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 10 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »




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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The series was loosely remade in 2012. The only things retained were Catherine and Vincent's names and the New York setting. See more »


[season 3 voiceover narration]
Vincent: In this city of night, in this city of millions, there are countless stories. This is one, of two lovers who shared a bond that changed their lives forever. It is my story. How compassion opened my heart to a world where goodness and truth were stronger than hate or fear. Then... one day, she was taken from me by the forces of evil she had battled so bravely. And now, alone with her memory, yet armed with her courage, I have sworn to fight those who would kill or ...
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Featured in The Chronic Rift: Beauty and the Beast (1991) See more »

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Should not have been captivated
2 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

I was most certainly not the in the demographic this show was aimed at and I am less so now. Yet, I watched it in first run and I am now watching it on DVD. I was captivated the first time and I am again.

I am now a 58 year old married male. Maybe it was understandable to have loved the series at the end of the eighties, but now? In the eighties I was newly married and so it was excusable for me to be entranced by a fantasy romance. However, after 24 years of marriage the romance of a new marriage is long over and the work of a marriage ongoing. So, it would seem unlikely that I could be drawn in by television romance once again. No other show has done that over the years.

For me that is the magic of this series. I really don't need to analyze plot lines, sets, lighting or direction. It is simply a beautiful story. Both then and now and it still can touch my heart.

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