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1 | 2 | 3
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28 September 1987 (USA) See more »
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Sweet dreams. (Season 1) See more »
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Two young antique store owners must recover cursed antiques. Full summary »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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Very clever and original, despite poor title choice See more (55 total) »

Cast

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Louise Robey ... Micki Foster (70 episodes, 1987-1990)
Chris Wiggins ... Jack Marshak (65 episodes, 1987-1990)

John D. LeMay ... Ryan Dallion (53 episodes, 1987-1989)
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60 min (72 episodes)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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In "A Cup of Time" when Ryan enters the radio station booth, the DJ asks who is he and he says "J.D." J.D. is the actor's first and middle initials.See more »
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Errors in geography: Although no geographical location is ever given during the run of the series, it was clearly meant to be set in the US, with such things as American currency being used in any scene that involved money, and in one episode, a character saying something about being "in America." Even so, there were often things shown in scenes that clearly identified the location as Toronto, where the show was filmed, or Canada in general. Well known Canadian landmarks such as Casa Loma and part of the Toronto skyline, showing the recognizable Royal York hotel were seen, a train boxcar is shown with the word Canada written across its length in large letters, and vehicles also had Ontario license plates. While most outdoor scenes were kept non-descript, there were several scenes throughout the run of the series where the trio was driving along Yonge Street in Downtown Toronto, which is one of the most recognizable areas of Toronto. Americans who had never been to Toronto would likely recognize the area, just as Canadians recognize well known areas of New York and LA seen in TV shows, even if they have never been there before. These are just a few examples, but there are others as well.See more »
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Uncle Lewis:[to Jack] I'll send you straight to hell!See more »

10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Very clever and original, despite poor title choice, 25 November 2003
Author: matlock-6 from Chicago, IL

The choice of "Friday the 13th" as the title for this show was probably a major downfall, as a huge number of people (myself included) tuned in to the first show of the series expecting it to be based on the low budget slasher films of the same name. Unfortunately, at that time I was so disappointed and confused to find that it had nothing at all to do with the movies, I turned it off and didn't watch it again for a couple years. (Hey, I was 12 years old)

That said, beyond the title, this was a very good TV show, and very much a predecessor to things like The X Files. It had a similar tone to a lot of the horror/oddball shows of the day (like Tales from the Crypt, Tales From the Darkside, Monsters, etc.), but was the darkest and creepiest of all of them. The main characters, cousins Ryan and Micki played by John D. LeMay and the gorgeous and buxom Louise Robey, don't have any special magic powers or any of that nonsense. In fact, they are quite often frightened themselves when they get in over their heads.

The idea of searching for cursed items and getting them back safely from unsuspecting people is a very original and clever one.

If you manage to see this at some point, look for the first three seasons before LeMay's character was killed off, as Steve Monarque isn't as good and the writing started to go a little downhill as well.

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