|Highlander: The Series|
Adrian Paul as Duncan MacLeod in Highlander: The Series.
|Run dates||October 3, 1992 – May 16, 1998|
|Country of origin||USA|
Highlander: The Series is a fantasy television series, an offshoot of the popular Highlander movies. Both share the same basic premise: there are many Immortals in the world, most of whom are involved in "The Game", a term they use for hunting one another, seeking "Quickenings"—a burst of power—by beheading other Immortals. Ultimately, there will be only one of them left to possess all their power.
Though sharing the premise, the TV show has a different protagonist: Duncan MacLeod of the Scottish Clan MacLeod (played by Adrian Paul), clansman to the protagonist of the movie sequence, Connor MacLeod. Connor appears in the pilot episode, which introduces Duncan as co-proprietor of MacLeod & Noël Antiques with his girlfriend Tessa Noël (Alexandra Vandernoot). A thief, Richie Ryan (Stan Kirsch), enters the shop and witnesses Duncan's confrontation with Connor and an evil Immortal, Slan Quince (Richard Moll). Now four hundred years old, Duncan has been hiding from other Immortals for some time. However, Connor asks him to return to The Game and help good win over evil.
Throughout the television series, storylines revolve around Duncan MacLeod's relationships with both mortals and other Immortals, including friends, family, lovers, and foes. As the series progressed, there were changes in concept, as well as growth in the characters and their relationships. Several recurring Immortal characters, including Amanda and Methos, were added to the show; and the "Watchers", like Joe Dawson, were introduced in Season Two.
Among the many well-known guest stars were Anthony Head (Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Rocker and Actor Roger Daltrey, and, while the show was on hiatus, Forever Knight lead Geraint Wyn-Davies, as a tormented Immortal with a split personality. One episode had an Immortal who posed as a vampire, as they had done in the past, leading Duncan to proclaim that there were no such things as vampires. Fan-writers who cross Highlander with vampire characters like Nick Knight often have a ready explanation for this, usually involving Duncan lying for some reason, usually the result of an oath he gave.
- Adapted from the Wikipedia article on Highlander.