Time After Time (TV series)

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Time After Time
Based on Time After Time
by Karl Alexander
Developed by Kevin Williamson
Theme music composer
ComposerJeff Russo
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12 [1]
Executive producers
  • Lauren Warner
  • Michael Stricks
  • Jeffrey T. Bernstein
Production locations Silvercup Studios East, Long Island City, Queens, New York
  • John Lindley
  • David Insley
Running time43 minutes
Production companies
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network ABC (episodes 1–5)
AXN (episodes 6–12)
Original releaseMarch 5 (2017-03-05) 
March 26, 2017 (2017-03-26)

Time After Time is an American period drama/science fiction television series that aired on ABC from March 5 to March 26, 2017. [2] [3] The series, developed by Kevin Williamson, is based on the 1979 novel of the same name by Karl Alexander [3] and was commissioned on May 12, 2016. [4] ABC removed the series from its schedule after broadcasting five episodes. [5] [6] However, all 12 episodes have been broadcast in Spain, Portugal, South Africa and Australia. In addition, as of February 2019, all 12 episodes can be viewed streaming on CW Seed.




With the exception of the pilot, each episode is named after a phrase in the song "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper, [9] which was named after the 1979 film of the same name. The film itself was based on the novel of the same name used as the source material of the series.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
1"Pilot" Marcos Siega Story by: Karl Alexander & Steve Hayes
Teleplay by: Nicholas Meyer
March 5, 2017 (2017-03-05)T15.101342.54 [10]
H. G. Wells hosts a dinner party in his Victorian England home in 1893. He shows his guests his time machine to which they don't believe is functional and then police arrive looking for John Stevenson, having learned John is the infamous Jack the Ripper. John escapes in Wells' time machine but the machine returns because John didn't have the key. Wells follows him to March 3, 2017. His machine is now in a museum in New York and his appearance is brushed off as a prank. He meets Jane Walker, a woman who works at the museum and ends up spending the night in her apartment after sustaining injuries from a taxi trying to pursue Stevenson. Wells takes Jane three days into the future to prove the existence of time travel to her and while in the future, they discover Jane is John's third victim. They race back to the present to stop him from killing his second victim. They are successful but Jane is soon abducted by John who wants Wells to give him the key in exchange for her life.
2"I Will Catch You"Marcos Siega Kevin Williamson March 5, 2017 (2017-03-05)T13.203522.54 [10]
Wells meets Vanessa Anders, who manages the museum reveals that she is his great-great-granddaughter, having known about the time machine because he will visit her when she was in college. Vanessa gives Wells a letter from his future self to prove what she's saying; he is worried that the reason so little is written on the letter is because something bad is going to happen. Stevenson calls and demands the key be given to him the following afternoon in Central Park. John keeps Jane by threatening to kill a separate hostage. At Central Park, Wells almost gives John the key but Vanessa's men ambush John, who escapes before he tells Wells of Jane's location. John takes Jane to the museum and Wells gives him the key. John attempts to go to another time but Wells is able to stop him and retrieve the key; John escapes, afterwards calling and threatening to kill someone everyday until Wells gives him the key. John is later at a bar taking his next victim while a mysterious unknown man takes pictures of him and then returns to an apartment where an entire wall contains information on Wells and John.
3"Out of Time" Steve Shill Gabrielle Stanton March 12, 2017 (2017-03-12)T13.203532.26 [11]
Stevenson continues his threats against Wells and Jane, demanding the key. Wells attempts to fix the time machine while Vanessa is meeting a reporter for an interview for her boyfriend Griffin's campaign as senator. John meets a neurologist named Brooke, whom he sleeps with before she knocks him out; when he comes to, he is strapped to a table and Brooke reveals that she is aware that he is Jack the Ripper from 1893. The mysterious man from the previous episode visits his sick mother, telling her that John and Wells are in 2017 and she tells him to stop them from whatever experience she had with them. Wells and Jane kiss when they finally get the time machine fixed. When Vanessa tells Griffin about H.G., Griffin is later seen calling someone unknown having had prior knowledge of the time machine.
4"Secrets Stolen" Tim Andrew Karen Wyscarver & Sanford GoldenMarch 19, 2017 (2017-03-19)T13.203541.79 [12]
Stevenson awakens in Brooke's laboratory where she tries to help him recover from being drugged, only to have him try to attack her. Wells is trying to navigate the Internet when Jane joins him in the ballroom. Doug and Vanessa arrive with information about Chad, including his full name and address. Doug take Wells and Jane to the apartment to investigate. Vanessa and Griffin discuss Wells, the time machine, and a fundraiser she is holding for Griffin's campaign that evening at the mansion. With Martin Scott's help, Wells and Jane find out that the coordinates on the note from Chad's apartment are for Glen Cove, Long Island and include the date and time - 15 September 1980, 1:42pm. They use the time machine to travel there and then. They discover that Robert Holland's murder was covered up. When Jane goes to get her phone to contact a colleague who can help with learning about Project Utopia, she runs into Stevenson as he sneaks around the mansion. She hits him with her purse and raises the alarm. Stevenson stabs a guard and runs off. When Griffin uses his stolen access card to enter the ballroom, Stevenson attacks him from behind. They fight but Stevenson puts him out and manages to activate the time machine. The time machine returns to the ballroom a second later but it is empty. Stevenson has traveled to Paris, 30 March 1918.
5"Picture Fades"Marcos Siega Daniel T. Thomsen March 26, 2017 (2017-03-26)T13.203551.87 [13]
Wells and Jane determine that Stevenson has traveled to 1918 in order to save his son, Henry Ayers, who died during a transport on March 30. Wells decides to follow Stevenson to stop him from changing events in time. Meanwhile, Brooke heals Griffin's wound using one of their father's experiments. Afterwards, Brooke shows him an advanced experiment where she has given a man the strength of six men. Trying to figure out anything about Project Utopia, Vanessa turns to Dr. Cedric Myers, a former co-worker of her father's, who at first is reluctant to give her information, but eventually decides to. Before he can, however, Brooke has one of her men electrocute him, passing it off as a heart attack. Stevenson is successful in saving Henry, but Jane soon realizes that Henry now dies outside of a cafe, along with Wells. She travels to 1918 to save Wells, but Stevenson finds her and takes her to the cafe, where they see Henry and Wells. The cafe is then bombed, leaving Wells and many others injured. Henry tries to save people still inside the cafe, despite Stevenson's attempt to stop him, but ultimately Henry dies in the fire. Jane forces Stevenson to save Wells as they travel back to 2017. Wells is nursed back to health as he and Jane confess their love for one another. Vanessa has her guards lock Stevenson in her basement just before looking through the files she took from Myers' home which reveal that Stevenson was a test subject in Project Utopia.
6"Caught Up in Circles" Michael A. Allowitz Dewayne JonesJune 20, 2017 (2017-06-20)(AXN) [14] TBAN/A
After Wells recovers, he informs Vanessa that her father not only stole Project Utopia, but also murdered Robert Holland in 1980. Wells and Jane then visit a former nurse, Phyllis Johnson, who used to be involved with Project Utopia. Phyllis reveals that she worked for a Dr. Monroe, Brooke and Griffin's father, that she is currently being treated by Brooke, and that Wells' novel The Island of Dr. Moreau is about her. Phyllis' caregiver is instructed by Brooke to kill Wells and Jane shortly after they arrive, but fails as the two head back to Vanessa's home. Meanwhile, Brooke and Griffin attempt to steal the time machine, Wells, and Stevenson using two of her men. Griffin is able to copy information about the time machine, but the computer programmer sends himself and the time machine to an undisclosed location before the machine itself could be stolen. Brooke and her men do free Stevenson, but not before he escapes and kills one of the men. For leverage against the time machine, Brooke kidnaps Vanessa. Once Griffin learns of this, he gets in an argument with Brooke, eventually deciding to not help her anymore. Jane looks for clues in The Island of Dr. Moreau while Wells and Stevenson devise a plan to save Vanessa.
7"Suitcases of Memories" Allison Anders Kai Yu Wu July 6, 2017 (2017-07-06)(AXN) [14] TBAN/A
8"If You're Lost"Marcos SiegaBrian MillikinJuly 13, 2017 (2017-07-13)(AXN) [14] TBAN/A
9"You Will Find Me" Julie Plec Mary Leah SuttonJuly 20, 2017 (2017-07-20)(AXN) [14] TBAN/A
10"Turned to Gray" Mark Tonderai Gabrielle StantonJuly 27, 2017 (2017-07-27)(AXN) [14] TBAN/A
11"I Fall Behind"Rob SeidenglanzBayan WolcottAugust 7, 2017 (2017-08-07)(AXN) [14] TBAN/A
12"The Second Hand Unwinds"Marcos SiegaKevin WilliamsonAugust 30, 2017 (2017-08-30)(AXN) [14] TBAN/A


The series has received mixed reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 67% approval rating with an average rating of 6.29/10 based on 30 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Time After Time employs its central narrative gimmick to ill effect, leaving a charming cast stranded in a stream of tedious storylines." [15] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 59 out of 100 based on 24 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews". [16]

Sonia Saraiya, writing in Variety , felt that despite an engaging lead performance the series failed to live up to its "fun" potential, and raised strident objections to its style of violence: "the studied shallowness of Time After Time’s approach to violence makes for a sickening dynamic that attempts to cheaply humanize a serial killer. And while a shallow look at violence might be all that broadcast television’s standards and practices will allow, it feels both flat and exploitative." [17] [5]

Viewership and ratings per episode of Time After Time
No.TitleAir date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1"Pilot"March 5, 20170.7/22.54 [10] TBDTBDTBDTBD
2"I Will Catch You"March 5, 20170.7/22.54 [10] TBDTBDTBDTBD
3"Out of Time"March 12, 20170.6/22.26 [11] TBDTBDTBDTBD
4"Secrets Stolen"March 19, 20170.4/21.79 [12] 0.30.930.72.72 [18]
5"Picture Fades"March 26, 20170.4/21.87 [13] 0.30.7 [19]

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