Friday the 13th TV Series
About Friday the 13th: The Series
There is a TV series called Friday the 13th which should not be confused with the movie series with the same name about the masked killer named Jason. The two are not directly related. But there has to be SOME connection, right? Well yes, as I will touch on that a little later.
The TV series ran for three seasons, from September 28, 1987 to May 26, 1990 with 72 episodes. It all began with an antique dealer named Lewis Vendredi (which in French means Friday) who made a deal with the Devil to sell cursed antiques.
The Devil took his soul after he broke the pack. His antique store was inherited by his niece, Micki Foster and her cousin Ryan Dallion who sold many of the cursed objects before being stopped by Vendredi's friend, Jack Marshak, who actually collected many of the antique items for Lewis before they were cursed.
So, cursed antiques are the main focus of the stories in this Friday the 13th TV series. People who have learned of their dark powers use them for selfish reasons and to hurt others. It is now up to Micki, Ryan, and Jack to find each of these items and lock them safely in the vault beneath the antique shop (called Curious Goods) before they can cause further harm.
Why I like Friday the 13th TV series
I like this TV show because I like spooky and supernatural stuff but not so much the hack and slash type of horror movies. Although Friday the 13th TV Series contains some scary scenes, they are not as gory as the movies.
In addition, I also like antiques. I remember waiting in anticipation for a new episode each week to see what antique object would be featured. The cursed objects, which include a doll, a quill pen, a tea set, a steel scalpel, a comic book, a scarecrow, a lantern, a pocket watch, and a movie camera among many others, all have an interesting history or story behind them, making the TV series such a delight to watch.
My favorite Friday The 13th TV Series episodes
Below are a few of my favorite episodes
Halloween being my favorite holiday, it's only natural that this episode is one of my favorites. This is the first time that Ryan and Micki meet Uncle Lewis. They are having a Halloween party at the antique shop when Lewis appears, seeking to come back to the world of the living. The cursed object here is the Amulet of Zohar which Lewis needs to get himself resurrected. But he must first get it from Micki and Ryan.
Still related to Halloween (but not the above episode), a scarecrow is the cursed object here. In a small farming town 3 people mysteriously disappear every harvest. Ryan and Micki have to find the scarecrow who they suspect has something to do with the disappearance of the town folks. This episode is quite gruesome.
The cursed object here is a pocket watch that stops time at the 13th hour (which is 1 am) and allows the owner to do whatever he pleases in a world frozen in time. The owner is then murdered by his greedy wife. But 2 street kids happen to witness the murder, and they go to the antique shop for help.
Connections between Friday the 13th movie and TV series
The producer of Friday the 13th: The Series, Frank Mancuso, Jr., also produced the movies from Part 2 to Part 8 ("Jason Takes Manhattan"). He named the TV show Friday the 13th to attract more viewers.
There are also overlaps of casts and crews of the movies and TV shows, the most notable being John D. LeMay who played in the TV series as Ryan Dallion, and starred in the film "Jason Goes to Hell."
In addition, it was said that the mask worn by Jason was one of the cursed antique objects.
Friday the 13th: The Series on DVD
Own these DVD sets and relive the excitement and horror anytime!
Other shows you may also like
These are a few other bone chilling TV series that I have watched and enjoyed.
Friday the 13th TV Series Intro and Promo Videos
Have you watched Friday the 13th TV series?
How many episodes of the show have you watch?
If you have watched the TV series, did you like it? Do you have any favorite episodes? If you have never heard of it before, are you interested to watch it? Share your thoughts, or just let me know you were here.