Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

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  • TV-G
  • 1995
  • 6 Seasons
  • 6.5  (31,820)

For six years, we watched a semi shirtless Kevin Sorbo travels the lands of mythical ancient Greece as the swashbuckling Hercules in the landmark series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The series was broadcast on American television in several different markets via syndication and was quite popular as the series established a large fan base.

The series premiered in 1995 and ended in 2001, and was a lot of fun to watch and the program spawned another successful show called Xena: Warrior Princess starring a then relatively unknown female actress named Lucy Lawless in the title role.

Each week, viewers of the program watched Hercules and his loyal friend and ally Lolaus, portrayed by actor Michael Hurst, take up the challenge of an adventure which could take them to any one of several different mythical or real world towns or cities.

Hercules's main protagonist was actually his stepmother Hera, who knew of her husband Zeus's tryst with a female mortal and the subsequent birth of her stepson.

This led to many adventures where Hera had some influence on the events that transpired in many of the series' early episodes. Later, the show's writers would introduce other villains such as Ares, the God of War and half brother to Hercules as well as the aforementioned Zena: Warrior Princess and Dahak, who later replaced Ares as the show's main villain.

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys also boasted some of the industry's best talent at the time in Sam Raimi who was one of the show's executive producers, and actor Bruce Campbell.

Raimi is known for his penchant for horror. His credits include the series The Evil Dead which he wrote, directed, and produced staring Bruce Campbell. Raimi is also responsible for the movies Drag Me to Hell, the first Darkman film as well as the Toby McGuire Spiderman films.

Bruce Campbell of course played the title role of Ashley J. "Ash" Williams in the Evil Dead series of films, and other less than memorable films including Escape from New York, Maniac Cop and Bubba Ho-Tep.

His role on Hercules the Legendary Journeys was Autolycus in the series. Campbell was a part of the series and was also a recurring character on Zena.

The special effects that were a part of the series were fantastic for their time. Created by a New Zealand company called Weta Workshop, the special effect that were a part of the series were ahead of their time and allowed the viewer to believe in things such as centaurs and harpies and other legendary mythical creatures.

The series still boasts a fairly large fan base which includes fan sites and message boards, as well as entire seasons of the show that are available on DVD.

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (111 episodes). The series first aired on January 29, 1995.

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Full Circle
8. Full Circle
November 27, 1999
Evander has the power to create anything he wants just by thinking it. Zeus decides to use this power to free Hera so that they can make up. He takes Evander to the Abyss of Tartarus and has him free Hera, who has lost her memory. Unfortunately, this also releases the Titans, who go to attack Mount Olympus. Hercules has to stop them from destroying the pillar that holds up Olympus, because if it is destroyed, the entire world will be destroyed with Olympus.
A Wicked Good Time
7. A Wicked Good Time
November 20, 1999
Discord needed a third girl to join Haleh and Sariah in their witchcraft. She convinces Seska to join so that she can fix the troubles of the world. Hercules arrives to save Seska, and Haleh framed Hercules for witchcraft. Haleh and Sariah summon Neibros, the first warlock. Hercules has to fight him to save Seska.
City of the Dead
6. City of the Dead
November 13, 1999
Hercules and Iolaus go to Egypt and save Queen Nefertiti from assassins. Iolaus suspected Princess Amensu was the one who sent the assassins. Prince Ramses was the real traitor and when he is found out he goes after the Book of the Dead, which will give him powers beyond any person in the world.
Hercules, Tramps & Thieves
5. Hercules, Tramps & Thieves
November 6, 1999
Autolycus and Hercules go to visit the First Bank of Greece, which Hercules made Autolycus promise not to rob. They find Autolycus' ex-wife, Luscious, working at a bar there. The next morning Autolycus' grappling hook is found in the bank, which had been robbed. Hercules knows Luscious robbed the bank for revenge on Autolycus, but Autolycus is willing to take the blame for it. Hercules has to find a way to save Autolycus from death.
Darkness Visible
4. Darkness Visible
October 30, 1999
Hercules and Iolaus go to help out an old friend, Vlad. Hercules goes to his home, and finds out that Vlad has become a vampire, and wants to drink Hercules' blood to become invincible.
Rebel With a Cause
3. Rebel With a Cause
October 16, 1999
Cleon overthrows a the throne of Thebes and Hercules has to watch over the daughter of the former king, now the town drunk. Cleon plots to kill them both, and Hercules joins a group of rebels to fight to fix the kingdom and restore Oedipus to the thrown.
Love Amazon Style
2. Love Amazon Style
October 9, 1999
Hercules goes to a tavern and sees the Amazons waiting tables and dancing. He decides it has to be because of Aphrodite, because the Amazons are proud warriors who would never stoop to this, and he is right. She just broke up with Hephaestus and her powers are all messed up, which led to the Amazons being forced to obey all men. Diemos uses this to his advantage and has the Amazons dig for the Chronos Stone.
Be Deviled
1. Be Deviled
October 2, 1999
Sin, in the form of Serena, goes to visit Hercules. She tells Hercules she needs his help to capture Xerxos, an escaped murderer from her realm of evil. She is secretly in league with Xerxos, and poisons Hercules, so Hercules has to take power from her to fight Xerxos. Her power slowly turns Hercules into a demon and Hercules becomes more and more evil by the second.
Where to Watch Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys is available for streaming on the Syndicated website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Hercules: The Legendary Journeys on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 29, 1995
  • IMDB Rating
    6.5  (31,820)