Frequency (TV series)

Based on Frequency
by Toby Emmerich
Developed by Jeremy Carver
Composer(s) Toby Chu
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Tim Scanlan
  • Jae Marchant
Location(s) Vancouver, British Columbia
Cinematography Michael Blundoll
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network The CW
Original release October 5, 2016 (2016-10-05) – present (present)
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Frequency is an American drama television series that airs on The CW. Inspired by the 2000 Gregory Hoblit film of the same name, Frequency is developed by Jeremy Carver. The series premiered on October 5, 2016.[1]


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.[2]



An NYPD detective who experiences an unusual weather phenomenon that allows her to communicate with her late father through radio transmissions.[3] 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. After changing the timeline, Raimy seems to be the only one to notice or remember both times. Now, she and Frank work across time to solve the Nightingale murders before her mother can become the killer's next victim.
Raimy's father and an NYPD detective in 1996. He was killed while working undercover (and subsequently alleged to be a dirty cop), but survived when Raimy warned him the night before. After he is saved, Frank clears his name and is branded a hero, although his wife, Julie, leaves him. He transfers from undercover narcotics to the task force dedicated to solving the Nightingale murders while working across time with his adult daughter.
In the new timeline caused by his survival in 1996, Frank got to see 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.
Raimy's fiancé in 2016. When Raimy alters the timeline, 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.



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1"Pilot"Brad AndersonStory by: Toby Emmerich
Teleplay by: Jeremy Carver
October 5, 2016 (2016-10-05)1.35[5]
After lightning strikes the antenna for her father's old ham radio, Raimy Sullivan begins to communicate with a man named Frank who bears similarities to her father, dead 20 years. 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 "Nightingale" because he targets nurses. She also uncovers evidence that Frank, whose death is due to happen soon, was set up. She helps prevent his death at the time, but sets off a butterfly effect that changes reality: her father doesn't die in the 1996 shooting, her mother is shown to be a Nightingale victim, and boyfriend Daniel has never met her.
2"Signal and Noise"John KretchmerJeremy CarverOctober 12, 2016 (2016-10-12)1.08[6]
Raimy informs Frank via the radio that her mother, Julie, will be a Nightingale victim and urges him to warn her. Frank is hesitant to do so, because, after two years of separation, he has finally been reunited with Julie and young Raimy. He also wants to investigate the department's involvement in his shooting. In their respective timelines, both he and Raimy check out Thomas Goff, a Nightingale suspect who had a sexual-assault charge filed but dropped against him. Frank then leads Julie to the radio to speak with Raimy, but their adult daughter tearfully remains silent.
3"The Near Far Problem"Nina Lopez-CorradoNancy WonOctober 19, 2016 (2016-10-19)1.04[7]
4"Bleed Over"Michael FieldsMichael AlaimoOctober 26, 2016 (2016-10-26)0.99[8]
In 1996, young disheveled Eva Salinas is found wandering the streets, having escaped from Nightingale who killed her mother. The traumatic experience keeps her quiet, until Frank has young Raimy to play with her in the park. She tells Raimy a secret: she saw Nightingale's face. In 2016, Raimy learns that older Eva was abducted again, but it was faked by her as a publicity stunt. Frank asks Raimy to describe the Nightingale sketch and he, in turn, shows it to young Eva. She saw Nightingale stalking her mother and describes his vehicle, which Frank recognized from the park. He then tries to approach it, but the driver flees and later burns it.
5"Seven Three"Oz ScottJohn DoveNovember 2, 2016 (2016-11-02)0.91[9]
6"Deviation"John KretchmerJeannine RenshawNovember 9, 2016 (2016-11-09)1.05[10]
7"Break, Break, Break"Tim HunterLinda PatelNovember 16, 2016 (2016-11-16)0.97[11]
8"Interference"Tara Nicole WeyrTom FarrellNovember 30, 2016 (2016-11-30)0.97[12]
9"Gray Line"[13]John ShowalterNancy WonDecember 7, 2016 (2016-12-07)TBD


Critical reception

Frequency has received generally positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the series a score of 74% based on 23 reviews. The consensus says, "Frequency's confusing timeline and somewhat familiar dramatic framework are offset by solid acting and an intriguingly loaded premise."[14] On Metacritic, the show has a weighted average of 64/100 based on 21 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[15]


No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Pilot" October 5, 2016 0.4/1 1.35[5] 0.2 0.71 0.6 2.06[16]
2 "Signal and Nois" October 12, 2016 0.3/1 1.08[6] 0.3 0.77 0.6 1.85[17]
3 "The Near Far Problem" October 19, 2016 0.3/1 1.04[7] 0.2 0.66 0.5 1.71[18]
4 "Bleed Over" October 26, 2016 0.3/1 0.99[8] 0.2 0.73 0.5 1.72[19]
5 "Seven Three" November 2, 2016 0.3/1 0.91[9] 0.2 0.73 0.5 1.63[20]
6 "Deviation" November 9, 2016 0.3/1 1.05[10] 0.2 0.61 0.5 1.66[21]
7 "Break, Break, Break" November 16, 2016 0.3/1 0.97[11] 0.2 N/A 0.5[22] N/A
8 "Interference" November 30, 2016 0.3/1 0.97[12] TBD TBD TBD TBD
9 "Gray Line" December 7, 2016 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD


Netflix acquired the exclusive broadcast rights to Frequency in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada and Oceania, adding new episodes to its platform less than a day after their original U.S. broadcast.[23][24]

See also


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  2. Andreeva, Nellie (2016-05-12). "'Riverdale', 'Frequency' & 'No Tomorrow' Picked Up To Series By The CW". Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  3. Gelman, Vlada (2016-02-22). "CW Pilot News: Peyton List Joins Frequency, Transylvania Finds Lead". TVLine. Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  4. "'Frequency' Casts 'Mistresses' Actor as Raimy's Love Interest". Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  5. 1 2 Porter, Rick (October 6, 2016). "'Empire,' 'Survivor,' 'SVU,' 'Chicago PD' adjust up, 'Black-ish' adjusts down: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  6. 1 2 Porter, Rick (October 13, 2016). "'Empire' and 'The Goldbergs' adjust up: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  7. 1 2 Porter, Rick (October 20, 2016). "'Blindspot' and 'Frequency' adjust down, full debate numbers: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
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  9. 1 2 Porter, Rick (November 3, 2016). "'Survivor' adjusts up, CMAs hold vs. World Series: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
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  12. 1 2 Porter, Rick (December 2, 2016). "'Empire' adjusts up, 'Black-ish' adjusts down: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  13. "(#109) "Gray Line"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  14. "Frequency: Season 1 – Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  15. "Frequency – Season 1 Reviews – Metacritic". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  16. Porter, Rick (October 19, 2016). "Rich get richer as 'Empire,' 'Big Bang,' 'Designated Survivor' lead broadcast Live +7 ratings for Oct. 3-9". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  17. Porter, Rick (October 27, 2016). "'This Is Us,' 'Big Bang,' 'Designated Survivor' lead broadcast Live +7 ratings for Oct. 10-16". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  18. Porter, Rick (November 4, 2016). "'This Is Us' and 'Agents of SHIELD' score in broadcast Live +7 ratings for Oct. 17-23". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  19. Porter, Rick (November 10, 2016). "'This Is Us,' 'Designated Survivor' stay on top in broadcast Live +7 ratings for Oct. 24-30". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  20. Porter, Rick (November 17, 2016). "13 shows double, 'This Is Us' & 'Big Bang' lead broadcast Live +7 ratings for Oct. 31-Nov. 6". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  21. Porter, Rick (November 23, 2016). "'Designated Survivor' makes more big gains in week 8 broadcast Live +7 ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  22. Porter, Rick (December 1, 2016). "'This Is Us,' 'Big Bang,' 'Designated Survivor' are the Big Three in week 9 broadcast Live +7 ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  23. Munn, Patrick (October 11, 2016). "Netflix UK Snaps Up The CW's 'Frequency' Reboot". TVWise. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
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