the exact chemistry the show demands.
The imagery of the show is so unique it is in and of itself a work of art. How many shows could you turn the sound down on and simply `experience`?? Few. Current shows? None.
Megan Gallagher is also a plus, she is beautiful and simply seems at home in the confines of the set. `Jordan`, the daughter is also pretty good at times, but seems to be a bit young for the show. Terry O' Quinn, ahh, the Stepfather return-eth! Great. I love this guy a lot too. The villains are also almost always up to par, which is crucial to a show of this nature. Love the Judge!
Fair extra's, wonderful packaging (much better than the awkward-flimsy-cardboard X-files-junk), the price is spot on, and it has great picture and sound. Wow, I still can't believe I own this!
That there weren't 15 or 20 seasons of the X-files to be made for DVD or this may never have come out... (did all 9 seasons @ $1?0 a pop, really need to come out before this superior show...?)
Special kudos to the young actress who played the young mother in the episode which should have been titled simply... `Angel.' I didn't take the time to find the name in the credits but she really is gifted.
I OWN SEASON ONE OF MILLENNIUM!
Lows: Few. But here goes...
Ok, the casting seems a bit stiff in terms of the people Lance (Frank Black) works with. They seem fairly `typical TV show' cardboard cut outs. Stiff cop types that seem more like human road blocks/speed bumps than actors, the X-files seems to suffer from this same problem. "I don't know Frank...." You'll hear a lot of... even though he's always right!
Most of the shows are fairly `anti-climatic'.
As much as I love Frank and Katherine separately I must say the chemistry between them is generally lacking. It is serviceable, but often flat. More like a cool professionalism than a marriage. I can understand the character Frank being dark, but there just should be more moments of levity, probably more the writers fault than the actors. The show needs to be somber but that approach is often taken to an extreme.
Waiting another Millennium for season II!
In Conclusion: If you are even on the fence about this show, don't be. I often have `romantic' notions of old shows I used to watch that sometimes don't pan out (I won't even go into the Land of the Lost DVD fiasco), but on the strength of Lance Hendrickson alone, this is a worthy buy on all counts. "
Unique in television history, and one of best shows made.
Neil M Cameron | Waratah, New South Wales Australia | 06/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Millennium" was the brainchild of Chris Carter - formerly famous for creating "The X-Files" but not notable for anything else. When it began airing in 1996, it used its X-files link (at the height of that show's fame) to receive some of the highest ratings for a show on debut.Unfortunately, "Silence of the Lambs" every week didn't sell, and ratings dropped. When the show ended after three seasons, it died with barely a whisper of protest.But those brave souls who stayed with the show witnessed some of the best drama, some of the best storylines, and some of the best acting on Television. While the show was not above criticism, Millennium produced some of the most eerie and complex episodes that made its progenitor - the X Files - look like Scooby Doo.Lance Henriksen is perfect as Frank Black - the tortured forensic criminal profiler who has a psychic-like ability to see into the mind of evil. Henriksen's gravelly voice and gravelly face are perfectly linked with the compassion and commitment of the character he plays. Carter apparently "made" the role for him, and no other movie or TV show can show the range of Henriksen's talent.Terry O'Quinn plays Frank's "mentor" Peter Watts. Originally an associate, as the series continues Watts becomes Frank's link to the ever mysterious "Millennium Group". Episodes that feature Peter Watts in a central role are high on the list of favourites for Millennium fans. O'Quinn plays Watts beautifully - the family man committed to making the world a better place, but racked with doubts over the direction the Millennium Group is taking. O'Quinn and Henriksen play off one another exceptionally well, and the character of Peter Watts is never better explored than when he and Frank Black are in conflict, and work to resolve it together.Millennium screened for 3 seasons and each season is unique. The common thread between each season is that the early episodes are quite patchy, but each series ends with a bang. Each season has its own legion of fans, with many declaring "I prefer season two", and so on.Critics of the show have been quick to attack the violence that is depicted. Fortunately, Millennium's message is not glorifying violence, but that its effect is devastating. Moreover, much of the violence that happens is implicit - the viewer is given enough information to work it out for themselves without having to resort to schlocky special effects. This does not mean that the show is not disturbing, and some scenes should be avoided by the weak of heart.At this stage, no one is sure what extra features the DVDs would have. Most fans would be content with deleted scenes, interviews with actors and even some bloopers. Hidden features with Lance Henriksen singing are probably not likely.All Millennium fans are hoping and waiting for these DVDs to come out - nothing would give us more pleasure than to have the entire series sitting on our shelves with the quality and durability that DVDs have to offer. One thing could be better than that - a return of the series to television that is faithful to the original. Given that this is about as likely as a well-written Star Wars film, having the DVDs is enough."
Given the cost of mass producing DVDs, this is a no-brainer
John | DC | 06/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Millenium was by far the darkest show on network television. I believe that successful "made for cable" shows like Six Feet Under borrow heavily from the grim mood developed so effectively by Lance Henrickson (Frank Black) and Chris Carter. Bad guys often get away, questions go unanswered, and the innocent die: there was actually suspense on network TV! If anyone has the chance to catch this show on syndication or a friend's VCR, try to see the following episodes: 1) the Pilot, 2) serial killer picks victims by going to realty open houses, 3) orphaned teen attends funerals of people he doesn't know, 4) and the episode where the devil shows up in Frank's house (super creepy). If this series hits DVD, buy it. Revolutionary TV that will surely not be replicated by "reality crazy" network TV stations."
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 08/01/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I can honestly say that I have waited a long time for Fox to finally have the good sense to bring the cult hit show Millennium to DVD, and now finally it's here. Created by X-Files creator Chris Carter, Millennium stars Lance Henriksen (you've seen him before in Pumpkinhead, Aliens, Terminator, Near Dark, and he's in the upcoming Alien VS Predator) as former FBI profiler Frank Black who has since moved his family to Seatle. There, he joins the mysterious Millennium group: a seemingly group of crime busters who investigate some mysterious and brutal crimes. However, just like on Carter's X-Files, nothing is as it seems, and Carter weaves a web of conspiracy that it soon becomes clear that Frank doesn't know who he can trust. Henriksen is perfect in his Emmy nominated role, giving what very well could be his best performance ever, and he managed to keep doing it every week until the series' end. At the time the show premiered, Fox was turning out new shows every season to be a double header with the X-Files (remember Space: Above and Beyond? or Strange Luck?), most of which lasted shortly, but Millennium lasted for a good few seasons until it's ultimate end. All in all, die hard fans of the show can now rejoice that Millennium is finally on DVD."