The Rules of Time Travel on NBC’s Timeless

Traveling through time might be a familiar theme of new fall TV shows, but the stars of NBC’s Timeless want everyone to know they’re the only ones actually exploring true, dramatic time travel.

“We’re the only ones that actually travel through time continuously all throughout and have a machine,” clarified star Malcolm Barrett.

Timeless follows three strangers — a historian (Abigail Spencer’s Lucy Preston), a soldier (Matt Lanter’s Wyatt Logan) and a scientist (Barrett’s Rufus Carlin) — who are thrust together after a criminal (Goran Visnjic’s Garcia Flynn) steals a time machine and sets off through history with unclear aims. Each episode takes the trio to a different time period as they chase after Flynn, making Timeless as much be a period historical drama as it is a time travel adventure.

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