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->''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 Creator/LanceHenriksen as ex-FBI agent Frank Black, a consultant to various police forces investigating violent crimes with the mysterious Millennium Group. The show was {{retool}}ed 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.

....and now Creator/IDWPublishing (which also has the rights for ''X-Files'' comic books) is going to launch its own continuation series line, penned by the series creators.

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

!!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?]]
* ArcWords: "This is who we are" and "The time is now."
%%* 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
* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: In "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me", a group of demons who appear as elderly men to regular humans discuss their work with each other in a late-night coffee shop. When one of them rudely asks for a cup, the clerk gives him his order after peeing in it. The demon apparently think this is hilarious and later commends the clerk for it.
%%* 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 José Chung in "José Chung's Doomsday Defense". He's a writer who appeared in the very popular episode "José Chung's ''From Outer Space''".
* DarkerAndEdgier: Much of the humor that offset ''Series/TheXFiles''' horror is absent here.
* ADayInTheLimelight: "The Well-Worn Lock" focuses on Frank Black's wife Catherine, usually a supporting character, in her job as a social worker. It's also reminiscent of a VerySpecialEpisode, as instead of a deranged SerialKiller or an AncientConspiracy, it deals with domestic violence by a father who sexually abuses his daughters.
* 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. Yet he AintTooProudToBeg for help when he got severely injured when Emma crashed her car.
* FreakOut: [[spoiler: Lara Means has an ''epic'' hallucination in "The Time is Now. Unfortunately, it's followed by a HeroicBSOD.]]
%%* FullyAbsorbedFinale
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Jim Horn in "Dead Letters." He was a potential Millennium candidate; this character trait gives them cause to reject him. Also, this is a threat for Frank throughout the series.
* HistoricalRapsheet: In "Maranatha", the bad guy is introduced when he causes the Chernobyl disaster before the episode flashes to the present.
* 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")
* LighterAndSofter: The second season is considerably lighter than the first.
* {{Matricide}}: The MonsterOfTheWeek in the season 1 finale "Paper Dove" kills his mother after he becomes fed up with her overbearing behavior.
%%* MonsterOfTheWeek
%%* MurderByCremation: "Gehenna"
* MurderDotCom: "The Mikado" featured an elusive killer who broadcast his latest murders over the internet, killing whom he tied up in front of a camera when the counter on the screen (signifying the number of visitors to the website) reached a specific number.
* 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.
* OneWordTitle: Named after the organization the protagonist serves, the Millennium Group.
* {{Ouroboros}}: Serves as the Millennium Group's logo.
* ParentalIncest: The episode "The Well-Worn Lock" features Karen Black in her job as a social worker having to deal with a domestic abuse situation. The father had already sexually abused one of his daughters and impregnated her, but she carried the child to term and continued to live with her parents because she had nowhere else to go. When she starts seeing signs that he's going to repeat it with his younger daughter/granddaughter, she finally goes to the authorities. Even then it's a long and arduous process to prove his guilt and get him convicted.
* TheProfiler: Lance Henriksen stars as ex-FBI agent turned FBI consultant Frank Black, who would frequently share his thoughts on elusive killers with his old colleagues. The first season was ambiguous whether Frank's insights [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane were just a keen sense of intuition or were actually supernatural in origin]]. Later seasons make these visions unambiguously psychic, however.
%%* ReTool
* SerialKiller: Most of the bad guys Frank Black faces are either murderers or serial murderers.
* 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, despite the fact that the writers actually had [[ArtisticLicenseBiology real science on their side]]]] [[note]]A virus that kills as quickly as Marburg Variant PRP (with an incubation period of mere minutes) would not be able to spread very far without some VERY heavy [[AppliedPhlebotinum Phlebotinum]]. Its RealLife equivalent, while no less lethal, generally take at least two days[[/note]].
** 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.]]
* ShoutOut:
** In "Jose Chung's ''Doomsday Defense''", the hospital is named after ''Series/TheXFiles'' producer Frank Spotnitz, and Creator/DavidDuchovny appears on movie posters as actor Bobby Wingood.
** In "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me", a devil appears as a red CGI dancing baby, referencing the dancing baby meme from ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' that became an early Internet meme.
* SigilSpam: ''Everything'' connected to the Group bears the ouroboros.
* 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."
* SympathyForTheDevil: In "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me", a group of demons discuss how they go about their business to spread evil and their run-ins with Frank Black, who can see their true forms. When one of the demons begins a relationship with a human woman but finds himself compelled to drive her to suicide anyway, Frank sees the demon crying and remarks "You must be so lonely".
%%* ThemeSerialKiller: Plenty of episodes.
%%* VigilanteMan: The Judge
* VillainEpisode: "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me". The show's main character Frank Black only appears sporadically, with the episode proper centering on four demons discussing their different strategies about how to spread misery and death. All things considered, [[TheDevilIsALoser these demons are actually pretty lame]].
%%* 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.]]