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Highlander: The Series (1992-1997):
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Adrian Paul
Stan Kirsch
Alexandra Vandernoot
Jim Byrnes
Peter Wingfield
Elizabeth Gracen
... Duncan MacLeod
... Richie Ryan
... Tessa Noel
... Joe Dawson
... Methos
... Amanda

This series took the Immortal mythos originated in the Highlander movie and built it. It followed Duncan MacLeod, a distant relative to the movies' Connor MacLeod. The episodes usually broke down into two parts: the present and a parallel flashback story set in a historical period. The episode would maintain the same style and music in both parts. The series also introduced The Watchers, mortals who knew about Immortals, which added more intrigue and not solely rely on a "Weekly Immortal Showdown." Immortal mythos was explored with dark quickenings, new immortals, child immortals, the mentoring of Immortals, and insane Immortals.

The series had strong writing and the acting was more than credible. Adrian Paul, as Duncan MacLeod, potrayed a barbarian one week and a James Bond knockoff the next week with equal ease. He had a background in martial arts, which added credibility to his character. The show also created several memorable recurring characters. Amanda was a beautiful thief. Fitzcairn (played by The Who's Roger Daltrey) was a rascal. Joe was Duncan's mortal Watcher, who broke the rules by admitting the Watchers' existence to Duncan. Methos, the oldest living immortal, usually conflicted with Duncan over MacLeod's sense of chivalry and honor.

The final season of the show was a bit disappointing, although it did explore the supporting characters. The show crossed genres and was part science fiction, part historical fiction, part anthology. It crossed styles as well from comedy to swashbuckling romance to action-thriller. It frequently discussed faith, religion and God, which are topics that most shows won't delve into nowadays. Somehow, in basing a show around fictional Immortals, it created some of the most realistic characters and stories.


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