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5 ways 'Sleepy Hollow' could blow everyone away next season

So far, Sleepy Hollow‘s second season has made us think twice about spooky paintings, Ben Franklin’s pants, and even OnStar employees. Not every plot choice makes sense, but the show could increase viewers’ emotional investment with a few fun twists.

Here are five of my top suggestions:

Make Katrina the next bad guy.

Katrina hasn’t done much except be damsel bait for Moloch and Abraham, and her magic seems to fizzle often. She wants to spare her son and her former flame, in spite of their nasty handiwork, and the Weeping Lady can testify for the existence of Katrina’s dark side. What if there’s a trace of Moloch left behind inside her? Give her some powerful artifact like the Earwig of Nosferatu, and flip all her frustrations into an evil makeover. The apocalypse could be a family affair, as she would have Henry and Headless by her side, and would know exactly how to push Ichabod’s buttons.

Bring back Irving with some baggage.

Frank Irving made the ultimate sacrifice, but death is just a karmic waiting room in the town of Sleepy Hollow. Now that he’s back among the living, why not regift him with his own soul, and a few extras as well? Give Irving the ability to channel others from the beyond, like Corbin, Lori Mills, or even Thomas Jefferson when the Witnesses need some advice. Orlando Jones can be wickedly funny, and turning him into the gang’s medium could occasionally showcase that.

Quit killing off the friendlies.

Helping the Witnesses in Sleepy Hollow is like wearing a red shirt in Star Trek. The Freemasons, Caroline the Colonial reenactor, no one is safe if they lend a hand to Abbie and Ichabod. Give them a few folks to rely on other than the ever-evolving Andy Brooks. (What will he be next time? A slug? A demonic dragonfly? Who knows?) Sure, there’s Hawley, but he needs to be a different piece of the puzzle.

Make Hawley one of the Horsemen.

That Horseman of War armor may be up for grabs, and he could kick some serious Witness butt in it. He has all the cool paranormal toys, he thinks like a hunter, and he could add a raucous touch of “Yeehaw!” as a villain that would be fun to watch. Even if he’s a Horseman for just one episode, it would better than seeing him and Jenny make out.

Three words: Vampire Betsy Ross!

Why not? We’ve had zombie George Washington, naked Ben Franklin, and Wendigo Davy Crockett. She had a thing for Ichabod back in the day, so make her immortal, bring her to Sleepy Hollow, and let her freak flag fly! She would definitely distract Ichabod from mooning over his wayward wife. (Be patient, Ichabbie fans: Deep down, you know they shouldn’t hook up just yet.) Villainous wife, fanged-yet-good ex-girlfriend, and a Witness in between? That’s the love triangle we all need to see!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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