Beauty & The Beast (1987)

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Creator Ron Koslow updates a classic fairy tale and places it in a modern and urban environment. Assistant District Attorney Catherine Chandler learns she has a protector watching out for her as she sets out to clear the New York City streets of its dangerous criminals. Turns out her "guardian angel" is a kind-hearted beast named Vincent, who lives in labyrinthine tunnels beneath the city.
Starring
Linda HamiltonRon PerlmanRoy Dotrice
Genres
Science FictionDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Once Upon A Time
    September 25, 1987
    49min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Attacked, mutilated and left for dead, Catherine Chandler is rescued by the mysterious man-beast called Vincent.
  2. 2. Terrible Savior
    October 2, 1987
    48min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Witness descriptions of a vigilante lead Catherine to fear Vincent may be a killer.
  3. 3. Siege
    October 9, 1987
    49min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Vincent helps the residents of an apartment building defend their homes against thugs who want them out so the land can be re-developed.
  4. 4. No Way Down
    October 16, 1987
    49min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Injured in an explosion, Vincent is captured by a vicious street gang.
  5. 5. Masques
    October 30, 1987
    48min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Free to walk the streets openly on Halloween, Vincent becomes the guardian of an Irish peace activist who's been targeted for assassination.
  6. 6. The Beast Within
    November 6, 1987
    49min
    13+
    Audio languages
    English
    Vincent must choose loyalties when a childhood friend becomes a mob enforcer.
  7. 7. Nor Iron Bars A Cage
    November 13, 1987
    49min
    13+
    Audio languages
    English
    Accidentally caught on film, Vincent become the target of a scientist desperate to learn the truth about him.
  8. 8. Song of Orpheus
    November 20, 1987
    49min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When Father ventures to the Above World for the first time in decades, he is arrested for murder. Vincent and Catherine must delve into Father's mysterious past to uncover the truth.
  9. 9. Dark Spirit
    November 27, 1987
    49min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Investigating a mysterious death makes Catherine the target of a voodoo cult.
  10. 10. A Children's Story
    December 4, 1987
    49min
    13+
    Audio languages
    English
    Catherine learns that the city's model foster home for children is hiding a dark secret.
  11. 11. An Impossible Silence
    December 18, 1987
    49min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When she witnesses a shooting, a deaf girl must decide whether to abandon the sanctuary of the City Below to free an innocent man.
  12. 12. Shades Of Grey
    January 8, 1988
    49min
    13+
    Audio languages
    English
    Mouse makes his first appearance - and is quickly shunned by the Family of tunnel folk for thievery. But shortly after Mouse's month-long period of silence begins, Father and Vincent get trapped under ground, Father is seriously hurt, and no one can figure how to get them out.
  13. 13. China Moon
    January 14, 1988
    49min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A young woman from China Town, who has known about the Tunnels and Vincent for most of her life, is forced into marriage she does not want.
  14. 14. The Alchemist
    January 22, 1988
    48min
    13+
    Audio languages
    English
    Catherine has reason to believe that a new drug on the streets is being supplied by someone from Vincent's world.
  15. 15. Temptation
    February 5, 1988
    48min
    13+
    Audio languages
    English
    It has been a year since Vincent found Catherine and he wants to give her something to commemorate this milestone in their lives and the moment when both their lives changed forever.
  16. 16. Promises of Someday
    February 11, 1988
    48min
    13+
    Audio languages
    English
    Catherine is disturbed when she begins to suspect the new attorney in her office is a fraud... and more disturbed when she finds him looking for the entrance to Vincent's world.
  17. 17. Down to a Sunless Sea
    February 19, 1988
    48min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Vincent is having disturbing premonitions, and when Steven Bass, an old flame from Catherine's past, contacts her, the fear Vincent is experiencing grows.
  18. 18. Fever
    February 26, 1988
    48min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Something Mouse discovers, in one of the unknown parts of the tunnels, almost destroys the entire community.
  19. 19. Everything is Everything
    March 4, 1988
    48min
    13+
    Audio languages
    English
    Catherine meets a little Gypsy boy, who first steals her wallet, and then returns it with a fantastic story of lost family and Gypsy law.
  20. 20. To Reign in Hell
    March 18, 1988
    48min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Vincent, Winslow and Pascal go into the bowels of the earth to rescue Catherine.
  21. 21. Ozymandias
    April 1, 1988
    48min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The world below is in danger, from a building being constructed by Elliot Burch. Catherine is forced to make a terrible decision.
  22. 22. A Happy Life
    April 8, 1988
    48min
    13+
    Audio languages
    English
    It's been twenty years since Catherine's mother died, but this year the anniversary of her death hits Catherine.

More details

Supporting actors
Jay AcovoneRen Woods
Producers
Tony ThomasRon KoslowGeorge R.R. MartinKen Koch
Season year
1988
Network
CBS
Content advisory
Smokingfoul languageviolence
Purchase rights
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Format
Prime Video (streaming online video)
Devices
Available to watch on supported devices

Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

103 global ratings

  1. 54% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 25% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 7% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 6% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 9% of reviews have 1 stars
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jlynnazReviewed in the United States on June 29, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
that one doesn't "feel" like a beast
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I remember this from my childhood. I've been rewatching these, after I discovered the "new" B&B. This one, however cheesy this might be to some, is an endearing story. Vincent is kind and compassionate-- willing to help anyone even though he's a "beast". You can feel the bond between Vincent and Catherine is real. His little world is endearing. They go through their challenges together. Ron Pearlman makes you totally believe he is a "beast", with his heart in turmoil because he loves Catherine so deeply.

If you look at the "new" season, you would notice that Vincent is very selfish, not to mention that the story of that one is predictable. In fact, that one doesn't "feel" like a beast, but rather an unplanned experiment. In fact, he's saying he is looking for a cure, not to mention that this particular Vincent has been sexier, making him "kinda" look like a beast. It seems as if he's wearing a stupid masquerade mask instead of a full on beast. Wanted to save time, guys? I know it took many hours for them to make Ron into a beast, but COME ON. It's just so STUPID. It's become teenesque, and that's why it lasted so long.

I believe if Linda hadn't left the show(which is truly commendable. She wanted to take care of her child. Not that many celebrities would) and the network wasn't so money hungry for more viewers(which they had a loyal following of women to begin with), this show would have lasted longer. There isn't TV like this anymore. But, hey, sex sells and that's why there are so many shows that are similar and often don't last long, Mind you, there are a few, but still.
16 people found this helpful
ShadowReviewed in the United States on October 2, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
I like it better than the one on TV in 2015!
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I loved this show when it was originally on TV in 1987 or so. I thought it might be fun to watch it again. I still like it but it's very easy to tell the show is over 25 year old. The special effects are a bit hokey but the story line is nice and the characters are easy to like. The costumes and make up are really great. This is a love story between two people, who because of unusual circumstances just stay very close friends. I'm not sure if I'll get through the whole season real soon because there are so many episodes, but I've watched 5 or 6 and I still like it. I just can't do a marathon. The plot is very much the same from week to week. Beauty (Linda Hamilton) lives a somewhat normal life, some sort of trouble happens and Beast (Ron Perlman and you won't believe how sweet he is in this part) feels the danger. He hops on top of the subway (really really bad special effects) and manages to get to her anywhere in the city. He saves her and they look into each other's eyes and emote. I still like it!
7 people found this helpful
Chrissy WilsonReviewed in the United States on July 29, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
My favorite show!
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I have watched this show since day one. It brings a tear to my because the show was so compassionate. It also brings back the memories of the 80s for me. This show is my favourite. When I have had a hard day or stressed out I enter my little fantasy world with this show. And the newer version of the beauty and the beast was not even close to the original . That was just a waist of television.
12 people found this helpful
Lynn BurrowsReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Worth Watching...
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Loved the series when it first came out in the late 1980's...it was mesmerizing, tender, romantic where values were held by main characters that made the world a better place. I loved the references to literature, philosophy and the suspension of belief we had while watching the series. It was an escape... and something I looked forward to every week when the series aired.

I was delighted to fine my favorite series again on Amazon! I still love Catherine and Vincent (who was born part lion and part man)...and how they relate. The stories are a little corny now compared to todays more sophisticated story lines but the scenes that take place in NY and in the undercity cave Vincent and his father and other forgotten misfits live in is enchanting and safe. Worth watching...by yourself or with your children for a moment of pure escape.
5 people found this helpful
DebbieReviewed in the United States on December 18, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Loved this Beauty and the Beast TV series when it ...
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Loved this Beauty and the Beast TV series when it was originally on and love it even more playing the DVDs on my new 49" Samsung curved 4k tv. You can really feel the connection and the chemistry between Catherine and Vincent (Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman). My all time favorite love story.
7 people found this helpful
Brooke GrayReviewed in the United States on November 7, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
This was a nice remake of Beauty and Beast with a different twist and very entertaining.
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After the first season this series went to hades in a hurry, by the third disc I was so disgusted tossed it into donate box. Stop while you are ahead folks with ANY series….btw don’t buy bunch of seasons at once of anything. My worthless advice.
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DawgBoneReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Classic!
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Even if you don’t approve of inter-species hanky panky, you have to love this series:

Great music
Great sets
Great acting by Hamilton and Perlman

Somehow Vincent’s subterranean world is completely believable and so is the romance. This kind of story telling is so superior to most of the garbage currently being made. Many thanks to Amazon for making it available again.
10 people found this helpful
Carol S. DunfordReviewed in the United States on August 1, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
A refreshing break from "reality" tv.
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Still a classic, but also makes you realize how much storytelling and television has changed. Sets are sometimes quite beautiful--for example, the underground lairs with books and cabinetry and lovely lighting. Special effects have evolved quite a bit, though. Some of the effects are pretty cheesy from today's perspective. But it's still a solid re-telling of the classic fairytale, with a strong, solid cast of characters.
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