Medium (TV series)
Medium is an American supernatural and dramatic television series which premiered on NBC on January 3, 2005. The series is about Allison DuBois (Patricia Arquette) who acts as a research medium for the Phoenix, Arizona, district attorney’s office. The show is based on experiences from self-proclaimed spiritual medium Allison DuBois, who has claimed to have worked with law enforcement agencies across the country in criminal investigations.
Medium was created by Glenn Gordon Caron and is produced by Picturemaker Productions and Grammnet Productions in association with CBS Paramount Television (originally Paramount Television in the first two seasons; it was the second show set in Arizona produced by the Paramount Television Group in four years, the first being Greetings from Tucson from Big Ticket Television and Warner Bros. subsidiary Turner Entertainment).
Allison DuBois (Patricia Arquette) is a strong-willed mother of three, a devoted wife and law student who starts to believe that she can talk to dead people, see the future in her dreams, and read people’s thoughts. Fearing for her mental health, she turns for support to her husband Joe (Jake Weber), an aerospace engineer, who slowly comes to believe that what his wife is telling him just might be true, upon discovering that some of her dreams match the details of a murder in Texas.
The real challenge is initially convincing her boss, D.A. Devalos (Miguel Sandoval) — and subsequently the other doubters in the criminal justice system — that her psychic abilities can give them the upper hand when it comes to solving violent and horrifying crimes, whose mysteries often reside with those who lie beyond the grave. Information on certain people or crimes come to her in dreams or visions in cryptic forms, and often do not mean what they seem to.
All of her daughters appear to have inherited Allison’s gift, with Ariel (Sofia Vassilieva) and Bridgette (Maria Lark) also having visions or dreams, which usually occur when their mother is in a bind in searching for answers to her own dreams. In Season 3, Allison’s youngest daughter, Marie (Madison and Miranda Carabello), is also shown to have a paranormal inclination. Currently, she has only been shown to watch a premium TV channel that the family does not subscribe to, as well as reading the mind of her optometrist in order to pass her sight test. In early seasons, Bridgette never appears to be bothered by her abilities, but during season 4 she has some moments of frustration either understanding her visions or communicating them to her parents. Ariel usually has a harder time trying to cope with a gift she knows very little about.
Allison’s younger half brother, Michael “Lucky,” has the family gift too, but doesn’t like to acknowledge it much, since it always seems to bring him trouble.
Allison is often accompanied by Det. Lee Scanlon (David Cubitt), who initially did not believe in her “gift.” Allison often bends the rules of the law when she is determined to stop a crime from happening about which she’s had a vision. Additionally, Allison has helped and been helped by Captain Kenneth Push of the Texas Rangers (Arliss Howard), who is the first law-enforcement person to whom Allison revealed her gift, and Cynthia Keener (Anjelica Huston) of AmeriTips.