A clan of heroic night creatures pledge to protect modern New York City as they did in Scotland one thousand years earlier.

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Greg Weisman
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1996   1995   1994  
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Keith David ...  Goliath / ... 61 episodes, 1994-1996
Salli Richardson-Whitfield ...  Elisa Maza / ... 59 episodes, 1994-1996
Jeff Bennett ...  Brooklyn / ... 46 episodes, 1994-1996
Frank Welker ...  Bronx / ... 43 episodes, 1994-1996
Edward Asner ...  Hudson / ... 39 episodes, 1994-1996
Bill Fagerbakke ...  Broadway / ... 38 episodes, 1994-1996
Thom Adcox-Hernandez ...  Lexington / ... 38 episodes, 1994-1996
Jonathan Frakes ...  David Xanatos / ... 34 episodes, 1994-1996
Brigitte Bako ...  Angela 28 episodes, 1995-1996
Marina Sirtis ...  Demona / ... 27 episodes, 1994-1996
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In the Dark Ages, there was a race of heroic warrior monsters known as Gargoyles. These creatures existed as stone during the day, but become flesh and blood at night. One Scottish clan made an alliance with humans to help protect a castle by night if the humans would protect their stone forms by day. The uneasy alliance was shattered when human prejudice provoked a betrayal that allowed the castle to be sacked and most of the resident clan destroyed, leaving only six adult survivors and a rookery of unhatched eggs. A further misunderstanding during the clan's retaliation on the invaders and rescue of their hostages left the clan frozen in stone by a magic spell that would only be broken when the "castle rises above the clouds." For a thousand years, the castle laid abandoned and the clan condemned by this curse. In 1994, a wealthy multibillionare named David Xanatos (Jonathan Frakes) bought the castle and transported the whole structure to Manhattan, where he placed it on top of the ... Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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One thousand years ago superstition and the sword ruled. It was a time of darkness. It was a world of fear. It was the age of gargoyles.


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Many characters on the show were voiced by actors and actresses who were regular cast members of the various "Star Trek" series. These include: Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Nichelle Nichols, Avery Brooks, Colm Meaney, Michael Dorn, Kate Mulgrew, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Paul Winfield, and David Warner. The producers considered asking Frakes and Sirtis to personally appeal to Sir Patrick Stewart to perform a voice for scale, but decided it was an unfair request. See more »

Goofs

Technically, the stone characters in this series are not gargoyles. Gargoyles are the ones that shoot water from their mouths. The ones that are simply stone figures are called grotesques. See more »

Quotes

Brooklyn: Hudson?
Hudson: Aye, its my name. And what would you make of it?
Broadway: It's a fine name
Lexington: Hudson, I like it.
Brooklyn: We should choose names too. Names that suit our lives here.
Goliath: Oh? And what might they be
Brooklyn: [scratches head to think] Brooklyn. I'm Brooklyn.
Broadway: Broadway.
Lexington: Lexington, do you like it?
Goliath: [him and Hudson look at each other smiling] they're all fine names
[...]
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Alternate Versions

In the Season 2, vol. 1 DVD set, the episode "Vows" ends with Goliath and Demona in the Clock Tower. This is the original ending shot, but it was a glitch. The scene was *supposed* to show them standing in the window of a medieval castle, but the animators screwed up and the initial airing showed the mistake. This was corrected in subsequent airings. See more »

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The best animated series ever!
7 May 1999 | by Catalyst-4See all my reviews

The plot of Gargoyles is like a well paved street: no holes. The creators took exceptional care to ensure a growing and continuing plot line that involved all of the characters. The idea was very innovative and inspiring. It involved a clan of Gargoyles, stone by day/flesh by night, that were betrayed by humans in 994. They were frozen in stone by a magic curse for a millenium until a multi-billionaire broke the curse. They awoke to a new world in a foreign land completely dominated by humans that were unaware of their existence. After befriending a courageous police officer, Elisa Maza, and being betrayed by the man that broke their curse and a fellow clan member, they triumphed over their enemies and became Manhattan's guardian angels. The rest of the series continued to be interesting. Incorporating Arthurian legends and mythological deities, the show always took fictional constructs and shaped them into tougher versions that were really cool. Most impressive, Gargoyles included Shakespearean characters, with a twist. Macbeth had been alive for over 900 years, and had a grudge for gargoyles. A Midsummer Night's Dream's Oberon and Titania were powerful beings that possessed powerful, and often destructive magic. With a unique blend of villains and allies, and villains that became allies, the plot of Gargoyles was ever changing and continuous. As for action scenes, I have never seen better ones. Scenes of epic sword fights, aerial combat, and hand-to-hand fighting made the fight scenes exceptional. I would like to describe the action better, but I find it hard to express in words how intense, creative, and simply awesome the scenes really are. Ultimately, Gargoyles is the greatest animated series I have ever seen, and I advise any action lover to see it. Whether you like action, plot line, creativity, or even Shakespeare, you will find all of that in Gargoyles: The Best Animated Series Ever!


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English

Release Date:

24 October 1994 (USA) See more »

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(78 episodes)

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Dolby

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1.33 : 1
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