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« on: October 18, 2009, 02:14:24 am »



Format    Horror
Created by    Frank Mancuso, Jr.
Larry B. Williams
Directed by    David Winning
Starring    Louise Robey
John D. LeMay
Steve Monarque
Chris Wiggins
Country of origin    United States
No. of seasons    3
No. of episodes    72 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time    60 min.
Broadcast
Original channel    First-run syndication
Original run    September 28, 1987 – May 26, 1990
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2009, 02:15:26 am »

Friday the 13th: The Series is a television series that ran for three seasons, from September 28, 1987 to May 26, 1990.

Originally, the series was to be titled The 13th Hour, but producer Frank Mancuso, Jr. thought this would turn away viewers and instead took the name Friday the 13th to deliberately draw in audiences. Despite this title, the series has no story connections to the film series of the same name, as Jason Voorhees does not make an appearance.

The two series have several cast and crew ties, however. The show's producer, Frank Mancuso, Jr., was also producer of the movie series from Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) until the final installment distributed by Paramount (Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan in 1989, a year before the TV series ended). The show's star, John D. LeMay, is also notable as he went on to star in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday. Guest star John Shepherd played Tommy Jarvis in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning and episode director David Cronenberg (who also directed the 1986 horror feature The Fly) appeared in Jason X. Fred Mollin, Rob Hedden, and Tom McLoughlin also worked behind the scenes of both series.
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2009, 02:15:45 am »

NBC Universal's horror-themed cable channel Chiller, which launched on March 1, 2007, airs the series in sporadic weekday marathons. During a viewers' choice marathon on October 7, 2007, "Scarecrow" was voted most popular episode. The top five episodes were rebroadcast on Election Day, November 6, 2007. The show has also been among the many second-run programming aired on Sci Fi. After a few years of absence, the channel began airing the series again starting October 10, 2008.

Paramount released the first season on DVD on September 23, 2008. The second season was released on DVD on February 10, 2009. The final season was released on DVD on September 22, 2009.
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2009, 02:16:08 am »

Premise

    “Lewis Vendredi made a deal with the devil to sell cursed antiques. But he broke the pact, and it cost him his soul. Now, his niece Micki, and her cousin Ryan have inherited the store... and with it, the curse. Now they must get everything back and the real terror begins.” -- prologue that opened each episode
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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2009, 02:16:27 am »

An antiques dealer named Lewis Vendredi (played by R.G. Armstrong) made a deal with the Devil to sell cursed antiques out of his shop, “Vendredi’s Antiques”, in exchange for wealth and immortality. He eventually grew tired of being the Devil’s puppet and broke the deal. The Devil came and claimed the soul of Vendredi (“Friday” in French) for breaking the deal.

After Lewis' death, his shop was inherited by his niece, Micki Foster (played by Louise Robey) and her cousin by marriage, Ryan Dallion (played by John D. LeMay). They sold off many of the cursed antiques before being stopped by Jack Marshak (played by Chris Wiggins). Jack was Lewis' friend, a retired world-traveller and occultist who originally collected many of the antiques for Vendredi before they became cursed.
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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2009, 02:17:05 am »

The series follows the protagonists as they hunt down the cursed antiques, which are usually in the possession of people who have discovered their evil powers and are reluctant to give them up. Since the cursed antiques are completely indestructible, they are locked away in a vault beneath “Curious Goods” (the rechristened antique store) that is designed to magically render the objects inert. They use a special manifest written by Lewis as a guide, as it holds the records of all the cursed objects sold.

Most of the stories in the series deal with people using the cursed objects for their own personal gain. All of the cursed objects grant either the user’s deepest desire or some extraordinary power. However, the curse always requires that the cursed object be used to kill someone in order to activate it. For example, there is a cursed scalpel that gives a surgeon the ability to cure anyone, but in order for the scalpel to work, the surgeon will need to kill someone else with it beforehand. In most instances, the person using the cursed object ends up becoming a victim of the object’s curse. Some objects have been shown to be sentient, such as the doll ("The Inheritance") and the radio ("And Now the News").
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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2009, 02:17:22 am »

Occasionally, there would be an episode in which the trio would have to confront their uncle’s spirit or would fail to obtain a cursed object, and the search would be continued in another episode.

Like other sci-fi/horror shows in syndication in the late 1980s (such as War of the Worlds and Freddy's Nightmares), Friday the 13th: The Series constantly pushed the “acceptable content” envelope, regularly featuring violence on par with that of the R-rated horror movies of the time. Certain episodes such as "Night Prey", depicted a level of sexuality that was also taboo for network television.
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2009, 02:18:15 am »

Second and third season

The second season saw the introduction of Johnny Ventura (played by Steve Monarque). He helps recover the relics and eventually replaces Ryan permanently in the third season. A romantic interest between Johnny and Micki is explored, but eventually dropped.
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« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2009, 02:19:08 am »

Character bios

Micki Foster

Michelle "Micki" Foster (played by Louise Robey) inherits the store, which she co-owns with her cousin by marriage, Ryan Dallion. At first, Micki is a bit of a snob, a fashion plate, and fairly vulnerable. As the series progresses, Micki becomes stronger willed, more independent, and less materialistic.

She is about 5' 7" (“Mightier Than the Sword”) and both her parents are still alive (“The Long Road Home”). Her mother, Catherine, is Irish (“Pipe Dream”) and her father was English (“Shadow Boxer”). She has an irresponsible sister and a nephew, J.B., who is often left in Micki's care (“A Friend To the End”). She was engaged once, but broke it off at the last minute when she couldn’t bear the thought of leaving Jack and Ryan to care for the store alone (“The Root of All Evil”). Micki was killed once when a cursed coin was used on her (“Tails I Live, Heads You Die”). Ryan and Jack eventually trick a coven into bringing her back to life.
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« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2009, 02:19:55 am »

Ryan Dallion

Ryan Dallion (played by John D. LeMay), Micki’s cousin by marriage, also inherited the store. In the beginning he is portrayed as a failed art student and obviously has feelings for Micki that get stronger as the series progresses. He is excited about fixing up the store, but is talked into selling the inventory by Micki, a decision they come to regret. Their relationship at first is cool but they grow to be very special to each other over time, especially after Micki's first death in the beginning of the second season (“Tails I Live, Heads You Die”).

Ryan’s relationship with his father, Ray, was not a good one. Ray was an inventor who nearly killed Micki, but when Ryan tries to sacrifice himself in Micki’s place, Ray killed himself (“Pipe Dream”). Ryan’s brother Jimmy died at age 10, and his mother ran out on them shortly after (“Scarecrow,” “The Prophecies”). She returned just before Ryan went to France with Micki to help a comatose Jack. Upon their arrival, he was marked as a possessed follower of the Devil by Asteroth. After killing an important nun while under possession, he attempted to kill Jack in his coma.

Though his heart was pure, he did as told by Asteroth until it came to the sacrifice of a young crippled girl whose life was devoted to God (the sacrifice would ultimately give the Devil an entrance into the world of the flesh). However that same purity along with his conviction for his brothers' death would allow him to sacrifice himself instead.

He returned to America after being transformed into a child, leading to his twisted departure from the show. All was not in vain, however, as his mother accepted him the way he was once again. giving them both a second chance at life.
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« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2009, 02:21:34 am »

Jack Marshak

Jack Marshak (played by Chris Wiggins) is a former stage magician and an expert in the occult. He used to supply antiques for Lewis’s store, unaware of the owner's true intent, and met Micki and Ryan when he came to collect on an old debt. He discovered that Lewis was dead and began helping collect the cursed antiques, becoming a close friend of the cousins. He also came up with the new name of the shop, Curious Goods ("The Inheritance").

Jack had been married once and had a clairvoyant son, Peter, who died in a young girl’s dream plain (“Bottle of Dreams”). When Jack was younger, his father disappeared, only to return ten years later. However, we learn that the man who came back was a spirit (“Midnight Riders”). Jack served in World War II and nearly died in a Nazi war camp (“The Butcher”). He was engaged to a scientist, who left him to do field research. She shows up in his life years later, but dies shortly after they plan to marry (“Brain Drain”).
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« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2009, 02:22:53 am »

Johnny Ventura

The naïve Johnny (played by Steve Monarque) is introduced toward the end of season two and becomes a regular in season three. He is first introduced as a skirt-chaser and is very interested in Micki (“Wedding Bell Blues”). The interest begins to wane, but heats up again when the two take a road trip to retrieve a cursed object and end up in an abandoned house (“The Long Road Home”).

Johnny’s father, a security guard, was shot and killed on the job (“The Prisoner”). Johnny was so bereaved that he used the coin that had once killed Micki to bring his father back to life (“Bad Penny”). He has been arrested twice, once for being a suspected accessory to murder (“Wedding Bell Blues”) and again as a suspect in his father’s murder (“The Prisoner”).
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« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2009, 02:23:14 am »

Rashid

An Egyptian mystic who helps the trio when they are dealing directly with Lewis' ghost, who tries constantly to re-enter the world of the living("Bottle Of Dreams", "Doorway To Hell"). Though mentioned more than actually appearing in the series, Rashid is very much competent in helping his old friend Jack and the cousins one way or another.

Rashid was the one to help Jack bring back Ryan and Micki from Lewis' clutches twice, and even revealed to them the fate of Jack's son.

Always knowledgeable in occult, sometimes even more so than Jack, Rashid is most capable as Jack's psychic-link during his first trial against Lewis. The second would be more guidance as to help Jack enter a cursed mirror and lead the cousins out of Lewis' possessed house.

During the series run, Rashid only appeared in two episodes though there are several others where he was mentioned ("Vanity Mirror" and "Voodoo Mambo" are examples).
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« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2009, 02:24:47 am »

Production

Friday the 13th: The Series was created by Frank Mancuso, Jr. and Larry B. Williams originally under the title of The 13th Hour; the series ran for 72 episodes. Mancuso, Jr. never intended to link the television show directly to the Friday the 13th film series, but utilize "the idea of Friday the 13th, which is that it symbolizes bad luck and curses". The creators wanted to tie-in Jason's trademark hockey mask to the series, but the idea was discarded so that the show could have a chance to exist on its own. Mancuso, Jr. was afraid that mentioning any events from the films would take the audience away from "the new world that we were trying to create". The decision to name the show Friday the 13th, over the original title, was made because Mancuso, Jr. believed a "Friday the 13th" moniker would better help to sell the show to networks. Filming took place in Toronto, Canada.[1] Friday the 13th: The Series aired in first-run syndication, initially in a late-night spot; the success of the series as a late-night show prompted some broadcasting stations to move it to primetime. Produced on a budget estimated below $500,000 per episode, the first season placed second in the male 18 to 49 year old demographic, just behind Paramount's Star Trek: The Next Generation. In addition, the first season placed fifth in the female 18 to 49 year old demographic.[2]
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« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2009, 02:25:14 am »

Home video release

On September 23, 2008, the first season of Friday the 13th: The Series was released on DVD. The boxset contained all 26 season one episodes on six discs.[3] The second season was released on DVD on February 10, 2009; it also included all 26 episodes on a six disc set.[4] The final season of Friday the 13th: The Series was released on September 22, 2009. This boxset featured the final 20 episodes on a five discs.[5]
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