Kindred: The Embraced

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Kindred: The Embraced
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GenreSupernatural drama Urban gothic
Created byJohn Leekley
Mark Rein-Hagen
StarringMark Frankel
C. Thomas Howell
Stacy Haiduk
Channon Roe
Jeff Kober
Brigid Walsh
Kelly Rutherford
Patrick Bauchau
Erik King
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
ProducerMike Trozzo
Running time45 minutes
Production companiesJohn Leekley Productions
Spelling Television
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkFox
Original releaseApril 2 (1996-04-02) –
May 9, 1996 (1996-05-09)

Kindred: The Embraced is an American television series produced by John Leekley Productions and Spelling Television. Loosely based on the role-playing game Vampire: The Masquerade, the series premiered on Fox on April 2, 1996, and ran for eight episodes before it was canceled on May 9, 1996.


The series initially focused on San Francisco Police Detective Frank Kohanek (C. Thomas Howell) who discovers his city is home to numerous vampires while investigating alleged mobster Julian Luna (Mark Frankel). Julian is not really a mobster, as Frank thinks; in fact, he is the Prince of the city, the ruler of five groups of vampires in the city, collectively called "the Kindred." Julian, in his role as Prince, is shown to be the only force that can stop the clans from breaking the uneasy truce that keeps them from fighting with each other. The vampires survive thanks to the "Masquerade", disguising themselves as humans, and Julian strictly enforces the laws that govern them to protect their anonymity. Any vampires who break those rules find their lives ended. Vampires are shown to slip into human society rather easily, holding a variety of jobs. The senior vampires who compose the conclave of San Francisco are depicted as wealthy heads of industry and business leaders.

Julian struggles with his romantic feelings for human reporter Caitlin Byrne (Kelly Rutherford). Further, Julian is assisted by and finds comfort in his trusted friend, Daedalus, who is the senior vampire for one of the five clans.





No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"The Original Saga"Peter MedakJohn LeekleyApril 2, 1996 (1996-04-02)
A police detective, Frank Kohanek, has learned that vampires exist, but doesn't realise that he's surrounded by them. The businessman whom he suspects is a mobster, Julian Luna, is the Prince of the San Francisco "Kindred" clans. Frank's girlfriend, Alexandra (Kate Vernon), is Julian's ex and also a vampire. When she reveals herself, breaking the Masquerade, her unlife is forfeit.
2"Prince of the City"Peter MedakJohn LeekleyApril 3, 1996 (1996-04-03)
The feud with the Brujah is escalating. Against Masquerade policy, Eddie Fiori has ordered the death of Boyle, an informant of Detective Kohanek. However, the vote by the ruling primogens is split and Eddie is not sentenced to Final Death. Julian has fallen in love with reporter Caitlin Byrne, a human who wants to do an article on him because he is wealthy, powerful, and unseen. In order to control her, Julian buys the San Francisco Times and appoints her as the editor.
3"Nightstalker"John HarrisonJohn Leekley, P.K. Simondsunaired
A recently Embraced and insane Kindred is making the news as a serial killer. Falling in love with human women is an issue for Julian, Cash and Daedalus.
4"Romeo and Juliet"Ralph HemeckerJoel BlasbergApril 10, 1996 (1996-04-10)
Cash and Sasha have become lovers and Julian grudgingly gives permission for Cash to Embrace Sasha. He's too late, however, because the Brujah clan, trying to provoke a war between clans, has already Embraced her.
5"Live Hard, Die Young, and Leave a Good Looking Corpse"James L. ConwayAaron Mendelson, Paul TamasyApril 17, 1996 (1996-04-17)
Zane (Ivan Sergei), a rock star Embraced by Lillie, endangers the Masquerade, but she's having trouble admitting that he's a problem. Sasha embraces her Brujah blood.
6"The Rise and Fall of Eddie Fiori"Kenneth FinkScott Smith MillerApril 24, 1996 (1996-04-24)
Lillie is jealous of Caitlin and sends a P.I. to take photos of Julian and Caitlin together. The P.I. ends up capturing Eddie's assassination attempt on film. Frank ends up with a copy of the photos and shows them to Caitlin, so she breaks up with Julian. Lillie, meanwhile, has sided with Eddie, who is still planning to kill Julian. Heads will roll, but not the ones Eddie plans.
7"Bad Moon Rising"James L. ConwayPhyllis MurphyMay 1, 1996 (1996-05-01)
With Brujah primogen Eddie Fiori gone, fights are breaking out all over San Francisco to determine which Brujah will succeed him. This is to be expected. What isn't expected is the return of the Nosferatu Goth (Skipp Sudduth). Julian ran Goth out of town years ago, but he has returned, stronger than ever. And, when he performs the ritual and drinks the blood of the human infant he has just kidnapped, he will be unbeatable.
8"Cabin in the Woods"Ralph HemeckerCurt JohnsonMay 9, 1996 (1996-05-09)
Julian hasn't been out of San Francisco in seven years. So when Caitlin asks him to go away with her for the weekend, Julian leaves Archon in charge and goes with her sans bodyguards to Manzanita Springs in Sonoma County where Caitlin has secured a secluded cabin in the woods. Unbeknown to Julian, the sole survivor of that bloodbath, a Brujah named Cameron (Titus Welliver), has reunited with the three remaining Manzanita Springs Brujah and has plans to take over Eddie's seat on the San Francisco conclave.



The series premiered on Fox on April 2, 1996.[1] New episodes aired weekly until May 9, 1996, after which the series was canceled and no additional episodes produced.

Home media[edit]

All eight episodes were released in a two volume DVD set on August 21, 2001.[2] On August 5, 2013, it was announced that The Complete Series, packaged with the Book of Nod role-playing game supplement, would be released on October 22.[3]


Sci Fi Weekly's Kathie Huddleston called Kindred: The Embraced a "cross between The Godfather and Melrose Place" that held promise, but was very confusing to viewers with the five vampire clans and a particularly confusing pilot episode.[clarification needed] While she felt the character of Frank appeared "to be pulled straight out of a bad cop film," she praised the character of Julian as a "multifaceted character who's both good and evil."[1] Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly also compared the series to The Godfather "soaked in blood," calling it "knottily mystifying." Like Huddleston, he disliked the character of Frank, wishing he'd been killed by a vampire early in the series, while praising "the elegant, intelligent prince" Julian.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Huddleston, Kathie (March 25, 1996). "On Screen: Backlash: Oblivion 2, Kindred: The Embraced". Sci Fi Weekly. 2 (17). Retrieved 2009-02-27.
  2. ^ "Kindred the Embraced - The Complete Vampire Collection". Retrieved 2009-02-27.
  3. ^ Lambert, David. "Kindred: The Embraced - Finalized High-Res Package Art, Inside and Out, for 'The Complete Series'". Archived from the original on 2013-12-16.
  4. ^ Tucker, Ken (April 5, 1996). "TV Review: Dark Victories". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-02-27.

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