Dracula: The Series

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Dracula: The Series
Format Drama, Horror, Action/Adventure
Starring Bernard Behrens
Geordie Johnson
Joe Roncetti
Jacob Tierney
Mia Kirshner
Country of origin Canada
United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 21
Production
Running time 22 mins
per episode
Production company(s) Cinexus-Famous Players
RHI Entertainment
Homescreen Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel Syndicated
Original run September 29, 1990 (1990-09-29) – May 11, 1991 (1991-05-11)

Dracula: The Series is a short-lived syndicated series about Count Dracula (using the alias of "Alexander Lucard," a wealthy tycoon — the name itself 'A. Lucard' being 'Dracula' backwards.) and his struggles with Gustav Van Helsing, as well as Gustav's young nephews — Maximilian and Christopher Townsend. They were also aided by a schoolgirl, Sophie Metternich. Romantic tensions developed between Chris and Sophie. The series was filmed in Luxembourg, and produced by Phil Bedard and Larry Lalonde, best known for their work on John Woo's Once a Thief and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.

The series formula was relatively straightforward, with the four heroes learning of some plot by Lucard/Dracula and attempting to foil it, with at least some success. In keeping with the novel, but not most film and television lore, vampires could walk in sunlight but lacked their powers. Anyone bitten just once by a vampire transformed into a zombie-like servant. This process could be stopped by applying holy water to the bite.

Guest appearances[edit]

Guest stars for the show were a cross-section of Canadian television and theatre talent, including Geraint Wyn Davies, who played Gustav's son Klaus, who'd been turned into a vampire. He went on to play the vampire Nick Knight in the series Forever Knight. Other notables included Stratford and Shaw festival veteran Jonathan Welsh, well known television and film actors Kim Coates (from Prison Break) and Barry Morse (from The Fugitive and Space: 1999), Chas Lawther, Kirsten Kieferle (from Degrassi: The Next Generation), and Marina Anderson-Carradine, best known for managing (and then marrying) actor David Carradine.

Episodes[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Children of the Night" Allan Eastman Glenn Davis
William Laurin
September 29, 1990
Two American brothers, Max and Chris, are left behind in Europe with their eccentric uncle Gustav while their mother travels on business. Max, an enthusiast of the supernatural, is positive that his uncle is a vampire and goes to see multimillionaire Alexander Lucard for help. Little does he know that the rich businessman is hiding a secret of his own... 
2 "Double Cross" Allan Eastman Phil Bedard
Larry Lalonde
October 6, 1990
Gustav's old friends, Peter and Anna Dyson, visit for a short time while Max takes the Cross of the Magyars — an artifact which prevents vampires from entering — from the house to be blessed. When Lucard finds out the cross has been removed, it is a race to see whether the cross can be replaced before Lucard pays the household a visit; but how did he find out that it was gone? 
3 "The Vampire Solution" Allan Eastman Peter Meech October 13, 1990
Gustav and one of his former students find a rare herb and develop a formula which they hope will reverse the effects of a vampire's bite. To test it, Gustav lets himself be captured and bitten by Lucard, unaware that the formula accidentally switched with a protein drink Max made for himself. 
4 "The Boffin" Allan Eastman Glenn Davis
William Laurin
October 20, 1990
Max brings home a bungling vampire-hunting scientist who insists that a new laser gun he's developed can destroy vampires. Unfortunately, his "anti-vampire gun" is being sponsored by Lucard. 
5 "Double Darkness" Randy Bradshaw Stu Woolley October 27, 1990
An archeologist uncovers the resting place of Lucard's ancient and bitter rival, Nosferatu. 
6 "Black Sheep" Allan Eastman Phil Bedard
Larry Lalonde
November 3, 1990
An aggrieved husband asks Gustav to kill Klaus, the vampire who has taken his wife. Gustav, however, is unwilling to do so, because he has a different plan in mind for Klaus... 
7 "What a Pleasant Surprise!" Allan Eastman Glenn Davis
William Laurin
November 10, 1990
Gustav becomes curious when Lucard buys an old worthless movie theatre. 
8 "Damsel in Distress" René Bonnière Phil Bedard
Larry Lalonde
November 17, 1990
Eileen is doing business with Lucard; in fact, she's going to have dinner with him at the castle. 
9 "Mind Over Matter" Allan Eastman Glenn Davis
William Laurin
November 24, 1990
Gustav appears on a TV talk show to debunk a zany psychic. Also, Max is sure he's discovered the resting place of Dracula and that he can therefore destroy him. 
10 "A Little Nightmare Music" René Bonnière Sean Kelly December 1, 1990
Encouraged by Uncle Gustav, Chris decides to take his rock music to a live audience. Meanwhile, Sophie becomes a guide to an influential Contessa who has business dealings with Lucard. 
11 "Get a Job" Allan King Glenn Davis
William Laurin
December 8, 1990
Chris lands a job with a local art house, run by a lovely art dealer named Julia, who also happens to have dealings with Alexander Lucard. 
12 "The Great Tickler" Allan King Glenn Davis
William Laurin
December 15, 1990
Lucard invites Mycroft Tickler, a lounge performer with delusions of grandeur, to give a recital at his castle. 
13 "Bad Blood" Randy Bradshaw Phil Bedard
Larry Lalonde
January 19, 1991
Lucard bites a young thief with a rare antigen in his blood which can kill the vampire who ingests it. 
14 "Sophie, Queen of the Night" Allan King Peter Meech January 26, 1991
Following her romance with Vincent, Sophie herself has been turned into a vampire, and is serving an apprenticeship with Lucard. 
15 "My Girlfriend's Back and There's Gonna Be Trouble" Jeff Woolnough Jack Blum
Sharon Corder
February 2, 1991
Having been rescued by Chris, Sophie is about to fall for him, but his old girlfriend Alexa turns up from Philadelphia. 
16 "My Fair Vampire" Michael Sloan Phil Bedard
Larry Lalonde
February 9, 1991
Gustav's best friend claims that people at his old age home are being killed by a vampire. 
17 "The Decline of the Romanian Vampire" Jeff Woolnough Glenn Davis
William Laurin
February 16, 1991
Max inadvertently frees Klaus from the Helsing family crypt. 
18 "I Love Lucard" Allan Kroeker Stu Woolley February 23, 1991
An old love from Lucard's past comes back into his life. 
19 "Bats in the Attic" René Bonnière Pascal Bonniere April 27, 1991
Max meets a rather Norman Bates-ish neurotic bookseller who has a peculiar interest in vampires. 
20 "My Dinner with Lucard" René Bonnière Phil Bedard
Larry Lalonde
May 4, 1991
Gustav and the kids go to dinner at Lucard's castle. 
21 "Klaus Encounters of the Interred Kind" Allan Kroeker Glenn Davis
William Laurin
May 11, 1991
Gustav has a new theory about vampires and wants to use his new discovery as a way to reclaim Klaus and make him human once more. 

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