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Ron Perlman, Linda Hamilton. A noble lion-man beast falls in love with Catherine, a shrewd D.A. from New York. Includes Chamber Music" (11/18/88), The Outsiders" (2/24/89), The Rest Is Silence" (6/2/89), and 19 more for a total of 22 episodes on 6 DVDs. 1988-89/color/17 hrs., 20 min/NR/fullscreen.
Though set in the late-1980s, Beauty and the Beast plays like something from another era. There's no irony, cynicism, or hip quips to break the spell of the fantasy (though a little humor would've been nice). Catherine (Linda Hamilton) loves the beastly, if beneficent Vincent (Ron Perlman) with all her heart--and vice versa. Together, they're TV's most soft-hearted crime fighters. To the show's credit, however, they aren't infallible, and there are a few problems they're unable to solve, whether the issue is drug addiction ("Chamber Music"), infectious disease ("Ashes, Ashes" with Highlander's Adrian Paul), or murder ("The Hollow Men").
In retrospect, it's clear that Beauty and the Beast was a reaction to the "greed is good" era. Vincent and his cave-dwelling compatriots represent a more compassionate alternative to "topsider" corruption. Yet all is not harmonious below either. Seriously injured the previous year, Paracelsus (Tony Jay) becomes a Phantom of the Opera-type figure, who aims to destroy Vincent's candle-lit utopia. In addition, a less civilized group of outcasts arrives in "The Outsiders." Fortunately, Vincent has Father (Roy Dotrice), Mary (Ellen Geer), Mouse (David Greenlee), and Pascal (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Armin Shimerman) on his side.
Unfortunately, they won't be able to prevent the tragedy that occurs in "The Rest Is Silence." Suffice to say, the season finale sets the scene for a new direction (more is revealed in the third-season opener). Consequently, Beauty and the Beast was canceled the following year, but still managed to rack up 18 Emmy nominations (winning six), spawning a soundtrack, and even inspiring some Saturday Night Live spoofing--a sure sign it had struck a chord. While the first season was devoid of extras, Perlman and Hamilton introduce six key episodes on this set. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
I watched this year's ago. I didn't remember the show stories, just the characters and basically how I couldn't wait for the next episode. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Kathy Grubb
Love this series!! I loved it so much. So glad I was able to go back and watch the series.Published 19 days ago by Pat McCutcheon
I love this show ! But didn't like some of the things that happened. But regardless it is a wonderful love story!Published 23 days ago by Trill
Great flicks, they don't make them like this anymore, sadly.Published 26 days ago by Steven Albright
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|Season 2 edited for DVD?||
The term edited does not necessarily mean they are cut, in fact if you look toward the end of Chamber Music you will see a scene in the tunnel with Catherine and Vincent that has not been seen since it was aired for the first time. The scene was not even on the VHS tapes that... Read More
Jan 25, 2008 by Ronald E. Bonsack | See all 3 posts
|Beauty and the Beast Documentary Online||
I just watched this "convention website" video with online documentary. I certainly did not see any set locations or interviews with cast or a crew member. What you will see are a couple of fans telling you why they love B&TB.
I am not going to fault them. At least they are trying to... Read More
May 22, 2007 by Michael Palmer | See all 11 posts
|Let's talk about Ron and Linda's appearance||
I agree that it was terrific seeing Ron & Linda together again in the select episode intros, talking about the show and their characters.
Ron was a bit too serious, but Linda was trying to be a little lighter - which is how I took it. You could see, however, how much both were captivated by... Read More
Aug 14, 2007 by Sheryl L. Simmons | See all 2 posts
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