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Beauty and the Beast TV Show Review

Updated on September 6, 2012
watch Beauty and the Beast on the CW
watch Beauty and the Beast on the CW

Another Beauty and the Beast TV Show

There have been so many versions of Beauty and the Beast.

Many of us look back fondly on Disney's version of the fairytale. However, many have forgotten the 1980's version of Beauty and the Beast TV show, starring Linda Hamilton as an Assistant District Attorney called Catherine Chandler and the handsome Beast called Vincent played by Ron Pearlman.

Fast forward a few decades and we arrive at the latest installment of the fairytale. This time the Beauty and the Beast remake will star Kristen Kreuk as the female lead and Jay Ryan as the Beast.

What will this TV series have in store for us this time? Keep reading to find out more.

Beauty and the Beast TV Show Remake

Linda Hamilton from Beauty and the Beast in the 80's on CBS
Linda Hamilton from Beauty and the Beast in the 80's on CBS

For those that watched the 1980's version of Beauty and the Beast on CBS then you might be happy to hear that they are remaking the series. It was a huge hit at the time and many housewives found the story alluring and romantic at the same time.

If you've never seen that version of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale then that's ok too. Everything will become clear when you watch the remake and you'll start to discover the main characters, the plot and the romance behind the scenes.

Beauty and the Beast TV Show Plot

Beauty and the Beasy Trailer

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The Beauty and the Beast plot is very similar to the original tv show on which the remake is based.

Kirsten Kreuk is reprising the role of Catherine Chandler. She's a victim of a crime. When her and her mother are attacked late at night, Catherine runs into the forest. Her mother is killed and Catherine's assailants catch up with her and before they can seriously harm her, she is miraculously saved by what she believes is a wild animal or a beast. She's not really sure as she has a head injury and there's no one around to be an eye witness.

The Beauty and the Beast TV show skips forward 9 years. Now Catherine is a detective in New York. When a crime involving the death of a young woman occurs a strange print is found at the scene. The print belongs to Vincent Keller, but he's supposedly dead.

When Catherine locates Vincent she finds he has a clipping of the newspaper report with the details of her mother's death 9 years ago. She continues to investigate her mother's murder and when she reaches out to a fellow Agent she is attacked in the underground. Before she is almost killed a wild animal kills her assailants.

Catherine high tails it down the tracks and before she is run over by a train Vincent Keller saves her life once again.Catherine goes back to his apartment to get fixed up and manages to get Vincent to open up and tell her his story.

Keller explains that he was a doctor. When his brothers died in the Twin Towers, he joined the military. While serving he was tested on and they changed his DNA. It was a military experiment to make soldiers stronger and faster. However, the lab rats lost control of their subjects. So orders were given to shut down the project and kill all the subjects.

SInce then, Keller's been hiding in the shadows and helping people when he can.

When Catherine realizes how many people he has saved, she makes it her mission to try and protect him in return. In a way, she is protecting her guardian angel, while he watches her back. Of course, everyone falls in love with their guardian angel.

The Original Beauty and the Beast TV Show Versus the Remake

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In the 1980's version of the Beauty and the Beast TV series, Linda Hamilton was an Assistant District Attorney, whereas Kirsten Kreuk plays an actual Detective.

The original Beast was called Vincent and he was a member of an underground community with other misfits and what we would call freaks. Vincent was loved there and quickly became loved by Catherine Chandler. He was permanently a beast and never became human.

In the remake, the Beast is called Vincent Keller and was once human. It's up to Catherine to make the Beast feel he can come out of the shadows and deserve love.

I remember watching the Beauty and the Beast TV show when I was a child. It was romantic and endearing at the same time. If the remake manages to have the same heartfelt love and devotion, that was portrayed in the original, then it has a good chance of success.

The Beauty and the Beast TV series will air from October 11th 2012 on the CW.


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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Yeah I have to agree with you. I remember the romance and the attraction between Vincent and the girl the first time around. It's really lacking in comparison to this version. I see the moments were they try to make an attraction, but it's feeling forced to me.

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      So far the remake is kind of blah. Too typical of plots which are already too typical on TV shows. It doesn't have the romance or the fairytale feeling at all. I do remember the old series. I hoped the remake would be even better. I already like the actress from Superman. I was glad to see her in something again.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Looking forward to this, I loved watching the original. Thanks for sharing :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I have forgotten this was coming in the fall. Your review is good for the current release and on the past history of this story. Looks like it is going to be quite interesting.