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Raven is an American TV series that originally aired on CBS in 1992–1993. This hour-long action drama featured martial arts, adventure, humor, mystery and secret societies.

Raven
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Jeffrey Meek as Jonathon Raven.
Created byFrank Lupo
StarringJeffrey Meek
Lee Majors
Andy Bumatai
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Production
Running time46 minutes (without commercials)
Production company(s)Columbia Pictures Television
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseJune 19, 1992 –
April 30, 1993

OverviewEdit

Jonathon Raven is a ninja-trained former Special Forces agent, retired in Hawaii to search for his long-lost son. Avoiding assassins sent to kill him by his former associates in the Black Dragon Clan, he uses his skills to help those in need. He is assisted by his former military buddy turned eccentric private investigator, Herman Jablonski.

PlotEdit

When Jonathon Raven was twelve years old, his parents were killed by the Black Dragon. He trained with them for many years in the deadly martial arts with the hopes of learning and mastering their lethal skill and then using it against them for vengeance. Although he succeeded in infiltrating them, the Black Dragon are many in number, and are now bent on destroying Raven's bloodline. His one true love, a beautiful Japanese woman named Aki, becomes pregnant with their son at the same time the Black Dragon clan is after Raven's life. Aki unfortunately dies shortly after giving birth to their son, but before she passes away, she realizes that her son's life is in danger. Jonathon learns of his wife's plan of hiding their son from imperilment, but sadly never gets to see him or attain the knowledge of his location. Later on, he joins the U.S. Special Forces and becomes one of their top assassins under a man named Nick Henderson. After many complications and regrets, Raven leaves the Special Forces and continues his search for his long-lost son. His search eventually leads him to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he believes his son may be. Raven is on a lifelong journey in search of his son, and is willing to risk his life along the way to find him and ensure the safety of his life, with the aid of his old military buddy - a drunken private investigator named Herman "Ski" Jablonski.

CastEdit

EpisodesEdit

Original PilotEdit

  1. Raven: Return of the Black Dragons - 90 minutes (without commercials)

Season 1: 1992Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Return of the Black Dragon"TBATBAJune 24, 1992 (1992-06-24)
22"The Unseen Enemy"James ConterFrank LupoJuly 1, 1992 (1992-07-01)
33"Reunion"TBATBAJuly 8, 1992 (1992-07-08)
44"...And Everything Nice"Kristoffer TaboriLawrence HertzogJuly 22, 1992 (1992-07-22)
55"Is Someone Crazy in Here or Is It Just Me?"TBATBAJuly 29, 1992 (1992-07-29)
66"Prey"TBATBASeptember 26, 1992 (1992-09-26)
77"The Death of Sheila"Jim JohnstonBill NussOctober 3, 1992 (1992-10-03)

Season 2: 1993Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
81"Bloody Beach"James DarrenSteven L. SearsJanuary 2, 1993 (1993-01-02)
92"Playback"David HemmingsLawrence HertzogJanuary 9, 1993 (1993-01-09)
103"The Journey"TBATBAJanuary 16, 1993 (1993-01-16)
114"Heat"David HemmingsLawrence HertzogJanuary 23, 1993 (1993-01-23)
125"Rip-Off"TBATBAJanuary 30, 1993 (1993-01-30)
136"Death Games"Guy MagarDavid H. BalkanMarch 6, 1993 (1993-03-06)
147"Disciples of Dawn"TBATBAMarch 13, 1993 (1993-03-13)
158"Something in the Closet"TBATBAMarch 20, 1993 (1993-03-20)
169"Checkmate"TBATBAMarch 27, 1993 (1993-03-27)
1710"Wipe-Out"TBATBAApril 3, 1993 (1993-04-03)
1811"The Guardians of the Night"TBATBAApril 10, 1993 (1993-04-10)
1912"Poisoned Harvest"TBATBAApril 17, 1993 (1993-04-17)
2013"Flori and Dori"TBATBAUNAIRED

Home mediaEdit

The complete series as originally broadcast on CBS (featuring the abbreviated 70 minute pilot) was released as a manufacture-on-demand DVD by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on April 5, 2016.[1]

Mill Creek Entertainment announced the re-releasing of the series on DVD.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Raven DVD news: DVD Release for The Complete Series". TVShowOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on 2016-04-20. Retrieved 2016-04-19.

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