Saturday, July 07, 2012

Geek TV: The Charmings!

Concept: From the series opening: “Once upon a time there was a vain queen who was so jealous of her beautiful stepdaughter, Snow White, that she poisoned her with an apple. But a handsome prince came along and broke the spell. Snow White and Prince Charming threw the wicked stepmother down a bottomless pit and lived happily ever after. But, it turns out the pit wasn't bottomless - just very deep. And now, the queen was very mad. With a spell so powerful even she couldn't control it, she put the Charmings asleep for a thousand years. She also got herself and one dwarf. Eventually they woke up.”

Total Episodes: 21, with one unaired.

Original Air Dates: March 1987-February 1988

Original Network: ABC

Geek Factor: 6, but mainly because there have been a few other fairly-tale themed shows on recently.

Characters:

Snow White (Caitlin O'Heaney/Carol Huston): The Snow White of the fairy tale, trying to adjust to live in 1980s California.

Prince Eric Charming (Christopher Rich): Snow's husband and breadwinner.

Thomas and Cory Charming (Brandon Call and Garette Ratliff Henson): The kids.

Queen Lillian White (Judy Parfitt): The wicked stepmother.

Luther (Cork Hubbert): The queen's dwarf henchman.

The Magic Mirror (Paul Winfield): Just as it sounds, the magic mirror!

Don (Paul Eiding) and Sally Miller (Dori Brenner): Next door neighbors of the Charmings, who find their clothing style odd but never figuring out who they really were.

Geek Guest-Stars: None.

Geek Pedigree:

Original Snow White Caitlin O'Heany previously played Sara Stickney White on Tales of the Gold Monkey. Magic Mirror Paul Winfield had guest-starred on shows like The Man From UNCLE, Mission: Impossible, and other shows, but may be forever identified as playing the doomed Captain Clark Terrell in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He also played Lt. Ed Traxler in The Terminator. After The Charmings, he guested in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Babylon 5, and voiced characters in Gargoyles, Spider-Man (1997), The Simpsons, Batman Beyond, and other shows. Paul Eiding is another of the breed of actors who are known for on- and off-screen roles, prior to this show he guested in episodes of the 1986 versions of The Twilight Zone and Tales From the Darkside, and was the voice of Perceptor on The Transformers. He later voiced No-Zone on The Toxic Crusaders, and has done additional voices for all kinds of animated shows and video games.

Brandon Call was the voice of Fairfolk in The Black Cauldron, and played Tony Jr. in I Dream of Jeannie... 15 Years Later. Cork Hubbert had guest-starred on The Twilight Zone (1986) and was Ta in Caveman, and has appeared sporadically on other genre shows since. Judy Parfitt had guested in multiple episodes of The Avengers, and played the Red Queen in the 1973 Alice Through the Looking Glass. Christopher Rich didn't do any genre roles beforehand, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that he played Archie Andrews in the 1990 TV movie Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again.

DVD Release: None

Website: There are a few out there, but most seem to be rehashing either the IMDB information or the Wikipedia entries.

Notes: I find it interesting that there have been several TV shows in the past year based on fairy tales, while this one is virtually unremembered today!

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