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->''wait''
->''worry''
->''[[TheChrisCarterEffect who cares?]]''
-->-- opening titles, first season

'''''Millennium''''' was a FOX show created by Creator/ChrisCarter, best known for ''Series/TheXFiles''. Lasting three seasons, 1996-1999, it starred Lance Henriksen as ex-FBI agent Frank Black (not [[Music/ThePixies that Frank Black]]), a consultant to various police forces investigating violent crimes with the mysterious Millennium Group. The show was [[ReTool retooled]] significantly each season--the executive producers of the show changed each season. Throughout the series' run, however, the overall tone remained dark and disturbing, which did not appeal to mainstream television viewers, but earned the respect of a devoted group of fans.

The first season focused primarily on Frank's work as TheProfiler, consulting with police forces in catching violent criminals, usually serial killers. The audience saw brief clips of Frank's perception of what the criminals saw, but it was left deliberately vague whether these were psychic visions, or just Frank's non-supernatural, but highly skilled, insights into the criminals' minds. Forays into the supernatural were few and ambiguous in the first season.

The second season delved much deeper into the nature of the Millennium Group and the apocalyptic themes which were behind it. A major theme was the schism in the Group between "Owls" and "Roosters," two factions with different views of the approaching millennium and how it should be handled. It also brought in clearly supernatural themes, angels and demons, and made Frank's visions explicitly psychic.

The third season saw Frank leave the Millennium Group due to their actions at the end of the second season, and return to the FBI. Its subject material was somewhere between the first and second seasons: it returned to some extent to the criminal-of-the-week format of the first season, but also explored mystical and religious themes, and the nature of the Millennium Group as in the second season.

After cancellation, the show received a FullyAbsorbedFinale in ''The X-Files'' episode "Millennium." The episode was included with the DVD release of the final season of ''Millennium''.

The Fully Absorbed Finale was not well-received by fans, however. Internet fans created an entire [[http://www.paperstreetprod.com/compendium/vs/ fourth season]] of FanFic scripts to give the show a proper ending.

This series [[SimilarlyNamedWorks is not be confused]] with the various other works named ''{{Millennium}}''.
!!For tropes used in specific episodes, see [[Recap/{{Millennium}} Millennium episode recaps]]


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!!This show provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: The Dad in "The Well-Worn Lock"
* AdultFear: Discussed in the pilot. The investigative team have just rescued a kidnapping victim from having been BuriedAlive in the woods. Frank Black's partner later admits that it's the scariest thing he has ever seen, and asks Frank what his moment was. Black's response:
-->"You've ever seen your daughter lying in intensive care?"
* AmbiguouslyEvil: Steven Kiley in "Goodbye, Charlie".[[spoiler: He lets sick and dying people kill themselves. Does he do it because he wants to end their suffering or because he enjoys it?]]
* AncientConspiracy: [[spoiler: The Millennium Group]], especially as depicted in the second season.
* ArgentinaIsNaziland: In the second season episode "Roosters," it is revealed that the Nazis set up corporations in Argentina and Paraguay [[spoiler:as part of Odessa, a long-term plan to end the Millennium Group.]]
* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: In "Walkabout", Peter Watts says that thalidomide was administered to prevent miscarriages, which is false. It was administered to treat morning sickness.
* ArtisticTitle
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Frank Black in "The Beginning and the End".
* BlessedWithSuck: Frank's ability to see the world through the eyes of serial killers and murderers. Sure, it's useful but who would WANT that?
* BreatherEpisode: "Jose Chung's Doomday Defense" and "Somehow Satan Got Behind Me". Given how dark the series was, these were necessary to keep the audience sane.
* BuriedAlive: In the pilot episode, the victims having their mouths and eyes sewn shut, and then being nailed into coffins. While still alive.
* CameBackWrong: "Powers and Principalities".
* AChildShallLeadThem: Implied to be the future of one of the kidnapped children in "19:19".
* CrossOver: With ''The X-Files'' character Josť Chung in "Josť Chung's Doomsday Defense". He's a writer who appeared in the very popular episode "Josť Chung's ''From Outer Space''".
* DarkerAndEdgier: Much of the humor that offset ''Series/TheXFiles''' horror is absent here.
* DealWithTheDevil: Legion keeps offering it to Frank through various guises. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that Frank never accepts despite all the threats to his family. Some of Frank's targets play this straight.
* TheDevil: Legion, described as "the devil's liege, the base sum of all evil".
* TheDevilIsALoser: "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me," which subverts much of the rest of the show's darkness.
* DoTheyKnowItsChristmasTime: "Midnight of the Century" and "Omerta".
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The "blood plague" that breaks out in the season 2 finale. [[spoiler: Thanks to ExecutiveMeddling, the world got better in time for season 3.]]
* ExecutiveMeddling
* FanDisservice: In the pilot, The Frenchman (a disturbed serial killer) is watching a private performance by a stripper. Then he starts mumbling apocalyptic poetry, and hallucinates that the stripper is covered in blood and dancing in front of a wall of fire.
* FingerInTheMail: The serial killer variation showed up where a sinister figure known as "the Judge" has criminals committing vigilante killings and mailing body parts to the victims' victims.
* ForTheEvulz: Rick Van Horn "Closure" kills people for fun.
* FreakOut: [[spoiler: Lara Means has an ''epic'' hallucination in "The Time is Now. Unfortunately, it's followed by a HeroicBSOD.]]
* FullyAbsorbedFinale
* IAmLegion: Frank's true nemesis, of which Lucy Butler is only one face
* InitiationCeremony: [[spoiler: Which drove Lara Means insane]] in the second season finale
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Catherine Black, Bob Bletcher]]
* MadBomber ("522666")
* MonsterOfTheWeek
* MurderByCremation: "Gehenna"
* MurderDotCom: "The Mikado"
* MusicVideoSyndrome: An entire act of the season 2 finale is essentially a music video for Patti Smith's "Land".
* NeverOneMurder
* NextSundayAD: In the first two seasons, the login message on Frank's computer tells him how many days are remaining until 1/1/00.
* {{Ouroboros}}: A tattoo of one marks each member of the Millenium group.
* TheProfiler: Frank Black
* ReTool
* SerialKiller
* SeriesContinuityError[=/=]{{Retcon}}: [[spoiler:The plague released at the end of the second season, projected to kill a significant fraction of the population of the North American west coast, instead kills less than a hundred people, which is never adequately explained; we learn that J. Edgar Hoover founded the Millennium Group, after learning in the previous season that the Group's history dates back at least to TheMiddleAges.]]
* ShapeShifting: [[spoiler: Lucy Butler. In addition to her "regular" female form, she has a [[GenderBender male]] and a demonic one.]]
* SpecialGuest: KISS, "... Thirteen Years Later."
* SuicideByCop: [[spoiler: Rick and Peter in "Closure", Sonny in "In Arcadia Ego".]]
* SweaterGirl: A female friend of Catherine Black mentions that she was the "favorite student" of (male lecturer at college). Catherine replies: "I wore tight sweaters."
* ThemeSerialKiller: Plenty of episodes.
* VigilanteMan: The Judge
* VillainsOutShopping: "Somehow, the Devil Got Behind Me."
* WaifProphet: Jordan Black, later in the series
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Frank and Lara's unique perceptions of reality lead to mental breakdowns. [[spoiler: Frank initially seems to have recovered from his; by the third season, however, he's again fraying at the edges.]]

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