Release Date: 5 September 1987 (USA)
Created by Ron Koslow
Crime / Fantasy / Drama / Romance
Republic Studios/CBS Studio Center - Studio City, Los Angeles, California, USA, and also at various locations in and around Los Angeles, including Griffith Park.
Creator Ron Koslow's updated version of the fairytale has a double focus: the relationship between Vincent,(a mythic, noble man-beast) and his Catherine (a savvy assistant DA in New York); and a secret Utopian community of social outcasts living in a wondrous world beneath the city a sanctuary where Vincent is protected and loved. Through an emotional bond connecting Vincent to Catherine, he is able to sense the dangers her job brings her, and he comes to be her protector as well as the man she loves beyond all measure. The series follows the developing relationship between these two 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. In a twist from the original tale, however, this "beast" does not transform into society's idea of beauty after gaining the love of Catherine. Rather, Vincent's inner beauty is allowed to remain the focus of who he is and it is Catherine's former "shallow" self that is the ugliness transformed by their love of each other.
by Peg McNabb.
Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas
Producer ... Howard Gordon
Associate producer ... Christopher Toyne
Coordinating producer ... David F. Schwartz
Theme Music by Lee Holdridge
Additional music by Don Davis
Beast Design by Rick Baker
Beast Make-up by Margaret Beserra
Costumes by Judy Evans
Republic Pictures (II)
CBS Television (USA) (TV)
Columbia House (USA) (VHS)
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