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Beauty and the Beast
Pictured: Linda Hamilton (Catherine), Ron Perlman (Vincent)
Format Drama, romance
Run time approx. 52 minutes (per episode)
Creator Ron Koslow
Starring Linda Hamilton, Ron Perlman, Roy Dotrice, Jay Acovone
Country United States
Network CBS
Original run 19871989
No. of episodes 56

Beauty and the Beast is an American television series, originally broadcast in 1987, centered around the relationship between Catherine (Linda Hamilton), an attorney who lived in New York City, and Vincent (Ron Perlman), a gentle, but lion-faced "beast" who belongs to a society of misfits and outcasts dwelling in the tunnels beneath the city. The beast makeup was devised by veteran Hollywood makeup artist Rick Baker. During the short third season, the character of Catherine was killed, to be replaced by Diana, a special-investigations policewoman played by Jo Anderson; however, the presence of Catherine was often nearby in the stories. Jump to: navigation, search Image File history File links Hamilton-perlman-BandB.jpg Summary Publicity photo for the second season of the CBS television series Beauty and the Beast. ... Linda playing in Terminator 2: Judgment Day Linda Carroll Hamilton (born September 26, 1956 in Salisbury, Maryland) is an American movie actress. ... Ron Perlman Ronald Francis Perlman (born April 13, 1950, in Washington Heights, New York) is an American television and film actor. ... Linda playing in Terminator 2: Judgment Day Linda Carroll Hamilton (born September 26, 1956 in Salisbury, Maryland) is an American movie actress. ... Ron Perlman Ronald Francis Perlman (born April 13, 1950, in Washington Heights, New York) is an American television and film actor. ... Roy Dotrice (born 26 May 1923) is a British actor. ... CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) is a major television network and radio broadcaster in the United States. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Linda playing in Terminator 2: Judgment Day Linda Carroll Hamilton (born September 26, 1956 in Salisbury, Maryland) is an American movie actress. ... New York City, officially named the City of New York, is the most populous city in the United States, the most densely populated major city in North America, and is at the center of international finance, politics, entertainment, and culture. ... Ron Perlman Ronald Francis Perlman (born April 13, 1950, in Washington Heights, New York) is an American television and film actor. ... ... Richard A. Rick Baker (born December 8, 1950 in Binghamton, New York, USA) is a Hollywood special makeup effects artist known for his realistic creature effects. ...

The show often dealt with antagonists in New York's organized crime world, while also following the relationship of Catherine and Vincent. It was both a romantic and crime drama giving it an unusual appeal.

While the show was cancelled after only three years, it continues to have a large fan base online.

As the title indicates, the premise of the series is inspired by the fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast"; however, there is also some connection to the Jean Cocteau French film of 1946, La Belle et la Bête. A fairy tale is a story, either told to children or as if told to children, concerning the adventures of mythical characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and others. ... Beauty and the Beast is a traditional folktale (type 425C -- search for a lost husband -- in the Aarne-Thompson classification). ... Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (July 5, 1889 – October 11, 1963) was a French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, and filmmaker. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1946 was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Beauty and the Beast (in French La Belle et la Bête) is a French film, made in 1946, based on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. The film was directed by Jean Cocteau, and starred his gay lover Jean Marais as the Beast and Josette Day as Beauty. ...


Series Synopsis

Seasons 1 and 2

While returning to her Manhattan apartment, Catherine Chandler (Hamilton), a wealthy socialite and lawyer, is abducted off the street by a pair of thugs, is beaten, and abandoned in the middle of Central Park. She is discovered by Vincent (Perlman), a member of a secret community of people who dwell in caverns and tunnels beneath the borough. Vincent, due to his extraordinarily abnormal, leonine appearance, only emerges from the Tunnels during the night, and it is on one of his rambles that he discovers the wounded Catherine. Carrying her down to the home chambers of his community (the World Below), Vincent nurses Catherine back to health with the aid of his adoptive father (Dotrice), who is reluctant to host the woman because of the risk of exposure she represents to the Tunnels. During this time, an "empathic connection" develops from Catherine's emotions to Vincent, as well as a deep love on Vincent's part for her. Jump to: navigation, search Manhattan Borough,highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... A socialite is a person (male or female, but more often used for a woman) of social prominence who is considered to be an influential social figure. ... For information on the type of fish called Lawyer, see the article on Burbot. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Empathy is the recognition and understanding of the states of mind, including beliefs, desires and particularly emotions of others without injecting your own. ...

Partially recovered, and told the truth of Vincent's community, Catherine promises to hold their secret safe, and returns Above. After completing her recovery, she changes her life from its previously shallow round, and joins the Manhattan District Attorney's office as an investigator and trial lawyer. Vincent, still "connected" with her, visits her on her apartment terrace at night, and a romantic relationship grows between them, but one which can never be physically consumated. (This leads to the sexual tension that was one of the series' drawing cards with fans.) Catherine's duties as an investigator lead her frequently into situations where she is placed in danger; although she has taken self-defense instruction, she is often placed in a situation which she cannot extract herself from. Vincent, sensing her fear, uses various tunnels and interior paths (sometimes even riding atop subway trains) to reach her in time and save her. Sexual tension is a plot device employed in movies and books in which two or more of the characters feel sexual longing for one another, but in which those desires are not consummated in any physical action. ...

Toward the end of Season 1, and through the majority of Season 2, the above action-oriented situations were decreased in favor of character development and more standard dramatic situations. Emphasis was placed more on the lovers' relationship with each other and with their friends and families; Catherine's role as a "Helper" (one of the people living Above who know or have befriended the Tunnel community, assisting them with food and aid) also grows during this period. Near the end of Season 2, however, in an effort to boost faltering ratings, the action orientation returned, emphasizing a seeming breakdown or reversion in Vincent to the animal side of his dual nature (See also: Personality). In a cliffhanger final episode, Catherine is seen walking down a tunnel into a chamber, where Vincent is suffering from a violent madness. When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are generally referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by the New York City-based firm Nielsen Media Research to determine which shows television viewers watch at what times. ... It has been suggested that Personality psychology be merged into this article or section. ... A cliffhanger or cliffhanger ending is a plot device in which a movie or novel contains an abrupt ending, often leaving the main characters in a precarious or difficult situation (for instance, hanging from the edge of a cliff). ...

Season 3

The season begins with a two-hour (later split into two parts) episode in which Catherine pulls Vincent from his insanity, but with his empathic connection to her broke. Though the viewer is never given the specifics, Catherine becomes pregnant with Vincent's child.

Later, in the course of her work, Catherine stumbles onto evidence of a massive criminal conspiracy. She is kidnapped by Gabriel (played by Stephen McHattie), the leader of at least part of the conspiracy, in an effort to extract the hiding place of accumulated evidence. Following Vincent's discovery of her hiding place and his attempted rescue, Gabriel discovers Catherine's pregnancy, and holds her until the child is at term; she is killed after the baby is delivered by Caesarian section, dying in Vincent's arms. The remainder of the season, except for the final two episodes, follows Vincent's quest to bring Gabriel to justice and rescue his child. He is aided in this by Diana Bennett (Anderson), a special police investigator specializing in criminal profiling, who is apparently gifted with a degree of intuition verging on extra-sensory perception. She has discovered the existence of Vincent and the Tunnels through her investigatory work, and joins him in his efforts. Conspiracy, in common usage, is the act of working in secret to obtain some goal, usually understood with negative connotations. ... A caesarean section (cesarean section AE), is a surgical incision through a mothers abdomen (laparotomy) and uterus (hysterotomy) to deliver one or more fetuses. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Extra-sensory perception, or ESP, is the name given to any ability to acquire information by means other than the five canonical senses (taste, sight, touch, smell, and hearing), or any other sense well known to science (balance, proprioception, etc). ...


The "World Above"

Catherine Chandler

Catherine is the only daughter of Charles Chandler, a partner in a large corporate law firm based in New York City. A graduate of Radcliffe College, she is a very capable lawyer, but lacked purpose or direction to her life until she was mistaken for a witness in a criminal case, beaten severely, and left in Central Park. Her rescue and nursing by Vincent gave her the opportunity to turn her life around; his example that she could survive adversity and trauma focuses her determination. Additionally, she is given the deeper support of her love for Vincent, and, as an extension of him, the Tunnel Dwellers. Radcliffe College is the historical name of a womens educational institution closely associated with Harvard University, one of the Seven Sisters. ...

Following plastic surgery operations to restore her face from its severe scarring (except for one near an ear that she kept as a reminder of what she gained), Catherine found a way to put her legal talent to good service by working in the District Attorney's office. She also discovered the satisfaction of aiding others more directly by becoming one of the team of Helpers that supplies and protects the Tunnels. Though Father, the leader of the community, resisted Catherine at first, he was gradually won over by Catherine's determination and steadfastness, and by her unashamed love for Vincent.

Catherine proved herself to the Tunnels many times. In "Ozymandias," she was willing to marry Elliott Burch (see below) in an attempt to stop his development of the Burch Tower that threatens to expose the existence of the Tunnels. In "Ashes, Ashes," she risked her life to assist Vincent and Father in nursing the Tunnel residents through an epidemic of bubonic plague. She several times placed her life and career on the line to search for and rescue Vincent. In exchange for her devotion, the Tunnel community eventually declared her an official Helper at "Winterfest," their winter celebration of fellowship and community (similar to winter solstice celebrations in other cultures). Bubonic plague is an infectious disease that is believed to have caused several epidemics or pandemics throughout history. ... Illumination of Earth by Sun on the day of winter solstice on northern hemisphere In astronomy, the winter solstice is the moment when the earth is in a point of its orbit at which the northern hemisphere is most inclined away from the sun. ...

Shortly after rescuing Vincent from his madness ("The Rest is Silence"), Catherine was kidnapped in order to extract evidence pointing to the criminal organization led by Gabriel (see below), then held as Gabriel's plans changed upon learning of Vincent and Catherine's carrying of his child. She was murdered by Gabriel's minions after delivering the baby by Caesarian section.

The Tunnels


Vincent's true nature is difficult to explain, and has been the source of conjecture in the fan community. Physically, he is a person of extremely large and powerful build; however, he differs from human norms in that he possesses the facial characteristics of a lion, complete with mane and fangs. His fingers are tipped with claws that can leave deep wounds when he attacks. In contrast to this intimidating form, his voice, while gravely, is quite soft. When roused, Vincent has been known to emit loud roars, also similar to a lion's. Binomial name Panthera leo (Linnaeus, 1758) The Lion (Panthera leo) is a mammal of the family Felidae. ...

His parentage is unknown; he was found abandoned as a baby in the garbage behind Saint Vincent's Hospital by Father, who drew his name from the location. Nursed to health by Father and the early Tunnel community, he was raised with the other children of the Tunnels, and given an education heavily grounded in the humanities and European literary tradition. (This may have been an effort by Father to compensate for his lack of opportunity to play in the daylight.) The results of this education are found in Vincent's speech, which is both pithy and expressive, and contains many literary allusions. He serves as the English and literature teacher to the new generation of Tunnel children. He is also a member of the Tunnels' representative Council, where the habits of thought and examination encouraged by study of the liberal arts aid him and lend weight to his voice. The humanities are a group of academic subjects united by a commitment to studying aspects of the human condition and a qualitative approach that generally prevents a single paradigm from coming to define any discipline. ... World map showing Europe (geographically) When considered a continent, Europe is the worlds second-smallest continent in terms of area, with an area of 10,600,000 km² (4,140,625 square miles), making it larger than Australia only. ... Open Directory Project: Literature World Literature Electronic Text Archives Magazines and E-zines Online Writing Writers Resources Libraries, Digital Cataloguing, Metadata Distance Learning Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Classicism in Literature The Universal Library, by Carnegie Mellon University Project Gutenberg Online Library Abacci - Project Gutenberg texts matched with Amazon... In the history of education, the seven liberal arts comprise two groups of studies, the trivium and the quadrivium. ...

He has twice suffered from attacks of madness or some other mental aggravation, which resulted in his withdrawing into his more animal nature: once as an adolescent, and the second some two to 2-1/2 years after meeting Catherine. It is unknown if this will happen again in the future.

Vincent's devotion to those he loves is profound, but is not unquestioning. He is unafraid to argue with Father when he believes Father is wrong about something, and ignored the man's advice to break off all relations with Catherine (Season 1). He is commonly a champion of the underdog, and will often support the petition of newcomers to join the Tunnels. He is also the last line of defense against intruders, though he does so with the greatest of reluctance ("China Moon," "The Hollow Men," "Snow"). At such times, Vincent has exhibited a strong grasp of tactics; combined with the power of his attack, Vincent is a formidable adversary.

His devotion to Catherine was complete (as was hers to him), leading him into many dangerous situations (most episodes of Season 1 and 3). Since her death, he has grieved powerfully for her; however, he finds solace in Jacob, their son, and a hope for the future; as well, his friendship with Diana Bennett (see below) has given him a new direction in his life.


Jacob Wells was a research physician, working for the federal government on nuclear projects in the 1950s. When he spoke out against certain activities, he was blacklisted and fired from his job. Unable to find new work, he wandered alone and homeless until he was led to a series of tunnels beneath the surface of New York by a woman named Grace. Finding sanctuary there, and assistance from friends that would not desert him, Wells gathered together other outcasts and misfits of society to band together to found the Tunnel Community. Among this early group was John Pater, who becomes infamous as Paracelsus (see below). // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the height of the baby-boom from returning... A blacklist is a list or register of people who, for one reason or another, are being denied a particular privilege, service, or mobility. ...

Today, Father is loved and respected as the genius of the Tunnel world. Grey-haired, with a mustache and goatee, he walks the passageways of the living areas with the aid of a cane, dressed in the collection of castoffs and homespun that is the normal mode of dress among the underground dwellers.

Episode List

Season 1 (22 episodes)

  1. Once Upon a Time in New York
  2. Terrible Savior
  3. Siege
  4. No Way Down
  5. Masques
  6. Beast Within
  7. Nor Iron Bars a Cage
  8. Song of Orpheus
  9. Dark Spirit
  10. A Children's Story
  11. An Impossible Silence
  12. Shades of Grey
  13. China Moon
  14. The Alchemist
  15. Temptation
  16. Promises of Someday
  17. Down to a Sunless Sea
  18. Fever
  19. Everything Is Everything
  20. To Reign in Hell
  21. Ozymandias
  22. A Happy Life

Season 2 (22 episodes)

  1. Chamber Music
  2. Remember Love
  3. Ashes, Ashes
  4. Dead of Winter
  5. God Bless the Child
  6. Sticks and Stones
  7. A Fair and Perfect Knight
  8. Labyrinths
  9. Brothers
  10. A Gentle Rain
  11. The Outsiders
  12. Orphans
  13. Arabesque
  14. When the Blue Bird Sings
  15. The Watcher
  16. A Distant Shore
  17. Trial
  18. A Kingdom By the Sea
  19. The Hollow Men
  20. What Rough Beast
  21. Ceremony of Innocence
  22. The Rest is Silence...

Season 3 (12 episodes)

  1. Though Lovers Be Lost... (part 1)
  2. Though Lovers Be Lost... (part 2)
  3. Walk Slowly
  4. Nevermore
  5. Snow
  6. Beggar's Comet
  7. A Time To Heal
  8. The Chimes At Midnight
  9. Invictus
  10. In the Forests of the Night
  11. The Reckoning
  12. Legacies

External links

Sites of Authority

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Fan Sites

  • Beauty and the Beast Tunnel Ring

  Results from FactBites:
Beauty and the Beast (series) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3133 words)
As the title indicates, the premise of the series is inspired by the fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast"; however, there is also some connection to the Jean Cocteau French film of 1946, La Belle et la Bête.
While returning to her Manhattan apartment, Catherine Chandler (Hamilton), a wealthy socialite and lawyer, is abducted off the street by a pair of thugs, is beaten, and abandoned in the middle of Central Park.
Deeply concerned for Catherine's seeming lack of purpose at the beginning of the series, he grew to be quite proud of her accomplishments with the District Attorney.
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