By the time you get to Season 5 of a show you are looking for it to dip as the producers run out of ideas, or try to shake things up. In the case of `Medium' this happened in the previous season as Alison DuBois lost her job. We are now back on familiar ground as the Alison is back at the DA Office and the show takes a case of the week approach. In this format the show works well as it continues to be gripping and surprisingly dark. Rather than getting stale the show runners have given the rest of the DuBois family more to do; Joe starts a new business and the children all have their run ins with their burgeoning powers. The sense of family is as natural and compelling as ever, with many of the important scenes still being played out around the dinner table on just before going to sleep.
Is `Medium' getting complacent? The format is perhaps a little repetitive now, but for fans of the show you are getting from Season 5 some of the best storylines yet. There are a couple of extended arcs that allow the actors to explore their characters as well as a number of lighter episodes to relieve the tension. As always, Patricia Arquette is a little dead pan, but this plays into the natural feel of the show. It is the child actors who are growing into the series as it progresses and when Season 6 comes out they are likely to be given even more to do. If you are new to the show I would still advise starting nearer the beginning, but for fans of the previous 4 outings, season 5 of `Medium' is still of the upmost quality.