Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
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Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Year:
Duration:
Netherlands:50 min | USA:45 min (excluding commercials) (116 episodes) | Argentina:60 min | Israel:45 min | Spain:45 min
Genres:
Action | Adventure | Drama | Fantasy | Romance
IMDB rate:
6.5
Awards:
7 wins & 10 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1995-01-16
Filming Locations: Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand
Cast
Actor
Character
Meg Foster
Meg Foster
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Jacinda Barrett
Jacinda Barrett
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Alexandra Tydings
Alexandra Tydings
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Kara Zediker
Kara Zediker
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Kevin Sorbo
Hercules
Michael Hurst
Iolaus
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Trivia
Kevin Sorbo read for the role multiple times before getting the part of Hercules. Kevin stated he lost track and it may have been 7-9 times.
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The New Zealand television show called, "The Tribe" featured young actors who were often seen in various "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" seasons: * Daniel James (Zoot)was Young Iolaus Hercules and the Amazon Women * Sarah Major (Patsy) was Galea's daughter in Hercules on Trial * Amy Morrison (Zandra)was Cold Child #1 in Hercules and the Circle of Fire * Caleb Ross (Lex) was Nico in A Rock and a Hard Place * David Taylor (Sasha) was Franco in "Hercules and the Amazon Women
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The ratings soared to number one in syndicated action shows, passing the seemingly insurmountable Baywatch. Later it would be surpassed by it's own spin-off show, Xena: Warrior Princess (1995), which took top spot in Xena's second season. Xena continued to lead Hercules every subsequent year both series aired.
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Goofs
There are several instances throughout the series when characters use terms from the metric system. The metric system wasn't introduced until 1799, though similar systems were discussed in the 16th and 17th centuries. Either way, this was long after the time of Hercules.
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In various episodes Aphrodite refers to Hercules as her older brother while in others she calls him her younger brother.
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Quotes
Iolaus: The truth hurts doesn't it.
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Salmoneus: Ahh! How do people do that without getting headaches?
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Autolycus: I hate to break it to you, big guy, you've got harpies.
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Faq
Q
How can Strife die in 'Armagedon Now' but be alive in 'Yes Virginia there is a Hercues' which is set in the present day?
A
A good question. The first explanation is that the Olympian gods are capable of using their magic to time travel as has been proven in 'You are there' and 'Armegedon Now'. Therefore Strife travelled forwards in time with Ares into the 1990s and then returned to ancient Greece where he was killed by Callisto later in his personal timeline. This poses the problem of Ares potentially knowing the future which he shows no sign off but his ability to time travel may be limited solely to attempting to wreck Hercules' TV show or a higher power such as The Fates, Zeus or Hera prevent him from learning anything in the future that would upset destiny in the past. Second explanation is that Ares has somehow brought Strife back to life in the present day. Whilst characters who have died return from the dead all the time on 'Xena' and 'Hercules' for the most part gods don't, they stay dead (in fact Valesca aside unlike mortals of all religions it's unclear if deities even have an afterlife at all). It also seems unlikely that if Ares could bring another god back to life he would pick his nephew Strife whom he obviously despises, his twin (and occasional lover) Discord seems a far more likely candidate, not least as it's hinted they're also lovers. Third explanation is that by killing Strife Callisto actually changes history. When we see the 'Hercules' cast again in the later story 'For those of us just joining us' everything is the same EXCEPT that Strife no longer accompanies Ares, nor does he show up in Ares' two later appearances in the modern day on 'Xena'. Possibly the alteration in the timeline was engineered by Dahak as part of his world conquering scheme and was later corrected by the God of Eli or some other protaganist. Fourth theory is that the writers screwed up.(OP: Discord was Ares' twin, not his niece. Just needed to fix that :) )(Edited: Whereas it is true that the question is not really answered in the series, some things mentiones above should be corrected:1. Ares does not at all despise his nephew Strife, he is just often annoyed by his impudence. 2. Discord is not necessarily Ares' twin; she was in the original myths, but since the series changed/altered many of those, it is only safe to say that she is his sister. 3. In the modern day timeline, Hercules interacts with Ares and Strife in a way which suggests that he meets them on a pretty regular basis - like in the old times -, which eliminates the possibility of Ares and Strife meeting modern day-Hercules only because of a time travel. Also, Hercules explicitly says that Ares and he have been fighting for about five thousand years now. 4. In the modern-day episode, Ares and Strife mention Zeus not liking actors and mockingly ask what he thinks of the show, which means that Zeus is still alive - although he, like Strife, was "killed" in the old days. 5. In modern day, Ares tries to pinch merchandising rights from Hercules as a "compensation for the weekly slander he has to endure".Combining all of this, I think the most likely explanation for the "Strife still alive??"-phenomenon is that the series EXCEPT for the modern-time episodes is just the series that Hercules aka Kevin Sorbo is producing. Which means that what the "old-times" episodes show us does not necessarily have to do with whatever truly happened. The death of the gods - probably as well as many other things - was just something Hercules made up for the series... maybe in order to prevent the humans from believing that the gods are still among them, which they obviously are.)
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Photos from cast
Meg Foster Catherine Bell Andy Anderson Jacinda Barrett Katrina Browne Simone Kessell Alexandra Tydings Kara Zediker