Beauty and the Beast: Season 1
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Although Beauty and the Beast has little in common with the Jean Cocteau film or Disney animated picture, the appeal is similar. Cynics may find these do-gooders sentimental, especially when Catherine utters lines like, "And although we cannot be together, we will never, ever be apart." But romantics made the CBS drama successful--at least until Hamilton left in the second year--and launched the Emmy-nominated Perlman into cult favorites like The City of Lost Children. Oscar winner Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London) also deserves credit for his convincing make-up effects. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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The show had the highest production values, the most interesting sets and exquisite costumes and touching storylines, the most sweeping, beautiful musical scores as well as talented and heartfelt performances by all, talented regulars and recurring guest stars and the sub culture of the tunnel dwellers. In a word, this show is poetry.
I wondered for a time if this would be the only show in the history of television to not be released.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for finally listening to the fans and releasing this dvd!
Once Upon a Time, Ron Koslow took the seeds of an age-old fairly tale and planted them in the modern urban landscape of New York City. At this time (1987) there were just the "Big Three" networks of ABC, CBS and NBC. Oh, there were cable stations, and Twentienth Century Fox was testing the waters with their own network. But the majority of primetime network dramas were formulaic "cop" shows or nighttime soaps like Dynasty. CBS took a huge risk on this odd little fantasy show, and placed it in what sci-fi and fantasy fans have come to know as the "kiss of death" timeslot: Friday nights.
For its first season, the show was a moderate hit, moreso with critics (and the aforementioned loyal followers) than mainstream audiences. The romance between "beauty" Linda Hamilton and "beast" Ron Perlman was handled with intelligence and compassion. Here was a show that was not "dumbed down" to appeal to a wider audience. In addition to their romance, Koslow and a talented staff of writers created an entire world of great characters, most of them living beneath the city in underground tunnels.
The show took a hit, however, when the writer's strike of 1988 delayed the start of the second season until December of that year. Most fans would agree that the quality of the episodes was never higher, but the ever-important Nielsen ratings were falling.Read more ›
When New York attorney Catherine Chandler is assaulted and left for dead, she later wakes up to find herself being tended to by Vincent and his mentor, Father, deep in the many-tunneled sanctuary beneath the city. She learns of the secret community dwelling in the Tunnels and promises to keep that knowledge secret. She returns to the world above but discovers that she has somehow formed an empathic bond with the reclusive Vincent. Her experience in the Tunnels transforms the previously carefree and rudderless attorney, as her social consciousness is elevated. She joins the DA's office and becomes an investigative lawyer. Her various cases for the DA often places her in jeopardy, and it's usually up to Vincent to come to her rescue.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even though this series only went 3 Seasons--the characters were very well Portrayed By Ron Perlman as Vincent & Linda Hamilton as Catherine--!! Read morePublished 4 months ago by CHIPMUNK JIM
Beauty And The Beast is a lovely and amazing romantic-drama from 1987. The show is about a beautiful woman named Catherine (Linda Hamilton) who lives in New York City. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Fuwwyfootpaws
To bad the show didn't go on and on....Always sad when they come to the end of their run.Published 10 months ago by Steven Albright
I love this show, when it was on TV I never missed a show. You can't help but love VincentPublished 11 months ago by sunshineludy
I was so excited to get my 1st season of Beauty and the Beast...opened it up and seen the 1st disc was not there...great..i thought nothing like having the 1st disc gone.. Read morePublished 12 months ago by sherry patterson
My favorite movie I bought it because my original one was damaged, and I have all 3videos.Published 13 months ago by Monica Hutton
I really enjoy this show, I enjoyed it when it was new on television and I enjoy it now on DVD.Published 15 months ago by K. Galloway
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