Beauty and the Beast (1987–1990)

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The adventures and romance of a sensitive and cultured lion-man and a crusading assistant district attorney in Manhattan, New York City.


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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 13 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
 Vincent (55 episodes, 1987-1990)
 Jacob 'Father' Wells (55 episodes, 1987-1990)
 Deputy D.A. Joe Maxwell / ... (55 episodes, 1987-1990)
 Asst. Dist. Atty. Catherine Chandler (46 episodes, 1987-1989)
 Edie (42 episodes, 1987-1989)


Ron Koslow's updated version of the fairytale has a double focus: the relationship between Vincent,(a mythic, noble man-beast) and Catherine (an asst DA in New York); and a secret Utopian society of outcasts living in an underground sanctuary where Vincent is protected and loved. Through an emotional bond connecting Vincent to Catherine, he comes to be her protector as well as the man she loves. The series follows the developing relationship between them and nicely fleshes out the underground world of labyrinth tunnels, mystical waterfalls, and people who have come together to form a loving and nurturing family. Written by Peg McNabb <>

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Release Date:

5 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La bella y la bestia  »

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Tony Jay (Paracelcus) later became the voice of Monsieur D'Arque in the Disney film Beauty and the Beast (1991). See more »


[opening credits narration]
Vincent: This is where the wealthy and the powerful rule. It is her world... a world apart from mine. Her name... is Catherine. From the moment I saw her, she captured my heart with her beauty, her warmth, and her courage. I knew then, as I know now, she would change my life... forever.
Catherine Chandler: He comes from a secret place, far below the city streets, hiding his face from strangers, safe from hate and harm. He brought me there to save my life... and now, wherever I go, he is with me, ...
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A Totally Misunderstood Program
1 November 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

The brilliance of this series was its romance and its excellent early stories. We could entirely believe that this could happen in New York -- except that any New Yorker would tell you that there are people far stranger than Vincent walking the streets. We were never told how he came to be as he is, but it almost didn't matter. I don't think it was any accident that he had such a feline appearance.

This series was so badly misunderstood and mishandled by its parent network that I am not surprised it lasted only two seasons. Season 3 wasn't even the same program in my book. CBS seemed terribly upset with the fact that its audience was almost entirely female. Was that why the body count of season 3 was higher than in a Bruce Willis movie?

The worst mistake CBS ever made was to let Linda Hamilton leave after two seasons. Had the network been intelligent enough, they could have talked her into a third season, ending it with the fairytale ending -- she kisses Vincent for real (something CBS was VERY afraid of, but the fans would have loved) and have him turn into a human prince. That would have given it the magical ending it deserved.

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