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Timeless (TV series)

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Created by
Eric KripkeShawn Ryan

Country of origin
United States

No. of seasons



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First episode date
3 October 2016

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Abigail SpencerMatt LanterMalcolm BarrettPaterson JosephSakina JaffreyClaudia DoumitGoran Višnjić

Drama, Science Fiction, Action Film, Alternate history


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Timeless is an American science fiction time travel drama series that premiered on NBC on October 3, 2016. It follows the adventures of Lucy Preston (a history professor) (Abigail Spencer), Rufus Carlin (a scientist) (Malcolm Barrett) and Wyatt Logan (a soldier) (Matt Lanter) as they attempt to stop Garcia Flynn (Goran Višnjić) from changing the course of American history through time travel. The series was created by Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke and also stars Paterson Joseph and Sakina Jaffrey. Executive producers include John Davis and John Fox of The Blacklist. Long considered one of NBC's hot pilots, it was ordered to series on May 13, 2016, after lengthy negotiations to obtain the series' "in-season stacking rights", which allow a network to stream all episodes of a series' current season via all the network's online platforms. On November 1, 2016, NBC ordered three additional episodes, increasing the first season order to 16. The season concluded on February 20, 2017.



When an experimental time machine is stolen, a history professor, a soldier and an engineer are tasked with capturing the culprit only to learn that he plans to rewrite American history and that each of them has a connection to his plan as well as the mysterious organization that funded the machine's development.


  • Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston, a history professor struggling to fulfill the legacy of her mother, and get back her sister.
  • Matt Lanter as Master Sergeant Wyatt Logan, a U.S. Army Delta Force operative trying to cope with the death of his wife, Jessica.
  • Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin, a programmer assigned to pilot the prototype time machine referred to as the "Lifeboat".
  • Sakina Jaffrey as Special Agent Denise Christopher, the Department of Homeland Security agent in charge of the time machine recovery mission.
  • Paterson Joseph as Connor Mason, head of Mason Industries, the company that created the time machine.
  • Claudia Doumit as Jiya, a programmer at Mason Industries and Rufus' girlfriend.
  • Goran Višnjić as Garcia Flynn, a former NSA asset who steals a fully operational time machine with the intention of changing American history.
  • Recurring cast

  • Matt Frewer as Anthony Bruhl, a key team member of the time machine project at Mason Industries.
  • Susanna Thompson as Carolyn Preston, Lucy's mother.
  • John Getz as Rittenhouse Agent Benjamin Cahill, a representative of the secret organization, who keeps an eye on the project with a special interest in Rufus and Lucy. He is later revealed to be Lucy's biological father.
  • Chad Rook as Karl, Flynn's henchman.
  • Annie Wersching as Emma Whitmore, a former employee of Mason Industries with key information about Rittenhouse's plans.
  • Development

    Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke, creators and show runners of the series drew inspiration from Quantum Leap, Back to the Future and Voyagers.

    Lawsuit over concept

    Ryan, Kripke, Sony Pictures Entertainment and NBCUniversal are being sued by Onza Entertainment for breach of contract and copyright infringement, claiming that the concept for Timeless is based on the Spanish series, El Ministerio del Tiempo (The Ministry of Time), which follows the adventures of a three-person team made up of two men and a woman who travel to the past with a view to preserving past events. The defendants responded to the suit in a November 23, 2016 filing, contending that shows about time travel are an established television genre, while noting similarities between the two shows are generic, and largely based on the notion that the main characters will travel in time to effect some kind of change.

    A request to dismiss Onza's lawsuit by Sony was denied on February 15, 2017.


    The series airs on NBC in the U.S. and on Global in Canada on Monday nights at 10:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific (9:00 p.m. Central). Episodes can also be streamed online through NBC and Global's respective websites. Starting from December 14, 2016, it airs in the UK on E4 every Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. local time.

    Critical response

    The first episode of Timeless received generally positive reviews from television critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the first episode an approval rating of 84% based on reviews from 37 critics. The site's critic consensus states, "Timeless is a fun throwback action series with a kooky premise worth watching, even if it is delivered clumsily at times." Metacritic, which uses a normalized rating, gave the first episode a score of 65 out of 100, based on reviews from 29 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

    Awards and nominations

    Timeless was nominated for a 2017 People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama, but lost to This Is Us.


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