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5. “Sleepy Hollow” abolishes the idea of “token” casting in genre shows.
Fact: Diversity leads to better story-telling. Case in point is FOX’s 2013 surprise hit “Sleepy Hollow.” Here was a show that cast minorities as major players and audiences responded with a staggering 10 million viewers for the series premiere. By not whitewashing the cast, “Sleepy Hollow” was able to explore the ramifications of centuries of racism in a smart, modern way while also allowing for a show that better reflects the diversity in our country. All while killing demons and casting spells. “Sleepy Hollow” can’t be held solely responsible for a changing in the diversity winds (full disclosure: the show is suffering in the sophomore season), but it probably eases the minds of Hollywood number crunchers who worried about the profitability of shows like “Luke Cage” and the “Walking Dead” spin-off. Now if only Netflix would fish “Almost Human” from the cast-off pile.