Created by Glenn Gordon Caron ("Moonlighting") and exec-produced by Kelsey Grammer ("Frasier") and based upon the real-life Allison DuBois, "Medium" is a successful NBC series starring Patricia Arquette as DuBois, a psychic who uses her unique talents to see the future, read thoughts and communicate with the deceased. All of these abilities are used to help people and assist the Phoenix, Arizona, district attorney's office - headed by Phoenix District Attorney Devalos, (Miguel Sandoval) - in solving crimes.
Allison is supported by her husband, Joe (Jake Weber), who - by the third season - has come to accept his wife's gift. The two also have three children: Ariel (Sofia Vassilieva), Bridget (Maria Lark) and Marie (Madison and Miranda Carabello). While the two older children - Ariel and Bridget - have shown to be paranormally inclined, in the third season, youngest child Marie also shows signs of having the same gift, as well. The episodes continue to revolve around Allison's visions, and her attempts to unlock what these visions are trying to communicate to her.
The series continues to improve in season three, with the show's writing continuing to improve and Arquette still doing a fine job carrying the series. She's supported by an excellent ensemble cast, especially Weber (who she has fine chemistry with) and guest star Neve Campbell, who stars as Allison's newfound friend, Debra, who she shares her secret with.
39. 3- 1 042 15 Nov 06 Four Dreams (1)
40. 3- 2 043 15 Nov 06 Four Dreams (2)
Allison and daughter Bridgette start having different dreams about the same murder, while the ghost of Allison's old boyfriend also appears. Devalos's health and Scanlon's love life also suffer, as well.
41. 3- 3 039 22 Nov 06 Be Kind, Rewind
- Allison keeps living the same day repeatedly through her dreams, but each time finds important clues concerning a hostage situation at a restaurant.
42. 3- 4 041 29 Nov 06 Blood Relations
- While trying to save a victim from her nemesis, the murderous Dr. Walker from the past, Allison discovers how his killings started.
43. 3- 5 040 6 Dec 06 Ghost in the Machine
- After Allison gets Joe a camcorder for his birthday, her excitement turns to dread when she starts seeing disturbing images through it connected to a murder case.
44. 3- 6 044 13 Dec 06 Profiles in Terror
- A famous FBI profiler everyone idolizes is challenged by Allison. Joe starts to worry when his youngest daughter stares at the static on the TV.
45. 3- 7 046 3 Jan 07 Mother's Little Helper
- Allison and Ariel dream about the double murder of a mother and daughter - Allison from the mother's POV and Ariel from her daughter's.
46. 3- 8 045 17 Jan 07 The Whole Truth
- The death of an assemblyman has Allison perplexed, but she suspects it's connected to a boy who fell into a massive hole, and can't get out.
47. 3- 9 047 24 Jan 07 Better Off Dead
- A ghost is glad that he was killed, since he got to leave insurance money to the neighbor he was in love with. But Allison sees things differently.
48. 3-10 048 31 Jan 07 Very Merry Maggie
- Allison has disturbing visions about a father abusing his young son, who owns a talking doll that delivers sinister messages.
49. 3-11 049 7 Feb 07 Apocalypse, Push
- CaptainPush returns when he experiences visions about a murder in Phoenix, while Joe tells a little white lie to Bridgette...and ends up regretting it.
50. 3-12 14 Feb 07 The One Behind the Wheel
- With Valentine's Day looming, Joe asks Scanlon for help when a mysterious woman named Sandra takes possession of Allison.
51. 3-13 21 Feb 07 Second Opinion
- Allison has a dream that in the future Marie dies of lukemia, so she's determined to keep her youngest daughter safe at all costs.
52. 3-14 28 Feb 07 We Had A Dream
- Allison predicts a plane crash before it occurs. And it happens to help a psychic escape from prison...since he also predicted it.
53. 3-15 7 Mar 07 The Boy Next Door
- A teenage Allison dreams of the future, where a boy who moved in next door grows up to be a predator the adult Allison encounters.
54. 3-16 28 Mar 07 Whatever Possessed You
- While Joe is hoping to head an important project at work, Allison has been having disturbing dreams about a young woman who appears to be possessed by demons.
55. 3-17 4 Apr 07 Joe Day Afternoon
- The dreadful feeling that Allison and Ariel both experience comes true when Joe and his co-workers are held hostage by a disgruntled ex-employee.
56. 3-18 11 Apr 07 1-900-LUCKY
- A wealthy woman, who uses Allison's irresponsible brother Michael as a phone psychic, flies him to Phoenix to help solve her husband's murder.
57. 3-19 25 Apr 07 No One to Watch Over Me
- As Joe grows more distance since the hostage crisis, Allison dreams of a blizzard, a clue to a young girl left in a freezer.
58. 3-20 2 May 07 Head Games
- Allison may have been wrong about a man accused of cutting off his wife's head. Meanwhile, her new friend Debra is more than curious about her job.
59. 3-21 9 May 07 Heads Will Roll
- Joe considers suing his company, while Allison gives secrets of her own to warn Debra about the serial killer, but his shocked when Debra reveals that she has secrets of her own.
60. 3-22 16 May 07 Everything Comes To A Head
- The season ends with Allison's psychic abilities having been revealed to the public, so no one will listed to her, forcing her to solve a case on her own.
The fourth season of "Medium" begins 1/20/08.
VIDEO: "Medium" is presented by Paramount in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The presentation quality is mostly marvelous, as sharpness and detail are quite good throughout the episodes. Some slight artifacting was occasionally seen, but the presentation was free of edge enhancement and mostly crisp and clear. Colors looked natural and accurately presented. Flesh tones appeared spot-on, as well. Overall, one of the better presentations of a recent TV series I've seen...recently.
SOUND: The show's Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack offered up an audio presentation that was slightly more active than most TV fare, with some minor surround use for effects and ambience. Audio quality is fine, with crisp dialogue, effects and score.
EXTRAS: There are deleted scenes included with several episodes. We also get a few commentaries - one on "Whatever Possessed You" (Miguel Sandoval and Jessica Kender), and the other two on the two-part opener, with Glenn Gordon Caron and Larry Teng speaking about part 1 and Aaron Lipstadt and Javier Grillo-Marxuach discussing part 2.
We also get a gag reel and a series of featurettes: "Directing on Dreams", "Directing With David Arquette", "Acting is My Racquet", "The Story of Medium: Season 3" and "The Making of Medium: Season 3".
Final Thoughts: "Medium" is a compelling, entertaining series with a terrific lead performance from Arquette, a superb actress who it's nice to see get consistent work in a highly-regarded role. The DVD set offers excellent audio/video quality and an above-average helping of extras. Recommended.