AWESOME-tober-fest 2011: Forever Knight (1992)
Day 2 of vampire TV week. Yesterday we talked about Dracula The Series from 1991. I mentioned that one of the guest stars in that show would go on the next year and star in his own vampire series. That vampire series was Forever Knight.
This show originally began as a 1989 TV movie named Nick Knight on CBS starring Rick Springfield. For the broadcast series, CBS recast the lead with Geraint Wyn Davies and renamed it Forever Knight.
In a way, this show was sort of a precursor to Angel. Nick Knight is a Toronto police detective on the midnight shift. Nick is also an 800 year old vampire. Born in Roman times, Nick was once a very violent vampire reveling in chaos. Nowadays, Nick refuses to feed on human blood and subsists only on bottled animal blood. He keeps his vampiric nature a secret and occasionally uses his supernatural abilities to catch the bad guy. Some of Nick’s abilities include super strength and speed, heightened senses, flight and low level hypnotic/psychic powers. There is one human, the city medical examiner, who is aware of Nick being a vampire. Two other former vampire acquaintances of Nick show up later on and continually try to lure him back into his less than civilized ways.
The show ran for three seasons and has garnered quite a cult following. In 2004, TV Guide listed it #23 in a list of the top 25 “cult shows” of all time. There were three books released based on the series. The books contained original stories that furthered the story from Season 3 after the show was canceled.
There was also a soundtrack released for the show and the entire run of episodes was released on DVD. You can get all three seasons as well as the original TV movie with Rick Springfield off Netflix. Neither have been added to streaming, however you can watch them on Amazon Instant Movies.
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