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''Medium'' is a TV show set around the character Allison Dubois (Patricia Arquette), who is a psychic. She has the ability to see dead people, and often has dreams of the future or the past. She's also the mother of three young daughters, who are developing psychic abilities as they grow up. Her husband Joe (Jake Weber) is the suffering normal person of the family, having to deal with all this while trying to succeed at his job in aerospace engineering.

Allison works as an intern in the office of District Attorney Manuel Devalos (Miguel Sandoval). He comes to believe in her abilities, and approximately OnceAnEpisode she helps solve a murder or other criminal case. Even with psychic powers there is still some drama and mystery, because dreams are often cryptic, dead people sometimes lie, and psychic evidence is not admissible in court.

''Medium''[='s=] series finale aired on January 21, 2011.
!!''Medium'' provides examples of the following tropes:

%%* AbusiveParents: "Very Merry Maggie"; Scanlon's.
* ActionGirl: Subverted. In one episode, Allison seems to be fighting off a group of muggers as if she were [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]]. But in fact everything after the initial confrontation was a dream she had after actually getting beaten up.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: {{Averted}}, or possibly even ''{{inverted}}''. The real Alison Dubois is actually very attractive, and Patricia Arquette, while certainly not bad-looking, made an effort to present the ''character'' Alison as just an average, unglamorous mom.
%%* AllJustADream
* AmbitionIsEvil: When Devalos is tapped to become mayor of Phoenix, he wants to know his wife's best friend's husband Benito, a very ambitious but politically weak councilman, won't use their wives' personal information against him. Benito implies that he will (he knows about both Ariana's suicide and [[spoiler: Mrs. Devalos's subsequent pill addiction that she later beat (thankfully he doesn't know ''why'' Ariana killed herself)]]) so Devalos counters with [[spoiler: $25,000 in stolen funds for an abortion for Benito's comely campaign worker]].
%%* AmnesiacDissonance: "A Changed Man"
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Except perhaps ''not'' always so arbitrary, especially since Allison's abilities have proven at times to be fallible. Yet, she still often treats them as if there's no way that she can be mistaken. This almost gets into outright deconstruction territory. Joe's extreme skepticism and inhumane insistence that Allison think things through almost fall into irrational... except for the numerous times he is ''dead right,'' which ironically gives him just enough credibility to insist on doing the same when it will not work. Likewise, Devalos's and Scanlon's skepticism is not so much doubt rather than "We believe you, but we have to dot the i's and cross the t's."
* ArgumentOfContradictions: In "Night of the Wolf," Ariel and Bridgette have a very loud and extended one regarding whether not Bridgette's friend Bobby is real. (Bobby ''is'' real, but he's the ghost of a boy who died five years before, thus why most people can't see him.)
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:Ariel is pregnant seven years in the future.]]
* BadFuture: Subverted, at least two futures seemed to be very good -- Allison is a successful attorney without psychic powers and Ariel is HappilyMarried (Allison is also District Attorney and Scanlon is Chief of Police) -- but at a price, of course: [[spoiler:Allison is married to someone else and ''that'' guy is a murder suspect in the present; Ariel met her husband after he comforted her after her teacher was killed -- and he just so happens to be the killer]]. The series finale future seemed pretty good [[spoiler: aside from Joe dying in a plane crash. Unfortunately that part wasn't a dream.]]
* BeardOfSorrow: Joe appears to grow a lovely example at the start of Season Six. Naturally, it's all a dream.
* TheBGrade: Causes the teacher some very DisproportionateRetribution when [[spoiler:the student plants emails in his account and accuses him of rape. She gets him sentenced to 10 years in prison, which sets him up to be accused of murder once he gets out and has to announce himself as a sex offender.]]
* BilingualDialogue: Allison gets a case of faulty TranslatorMicrobes that make everyone sound as if they're speaking gibberish (she can still speak and read English) except for a professor who speaks Navajo. [[spoiler: It turns out that she and her assistant killed a pair of Navajo bank robbers after hearing them brag in Diné. [[KarmicDeath She gets hers later]] when she escapes to a foreign country and doesn't notice someone paying attention to her while she's bragging to Allison in English.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The series finale takes place seven years after Joe dies in a plane crash. Allison, now a lawyer for the DA's office, throws a case after finding proof that Joe is alive, but it turns out it was all just a dream that Joe sent to comfort her in the afterlife that Allison hijacked out of hope he could've survived. 41 years later Allison is reunited with Joe in the afterlife, and the final shots are the actors leaving the set.]]
* BlatantLies: Allison claiming to sleeping normally in the episode she had to be slapped out of sleepwalking at a highway by Joe.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter
** Ariel. Only some of the time, though. Allison and Joe are clearly happy that she's turning into such a mature, responsible young woman.
** The mantle has long since been passed to Bridgette.
** [[spoiler:Future Marie, who's angry that her dad never visited after he died (this was a dream, unfortunately it was sent from the afterlife).]]
* BrotherSisterIncest: An odd version. James Van Der Beek and Morena Bacarrin play brother and sister, but he kills her and his girlfriend gets plastic surgery to look exactly like her.
* BuryYourGays: A version of this is shown in "You Give Me Fever", where a boss actually gives a deadly fever to his employee-slash-boyfriend, in order to get money to produce the antidote, and the guy blows himself up to avoid anyone else getting the virus. In the end, it turns out that [[spoiler:the boss has a [[KarmicDeath fatal allergic reaction to the antidote]], and the boyfriend's ghost taunts him.]]
* TheCassandra: Subverted, by this point everyone who matters (except Joe and his wrecked sleep cycle) takes Allison's visions seriously.
* CatapultNightmare: How Allison frequently awakens from her psychic dreams.
* CensorshipBySpelling: In "Being Mrs. O'Leary's Cow," Bridgette starts wearing a red helmet all the time and Joe doesn't like it, but Allison thinks she'll grow out of it. When Allison arrives home on the morning of the school PictureDay, Ariel tells her that Joe is talking to Bridgette about her "H-E-L-M-E-T."
* TheChessmaster:
** Joe's (deceased) dad, who occasionally scares Allison in order to get her to do/cause something in a rather roundabout way. For example, he shows her the day he died of a heart attack, which causes Allison to note that Joe is almost the same age as his father ''and'' grandfather when they died of heart attacks. Although he's a lot healthier than his relatives, he goes to the doctor who tells him to try meditation, but during his first attempt on lunch break he's interrupted by another coworker [[spoiler:who turns out to be the president of the company. He's thrilled to find another person who meditates and invites Joe and Allison to dinner. Joe's dad later reveals that he knew Joe was perfectly healthy and that this was his way of guiding Joe into office politics, which Joe simply doesn't do.]] While his "help" does lead to positive outcomes, it's also really annoying for Allison when she realizes she's been scared for no reason.\\\
Another perfect example: Joe is offered the chance of joining a co-worker in forming a new start-up. It seems like a great opportunity until Joe's dad appears to Allison claiming that Joe leaving his job is a bad idea and tells Allison to say to Joe the words "Versailles is running on fumes", since [[YouWillKnowWhatToDo he will know what it means]]. Joe doesn't know what it means either, until he finds out that one of the company's investors is called The Versailles Group. He gives up the project... only for Joe's father to appear to Allison again and say he ''made the whole thing up'': he foresaw that the company would become a reasonable success but it would cause Joe to eventually have 70 hour work weeks and not spend time with his family. Joe's dad didn't want him to make the same mistakes he did. Once again, Allison was annoyed, but quickly got over it.
** Charles Walker is this. In "Doctor's Orders", Walker [[spoiler:used Ariel to coerce Allison into hitting her friend's father, who was a doctor, causing her to get locked up, where he reveals that he's working through a butcher instead.]] He reappears in "Blood Relations" and almost nearly succeeds in killing Allison by [[spoiler: manipulating a girl to kill herself, framing his great-great-grandson, causing him to be locked up in jail to keep him from being inebriated, and played the part of him to lure Allison into his trap.]]
** If there were some sort of sentient being in control of Allison's visions, they would certainly be this. She goes through unbearable psychological torture because she can't just see the tell-all dream she has at the end of every episode at the beginning. Not to mention the jeopardy this puts other people in as a result.
** The regular cast has their moments too, perhaps most usually Devalos.
* CirclingBirdies: In "A Changed Man," Allison falls and hits her head. Bridgette asks if she saw stars, or planets, or these. Ariel tells her that they're only cartoons, [[DiscussedTrope Bridgette insists that they could be in real life too.]]
* CrapsackWorld: [[SerialKiller Serial killers]] and mass murderers aren't all that common in real life, but they seem to crop up quite often in the Medium universe.
%%* CreepyChild: "Very Merry Maggie"
%%* CreepyDoll: "Very Merry Maggie"
%%* CuckooNest
* DeadpanSnarker: Several, but Joe CERTAINLY takes the cake. For instance:
-->'''Bridget:''' What's a 401K plan?\\
'''Joe:''' About half what it used to be.
%%* DeusAngstMachina: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Being. Psychic. SUCKS.]]
* DeusExMachina
** Aside from Allison herself, "divine intervention" for already-dead foes has appeared twice [[spoiler:against the mad doctor and Allison's psychic-hating stalker]].
** Thrice-ish: [[spoiler: When Devalos' daughter's rapist threatens to rape someone unless Devalos admits he gave the prosecution evidence, Ariana intervenes from beyond to save her dad's career.]]
* DisguisedHostageGambit: Allison manages to avert one thanks to her dreams.
%%* TheDollEpisode
%%* DreamSpying
* DrivenToSuicide
** Devalos' daughter Ariana [[spoiler:after learning her then-defense-attorney father's client was the man who raped her several years earlier. Because she hadn't reported it, he was able to rape (''and videotape'') many more women.]]
** [[spoiler: The runaway girl in "There Will Be Blood" appears to most of the Dubois females in their (for once) pleasant dreams, asks "Is this what you do with your gift?" and then kills herself by slitting her throat, shooting herself in the head, and walking onto thin ice, respectively. Oddly, the girl herself doesn't seem to know about this.]]
** [[spoiler: The ex-history teacher who's accused of rape by a [[Film/{{Election}} Tracy Flick]]-expy due to TheBGrade. He serves 10 years in prison and after getting out is then set up for another girl's murder and eventually kills himself in prison. Fortunately as a ghost he's able to show Allison that there's proof he's innocent of murder.]]
%%* EroticAsphyxiation: "The Whole Truth"
* EvilCounterpart: Allison has faced off against a psychic SerialKiller and a psychic CorruptCorporateExecutive.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: When Joe first meets Captain Push, his first comment to Allison is that he thought the great Captain Push would be taller. He later admits that he got taller as the night went on.
* {{Expy}}: Charles Walker has a very Jack-the-Ripper air about him. It's possible that was the inspiration for the character.
* FreakyFridayFlip
** "The Man in the Mirror"
** And a more ''Film/FreakyFriday'' incident in the season 7 premiere "Bring Your Daughter to Work Day".
* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler:How Scanlon's brother gets revenge for his death. In addition to a campaign of night-terrors that severely compromises Lee's mental health, he teams up with the ghost of a prostitute to make false visions for Allison to lure Lee and her killer, a semi-KnightTemplar sheriff, to the same spot where they'll kill each other. He knows he'll succeed due to ghosts being able to see into the future, but while Lee is dead he can see just a little farther and knows he'll survive.]]
* DemonicPossession: Ghostly Possession: Has happened so far to Allison and Ariel. Also, an early nemesis of Allison's was a dead serial killer who kept killing by possessing people.
%%* GlassesGirl: Marie
%%* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: An episode has Allison finding a pair of [[Film/TheyLive mysterious sunglasses]] that reveal [[Manga/DeathNote how many days a person has to live]].
* GoIntoTheLight
** Averted, as far as I know there's no mention of any light/afterlife for ''Medium'''s spirits, and even if they seem to be at peace (such as Joe's dad or [[spoiler: Ariana Devalos]]) they come back if there's something serious enough to warrant it.
** One spirit did talk about Heaven and Hell. She made it to Heaven but couldn't get in until Allison helped her settle her affairs. She could sense Hell sucking at her feet the whole time.
* GrandTheftMe
** The episode "Man in the Mirror" where Todd Emory (Jeffrey Tambor) stole Allison's body.
** There's another episode where a vapid socialite occupies Allison's body on Valentine's Day, leaving Joe to figure out what's going on.
%%* GroundhogDayLoop: "Be Kind, Rewind"
%%* HappilyMarried: Allison and Joe.
* HotForStudent: Indirectly causes a lot of emotional stress for Ariel: [[spoiler:her college interviewer's dead husband fathered a child with one of his students, and asks Ariel to erase the file with incriminating photos on his (now his wife's) computer in exchange for a perfect interview with his wife. Ariel does so, but then decides to do the right thing and restore the file. The interviewer returns to tell Ariel that she's going to help the baby financially, but unfortunately for Ariel's future she also thinks that she planted the file after being dumped by her husband. Even the dead husband is stunned despite knowing what would happen.]]\\\
''The very next episode,'' Ariel starts losing time ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''-style, jumping hours, then ''years'' into the future where she's HappilyMarried to a friend from high school and they have an adorable daughter. [[spoiler:She's certain the time-skips have to do with a teacher who was murdered right before the decade-long jump, and right before her mom is about to tell her how the teacher's kid ties into all this, she's thrown ahead another seven years -- where her mother is ''dead'', killed that same night. Desperate for answers, she goes to see the dead teacher's son, who's ''the spitting image of high school sweetheart husband '''who's about to kill her''''' -- and then she wakes up, safe in the present and a few hours before her teacher's murder by her teenage babydaddy (he had a full-ride scholarship and wasn't about to risk it for his desperate ex-lover). Also, despite now knowing it was all just a dream, Ariel really loved her daughter.]] Needless to say, after all that Ariel really, really needs a hug.
%%* INever
* InTheBlood: Not in the usual sense -- The name of a two-part episode that features [[spoiler:a runaway who can see though the eyes of a killer because she received his donated blood.]]
%%* ISeeDeadPeople
* IsThatAThreat: In "Penny for Your Thoughts," when Ariel's math teacher tells Joe that she believes Ariel cheated on an estimation problem because she got exactly the right number and must have looked in his book on his desk where he'd written it down, Joe points out that the odds of someone having done so, with 25 kids in the class, were 1/40. When the teacher continues to insist that she must have cheated, Joe says that if she's penalized, he'll go over his head and the teacher asks "Are you threatening me, Mr. Dubois?"
* ItsAWonderfulPlot: In the season 2 finale "Twice Upon a Time," Allison dreams what life would be like if she married her old childhood friend instead of Joe after being throughly embarrassed at a court hearing [[spoiler: which turns out to also be part of a dream]], which gives her a clue as to how the impossible appeared to be possible.
* JacobMarleyApparel: In "Will the Real Fred Rovick Please Stand Up?", the ghost of a mascot of a local college football team is still wearing a beaver costume, since he died during a game.
* JumpCut: Used fairly cleverly: a boy offers Ariel the use of his car as a napping area between exams; she begins to turn him down but in mid-sentence we cut to her waking up in the car. It's then revealed that this wasn't a jump-cut, is was literally how she experienced the moment, and her life starts jump-cutting further and further and further, well into her twenties. [[ForegoneConclusion Naturally]] it turned out to be AllJustADream.
* KarmicDeath
** [[spoiler:The disease specialist who took a vaccine for a super-virus he planned to let loose via his unsuspecting lover in order to get a research grant was killed due to either being allergic to the antidote or his own body being too overworked by both the vaccine and medicine for the common flu. The dead lover finds this ''hilarious''.]]
** [[spoiler:The language professor who, with her assistant, killed two Navajo bank robbers and stole their loot because they didn't think anyone could speak their language was in turn robbed and killed by someone because she was in a country where no one spoke English and didn't notice a guy paying extra attention while she was bragging to Allison on the phone.]]
** Bob Sherman, the insurance salesman played by Creator/KelseyGrammer in "Death Takes a Policy", who conned desperate patients into undertaking risky experimental procedures and profiting off their deaths and murdered his former business partner by staging an accident in the shower. The guy was such a SmugSnake ManipulativeBastard that Allison had visions of him as the ''Angel of Death''. Near the end of the episode, he has apparently gotten off scot free and is relaxing in a tropical island... only for him to be visited by the aforementioned Angel of Death doppelganger:
-->'''Angel:''' Be careful, bathrooms can be very dangerous places. Did you know, that 47% of all accidental deaths take place in the home, and that 61% of those happen in the family bathroom? (''drops a bar of soap'') Watch that soap!\\
(''[[[IronicEcho Bob tries to pick up the soap, slips and dies]]]'')
* KarmaHoudini
** There have been several, the most egregious instance so far being a [[spoiler:patient-killing doctor played by Creator/OdedFehr who kills the one person who could've implicated him and then transfers to a hospital in another state, where he will almost definitely continue killing, considering how by the end of the episode he's proudly admitted twice to Allison that he fully believes it's up to him to decide who lives and dies.]]
** It's also at times subverted with gusto, like the aformentioned Navajo robbers-killer and the episode where Allison gets a pair of shades that tell her how many days a person has left to live. The killer-of-the-week gets away from being prosecuted for murder, but turns out that the shades (who were of the guy he killed) show Allison he only has a day to live before they stop working.
** A really good one gets the MonsterOfTheWeek in Judge, Jury and Executioner. He took his spouse into the woods and gave her a three minute headstart. His father-in-law returned the favor.
** The man who built a bomb so his father could kill seventeen people. Allisson even gets him to confess and he gives her an exposition for why he shouldn't go to jail, mainly claiming he have changed and saying he has a family now. And Allisson just drops the matter letting him drive away.
** Devalos breaks attorney-client privilege, an offense that could get a defense lawyer not only fired but ''disbarred for life'', by submitting to the prosecution evidence against his client, a serial rapist. He not only gets away with this, but goes on to become an assistant district attorney. As it turns out, [[spoiler: ItsPersonal, the client had raped his daughter]] and she ended up [[DrivenToSuicide killing herself out of guilt]] for not reporting the assault, which could have spared his later victims.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Joe in the series finale (which kind of doesn't seem fair to the real-life Joe) and eventually Allison.]]
* LetsMeetTheMeat: Allison dreams of [[TalkingAnimal talking pigs]], and after being tortured by [[{{Squick}} squealing sandwiches]] feels compelled to save a pig named Barney from the slaughterhouse. [[spoiler:It turns out that what could happen to Barney isn't as important as ''who was fed to him.'']]
%%* LittleMissSnarker: Bridgette
* LivingLieDetector
** In one episode where [[spoiler:Allison hears a buzzer sound in her head]] whenever someone tells a lie.
** There are times when Allison sees what really happened in her head when someone is lying to her face.
* MamaBear: Allison Kung-fu's a bunch of muggers: "Don't you dare mess with my kids' pictures." [[spoiler:Sadly that wasn't even just a dream -- she was knocked out by the muggers.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: All {{The Chessmaster}}s
* MediumBlending: It turns out that [[spoiler:Bridgette has Mommy's abilities, too]], but all of her premonitions are in the form of extremely chilling (and violent) cartoons.
* MindScrew
** Many of the dreams.
** The finale. All of it, but especially the ending.
* ModestyBedsheet: Pretty much every other time Allison wakes up. If you pay close attention, whenever she and Joe get "friendly" as they're going to bed, when she later wakes up from a dream, the bedsheet will be the only thing covering her.
* MsFanservice
** Patricia Arquette
** For the 18-25 generation, Holliston Coleman.
** Ellen Hollman, when she appeared in the episode "Will The Real Fred Rovick Please Stand Up?". Also, pretty much a StarMakingRole [[invoked]] for her in the United Kingdom.
* MuggleMageRomance: The titular medium is married to an ordinary man.
* MurderByInaction: In one episode, a young Allison has visions about one of her friends. She sees that, by knocking on his door, she will stop him from killing himself, and many years later he will rape and murder teenage girls. So a few days later, she decides to not interrupt his suicide.
%%* NightmareDreams
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Scanlon delivers one of these to an abusive father [[WhatTheHellHero in front of his (the abuser's) terrified wife and son]].
* NoRestForTheWicked: [[spoiler:Scanlon's brother punishes him for allowing him to be killed by giving him nightmares that compromise his mental state.]]
* OmniscientMoralityLicense: Sometimes Allison's powers lead her to irrational/illegal courses of action... e.g. [[spoiler:when she shows up at a woman's house in the middle of the night, ''maces her'', and kidnaps her baby. Though Allison was just following a vague GutFeeling at the time, it later turns out that because she kidnapped the baby, the cops were there to arrest a second set of kidnappers who were planning to ransom and sell the baby. As a result, the mother decides not to testify against her.]]
* OneWordTitle: Named such because the main character is a spiritual medium.
* OnlyMostlyDead: [[spoiler:Scanlon is shot in the gut to his dead brother's delight, but Scanlon (being dead at the time) can see the future a bit farther then his brother and knows he'll be revived.]]
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: They can see the future, for starters. [[spoiler:And apparently psychics can take any form they want as a ghost, whereas normal people are stuck with the clothes and age they were when they died. When Allison dies in 2061 she reappears not as an old woman but her "present" self wearing different clothes.]]
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: In one of the episodes it was revealed that Alison [[spoiler: was pregnant with a baby boy and had a miscarriage]]
* PregnantHostage: "Joe Day Afternoon"
* ProductPlacement: Episode 6.07: "New Terrain". The Dubois family rents a [[http://www.gmc.com/terrain/terrain/index.jsp Terrain]]. Several characters extol the virtues of the car. [[spoiler:It helps Allison solve a murder by playing out distant conversations through the car speaker. At the end of the episode, they buy the car.]] When it aired, there were actual commercials during the breaks.
* PropheticFallacy: It would be easier to list the episodes where this trope doesn't come into play. Allison's dreams are usually vague at first, and she has a tendency to jump to conclusions about their meanings.
* RapunzelHair: Ariel, who apparently [[ImportantHaircut cut it off]] after her mom recovered. That's a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, as the actress had already cut it for a movie in which her character underwent chemotherapy.
* ReallyDeadMontage: For [[spoiler:Joe's mom, who died of brain cancer.]]
* RefusalOfTheCall
** Allison's half-brother Michael a.k.a. "Lucky" is in denial about his powers, though that doesn't keep the plot from finding him. Allison herself used to drink to block her powers when she was younger. In an episode from the final season, he ends up straightening his life out with some help from a ghost who takes over his body, but has to work with Allison to defeat the ghost's sinister agenda.
** [[spoiler:When Allison dies, she has Ariel continue being the DA's psychic since she's the only one who can talk to her (while Devalos is grateful, he thinks Ariel should've had her own life first; when he dies, he doesn't have a last message for his wife since he's already said everything he needs to say). Essentially becoming her mother, Ariel gets so stressed out she's driven to drink to drown out her mom ("It really does work!") and leaves. [[AllJustADream Allison wakes up]], is glad that her daughter is going off to college on her own, and severely reprimands the ghost who (would have) started all this ("Pack for someplace warm").]]
* {{Reincarnation}}: Averted, what seemed like a case of this was actually just [[InfoDump information overload]] from the ghost to [[spoiler:his infant son]].
* SerialKillingsSpecificTarget: "A Cure for What Ails You" combined this with StrangersOnATrainPlotMurder: 5 strangers, all of whom wanted someone close dead meet on an airport lobby due to a delayed flight. One of them works as a chemist and suggests poisoning them with tainted painkillers. Since none of the people have any connection, the deaths would be blamed on a poisoner a la the Tylenol poisonings.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong
** Any dreams where time travel or alternate futures appear to be involved, such as Allison's vision of a post-apocalyptic world [[spoiler: actually what a kidnapper/CrazySurvivalist wants his young victims to think]], or Ariel [[spoiler:suddenly finding herself 10, then 17 years in the future after her teacher is murdered]].
** Or a literal episode where she's working on a murder and just so happens to reacquaint with a childhood friend and at the same time begins dreaming about when she first met him [[spoiler:she quickly finds out he's likely behind the murder and others and in a dream alters time to stop herself from interrupting his suicide attempt.]]
* [[CaptainErsatz Police Chief Ersatz]]: An unorthodox law enforcement officer in another county is clearly modeled after Arizona's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Arpaio Sheriff Joe Arpaio]], pink prison outfits and all.
* ShoutOut
** Allison finds a [[Film/TheyLive pair of sunglasses]] that show [[Manga/DeathNote how long a person has to live]].
** [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs "The lamb chops were screaming at me."]]
** "Will the Real Fred Rovick Please Stand Up?" -- referencing the famous CatchPhrase of ''Series/ToTellTheTruth''
** In one installment, Joe discovers Marie is using her psychic powers to watch "Nugget," a children's cable channel the Dubois family doesn't get. This is a sure reference to Noggin, a preschool-themed cable channel run by Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} that was later rebranded as Creator/NickJr, which was once a block on the Nickelodeon channel.
* SiblingYinYang
** [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Bridget and Ariel]].
** Laid-back Joe and his drama-queen sister.
** Would-be lawyer Allison and slightly ManChild-ish Lucky.
** [[spoiler:Detective Scanlon and his rapist ex-con older brother.]]
%%* SnapBack
* SoundtrackDissonance
** When Allison hears the stirring opening strings of Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" when she [[spoiler:sees items that can be the components of a bomb.]]
** She also hears a cheerful song while watching [[spoiler:her IllGirl friend from therapy being killed by the doctor.]]
** Y'know, just ''any'' episode with a featured song.
* SurpriseParty: In "A Couple of Choices," Allison is forced to point out to Joe that it's a bad idea to try to pull off one of these on a ''psychic'', though he insists it was their kids' idea. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] at the end of the episode when Allison gets home and then finds out that there is no surprise party and that the party was actually cover for a surprise weekend vacation in Mexico for her birthday. Then DoubleSubverted when it turns out that she's already packed for the trip.
* TakeThat: One episode seemed to be poking fun at ''Series/GhostWhisperer'''s concept of "step-ins," ghosts who take over recently dead bodies for a second chance at life. [[spoiler:The "reincarnated" husband was actually a conman using the dead husband's secret biography, and it's the dirty laundry he didn't write about that gets him caught.]]
* TerribleTicking: In the beginning of the Season 2 episode "The Song Remains the Same", Allison hears a loud song in her head. The song repeats itself over and over until it subtly guides her to [[spoiler: the iPod of a missing college student who was listening to the song before her abduction.]]
* TimeyWimeyBall: If ''Series/DoctorWho'' wasn't the TropeNamer, then this would be a close-runner for the title of...
* TogetherInDeath: The SeriesFinale [[spoiler:has Joe die in a plane crash and Alison joins him 41 years later, after seeing the girls grow up and have families of their own; in death, they both appear in their mid-thirties and share a happy hello kiss.]]
%%* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Bridget and Ariel.
* UnfazedEveryman: Inverted, since Allison's abilities are widely accepted as completely normal even though she's the only one (in earlier seasons) with these abilities. Anyone who knows about her secret, including her own husband, still makes wise-cracks about it. Now that [[spoiler:Allison's children have abilities too]], Joe has become this even more.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: The Dubois ladies seem to have a disproportionate number of sleepwear.
* VigilanteMan: [[Series/That70sShow Kurtwood Smith ("Red") and Laura Prepon ("Donna")]]'s characters, [[spoiler:an FBI profiler and a rape victim-turned-self defense instructor (who haven't met, seeing as Red died before Allison met Donna), kill serial killers and rapists, respectively.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist
** Allison's stalker, who thinks psychic powers go against God's plan. Allison tries to reason with him that maybe the psychics are also God's plan, but to no avail.
** Allison herself walks the line between these all too often.
* WeWouldHaveToldYouBut: Scanlon does this to Allison when the psychic SerialKiller reaches her house, by making it look like the cop-cars meant to protect her were backing off. Then, after telling Allison it'll still be another ten minutes before he can come help her, Scanlon arrives seconds later to her rescue, revealing the whole squad had been waiting for the right time to do so all along and that telling her would have jeopardized their plan.
* WhatTheHellHero
** [[spoiler:Allison keeps a lot of guilty secrets, especially like the WellIntentionedExtremist FBI profiler played by [[Series/That70sShow Kurtwood Smith ("Red")]] who lets his prey go only to kill them later himself; there's also Devalos' revenge for his daughter on ''his own client''. Lucky to not get disbarred for that...]]
** There's also the fact that [[spoiler: Scanlon allowed his rapist brother to be killed by Vigilante Woman [[Series/That70sShow Laura Prepon ("Donna")]], although no one knew at the time. Later, driven to the edge of sleep deprivation by his brother's ghost, he beats up an abusive father in front of his family and later threatens to reveal the wife's dark past to the DA (though that ''might'' be the brother talking).]]
** He has now, and Allison doesn't feel like they can be friends anymore, at least until Allison's stubbornness about the whole thing leads to Scanlon nearly being stabbed to death. Now, they seem to be taking it day-by-day. Then there's Allison's general sanctimoniousness regarding her powers, to which Joe finally busts out with this: "Do you know how many sentences you begin with the words 'I know'? 'I know he had a partner. I know he kidnapped that woman. I know taking instructions from a dead soccer coach isn't cheating.' What's it like, knowin' everything?"
* XanatosSpeedChess: Ariel and Joe, and to a lesser degree, Hannah, play this on a few occasions.