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Sanctuary is a science fiction television show that airs on the Syfy channel. The show's original format was as web series. Each episode was released for free on the internet. The first episode aired in 2007. Once the web series became popular Syfy chose to air the show on its regular television channel. Sanctuary was created and produced in Canada by Damian Kindler.

The show follows Dr. Helen Magnus. The goal of Dr. Magnus is to use her Sanctuary Network to investigate and protect various creatures that normal people would consider to be monsters. She places these creatures in one of the sanctuaries that make up her Sanctuary Network. Dr. Magnus, who is played by Amanda Tapping, is 157 years old at the beginning of the series. Other major characters include Will Zimmerman, who plays the part of Dr. Magnus' assistant or protege. The next major character is Henry Foss. Henry Foss is the technical expert in the group, and also happens to be a werewolf. Many episodes also feature Dr. Magnus' daughter as a member of the group, who has a pretty reckless approach to their missions. Various villains and evil organizations make an appearance throughout the series, which include the Cabal.

Each season has an overall storyline that will link the majority of the episodes together. Even though there is an overall story arc for each season, the show very much follows the standard monster of the week format. Each episode revolves around a different creature, or cryptid. More of Dr. Magnus' history is revealed as the series progresses.

Sanctuary has received mixed reviews from critics, but has managed to gather strong fan support. This strong fan support led to the show being picked up by Syfy for multiple seasons. It should also be noted that many of the fans were initially attracted to the show by Amanda Tapping. Amanda Tapping became famous on one of Syfy's other television shows, so it was natural that many fans would decide to watch her new show as well.

In conclusion, Sanctuary has received strong fan support that helped keep the series on the air when Syfy was canceling many of its long running series. Even though the network had decided to completely revamp its offerings, it was decided that Sanctuary would continue to be a fixture on the network. Sanctuary had the highest rated premiere of any of Syfy's original programs.

Friday 10:00 PM et/pt on Syfy
4 Seasons, 77 Episodes - Canceled
March 14, 2007
Science Fiction, Drama, Vampire
7.4/10
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Sanctuary Full Episode Guide

  • Will Magnus's plan save or destroy Abnormal-kind?

  • A final confrontation is evident as the team races to prevent the unleashing of a doomsday weapon.

  • While looking for a legendary Abnormal, Magnus and Will become trapped by a cave-in.

  • Trouble from Hollow Earth insurgents leads to a reunion... and an unanticipated betrayal.

  • Adam Worth resurfaces as an avatar in a virtual Sanctuary, where he imperils Magnus and Tesla in a bid to enter the real world.

  • Magnus and Will find a way to cummunicate with an Abnormal that attacked Abby.

  • Magnus must race to free an icebreaker trapped under mysterious circumstances.

  • Magnus gets tied up in an Abnormal scheme and Will runs into trouble at the Liberian Sanctuary.

  • Magnus and Henry attempt to break into a secret Abnormal testing facility run by Homeland Security and encounter an old friend whose loyalties are once again in question.

  • Intending to meet with Sanctuary's new top secret financial adviser, instead Magnus lands in the middle of a deadly hostage situation.

  • A U.N. inspector threatens the future of Team Sanctuary while also attempting to turn Will against Magnus in the process. Meanwhile, Erika visits Henry, warning him of a potentially dangerous new dilemma.

  • Wil, Kate and Bigfoot try their hardest to prevent an all-out Abnormal war.

  • In the season four premiere, Helen Magnus has followed Adam Worth back to 1898 London to stop him from tampering- and quite possibly completely destroying - the future.

  • Word of a large group of Abnormals spotted near a South Dakotan cave entrance spreads fast and Magnus realizes it's the first wave of Abnormals emerging from Hollow Earth.

  • Helen and Will are living in an alternate reality, with suburban neighbors, who experience disturbing dreams that interrupt their new careers.

  • Team Sanctuary investigates the disappearance of a colleague amid reports of strange occurrences in Carentan, near Normandy, France.

  • Discover Magnus's role against the Nazis.

  • Magnus and Tesla accidentally discover secrets of the Vampiris race when they investigate a former Praxian stronghold - and encounter Afina, Queen of the Vampires.

  • Magnus ruins Will and Henry's double date when he tasks them with an Abnormal delivery.

  • Will's is transformed into a scaly creature that has him climbing the walls.

  • Will's wish to have a quiet night with Abby is interrupted when they are kidnapped on their way to the restaurant. When Magnus finds out who their abductor is, he stops the rescue.

  • Returning home from an overnight trip, Magnus is stunned to find the Sanctuary in utter chaos - only hours before a scheduled inspection by a UN Security Team. Complicating the situation, a bruised and battered Henry claims he was attacked by Will.

  • Magnus and the team are met with a hostile welcome in Hollow Earth. Polly Walker guest stars.

  • Seeking a gateway to the secret subterranean city, Magnus leads a treacherous mission to Tibet and tells Adam, Tesla, and Druitt to stay behind. The hidden city, however, is rigged with deadly security traps - and death awaits the team at every turn.

  • Will releases Adam in an effort to cure Magnus...and find the hidden city.

  • With Adam on lock down at the Sanctuary, Magnus investigates his connection to Hollow Earth - and Druitt - while being forced to reveal dark secrets about the chaotic origins of the Five.

  • An anonymous call for help brings Magnus, Will and Kate to an frightening, abandoned building, where Magnus encounters a violent assailant.

  • News of a possible werewolf sighting prompts Henry and Will to visit an English psychiatric facility. As they probe a potential connection to Henry's Hyper Accelerated Protean past - and future - Magnus and Tesla investigate the mysterious holographic city.

  • Kate becomes host to an abnormal that grants super powers.

  • Nikola Tesla surfaces, sending Helen an SOS from the Colombian Highlands - but Will is skeptical of Nikola.

  • In order to protect the public, Team Sanctuary is forced to stage a bank heist after a seemingly routine retrieval of an Abnormal egg goes haywire.

  • Will suffers from amnesia after his near-death experience; visitors are intent on finding out what is in his memory.

  • Helen and the team return for more adventures.

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