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Cult TV Essentials: Millennium

Millennium featured Frank Black (Lance Henrikson), a freelance forensic profiler and former FBI agent with a unique ability to see the world through the eyes of serial killers and murderers, though he says that he is not psychic. Black worked for the mysterious Millennium Group, whose power and sinister agenda were explored throughout the series.

Black lived in Seattle with his wife Catherine (Megan Gallagher) and daughter Jordan. Jordan was revealed to have inherited some measure of her father’s “gift,” suggesting that Frank’s abilities might be at least partly psychic, since Jordan’s are clearly natural, not learned.

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Millennium was created by Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files, it aired on the Fox Network between 1996 and 1999. It ran for three seasons (67 episodes).

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The first season dealt primarily with Black pursuing various serial killers and other murderers, with only occasional references to the Group’s true purpose. The second season introduced more supernatural occurrences into the show’s mythology, with Frank often coming into conflict with forces that appeared to be apocalyptic or demonic in nature. The final season showed Frank returning to Washington, D.C., to work with the FBI following the death of his wife at the hands of the Group. He was joined by a new partner, Emma Hollis. Despite Frank’s warnings and what she herself observed, Emma ultimately joined the Group. Frank was last seen escaping from Washington, having taken Jordan from school.

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After the show’s cancellation, the crossover episode, “Millennium,” was made for the television series The X-Files, serving as a de facto series finale for Frank Black’s story.

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