Timeless is a NBC show is about a history professor whose life is turned upside down when she is asked to join a team of heroes (the history professor, a programmer, and a soldier) tasked with stopping a man from changing the past and possibly destroying the future through time travel.
Abigail Spencer stars as Lucy Preston who is a history professor trying to follow in her sick mother’s footsteps. She is brought in because she can help guide the team throughout various historic points and help them blend in. Malcolm Barrett plays Rufus Carlin, who is an African-American programmer who doubles as a pilot for team. Malcolm’s race is significant because he initially declines going back into history because of his race. He eventually agrees to go but the show does a good job of highlighting the differences in how he is treated during various times in history.
After a time machine is stolen, Homeland Security shows up on Lucy’s door requesting her help. Connor Mason, head of a large and prestigious company named Mason Industries, created a time machine without notifying the government and now that it’s been stolen, the government needs it back. Luckily for everyone, Mason created a second “baby” time machine that the team can use to stop the thief, Garcia Flynn who used to work for NSA.
The team quickly learn that the stolen time travel machine was taken back to 1937 during the time period of the Hindenburg disaster. Each episode features the team traveling to various points in history in an attempt to foil the plans that Flynn has concocted. In addition to the Hindenburg, you can expect stops in time such as the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the attack at the Alamo, the Watergate scandal, the antics of Bonnie and Clyde and more. One of the hardest things for the team to grapple with is trying to apprehend Flynn but not interfering with the normal course of history.
The first season has 16 episodes and past episodes can be found on NBC.com, NBC on Demand, and Amazon.com.