80s brought us some great television, but one of the best shows of all
times was definitely Beauty and the Beast. No, not quite Disney's 1991
animated version – but a grown up take on this classic story starring
Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. The show debuted on September 5, 1987.
The storyline of this grown-up tale revolves around Vincent (Ron
Perlman) and Catherine (Linda Hamilton).
Catherine plays a
New York district attorney who is attacked by strangers. Vincent finds
her and nurses her back to health in his home underneath the New York
subway. Typical guy finds girl, guy saves girl, guy and girl fall in
love story, right? Wrong!
The thing about Vincent is that he's a man-beast, but not your typical
man-beast (of the half lion variety). Vincent is a kind and compassionate
man-beast (and an empath too!). He lives in a community in the Tunnels (an
underground world beneath New York) where other "freaks" find a safe
haven. While you can't exactly call it love at first sight, it is
definitely a love story that had all of us swooning back in the day. I
mean, if Mr. Darcy was half lion, he’d be a lot like Vincent – the strong,
the show only lasted 2 and a half seasons, it has definitely earned a cult
following. In fact, it was voted #14 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Top
Cult Shows Ever!" (30 May 2004 issue).
IMDB summarizes the
demise of the show, “Due to her pregnancy, Linda Hamilton wanted out of
the show and was therefore killed off at the end of Season 2. She was
replaced by Jo Anderson who played a detective and the new love interest
of Vincent. Due to the abrupt drop in the ratings after Hamilton leaving,
the show was canceled in the middle of Season 3.”
You can still catch episodes of Beauty and the Beast on television every
once in a while. You can also
get the DVD. In a perfect world we'd say "and they lived happily ever
after," but you'll have to watch the series to find out for sure.