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Millennium was created by screenwriter Chris Carter (left) and starred Lance Henriksen (right).

Millennium is an American crime-thriller television series which was broadcast between 1996 and 1999. Created by Chris Carter, the series aired on Fox for three seasons with a total of sixty-seven episodes. Millennium starred Lance Henriksen, Megan Gallagher, Klea Scott, and Brittany Tiplady. Henriksen portrayed Frank Black, an offender profiler who worked for the Millennium Group, a private investigative organisation. Black retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to move his wife (Gallagher) and daughter (Tiplady) to Seattle, where he began to consult on criminal cases for the Group. After his wife's death, he returned to the FBI to work with new partner Emma Hollis (Scott) to discredit the Group.

Millennium's genesis stemmed from "Irresistible", a second-season episode of The X-Files penned by Carter.[1] Influence was also drawn from the works of Nostradamus, and the increasing popular interest in eschatology ahead of the coming millennium.[2] The series began airing in the Friday timeslot formerly occupied by The X-Files.[3] "Pilot", the debut episode, was heavily promoted by Fox, and brought in over a quarter of the total audience during its broadcast.[4]

The series also attracted a high degree of critical praise, earning a People's Choice Award for "Favorite New TV Dramatic Series" in its first year.[5] At the beginning of the second season, Carter handed over control of the series to Glen Morgan and James Wong, with whom he had previously worked on both Millennium's first season and several seasons of The X-Files.[6] Despite its promising start, however, ratings for Millennium after the pilot remained consistently low, and it was cancelled after three seasons.[7] However, an episode of The X-Files' seventh season, titled "Millennium", was written to bookend the series;[8] the episode was later included in home releases of the third season.[9]

Series overviewEdit

Seasons of Millennium
Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release dates
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 22 October 25, 1996[10] May 16, 1997[11] July 20, 2004[12] July 12, 2004[13] February 2, 2005[14]
2 23 September 19, 1997[15] May 15, 1998[16] January 4, 2005[12] September 27, 2004[17] October 4, 2006[18]
3 22 October 2, 1998[19] May 21, 1999[20] September 6, 2005[12] October 25, 2004[21] October 4, 2006[9]
The X-Files – "Millennium" 1 November 28, 1999[22] May 13, 2003[23] September 22, 2003[24] October 20, 2003[25]
The Complete Series 67[nb 1] N/A October 28, 2008[12] October 25, 2004[26] June 20, 2012[27]

EpisodesEdit

Season 1 (1996–97)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
11"Pilot"David NutterChris CarterOctober 25, 1996 (1996-10-25)17.72[28]
22"Gehenna"David NutterChris CarterNovember 1, 1996 (1996-11-01)7.9[29][nb 2]
33"Dead Letters"Thomas J. WrightGlen Morgan & James WongNovember 8, 1996 (1996-11-08)7.76[29]
44"The Judge"Randall ZiskTed MannNovember 15, 1996 (1996-11-15)7.37[29]
55"522666"David NutterGlen Morgan & James WongNovember 22, 1996 (1996-11-22)7.76[29]
66"Kingdom Come"Winrich KolbeJorge ZamaconaNovember 29, 1996 (1996-11-29)7[29]
77"Blood Relatives"Jim CharlestonChip JohannessenDecember 6, 1996 (1996-12-06)7.3[29]
88"The Well-Worn Lock"Ralph HemeckerChris CarterDecember 20, 1996 (1996-12-20)6.6[29]
99"Wide Open"Jim CharlestonCharles HollandJanuary 3, 1997 (1997-01-03)6.7[29]
1010"The Wild and the Innocent"Thomas J. WrightJorge ZamaconaJanuary 10, 1997 (1997-01-10)6.9[29]
1111"Weeds"Michael PattinsonFrank SpotnitzJanuary 24, 1997 (1997-01-24)7.37[29]
1212"Loin Like a Hunting Flame"David NutterTed MannJanuary 31, 1997 (1997-01-31)7.76[29]
1313"Force Majeure"Winrich KolbeChip JohannessenFebruary 7, 1997 (1997-02-07)6.9[31]
1414"The Thin White Line"Thomas J. WrightGlen Morgan & James WongFebruary 14, 1997 (1997-02-14)6.6[32]
1515"Sacrament"Michael W. WatkinsFrank SpotnitzFebruary 21, 1997 (1997-02-21)6.81[33]
1616"Covenant"Roderick J. PridyRobert MorescoMarch 21, 1997 (1997-03-21)6.7[34]
1717"Walkabout"Cliff BoleChip Johannessen & Tim TankosicMarch 28, 1997 (1997-03-28)6.1[35]
1818"Lamentation"Winrich KolbeChris CarterApril 18, 1997 (1997-04-18)6.7[36]
1919"Powers, Principalities, Thrones and Dominions"Thomas J. WrightTed Mann & Harold RosenthalApril 25, 1997 (1997-04-25)6.5[37]
2020"Broken World"Winrich KolbeRobert Moresco & Patrick HarbinsonMay 2, 1997 (1997-05-02)6.6[38]
2121"Maranatha"Peter MarkleChip JohannessenMay 9, 1997 (1997-05-09)6.5[39]
2222"Paper Dove"Thomas J. WrightTed Mann & Walon GreenMay 16, 1997 (1997-05-16)6.4[40]

Season 2 (1997–98)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
231"The Beginning and the End"Thomas J. WrightGlen Morgan & James WongSeptember 19, 1997 (1997-09-19)7.15[41][nb 3]
242"Beware of the Dog"Allen CoulterGlen Morgan & James WongSeptember 26, 1997 (1997-09-26)6.37[42]
253"Sense and Antisense"Thomas J. WrightChip JohannessenOctober 3, 1997 (1997-10-03)6.59[43]
264"Monster"Perry LangGlen Morgan & James WongOctober 17, 1997 (1997-10-17)5.88[44]
275"A Single Blade of Grass"Rodman FlenderKay Reindl & Erin MaherOctober 24, 1997 (1997-10-24)6.57[45]
286"The Curse of Frank Black"Ralph HemeckerGlen Morgan & James WongOctober 31, 1997 (1997-10-31)5.59[46]
297"19:19"Thomas J. WrightGlen Morgan & James WongNovember 7, 1997 (1997-11-07)5.98[47]
308"The Hand of St. Sebastian"Thomas J. WrightGlen Morgan & James WongNovember 14, 1997 (1997-11-14)6.57[48]
319"Jose Chung's Doomsday Defense"Darin MorganDarin MorganNovember 21, 1997 (1997-11-21)5.49[49]
3210"Midnight of the Century"Dwight LittleKay Reindl & Erin MaherDecember 19, 1997 (1997-12-19)5.19[50]
3311"Goodbye Charlie"Ken FinkRichard WhitleyJanuary 9, 1998 (1998-01-09)5.49[51]
3412"Luminary"Thomas J. WrightChip JohannessenJanuary 23, 1998 (1998-01-23)5.59[52]
3513"The Mikado"Roderick PridyMichael R. PerryFebruary 6, 1998 (1998-02-06)5.29[53]
3614"The Pest House"Allen CoulterGlen Morgan & James WongFebruary 27, 1998 (1998-02-27)5.59[54]
3715"Owls"Thomas J. WrightGlen Morgan & James WongMarch 6, 1998 (1998-03-06)5.39[55]
3816"Roosters"Thomas J. WrightGlen Morgan & James WongMarch 13, 1998 (1998-03-13)5.29[56]
3917"Siren"Allen CoulterGlen Morgan & James WongMarch 20, 1998 (1998-03-20)5.68[57]
4018"In Arcadia Ego"Thomas J. WrightChip JohannessenApril 3, 1998 (1998-04-03)5.39[58]
4119"Anamnesis"John Peter KousakisKay Reindl & Erin MaherApril 17, 1998 (1998-04-17)5.2[59]
4220"A Room with No View"Thomas J. WrightKen HortonApril 24, 1998 (1998-04-24)4.7[60]
4321"Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me"Darin MorganDarin MorganMay 1, 1998 (1998-05-01)5.59[61]
4422"The Fourth Horseman"Dwight LittleGlen Morgan & James WongMay 8, 1998 (1998-05-08)4.61[62]
4523"The Time Is Now"Thomas J. WrightGlen Morgan & James WongMay 15, 1998 (1998-05-15)4.8[63]

Season 3 (1998–99)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
461"The Innocents"Thomas J. WrightMichael DugganOctober 2, 1998 (1998-10-02)5.17[64][nb 4]
472"Exegesis"Ralph HemeckerChip JohannessenOctober 9, 1998 (1998-10-09)4.47[65]
483"TEOTWAWKI"Thomas J. WrightChris Carter & Frank SpotnitzOctober 16, 1998 (1998-10-16)4.77[66]
494"Closure"Daniel SackheimLarry AndriesOctober 23, 1998 (1998-10-23)5.07[66]
505"...Thirteen Years Later"Thomas J. WrightMichael R. PerryOctober 30, 1998 (1998-10-30)5.37[67]
516"Skull and Bones"Paul ShapiroChip Johannessen & Ken HortonNovember 6, 1998 (1998-11-06)5.07[68]
527"Through a Glass Darkly"Thomas J. WrightPatrick HarbinsonNovember 13, 1998 (1998-11-13)5.07[67]
538"Human Essence"Thomas J. WrightMichael DugganDecember 11, 1998 (1998-12-11)4.37[67]
549"Omertà"Paul ShapiroMichael R. PerryDecember 18, 1998 (1998-12-18)4.77[69]
5510"Borrowed Time"Dwight LittleChip JohannessenJanuary 15, 1999 (1999-01-15)5.27[69]
5611"Collateral Damage"Thomas J. WrightMichael R. PerryJanuary 22, 1999 (1999-01-22)5.77[69]
5712"The Sound of Snow"Paul ShapiroPatrick HarbinsonFebruary 5, 1999 (1999-02-05)4.67[69]
5813"Antipas"Thomas J. WrightChris Carter & Frank SpotnitzFebruary 12, 1999 (1999-02-12)4.57[70]
5914"Matryoshka"Arthur ForneyErin Maher & Kay ReindlFebruary 19, 1999 (1999-02-19)4.57[70]
6015"Forcing the End"Thomas J. WrightMarjorie DavidMarch 19, 1999 (1999-03-19)4.08[70]
6116"Saturn Dreaming of Mercury"Paul ShapiroChip Johannessen & Jordan HawleyApril 9, 1999 (1999-04-09)4.17[70]
6217"Darwin's Eye"Ken FinkPatrick HarbinsonApril 16, 1999 (1999-04-16)3.68[71]
6318"Bardo Thodol"Thomas J. WrightChip Johannessen & Virginia StockApril 23, 1999 (1999-04-23)3.78[71]
6419"Seven and One"Peter MarkleChris Carter & Frank SpotnitzApril 30, 1999 (1999-04-30)3.68[71]
6520"Nostalgia"Thomas J. WrightMichael R. PerryMay 7, 1999 (1999-05-07)4.47[71]
6621"Via Dolorosa"Paul ShapiroMarjorie David & Patrick HarbinsonMay 14, 1999 (1999-05-14)4.97[72]
6722"Goodbye to All That"Thomas J. WrightKen Horton & Chip JohannessenMay 21, 1999 (1999-05-21)4.47[72]

"Millennium" (The X-Files) (1999)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
1434"Millennium"Thomas J. WrightVince Gilligan & Frank SpotnitzNovember 28, 1999 (1999-11-28)15.09[73]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In addition to the 67 episodes of Millennium, this release also includes "Millennium", the crossover episode with The X-Files.[9]
  2. ^ Each ratings point represented 970,000 households during the 1996–1997 television season.[30]
  3. ^ Each ratings point represented 980,000 households during the 1997–1998 television season.[41]
  4. ^ Each ratings point represented 994,000 households during the 1998–1999 television season.[64]

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Order in Chaos, 00:03–00:45
  2. ^ Order in Chaos, 00:48–01:51
  3. ^ Genge 1997a, pp. 8–9.
  4. ^ Adalian, Josef (October 11, 1998). "High-profile dramas skid on Fox, ABC". Variety Magazine. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  5. ^ "People's Choice Awards 1997 Nominees". Procter & Gamble. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  6. ^ Soloman, Harvey (September 18, 1997). "Fall Watch; 'Millennium' takes new turn". The Boston Herald. Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2012. (subscription required)
  7. ^ Wen, Howard (September 9, 1999). "It's not the end of the "Millennium," after all". Salon. Salon Media Group. Archived from the original on October 22, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  8. ^ Shapiro 2000, pp. 44–54.
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  10. ^ Shearman & Pearson 2009, p. 105.
  11. ^ Shearman & Pearson 2009, p. 122.
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  15. ^ Shearman & Pearson 2009, p. 145.
  16. ^ Shearman & Pearson 2009, p. 162.
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  20. ^ Shearman & Pearson 2009, p. 204.
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