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Beauty and the Beast (1987 TV series)

Beauty and the Beast is an American fantasy-drama series which first aired on CBS in 1987. Creator Ron Koslow's updated version of the fairy tale has a double focus: the relationship between Vincent (Ron Perlman), a mythic, noble man-beast, and Catherine (Linda Hamilton), a savvy Assistant District Attorney in New York; and a secret Utopian community of social outcasts living in a subterranean sanctuary. Through an empathetic bond, Vincent senses Catherine's emotions, and becomes her guardian.[5]

Beauty and the Beast
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Created byRon Koslow
Based onBeauty and the Beast
by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
Written by
Starring
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes55
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running timeapprox. 48 minutes (per episode)
Production company(s)Republic Pictures
Distributor
Release
Original networkCBS[4]
Original releaseSeptember 25, 1987 (1987-09-25) –
August 4, 1990 (1990-08-04)
Chronology
Related showsBeauty & the Beast (2012)

Contents

PremiseEdit

The series follows the developing relationship between the characters and the division between New York and the hidden world beneath it. In a twist from the original tale, however, this "beast" does not transform into society's idea of beauty after gaining the love of Catherine. Rather, Vincent's inner beauty is allowed to remain the focus of who he is, and it is Catherine's life that transforms from her relationship to Vincent.

In the third season after the death of the character Catherine, Jo Anderson became the new female lead playing Diana Bennett, a criminal profiler investigating Catherine's murder.[6]

ProductionEdit

As the title indicates, the premise of the series is inspired by the fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast"; in particular, there is some connection to the Jean Cocteau's 1946 French film, La Belle et la Bête.

George R. R. Martin, who would later write the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, was a writer and producer on the show.

In 2004 and 2007, Beauty and the Beast was ranked #14 and #17, respectively, on TV Guide's Top Cult Shows Ever.[7]

Series synopsisEdit

Season 1Edit

Catherine Chandler (played by Linda Hamilton) is abducted, beaten, slashed and left to die in Central Park because she was inadvertently mistaken for somebody else. She is rescued and cared for by Vincent (played by Ron Perlman) who has taken her to Father (played by Roy Dotrice), head of a hidden community of people dwelling in tunnels below the city of New York. Ten days later, Catherine returns to the surface with the promise of keeping Vincent's secret and the challenge to go on after her terrible attack. After completing her recovery, her life begins a serious transition: she takes self-defense lessons, leaves her comfortable job at her father's law firm and joins the Manhattan District Attorney's office as an assistant district attorney. Her first action involves her asking Carol Stabler about those men that attacked her, where she states that they were part of an illegal escort service run by Martin Belmont. When Catherine is attacked by Martin Belmont's men, she is saved by Vincent, who mauls the men.

During the course of the first season, the production team fashioned a blend of romance and crime drama, which used both Catherine's position as an ADA and her will to help Vincent and his world to place her in moments of physical danger that would bring the idealized romantic figure of Vincent to the surface world as her guardian angel.

Season 2Edit

During its second season, the series shifted its focus slightly to add more character development, as the central characters spent considerable time exploring their relationships with the inhabitants of the Tunnel World, where Catherine had finally been accepted as a friend and "Helper" (someone who assists the Tunnel community with what they need to survive and by keeping their secret). More people from the World Above turned up for emotional support and healing in the secure environment of the World Below.

Near the end of the season, however, in an effort to boost faltering ratings, the action orientation returned as a result of the misleadings of the recurrent villain Paracelsus (played by Tony Jay). In a cliffhanger final episode, Catherine is seen walking down a tunnel into a chamber, where Vincent is suffering from a violent madness.

Season 3Edit

When the series returned for its abbreviated third season late in 1989, Linda Hamilton had announced her decision to leave the series as she was pregnant at the time. It was a decision that, along with the network's desire to attract more male viewers, would have serious repercussions for the show's continued survival. In the resolution to the previous season's cliffhanger, Catherine rescued Vincent from his inner demons but was kidnapped by a man named Gabriel (played by Stephen McHattie[8]), the ruthless head of a huge criminal empire she had been investigating, which was trying to corrupt the D.A.'s office. She was killed, but not before giving birth to Vincent's son, who was held hostage by the evil Gabriel. Catherine's boss and close friend Joe Maxwell (Jay Acovone) hired Diana Bennett (Jo Anderson), a criminal profiler with the police department, to track down Catherine's killer. Quite naturally, her investigation ultimately led her to the now darkly obsessed and grieving Vincent.

Although still popular with its dedicated fans, the darker, more resolutely violent aspects of the reworked concept, coupled with the fatal loss of the all-important central relationship between Catherine and Vincent, led to further declining ratings and, ultimately, cancellation.[9]

CharactersEdit

Main castEdit

 
Pictured: Linda Hamilton (Catherine), Ron Perlman (Vincent)
  • Catherine Chandler (portrayed by Linda Hamilton) – A corporate attorney in her father's law firm. After she's abducted, beaten, and her face slashed upon being mistaken for Carol Stabler, Catherine was rescued and tended to by Vincent. After that experience, Catherine changes her life completely and becomes an investigator for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. In Season Three, Catherine becomes pregnant with Vincent's child and is captured by Gabriel. She is later killed by Gabriel who overdoses her with morphine.
  • Vincent (portrayed by Ron Perlman) – A man of extremely large build with the facial characteristics of a lion (fanged teeth, a flattened nose and a cleft upper lip) and fingers tipped with claw-like nails. He is also much stronger than ordinary humans and, when enraged, growls and roars like a lion. He wears a hooded cloak to hide his appearance from strangers while walking the city streets at night. His parentage is unknown as he was found as a baby near St Vincent's Hospital and brought to Father by Paracelsus' wife Anna. Vincent has empathic abilities that let him know when Catherine is in danger. Following the death of Catherine, his baby son was captive in the clutches of Gabriel prompting him to take down Gabriel's operations. He does end up surrendering to Gabriel when he hears that his son is ill. This leads up to a rescue mission by Diana and the rest of the "World Below". Following the death of Gabriel, Vincent saves his son and names him after Father's real name; Jacob. Vincent's makeup was devised by veteran Hollywood makeup artist Rick Baker. It was Baker who fought for Perlman to be cast and ultimately started a long-lasting friendship.
  • Diana Bennett (portrayed by Jo Anderson) – Diana is a criminal profiler with the "210 Division" of the New York Police Department, which investigates unusual cases beyond the scope of the normal police. She debuted in Season 3 where she was called to investigate Catherine's murder. She later becomes a friend of "The World Below" and plays a part in the final battle against Gabriel.

The "World Above"Edit

  • Joe Maxwell (portrayed by Jay Acovone[1]) – A Deputy District Attorney for the Borough of Manhattan and Catherine's immediate superior in the office. In Season Three, Joe is injured in a car explosion caused by Gabriel's crime syndicate. After the murder of Catherine, Joe hires Diana Bennett to find her killer. Joe later meets Father (when it comes to tracking down Gabriel), but has never met Vincent.
  • Isaac Stubbs (portrayed by Ron O'Neal in "Once Upon a Time", Delroy Lindo in "Terrible Savior" and "No Way Down") – A street-fighting instructor who teaches Catherine to defend herself after she recovers from her attack.
  • Jenny Aronson (portrayed by Terri Hanauer[10]) – A friend of Catherine's.
  • Edie (portrayed by Ren Woods[11]) – Works in the computer division of the DA's office in Season 1.
  • Elliot Burch (portrayed by Edward Albert[12]) – A self-made millionaire and New York building developer who is in love with Catherine. In Season Three, Elliot becomes familiar with Vincent after an encounter with him. Due to a deal with Gabriel, Elliot is involved in a plot to kill Vincent on his boat. Elliot is presumably killed by the boat explosion which wounded Vincent.
  • Charles Chandler (portrayed by John McMartin) – Catherine's father who is seen in Season 1 and 2 where he runs a law firm that Catherine used to work at. He dies of a stroke in the episode "Orphans". Before Charles died, Catherine was able to have Vincent meet her father.
  • Laura Williams (portrayed by Terrylene Sacchetti) – A deaf girl who lived in "The World Below" and struggles living in "The World Above" while remaining a helper to her tunnel family and befriending Catherine whom she admires.
  • Devin Wells (portrayed by Bruce Abbott) – A former inhabitant of "The World Below" who grew up with Vincent where they had a brother-like relationship.
  • Dr. Peter Alcroft (portrayed by Joseph Campanella) – A "Helper" who is a fellow medical student and old friend of Jacob Wells. In "Dead of Winter", Peter is among the "Helpers" that attend Winterfest.
  • John Moreno (portrayed by Bill Marcus) – The District Attorney that Catherine Chandler and Joe Maxwell work for.
  • Gabriel (portrayed by Stephen McHattie) – A highly-influential crime boss and the biggest drug trafficker on the East Coast who debuted in Season 3 as a recurring antagonist. He was responsible for Catherine's death and the kidnapping of her baby. After Gabriel's men captured Diana, Vincent surrendered himself to Gabriel's men. In the final battle, Vincent's son is rescued as Vincent wounds Gabriel. After Gabriel mentions that no court would be able to convict him, Gabriel is then shot by Diana who avenges Catherine's death using Catherine's gun.
    • Jonathan Pope (portrayed by John Lehne) – Gabriel's right-hand man who issues out Gabriel's orders.
    • Doctor (portrayed by Kenneth Kimmins) – An unnamed doctor who works for Gabriel. He had the Doctor overdose Catherine with morphine following her giving birth to Vincent's baby. When Gabriel revealed this to Vincent at the time when he was his prisoner, he offered Vincent revenge on the Doctor even though the Doctor stated to Vincent that Gabriel made him do it. Vincent was unable to take the Doctor's life causing Gabriel to have one of his men shoot the Doctor as Gabriel says to Vincent "I always pay my debts".

The "World Below"Edit

  • Jacob Wells/Father (portrayed by Roy Dotrice) – The patriarch of the "World Below" and Vincent's adoptive father. A physician who left the "World Above" after being unjustly blacklisted, fired from his job, and having his license to practice medicine stripped from him, Jacob found sanctuary in an early tunnel community and became its leader. He was also the one who helped Vincent heal Catherine after she was attacked by Martin Belmont's men.
  • Mary (portrayed by Ellen Geer) – The matriarch and midwife of the "World Below". Befitting her position, she is very motherly and generous. Mary is particularly devoted to giving back to the "Helpers".
  • Mouse (portrayed by David Greenlee) – Apparently having no other name, at least none that he remembers, he is young tunnel dweller who originally hid from the "World Below" community until Vincent caught him stealing some food and invited him into their family. He is infamous for stealing from the "World Above", which, in his opinion, exists for no other reason than to be stolen from where he once commented "Everyone takes things from Up Top. It's what Up Top is there for". Mouse loves tinkering with machinery and has invented several "gizmos" to help his fellow tunnel dwellers. He owns a pet raccoon named Arthur.
  • Pascal (portrayed by Armin Shimerman) – The shy and gentle "pipe master" who is the supervisor of the tunnels' communication system that involves the inhabitants of "The World Below" speaking through banging on the pipes. He was born in "The World Below" and was trained into understanding morse code by his father.
  • Winslow (portrayed by James Avery) – A very influential member of the underground community and a member of Father's council. Winslow is a blacksmith by trade. When on a rescue mission with Vincent to save Catherine from Paracelsus in "To Reign in Hell", Winslow is killed by Paracelsus' minion Erlik who threw Winslow against the wall.
  • Geoffrey (portrayed by Phillip Waller) – A young boy who lives in "The World Below".
  • Jamie (portrayed by Irina Irvine) – A teenage girl who lives in "The World Below". She is particularly protective of Mouse, defending his often erratic behavior to their elders. In "To Reign in Hell", Jamie is shown to be skillful with a crossbow when she uses it in a fight with Paracelsus' minion Erlik.
  • Narcissa (portrayed by Beah Richards) – An elderly and nearly blind inhabitant of "The World Below", she has resided there at least as far back as Vincent's childhood. Narcissa eventually moved far from the other inhabitants into the furthest tunnels where few others venture and even Vincent's knowledge of these areas does not surpass her own. She pretends to be nothing more than a senile old woman, but she is actually a skilled magician and fortune-teller.
  • Rebecca (portrayed Kathryn Spitz) – A female inhabitant of "The World Below" and an expert candlestick maker.
  • William (portrayed by Ritch Brinkley) – A heavyset man and inhabitant of "The World Below" who serves as their cook. His experiences in "The World Above" left him bitter and suspicious of almost everyone. William's role as cook makes him feel needed and appreciated as "The World Above" never did and he is usually the first to suggest a violent response to any threat to "The World Below".
  • John Pater/Paracelsus (portrayed by Tony Jay) – An inhabitant of "The World Below" who was featured in Season 1 and 2 as a recurring antagonist. John Pater was a scientist and a former friend of Jacob Wells' who helped organize "The World Below". But when he eventually desired power for himself, the community was forced to exile him. Father describes him as a "philosopher, scientist, magician" like the real Paracelsus, the name John Pater eventually takes for himself. When Jacob tries to reason with Paracelsus by calling him by his real name, he commented "John is dead". Paracelsus' late wife Anna was the one who discovered the infant Vincent near St. Vincent's Hospital and brought him to Jacob. Paracelsus tried to lead Vincent to siding with him while disguised as Jacob, but was ultimately killed by Vincent during a fit of rage. In his dying breath, Paracelsus quotes "At last, you are my son."

EpisodesEdit

Season 1: 1987–88Edit

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Title Original air date
11"Once Upon a Time in the City of New York"September 25, 1987 (1987-09-25)
When Catherine Chandler is abducted, beaten, and slashed by some men who mistook her for Carol Stabler, she is saved by Vincent (visibly human but has the appearance of a lion) who takes her to "The World Below" to recuperate, and the two form a strong friendship. After recuperating he sadly returns her above. Catherine then becomes an investigator for Manhattan's District Attorney office and learns to protect herself with a self-defense instructor. Eight months later Vincent and Catherine are happily reunited on Catherine's balcony. Vincent reveals that he feels her all of Catherine's emotions and pain when she does. The very next day when investigating an illegal escort service run by Martin Belmont, her life ends up in danger until Vincent comes to her rescue.
22"Terrible Savior"October 2, 1987 (1987-10-02)

Witness descriptions of a subway vigilante lead Catherine to believe that Vincent may be responsible.

Guest star: Dorian Harewood as Jason Walker
33"Siege"October 9, 1987 (1987-10-09)
Vincent helps the residents of an apartment building defend themselves from thugs who want to chase them out so the apartment building can be torn down—unaware the mastermind behind the project is a developer trying to court Catherine.
44"No Way Down"October 16, 1987 (1987-10-16)

Upon being injured in an explosion, a half-blind Vincent is captured by a vicious street gang. Catherine with the help of her self-defense teacher Isaac are out to find Vincent.

Guest stars: Mayim Bialik as Ellie, Jeffrey Combs as Python
55"Masques"October 30, 1987 (1987-10-30)
While blending in on Halloween night, Vincent becomes the guardian of an Irish peace activist who is targeted for assassination.
66"Beast Within"November 6, 1987 (1987-11-06)
When a childhood friend becomes an enforcer for the mob, Vincent must choose his loyalty.
77"Nor Iron Bars a Cage"November 13, 1987 (1987-11-13)

After Vincent is accidentally caught on film. he is captured by two men. One of them Dr. Edward Hughes is a scientist who is desperate to learn the truth about Vincent. The other man, graduate student Jonathan Gould believes Vincent is a freak of nature, and wants to reveal him to the public and become famous. However Hughes finds out that Vincent is capable of speech and learns of the awful pain that Vincent is going through from being caged. Catherine finds the tranquilizer darts used when Hughes and Gould captured Vincent and tracks down Dr Hughes at his office.

Guest stars: Michael Ensign as Dr. Edward Hughes
88"Song of Orpheus"November 20, 1987 (1987-11-20)
When Father ventures to "The World Above" for the first time in decades, he is arrested for murder. Catherine and Vincent must dive into Father's past—where they learn of his true identity, Jacob Wells, a physician; his blacklisting during the McCarthy era; and, of his long-lost wife—in order to clear his name and reunite him with his now-dying wife.
99"Dark Spirit"November 27, 1987 (1987-11-27)
While investigating a mysterious death, Catherine becomes a target for a mysterious voodoo cult, who makes her see scary hallucinations through her eyes. They then turn her against Vincent, believing he is responsible for the scary visions.
1010"A Children's Story"December 4, 1987 (1987-12-04)

Catherine learns that a city's model Ridley foster home holds a dark secret—selling orphaned children to criminals who force them to pick pockets. She saves one such orphan, Eric, and brings him to "The World Below" where he's welcomed by Father who promises his missing sister Ellie a similar refuge, while Vincent helps Catherine find Ellie and end the child-selling racket.

Guest star: Richard Herd as Richard Barnes
1111"An Impossible Silence"December 18, 1987 (1987-12-18)

Upon witnessing a shooting, deaf Laura Williams must decide if she should leave the sanctuary of "The World Below" to free an innocent man. While Catherine is investigating the same case, Catherine is beaten up in her apartment by the men who were behind the murder. After receiving loving assurance from Vincent and Catherine, Laura bravely gives her statement to the police.

Guest star: Robert Pastorelli as Tony Perotta.
1212"Shades of Grey"January 8, 1988 (1988-01-08)
The inhabitants of "The World Below" shun Mouse for his acts of thievery, until they need him and his mechanical and engineering intelligence to help rescue Father and Vincent following a cave-in in an unsteady cave. Mouse in turn needs Catherine's help, which sends her reluctantly to Elliott Burch for specialised construction tools that may free Father and Vincent in time.
1313"China Moon"January 15, 1988 (1988-01-15)

Chinatown is the setting of a "Romeo and Juliet"-like story of a woman who is friends with Vincent and who has fallen in love with one man but through an arranged marriage has become engaged to the son of a Triad leader.

Guest stars: Rosalind Chao as Lin Wong, James Hong as Chiang Lo Yi, Keye Luke as Master, Jerry Tondo as Eddie, Victor Wong as Dr. Wong
1414"The Alchemist"January 22, 1988 (1988-01-22)
Catherine believes a deadly new hallucinatory drug on the street is supplied by someone from "The World Below." Catherine, Vincent, and Father discover Father's former friend Paracelsus—who helped him build "The World Below" originally—is behind this.
1515"Temptation"February 5, 1988 (1988-02-05)
Joe is spearheading the investigation of a major firm, so the firm's attorney begins using dirty tactics to derail Joe, and Catherine discovers that Joe's new girlfriend is a vital part of the conspiracy. Meanwhile Vincent travels to a deep chamber to find a gift for Catherine, in celebration of the one year anniversary since they first met.
1616"Promises of Someday"February 12, 1988 (1988-02-12)
A new assistant D.A. whose competence Catherine questions turns out to be Vincent's long-lost childhood friend from "The World Below," Devin, whose vagabond way of life—similar to Tony Curtis's character in The Great Impostor—began after a falling-out with Father over his endangering Vincent aboard a park carousel. The uneasy reunion between Vincent and Devin leads to the revelation of one of Father's long-kept secrets (he's Devin's biological father) but ends in their reconciliation and with Devin now knowing he has a home to return to.
1717"Down to a Sunless Sea"February 19, 1988 (1988-02-19)

Vincent has foreboding dreams when Catherine's former fiance Steven Bass returns to her life, and with good reason: Catherine is barely aware Steven—whose parents are now dead, who's dying of brain disease, but whose becalmed manner at first belies that he's still a control freak—is obsessed with making her the wife she doesn't want to be to him, and goes to a pair of troubling extremes to make it happen.

Guest star: Jim Metzler as Steven Bass
1818"Fever"February 26, 1988 (1988-02-26)

A necklace Mouse gives Catherine as a gift turns out to be made of antique gold—found in a buried ship Mouse discovered by accident deep in "The World Below." When he shows Winslow and Cullen, it leads to an unheard-of spell of raw greed among their fellow tunnel dwellers, especially when Cullen tries to claim the ship's treasure as his own for sale, until Catherine, Vincent, and Father find a surprising resolution.

Guest stars: Kay E. Kuter as Alain Viso, George R.R. Martin as Restaurant Patron
1919"Everything Is Everything"March 4, 1988 (1988-03-04)

Vincent and Catherine become involved with a gypsy boy who's been banished from his tribe because of a crime his father was supposed to have committed and who claims that his father was actually innocent.

Guest star: Robert Pastorelli as Vick Ramos
2020"To Reign in Hell"March 18, 1988 (1988-03-18)

Catherine receives an unexpected visitor on her balcony—Paracelsus' minion Erlik, who captures Catherine in a plot to lure Vincent to the lower parts of "The World Below" and kill him so that Paracelsus can overthrow Father and take over "The World Below." Despite knowing what Paracelsus would do, Vincent goes to rescue her with the help of Pascal, Winslow, and Jamie.

Guest star: Big John Studd as Erlik
2121"Ozymandias"April 1, 1988 (1988-04-01)
Elliot Burch's great construction project "Burch Tower" threatens the existence of "The World Below" and Catherine agrees to marry him if he will halt construction.
2222"A Happy Life"April 8, 1988 (1988-04-08)
Depressed on the anniversary of her mother's death, Catherine struggles emotionally between her relationship with Vincent and her working life, enough so that Vincent tries to end their relationship. But when she retreats to a friend's home out of town, Catherine and Vincent each realize their love is rare, true, and worth their struggles, and Catherine returns to New York running into Vincent's arms.

Season 2: 1988–89Edit

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231"Chamber Music"November 18, 1988 (1988-11-18)
In this homage to classical music, Vincent—after enjoying a park performance of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony joyously with Catherine—discovers Rollie, a former resident of "The World Below", once a gifted pianist who played the classics stunningly by ear, but now a drug addict struggling to survive in the city. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn Rollie feels responsible for the death of a helper who taught him to read music. In the end, he refuses to accept the love and forgiveness waiting Below, though Vincent assures him no one blames him for her death.
242"Remember Love"November 25, 1988 (1988-11-25)
Catherine longs for Vincent to escort her to a secret hidden place that she had as a child in Connecticut. Yet Vincent realizes that there is too much danger if he were to venture above. Vincent then begins having visions of an angel who takes him on a journey of what life would have been like if he had never existed with one of them having involved Paracelsus successfully taking over "The World Below." He begins to believe that the changed world is all real. But he realizes it was all a dream when he wakes up in his bed and sees Catherine smiling down at him.
253"Ashes, Ashes"December 2, 1988 (1988-12-02)

Vincent rescues a man named Dimitri Benko from drowning and brings him to "The World Below" to recuperate. Little does anyone know, Dimitri is carrying the pneumonic plague which soon becomes an epidemic amongst the residents of the tunnels and begins taking lives. Meanwhile, Catherine discovers that Dr. Peter Alcroft is an old friend of Father when it comes to helping the infected.

Guest star: Adrian Paul as Dimitri Benko
264"Dead of Winter"December 9, 1988 (1988-12-09)

When "The World Below" is planning an annual winter event called Winterfest with Catherine and the other "Helpers," Paracelsus plans to crash the party. Catherine and Vincent suspect that someone at the party is actually Paracelsus in disguise and must find out who it is.

Guest star: Tony Steedman as Sebastian
275"God Bless the Child"December 16, 1988 (1988-12-16)

Catherine convinces Vincent and Father to welcome pregnant former prostitute Lena to the "World Below" where she can have her baby and be part of the community, but a crush on Vincent turns to more for Lena after her baby is born. After running away when Vincent rejects her advances gently but firmly, Lena is found by Catherine, who convinces her to return to the tunnels, where she names her baby after Catherine.

Guest star: Katy Boyer as Lena
286"Sticks and Stones"January 6, 1989 (1989-01-06)

Deaf Laura Williams (Terrylene Sacchetti) now lives in surface New York but backs away as a helper for "The World Below" when she falls in with a gang of young, angry deaf people whose leader, Lincoln, is investigated for a security guard's murder. Laura's boyfriend in the gang, Jerry, is an undercover police officer who reveals his secret to her, prompting her to run away. She returns to discover Jerry's cover blown and the gang sentences him to a punishment "sticks and stones." He is rescued by Catherine and the police who are searching for him, as well as Vincent who is summoned by one of the helpers.

Guest star: Tim Russ as Lt. Eric Parker
297"A Fair and Perfect Knight"January 13, 1989 (1989-01-13)
Catherine befriends and takes in young Michael Richmond, who's lived in "The World Below" since childhood but now begins college in the city, but the revelation of his real parentage and a crush on Catherine drive him to second thoughts until Catherine and Vincent convince him to try again.
308"Labyrinths"January 20, 1989 (1989-01-20)
A teenage boy who lives in Catherine's apartment building discovers "The World Below" by mistake while seeking refuge from his divorced parents' testy joint custody arrangement and following unsuspecting Catherine into the tunnels. The tunnel dwellers convince him to keep their secret while offering him a refuge if he wants it.
319"Brothers"February 3, 1989 (1989-02-03)

Devin Wells returns to "The World Below" with Charles, a deformed man with Proteus syndrome who seeks sanctuary from his abusive brother Eddie while escaping from a carnival where he's billed "The Dragon Man." Vincent befriends Charles but the deformed man's fear and awkwardness lead to complications until Devin agrees to care for Charles at a mountain retreat.

Guest star: Don Stark as Eddie
3210"A Gentle Rain"February 17, 1989 (1989-02-17)

A resident of "The World Below" named Kanin—about to celebrate his first wedding anniversary below—is recognised by a woman in "The World Above" as the driver who killed her small son in an accident sixteen years ago, the real reason Kanin retreated to the tunnels. Catherine discovers his warrant by accident and doesn't want to force Kanin to leave his family, but Vincent convinces him to face his responsibility and give closure to the still-grieving woman.

Guest star: Scott Jaeck as Kanin
3311"The Outsiders"February 24, 1989 (1989-02-24)
When a group of homeless people find their way into "The World Below," Father decides to welcome them. Vincent is wary about this as it seems that the homeless people are violent and disturbed.
3412"Orphans"March 6, 1989 (1989-03-06)

When Catherine's father dies of a stroke, she retreats to "The World Below" to grieve. She asks Vincent to let her stay with him and not return to "The World Above" and though he agrees, he knows that eventually she will need to go back. One night she is visited by her father's spirit in a dream and she comes to terms with losing him, which gives her the strength to return to her world.

In 2009, TV Guide ranked this episode #89 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[13]
3513"Arabesque"March 13, 1989 (1989-03-13)

Former "World Below" resident Lisa Campbell—now a world-famous ballerina—returns to the tunnels for refuge, desperate not to testify against her controlling and arms-running boyfriend. Her return unnerves Vincent—who loved her when they were teenagers, but who injured her once during an embrace, a major reason he fears physical intimacy with Catherine. But Catherine consoles Vincent and convinces Lisa to face the authorities and do what she can to put her boyfriend away for his crimes.

Guest star: Elyssa Davalos as Lisa Campbell
3614"When the Blue Bird Sings"March 31, 1989 (1989-03-31)
An eccentric young artist calling himself Kristopher keeps appearing in Catherine's life after meeting her in a bookstore—including near a tunnel entrance where he sees Vincent. Believing he faked his own death to advance his previously obscure works, Catherine tracks his paintings to a warehouse where Vincent joins her, but Kristopher vanishes after showing them the rest of his works. After Catherine arranges a successful show at a gallery, the gallery owner presents her with a wrapped painting that has her name on it—an oil painting Kristopher did of her and Vincent. When Vincent notices the paint completely dry, which takes years for oil paints, the air of mystery deepens.
3715"The Watcher"April 7, 1989 (1989-04-07)
On the night of their second anniversary, Catherine and Vincent are unnerved to think a stalker claims to have seen Vincent, which he reiterates in a frightening phone call to Catherine. Determined to learn his identify, but afraid to involve the police to protect Vincent, Catherine is soon kidnapped by the stalker while Vincent and Joe separately try to find her. She's left unconscious in the trunk of his car in a lake, until Vincent rescues her and dispatches the stalker before she can die.
3816"A Distant Shore"April 14, 1989 (1989-04-14)
Catherine must travel to California as part of an investigation for the D.A.'s office in New York. She and Vincent discover just how strong their bond is when Vincent is able to warn her telepathically of an impending attack while she is trying to bring a witness back to New York with her.
3917"Trial"April 21, 1989 (1989-04-21)
Catherine and Joe have been working on a case involving a high-power Wall Street celebrity whose child abuse resulted in the death of his son. Catherine is named the prosecutor in the case and she soon must deal with the challenge of trying to get the child's mother to testify against her husband.
4018"A Kingdom by the Sea"April 28, 1989 (1989-04-28)

The CIA pushes Catherine and Joe off investigating the murder of an old man who proves to be the father of Elliot Burch—whose shady dealings in Central America have him in danger from a country's death squad, leading Catherine to put her own life on the line to help him.

Guest stars: R.G. Armstrong as Stanley Kazmarek, Ken Foree as Morley, Dean Norris as Biggs
4119"The Hollow Men"May 5, 1989 (1989-05-05)
Two rich kids have been targeting and murdering prostitutes for fun. Late one night, Vincent witnesses their latest murder and is unable to stop them. Catherine soon puts together a case against them but has a hard time putting them away. Meanwhile, Vincent has set on his own to put an end to their madness.
4220"What Rough Beast"May 12, 1989 (1989-05-12)

Catherine is attacked by two men in the park who are disguised as police officers. Vincent comes to her rescue only for it to be a set-up caused by a shadowy figure who has hired an investigative reporter named Bernie Spirko to expose Vincent's existence to the public at large.

Guest star: Dan Shor as Bernie Spirko
4321"Ceremony of Innocence"May 19, 1989 (1989-05-19)
Following Spirko's death, Elliot Burch and Catherine set out to find the man who hired his killer—unaware the killer is Paracelsus, who stabbed Spirko to death, setting in motion the next stage of his plan to take over "The World Below." Disguised as Father—whom he left bound and hidden in a rented penthouse—Paracelsus lies to Vincent about his birth which brings Vincent to the verge of madness in a final confrontation.
4422"The Rest Is Silence"May 26, 1989 (1989-05-26)
Following the death of Paracelsus, and Father's revelation of the truth about his abandonment and adoption, Vincent comes to terms that the beast within him is causing him to lose control until Catherine daringly joins him to comfort him through it.

Season 3: 1989–90Edit

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Title Original air date
451"Though Lovers Be Lost..."December 12, 1989 (1989-12-12)
After recovering from his violent madness, Vincent finds himself unable to sense when Catherine is in danger. When an explosion lands Joe in the hospital, Catherine learns that she is pregnant and ends up captured by a crime syndicate led by a shadowy figure during her investigation. Six months later, Vincent, Joe, and Elliot each continue searching for Catherine. D.A. John Moreno suspends Joe suspiciously, leaving Joe to continue on his own. As Catherine's pregnancy begins its final phase, Vincent detects his child's presence, which leads him to the dying Catherine—injected with a fatal drug dose—and a skyscraper roof where the crime syndicate's leader Gabriel escapes by helicopter with Vincent's newborn son. Catherine and Vincent share a heartbreaking goodbye on the roof as she dies in his arms.
462"Walk Slowly"December 13, 1989 (1989-12-13)
Following Catherine's murder, Vincent takes her body back to her apartment and leaves her on her bed. Joe begins an investigation into finding Catherine's murderer and hires reluctant police investigator Diana Bennett to help him. Diana encounters Elliot and members of "The World Below" at Catherine's funeral before beginning to piece together Catherine's secretive romance with Vincent. After the funeral, Vincent says a last private goodbye next to her grave.
473"Nevermore"December 20, 1989 (1989-12-20)
Vincent begins his quest to find his captive son and makes his first move by revealing himself to Elliot. Meanwhile, Diana is more immersed in Catherine's life soon discovers the entrance into the Tunnel World in the basement of Catherine's apartment building. Elliot soon discovers Moreno's role in Catherine's death.
484"Snow"December 27, 1989 (1989-12-27)

Vincent is haunted by dreams of heavily-snowing winter, and no wonder: Gabriel sends an assassin named Snow to eliminate him, leading him to lead Snow away from the "World Below" inhabitants when Snow finds the tunnels. Meanwhile, Joe has become acting district attorney in the wake of Moreno's exposure and murder and is free to continue his own investigation. Snow dies in a cave-in in the deepest tunnel.

Guest star: Lance Henriksen as Snow
495"Beggar's Comet"January 3, 1990 (1990-01-03)
Vincent plans to leave "The World Below" to keep its inhabitants from being targeted by Gabriel's men. Elliot befriends a street saxophonist who gives him information to help track Gabriel. Following the death of Snow, Gabriel plans to have Vincent killed and approaches Elliot with an offer to betray Vincent. Next to a boat on a dock, Elliot instead warns Vincent away.
506"A Time to Heal"January 10, 1990 (1990-01-10)
Following the boat explosion, Diana finds a wounded Vincent at Catherine's grave and takes him back to her apartment to heal. Father comes to the surface and visits Joe to know if Vincent had perished in the boat explosion, but learns it was Elliot who was killed trying to protect Vincent. Diana removes all news items and written evidence involving Vincent's rescues of Catherine in danger from her working wall board
517"The Chimes at Midnight"January 17, 1990 (1990-01-17)
When Vincent entrusts Snow's ring to Diana, she becomes a target for Gabriel's men and ends up captured. Vincent surrenders himself to Gabriel when he hears that his son is terminally ill.
528"Invictus"January 24, 1990 (1990-01-24)
With Vincent a prisoner of Gabriel, he witnesses his son making a miraculous recovery. Diana can't return to her apartment as it's under surveillance by Gabriel's men. Upon learning of Vincent's capture, Father and the other inhabitants of "The World Below" bring Diana to "The World Below" where she gives them the description of the floor tile in Gabriel's house. In front of a horrified Vincent, Gabriel kills the doctor who treated the baby and fatally injected Catherine. Vincent finally escapes the electrified cage as Diana arrives. When Vincent can't bring himself to kill Gabriel, Diana shoots Gabriel dead. During a baby-naming ceremony, Vincent names the baby Jacob after Father—and we see Catherine's face looking down with a smile over Vincent's shoulder.
539"In the Forests of the Night"July 21, 1990 (1990-07-21)

Rolley is shot while trying to rob a liquor store and takes refuge in the tunnels. This brings his heroin addiction to the forefront and Vincent vows to do his best to help Rolley which leads to a fiery encounter at a drug house that unknown to Vincent is run by Gabriel.

Guest star: Suzie Plakson as Susan, Miguel Sandoval as Jerry

Note: The events of this episode actually take place before the events seen in "The Chimes at Midnight."
5410"The Reckoning"July 28, 1990 (1990-07-28)

In the aftermath of Gabriel's death, Vincent introduces Diana to the inhabitants of "The World Below." When Father receives a visit from his old flame Jessica Webb, it prompts Mary (Ellen Geer) to confess to Vincent that she's been in love with Father a very long time. Diana investigates the strange murders of ex-inhabitants turned helpers of "The World Below"—all of whose faces are covered in blue ash.

Guest stars: Fionnula Flanagan as Jessica Webb, David Graf as Gregory Coyle
5511"Legacies"August 4, 1990 (1990-08-04)

Father says a painful goodbye to Jessica, who can't let herself return to "The World Below" while Father knows he must return. He returns to the tunnels and discovers former inhabitant Gregory Coyle has committed the murders—seeking revenge for the death of his father by cave-in 20 years ago. Diana makes it her mission to catch Gregory before he can kill again but clashes with an old-school detective (John Pleshette), who refuses to believe her description of Gregory's pattern. Gregory buries Father alive in a little-used tunnel but lets himself fall to his own death despite Diana and Vincent's rescue attempt. The series concludes with Diana and Vincent in his chamber, and Diana holding Vincent's baby son next to him.

Guest stars: Fionnula Flanagan as Jessica Webb, David Graf as Gregory Coyle, Terrylene as Laura.

Nielsen ratingsEdit

  • 1987–88: #50 (13.31 rating)
  • 1988–89: #69 (10.38 rating)
  • 1989–90: #93 (8.82 rating)

Note: Ratings data from TVTango.com

NovelizationsEdit

  • Avon Books published three books novelizing various episodes from the series:
    • Beauty and the Beast by Barbara Hambly – October 1989 – ISBN 0-380-75795-8, a novelization and expanding of the pilot episode
    • Masques by Ru Emerson – September 1990 – ISBN 0-380-76194-7, a novelization of the episodes "Arabesque", "Masques" and "The Watcher"
    • Song of Orpheus by Barbara Hambly – November 1990 – ISBN 0-380-75798-2, a novelization of the episodes "Fever", "Song of Orpheus" and "Shades of Grey"
  • Image Pub of New York published published another book based on episodes and characters from the series:
    • Beyond Words, Beyond Silence by Nan Dibble – January 1993 – ISBN 9992999292

Home mediaEdit

CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount) has released all three seasons of Beauty and the Beast on DVD in region 1. They also released Beauty and the Beast: The Complete Series, a 16-disc box set featuring all 56 episodes of the series.

On 11 November 2014, CBS Home Entertainment released a repackaged version of the complete series set which featured a lower price but did not include the bonus disc that was part of the original complete series set.[14]

Fabulous Films has released the entire series on DVD in region 2.[15][16][17][18]

Shock Entertainment has released the entire series on DVD in region 4.

DVD Name Ep # Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Beauty and the Beast: The Complete First Season 22 13 February 2007 30 May 2011 20 April 2009
Beauty and the Beast: The Complete Second Season 22 10 July 2007 27 June 2011 10 September 2009
Beauty and the Beast: The Complete Third Season 12 5 February 2008 25 July 2011 10 February 2010
Beauty and the Beast: The Complete Series 56 30 September 2008 25 July 2011 14 April 2010

A Blu-ray release in region 2 was announced for March 2011, but was canceled.[19]

FandomEdit

An active fan community (self-titled "Helpers" or "the tunnel community") arose during the show's run, helping organize a petition drive to assure that there would be a third season.[20] They have published the usual fanzines, fan fiction and collections of filk music[21] inspired by the show, and as of 2013 continue to hold various fan conventions around the world.

RebootEdit

CBS Television Studios, which owns the rights to the series, developed a reboot for the series. Ron Koslow, the creator of the original, is executive producing, along with the earlier show's producers, Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas. The reboot has been described as a "modern-day romantic love story with a procedural twist." In the United States, it airs on The CW.[22]

The television series stars New Zealand actor Jay Ryan as Vincent (the "beast") and Canadian actress Kristin Kreuk as Catherine (the "beauty").[23] The pilot was filmed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in March 2012.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Lee Holdridge – Home".
  3. ^ "Beauty and the Beast". CBS.com. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
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  6. ^ O'Connor, John J. (December 20, 1989). "Television; Beast Tries to Survive Loss Of the Other Half of the Title". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-11.
  7. ^ TV Guide Names the Top Cult Shows Ever – Today's News: Our Take TV Guide: June 29, 2007
  8. ^ Stephen McHattie on IMDb
  9. ^ Gerard, Jeremy (June 1, 1989). "Fans of 'Beauty'". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-11.
  10. ^ Terri Hanauer on IMDb
  11. ^ Ren Woods on IMDb
  12. ^ "Beauty and the Beast – The Third Season". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
  13. ^ "TV Guide's Top 100 Episodes". Rev/Views. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  14. ^ Lambert, David (22 August 2014). "Beauty and the Beast - '87 Show (Linda Hamilton, Ron Perlman) Gets 'Complete'-ly Re-Released". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on 25 August 2014.
  15. ^ "Beauty And The Beast / Season 1".
  16. ^ "Beauty And The Beast / Season 2".
  17. ^ "Beauty And The Beast / Season 3".
  18. ^ "Beauty And The Beast / Complete Series".
  19. ^ "Beauty And The Beast: Season 1 (3 Discs) (Blu-ray)". Play.com. Archived from the original on 10 March 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
  20. ^ Carlson, Timothy. "Beauty and the Beast, the Show That Wouldn't Die... And the Fans Who Wouldn't Let It." TV Guide January 13, 1990, pp. 2–6
  21. ^ "Gonna Howl Tonight #6".
  22. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 16, 2011). "CW To Reboot 1980s 'Beauty And The Beast'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 18, 2011.
  23. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 6, 2012). "PILOT SEASON 2012 – American Actors Not Fairest Of Them All In Pilot Lead Castings". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 11, 2012.

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