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A small town with some odd folks.
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Midnight, Texas is an American supernatural drama television series broadcast on NBC as a summer entry to the 2016–17 network television schedule. The series was commissioned on May 13, 2016. Midnight, Texas is based on the book series of the same name by author Charlaine Harris who also wrote The Southern Vampire Mysteries, the novels which were adapted into the True Blood television series. The series premiered on July 24, 2017.

Manfred Bernando is a Romani with Psychic Powers who is advised by his dead grandmother to go to Midnight, Texas in order to escape his former clients. Midnight, Texas turns out to be a haven for various supernaturals who have decided to retreat from the world.

These include:

  • Bobo Winthrop: The human proprietor of the Midnight Pawn.
  • Fiji Cavanaugh: A quirky free spirit-spirited witch who own Midnight's magic store.
  • Joe Strong: A fallen angel who has visions of the apocalypse coming to the town.
  • Creek Lovell: A mortal waitress and later Manfred's girlfriend.
  • Lemuel Bridger: A vampire who feeds on energy rather than blood.
  • Olivia Charity: A freelance assassin who is lovers with Lemuel Bridger.
  • Rev. Emilio Sheehan: A quiet weretiger who presides over the wedding chapel.
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  • Abusive Parents: Bobo's father turns out to have been a white supremacist criminal mastermind.
    • In "Unearthed", a father abused his daughter so badly she killed herself. Unfortunately, this being Midnight, Texas, that's not the end of it.
  • Adorkable: Despite being gorgeous and possessing superpowers, Fiji turns to complete mush around Bobo.
  • Affably Evil: Olivia and Lemuel may or may not qualify as evil but they're cheerful right up until the point they murder you.
  • All Bikers Are Hells Angels: The Sons of Lucifer are a Captain Ersatz of the Hell's Angels and not even remotely subtle about it.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Creek wants to go to a strip club with Manfred the next time he goes (he was on an investigation but the reaction from Manfred was very telling).
    "You are perfect!"
  • Asshole Victim: Pretty much a major theme of the show, actually. The Midnighters may be a collection of monsters and weirdos but they run on Dark Is Not Evil and Pay Evil unto Evil. Whenever they do kill people, which is frequently, they only do those who are much-much worse than themselves.
  • The Atoner:
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    • Lemuel regrets his past as a blood-drinking vampire. Somewhat of a zig-zagged trope as he doesn't so much feel the need to make amends as simply stop doing evil. He also has no objections to Olivia's profession.
    • Reverend Sheehan is another example as he doesn't wish to harm anyone as a weretiger and locks himself up during full moons to protect the locals.
  • Big Bad: The demon Colcannar serves as the Big Bad for Season 1 of Midnight Texas. He's an archdemon who tries to lead an army of evil into the city.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Connor, despite being the younger sibling, shows this towards Creek in the episode "Sexy Beast"
  • Blood Knight: It's clear Lemuel loves fighting but holds it back until he can unleash it against Asshole Victim types.
  • Break the Cutie: Creek undergoes this after finding out her brother was a serial killer and her father, essentially, let it happen.
  • Broken Pedestal: In "Unearthed", Fiji found out Bobo came from a family of white supremacists who blew up the church containing her mother. Bobo was present as a bystander but it, combined with the fact he'd lied about it, destroys her near-worshipful belief in Bobo.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Fiji's familiar, Mr. Snuggles, has traits of this.
  • The Chosen One: Manfred is prophecized to be the one who is able to help prevent the apocalypse by preventing demons to escape the Veil and bring about The End of the World as We Know It. He suceeds in Season 1 by using his powers to become a host for mutliple demons.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The premise for the series is the various monsters of Midnight, Texas are decent people who just want to be left alone. Theyr'e also the soldiers for the side of good against the rising demon horde.
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: Colcanarr is apparently one as he's not at all like the other demons in the show and commands an army of the damned. Manfred manages to defeat him with his Superpowered Evil Side.
  • Didn't See That Coming: The reactions of the gang in "Blinded By the Light" when Joe finally reveals his angel wings to them and takes off.
    Manfried: Was I the only one not in the loop?
    Olivia: Nope
    Fiji: Did not suspect that.
    Lem: Well, that explains a few things.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: A number of multi-racial and interracial relationship Texas townsfolk (as well as a gay couple) are tormented by the local gang of Neo-Nazi bikers. The townsfolk are also harassed and abused by the nearby police. It's just said townsfolk also have superpowers.
  • Emotion Eater : Lemuel was granted the ability to feed off of psychic energy by Manfred's Grandma. This allows him to feed without killing people. His scenes with Olivia suggests that he is able to feed off of negative emotions like anger or shame. This ability also gives him the ability to kill vampires with a touch. Though Lemuel has not killed a human in this way on screen, victims do take on a deathly pallor when he feeds and it leaves them physically drained. Lemuel is however, perfectly capable of feeding on human blood and seems to enjoy it. He does save his thirst for Asshole Victims however so he still does fit as Friendly Neighborhood Vampire.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: One Monster of the Week takes the shape of a blonde woman.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Manfred's plan to defeat Colcannar depends on this. He basically gets a bunch of demons to join together within him and directs them at the much more powerful one with the promise of freeing them.
  • Fantastic Racism: The people of Midnight suffer a lot of this from the locals who suspect what they are. It's also implied they're just suffering the general kind as well.
  • Functional Magic: Fiji possesses this and may be the most powerful of the townsfolk.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Lemuel is this way because he can feed on energy in addition to blood. See Emotion Eater
  • Hitman with a Heart: Olivia isn't a bad person at heart and prefers to kill "evil" targets with her one on-screen kill being a Corrupt Corporate Executive.
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Lemuel has a mild case of it with his creator, Zachariah. While he broke up with his creator over whether humans were worth killing or not, he decided to give him another chance. Zachariah ends up betraying Lemuel and getting killed along with all of his brood.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A few attempts, the oddest being Mr. Snuggles, who offered himself as the sacrifice needed in the Season 1 finale. Might also count as Who Wants to Live Forever?, although we don't know if this character is immortal or not.
  • Hot-Blooded: Olivia, though Lemuel feeding off of her helps.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Fiji has a cat familiar and is one of the nicest people in Midnight.
  • Lighter and Softer: Is restricted to PG-13 sex and violence due to being on network TV, unlike True Blood. The supernaturals are also, by and large, much nicer people than the ones on that show.
  • Missing Mom: Creek and Connor's mother is out of the picture.
  • Master of Disguise: Olivia is capable of impersonating a wide variety of looks. It's not an Informed Attribute either as she does well in changing her appearance during her hits.
  • Monster of the Week: Along with Asshole Victim, this is how the Midnighters maintain their status as Friendly Neighborhood Monsters. The monsters they kill are much-much worse than themselves.
  • Neck Snap: happens in "Blinded by the Light"
  • Occult Blue Eyes: Lemuel has these, being a vampire.
  • Overprotective Dad: Shawn Lovell is very protective of his children, notably Creek.
  • Parental Abandonment: Olivia's father took off when she was young and hasn't seen him since.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: The chief villains harassing the town are a gang of Neo-Nazi bikers called The Sons of Lucifer.
  • Psychic Powers: Manfred possesses these. His grandmother and ancestors appear to have also had access to Functional Magic.
  • Sex Slave: Olivia was forced into prostitution by her stepmother in order to feed the latter's drug habit.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Olivia gives Fiji a low-key makeover for her dinner date with Bobo and shows up looking quite nice.
  • Shipper on Deck: Bobo appears to support Lemuel and Olivia as a couple.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Aubrey Harrison is dead by the time she's introduced, but it's her murder that puts the series into motion.
  • Spiritual Successor: An obvious one to True Blood with it being about a rural Southern town populated with an inordinate amount of monsters. It also serves as something of a successor to Grimm as well, being an action series which is mostly about an oddball cast of humans and monsters.
  • Urban Fantasy: Midnight, Texas falls squarely within the genre as it's about a town with a fallen angel, psychic, witch, vampire, and weretiger plus a number of humans.
  • Virgin Power: Fiji reveals that she is a virgin, but for those gifted with magic, the older the virgin the more powerful they are. Also overlaps and plays some with Virgin-Shaming because Fiji's embarrassed about her virginity even though her friends are fine with it.
  • Quirky Curls: Fiji has these, as did her Aunt Mildred.
  • Quirky Town: Midnight is a town with a weird reputation even among the surrounding communities. It's Justified as most of the populace is supernatural.
  • Virgin Power: Fiji is wanted by the archdemon Colcannar due to the fact virgin witches are powerful sacrifices. Fiji and Bobo settle this in the obvious way, making her an impure sacrifice.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Discussed in "Blinded by the Light" where the Midnighters basically state they don't see any reason to treat a human serial killer any different from the numerous monsters they'd already slain, especially since a number of them are nonhuman themselves. This came at a somewhat odd time in the show given they'd just massacred a group of white supremacist bikers for kidnapping Fiji the previous episode.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Olivia certainly doesn't. Which conflicts with Lem's desire to turn her, so their relationship can be endless.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: The reaction of the gang when Mr. Snuggles suddenly starts talking in a bar.
    Olivia: Okay, is the cat talking?

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