Stargate Atlantis is a Canadian-American adventure and military science fiction television series and part of MGM's Stargate franchise. The show was created by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper as a spin-off series of Stargate SG-1, created by Wright and Jonathan Glassner and was itself based on the feature film Stargate. All five seasons of Stargate Atlantis were broadcast by the Sci-Fi Channel in the United States and The Movie Network in Canada; the show premiered on July 16, 2004. The series was filmed in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; the story of Stargate Atlantis follows the events of Stargate SG-1's seventh season finale episode "Lost City" and eighth season premiere episode "New Order", in which the cast of that series discovered an Antarctic outpost created by the alien race known as the Ancients. In the pilot episode "Rising", Stargate Command sends an international team to investigate the outpost, where Dr. Daniel Jackson discovers the location of Atlantis, the legendary city created by the Ancients, Colonel Jack O'Neill visits the outpost after having been put in stasis and retrieved from it.
The series was a ratings success for the Sci Fi Channel, was popular in Europe and Australia. Although it received little critical response, Stargate Atlantis was honored with numerous awards and award nominations in its five-season run. After Stargate Atlantis was cancelled, the show's co-creators began working on the already-conceptualized Stargate Universe which the network had approved to have a bigger budget, be less mythology-dependent, have more focus on character development. Merchandise for Stargate Atlantis includes games and toys, print media, an original audio series. With the cancellation of Stargate Universe, the intended direct-to-DVD Stargate Atlantis movie, entitled Stargate: Extinction, was cancelled. Stargate Atlantis follows the present-day adventures of Major John Sheppard and his military team from Earth that, along with two dozen other teams, explore distant planets in the Pegasus Galaxy, they use an alien device known as a Stargate, built millions of years ago by an advanced race of humans known as the Ancients.
The expedition is based in the Lost City of Atlantis on the planet "Lantea". The city was built millions of years ago and abandoned 10,000 years ago by the Ancients. Five to ten million years ago, due to a plague in the Milky Way Galaxy, they were forced to flee to the Pegasus Galaxy, there they seeded life on hundreds of worlds as they had done to Earth in the Milky Way. After encountering a powerful enemy known as the Wraith and going to war with them for one hundred years, the Ancients lost and were forced to submerge their city beneath Lantea's ocean, which, in the Stargate universe, is the source of the Greek myth of the Lost City of Atlantis. Stargate: Atlantis episodes feature a self-contained story that contributes to the larger storyline of the war against the Wraith and the Atlantis residents' search for the means to destroy their enemy; each season has featured a two-part episode, some episodes that, while not technically two-parters, feature direct continuity with the story of the previous episode.
Each episode begins with a cold open, sometimes preceded by a recap of events relevant to the upcoming narrative. The opening credits feature an original theme by Joel Goldsmith. Though they were drastically cut at the start of season 2, the full credits were recovered after the mid-season two-parter, they were again cut short in the 5th season. Season one began airing in the United States on July 16, 2004; the Atlantis expedition, led by Dr. Elizabeth Weir, arrives at Atlantis, the city of the Ancients; the expedition finds itself in a dire situation that forces them to seek new friends, the Athosians, but they acquire a powerful new enemy: the Wraith. Due to the power requirements for reaching Lantea, they are unable to contact Earth; the expedition must survive in a new galaxy, while deciphering the Ancients' technology in order to find a way to destroy the Wraith and to acquire important new knowledge. Major Sheppard puts together a team consisting of himself, Dr. Rodney McKay, Lt. Ford and the Athosian leader Teyla Emmagan, who serve as Atlantis' first contact team.
In one of their first missions, they make another enemy, the Genii, a human militaristic civilization with a 1950s level of technology. After several more revelations about the Wraith are made, the expedition prepares to evacuate. Just before they do, a military contingent from Earth arrives to help defend the city against the impending Wraith attack long enough for Earth's latest battleship to arrive; the season ends with a cliffhanger, while the city is still under siege by the Wraith. Season two began airing in the United States on July 15, 2005, it picked up where Season 1 ended; the Atlantis expedition avoids being culled by the Wraith by making them believe Atlantis had been destroyed, they recover semi-regular contact with Earth, thanks to the Daedalus and the new Zero Point Module recovered by SG-1. Sheppard is promoted to Lt. Colonel and former Runner Ronon Dex replaces Lt. Ford, who went missing in action at the end of the battle with the Wraith; the central plot of the second season is the development of Dr. Beckett's retrovirus, which can, turn a Wraith into a human.
While an incomplete version makes a young Wraith girl lose all her humanity and turns Sheppard into an Iratus bug, a more developed version is tested on a living Wraith, "Michael", with mixed results. Michael's Wraith faction propose
ZTV was a Swedish television channel owned by Viasat. Launched in February 1991, as a daily afternoon show on TV3 and TV4, it became a channel of its own on Swedish cable networks in May 1992; the intention was to create a Swedish version of MTV and thus the focus was on music. Since May 2006, most of its programming consisted of music videos. ZTV's last day was August 1, 2010 for all customers except for Boxer and Com Hem, who continued to distribute the channel indefinitely in a limited version. MTG's new sports channel TV10 took over the transmissions of other operators. ZTV was also a combined radio station called Z-Radio; the sound from the television program went out in radio through a number of community radio frequencies around the country. ZTV began broadcasting on their own channel position in 1992 and was owned by MTG, who owned TV3 and TV6. Aside from music videos the channel featured many shows produced in Sweden. Although they were low budget they featured new ideas and many of them received cult status.
Many of the presenters went on to become stars on the major networks with ZTV being viewed as a breeding ground for new talent. For a few years, there was a Danish ZTV, but it merged with Danish TV6 to form TV3+ and was closed down in 1996. There were plans to merge the Swedish ZTV with the Swedish TV6, but this never materialized; as the years went on, ZTV moved from Stockholm to London and started broadcasting American imports such as the Late Show with David Letterman and The Simpsons. ZTV started broadcasting 24 hours a day in 2000. In 2002, a Norwegian version of ZTV launched, ZTV Norway. September 2004 marked a significant change in style for the channel. Instead of being a youth channel, ZTV would now target men; as a result, most of the in-house ZTV shows were cancelled and replaced by Champions League football and wrestling. In May 2006, MTG started a new channel called TV6; this channel took over most the programming from ZTV, as well as its frequencies in the cable networks. This lost most of its distribution.
In late 2007, ZTV started to broadcast various anime-series such as Berserk, Black Lagoon, Ergo Proxy, Fullmetal Alchemist, Naruto, Ninja Scroll, Paranoia Agent and Samurai Champloo. There was a Z magazine available for some time. TV3 TV8 TV1000 Modern Times Group List of Swedish television channels ZTV Sweden
Cheers is an American sitcom that ran on NBC from September 30, 1982, to May 20, 1993, with a total of 275 half-hour episodes for eleven seasons. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television; the show was created by the team of James Burrows, Glen Charles, Les Charles. The show is set in a bar named Cheers in Boston, where a group of locals meet to drink and socialize; the show's main theme song, co-written and performed by Gary Portnoy, lent its refrain "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" as the show's catchphrase. After premiering on September 30, 1982, it was nearly canceled during its first season when it ranked last in ratings for its premiere. Cheers, however became a rated television show in the United States, earning a top-ten rating during eight of its eleven seasons, including one season at number one; the show spent most of its run on NBC's Thursday night "Must See TV" lineup. Its watched series finale was broadcast on May 20, 1993, the show's 275 episodes have been syndicated worldwide.
Nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series for all eleven of its seasons on the air, it earned 28 Primetime Emmy Awards from a record of 117 nominations. The character Frasier Crane was featured in his eponymous spin-off show, which aired until 2004 and included guest appearances by all of the major and minor Cheers characters. During its run, Cheers became one of the most popular series of all time and has received critical acclaim from its start to its end. In 1997, the episodes "Thanksgiving Orphans" and "Home Is the Sailor", aired in 1987, were ranked No. 7 and No. 45 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All-Time. In 2002, Cheers was ranked No. 18 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America ranked it as the eighth best written TV series and TV Guide ranked it #11 on their list of the 60 Greatest Shows of All Time. Before the Cheers pilot "Give Me a Ring Sometime" was completed and aired in 1982, the series consisted of four employees in the first script.
Neither Norm Peterson nor Cliff Clavin, regular customers of Cheers, were featured. In years, Woody Boyd replaces Coach, who dies off-screen in season four due to actor Nicholas Colasanto's death. Frasier Crane becomes a permanent character. In season six, they added a new character Rebecca Howe, written into the show after the finale of the previous season. Lilith Sternin starts as a one-time character in an episode of season four, "Second Time Around". After she appears in two episodes in season five, she becomes a recurring character, featured as a permanent one for season ten. Ted Danson portrays a bartender and an owner of Cheers. Sam is a lothario. Before the series began, he was a baseball relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox nicknamed "Mayday Malone" until he became an alcoholic, harming his career, he has an on-again, off-again relationship with Diane Chambers, his class opposite, in the first five seasons. During their off-times, Sam has flings with many not-so-bright "sexy women", yet fails to pursue a meaningful relationship and fails to seduce other women, such as intellectuals.
After Diane is written out of the series, he tries to pursue Rebecca Howe, with varying results. At the end of the series, he is still unmarried and recovering from sexual addiction with the help of Dr. Robert Sutton's group meetings, advised by Frasier. At one point he loses his little black book to a teenager who steals it, wanting to be a babe hound like Sam, he informs the teenager. Sam fails to stick with it. Shelley Long portrays Diane Chambers, an academic, sophisticated graduate student attending Boston University. In the pilot, Diane is abandoned by her fiancé, leaving her without a man, or money. Therefore, she reluctantly becomes a cocktail waitress, she becomes a close friend of Coach and has an on-and-off relationship with bartender Sam Malone, her class opposite. During their off-relationship times, Diane dates men who fit her upper-class ideals, such as Frasier Crane. In 1987, she leaves Boston behind for a writing career and to live in California. Diane returns to Cheers to cure Sam of his drinking.
Diane’s biggest enemy is Carla but Diane doesn’t insult Carla the way Carla does Diane which annoys Carla more. Nicholas Colasanto portrays Coach Ernie Pantusso, a "borderline senile" co-bartender and retired baseball coach. Coach is a friend of Sam and a close friend of Diane, he has Lisa. Coach solves them. However, other people help resolve his own problems. In 1985, Coach died without explicit explanation. Rhea Perlman portrays Carla Tortelli, a "wisecracking, cynical" cocktail waitress, who treats customers badly, she is highly fertile and matrimonially inept. When the series premiered, she is the mother of four children by her ex-husband Nick Tortelli. Over the course of the series, she bears four more, the depiction of which incorporated Perlman's real-life pregnancies. All of her children are notoriously ill-behaved, except Ludlow, whose father is a prominent academic, she flirts with men, including ones who are not flattered by her ways, believes in superstitions. She marries Eddie LeBec, an ice hockey player, who becomes a penguin mascot for ice shows.
After he died in an ice show accident by an
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from September 19, 2005, to March 31, 2014. The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, his group of friends in New York City's Manhattan; as a framing device, Ted, in the year 2030, recounts to his son and daughter the events that led him to meet their mother. The series was created by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, who served as the show's executive producers and were frequent writers; the series was loosely inspired by their friendship. Among the 208 episodes, there were only four directors: Pamela Fryman, Rob Greenberg, Michael Shea and Neil Patrick Harris. Known for its unique structure and incorporation of dramatic elements, How I Met Your Mother has gained a cult following over the years; the show received positive reviews, while the seasons received more mixed reviews. The show was nominated for 30 Emmy Awards. In 2010, Alyson Hannigan won the People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actress. In 2012, seven years after its premiere, the series won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Network TV Comedy, Neil Patrick Harris won the award for Favorite TV Comedy Actor.
The series concerns the adventures of Ted Mosby narrating the story of how he met the mother of his children. The story goes into a flashback and starts in 2005 with a 27-year-old Ted Mosby living in New York City and working as an architect; the lives of all characters are entwined in each others. The series explores many storylines, including a "will they or won't they" relationship between Robin and each of the two single male friends and Lily's relationship, the ups and downs of the characters' careers; the show's frame story depicts Ted verbally retelling the story to his son Luke and daughter Penny as they sit on the couch in the year 2030. This future-set frame is the show's "present day" and How I Met Your Mother exploits this framing device in numerous ways: to depict and re-depict events from multiple points of view. While the traditional love-story structure begins when the romantic leads first encounter each other, How I Met Your Mother does not introduce Ted's wife until the eighth-season finale, only announces her name during the series finale.
The show instead focuses on Ted's prior relationships and his dissatisfaction with those women, thus setting the stage for his eventual happiness with Tracy. In present 2030, six years after Tracy's death, Ted gets back with Robin, which viewers may have assumed at the series finale when Ted is standing outside Robin’s window. Ted’s children were the ones to realize first, that Ted was still in love with Robin, through the stories he told. How I Met Your Mother was inspired by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas' idea to "write about our friends and the stupid stuff we did in New York", where they worked as writers for Late Show with David Letterman, among others; the two drew from their friendship in creating the characters. Ted is based loosely on Bays, Marshall and Lily are based loosely on Thomas and his wife. Thomas' wife Rebecca was reluctant to have a character based on her but agreed if they could get Alyson Hannigan to play her. Hannigan was available. Josh Radnor and Jason Segel, who were cast as Ted and Marshall were not well known, though Segel had been a cast member on the short-lived Freaks and Geeks and a recurring guest star on Judd Apatow's follow-up show, Undeclared.
The role of Barney was envisioned as a "John Belushi-type character" before Neil Patrick Harris won the role after being invited to an audition by the show's casting director Megan Branman. Pamela Fryman invited Bob Saget to be the voiceover narrator, Future Ted, explaining to him that the show would be like The Wonder Years but "kind of into the future". Saget either went to the television studio and recorded the narration while watching the episode, or did so separately and rerecorded with the episode if necessary, he did not attend table readings but did so for the last episode. In various interviews Bays and Thomas have stated that "a pretty famous actress" turned down the role of Robin, whom they revealed in February 2014 to have been Jennifer Love Hewitt, they cast Cobie Smulders for the role who, at the time, was unknown. Bays and Thomas said, "Thank God we did for a million reasons... when Ted's seeing her for the first time, America's seeing her for the first time—the intriguingness of that propelled the show going forward and kept the show alive".
Although Ted is smitten by Robin in the pilot, it is established at the end of the episode that she is not the mother, which Thomas said was done so they would not copy or rehash the "will th
Formula One is the highest class of single-seater auto racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile and owned by the Formula One Group. The FIA Formula One World Championship has been one of the premier forms of racing around the world since its inaugural season in 1950; the word "formula" in the name refers to the set of rules to which all participants' cars must conform. A Formula One season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix, which take place worldwide on purpose-built circuits and on public roads; the results of each race are evaluated using a points system to determine two annual World Championships: one for drivers, the other for constructors. Drivers must hold valid Super Licences, the highest class of racing licence issued by the FIA; the races must run on tracks graded "1", the highest grade-rating issued by the FIA. Most events occur in rural locations on purpose-built tracks, but several events take place on city streets. Formula One cars are the fastest regulated road-course racing cars in the world, owing to high cornering speeds achieved through the generation of large amounts of aerodynamic downforce.
The cars underwent major changes in 2017, allowing wider front and rear wings, wider tyres, resulting in cornering forces closing in on 6.5g and top speeds of up to 375 km/h. As of 2019 the hybrid engines are limited in performance to a maximum of 15,000 rpm and the cars are dependent on electronics—although traction control and other driving aids have been banned since 2008—and on aerodynamics and tyres. While Europe is the sport's traditional base, the championship operates globally, with 11 of the 21 races in the 2018 season taking place outside Europe. With the annual cost of running a mid-tier team—designing and maintaining cars, transport—being US$120 million, Formula One has a significant economic and job-creation effect, its financial and political battles are reported, its high profile and popularity have created a major merchandising environment, which has resulted in large investments from sponsors and budgets. On 8 September 2016 Bloomberg reported that Liberty Media had agreed to buy Delta Topco, the company that controls Formula One, from private-equity firm CVC Capital Partners for $4.4 billion in cash and convertible debt.
On 23 January 2017 Liberty Media confirmed the completion of the acquisition for $8 billion. The Formula One series originated with the European Grand Prix Motor Racing of the 1930s; the formula is a set of rules. Formula One was a new formula agreed upon after World War II during 1946, with the first non-championship races being held that year. A number of Grand Prix racing organisations had laid out rules for a world championship before the war, but due to the suspension of racing during the conflict, the World Drivers' Championship was not formalised until 1947; the first world championship race was held at Silverstone, United Kingdom in 1950. A championship for constructors followed in 1958. National championships existed in the UK in the 1960s and 1970s. Non-championship Formula One events were held for many years, but due to the increasing cost of competition, the last of these occurred in 1983. On 26 November 2017, Formula One unveiled its new logo, following the 2017 season finale in Abu Dhabi during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit.
The new logo replaced F1's iconic'flying one', the sport's trademark since 1993. After a hiatus in European motor racing brought about by the outbreak of World War II in 1939, the first World Championship for Drivers was won by Italian Giuseppe Farina in his Alfa Romeo in 1950, narrowly defeating his Argentine teammate Juan Manuel Fangio. However, Fangio won the title in 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, his streak interrupted by two-time champion Alberto Ascari of Ferrari. Although the UK's Stirling Moss was able to compete he was never able to win the world championship, is now considered to be the greatest driver never to have won the title. Fangio, however, is remembered for dominating Formula One's first decade and has long been considered the "Grand Master" of Formula One; this period featured teams managed by road car manufacturers Alfa Romeo, Mercedes-Benz, Maserati. The first seasons were run using pre-war cars like Alfa's 158, they were front-engined, with narrow tyres and 1.5-litre supercharged or 4.5-litre aspirated engines.
The 1952 and 1953 World Championships were run to Formula Two regulations, for smaller, less powerful cars, due to concerns over the paucity of Formula One cars available. When a new Formula One, for engines limited to 2.5 litres, was reinstated to the world championship for 1954, Mercedes-Benz introduced the advanced W196, which featured innovations such as desmodromic valves and fuel injection as well as enclosed streamlined bodywork. Mercedes drivers won the championship for two years, before the team withdrew from all motorsport in the wake of the 1955 Le Mans disaster. An era of British dominance was ushered in by Mike Hawthorn and Vanwall's championship wins in 1958, although Stirling Moss had been at the forefront of the sport without securing the world title. Between Hawthorn, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, John Surtees and Graham Hill, British drivers won nine Drivers' Championships and British teams won fourteen Constructors' Championsh
Knight Rider (1982 TV series)
Knight Rider is an American television series created and produced by Glen A. Larson; the series was broadcast on NBC from 1982 to 1986. The show stars David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a high-tech modern crime fighter assisted by KITT, an advanced artificially intelligent, self-aware and nearly indestructible car; this was the last series Larson devised at Universal Television. Self-made billionaire Wilton Knight rescues police Detective Lieutenant Michael Arthur Long after a near fatal shot to the face, giving him a new identity and a new name: Michael Knight. Wilton selects Michael to be the primary field agent in the pilot program of his public justice organization, the Foundation for Law and Government; the other half of this pilot program is the Knight Industries Two Thousand, a modified, technologically advanced Pontiac Firebird Trans Am with numerous features including an durable shell and frame, controlled by a computer with artificial intelligence. Michael and KITT are brought in during situations where "direct action might provide the only feasible solution".
Heading FLAG is Devon Miles. Dr. Bonnie Barstow is the chief engineer in charge of KITT's care, as well as technical assistant to Devon. David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, an undercover detective of Los Angeles Police Department who, while on a case in Las Vegas, is shot in the face and nearly killed. Wilton Knight, founder of Knight Industries and creator of FLAG, directs his doctors to save Long's life and reconstruct his face. With his new identity, "Michael Knight", Long is provided with high tech crime-fighting equipment, most notably the car named KITT. Hasselhoff played Garthe Knight, Wilton Knight's estranged son and a criminal mastermind who drives Goliath, a semi tractor trailer Peterbilt 352 Pacemaker truck armed with rockets and protected by KITT's molecular bonded shell after the formula was stolen by Elizabeth Knight, Wilton's widow. William Daniels as the voice of KITT, or Knight Industries Two Thousand, the autonomous, artificially intelligent car, with whom Michael Knight is partnered.
Daniels, who starred on St. Elsewhere, requested not to be credited for his role as KITT's voice. Edward Mulhare as Devon Miles, the leader of FLAG, who appeared in every episode to provide mission details to Knight and KITT, he was the spokesman for FLAG whenever it came under scrutiny. Patricia McPherson as Dr. Bonnie Barstow, KITT's chief technician and romantic tension for Michael; the character was dropped after the first season, but due to strong fan reaction and lobbying by Hasselhoff and Mulhare, she was returned for the third season and remained through the end of the series. Rebecca Holden as April Curtis, chief technician for KITT; the character was written out. The connection between the two was never established in any installments. Peter Parros as Reginald Cornelius III aka RC3, driver of the FLAG mobile unit and occasional sideman for Michael and KITT. Richard Basehart as Wilton Knight, the creator of FLAG, who dies in the pilot episode. Basehart's voice, however, is heard throughout the series, narrating over the outro.
The car used as KITT in the series was a customized 1982 Pontiac Firebird sports model, that cost US$100,000 to build. Nose and other interior of the car were designed by the design consultant Michael Scheffe; the "Knight Rider Theme" was composed by Glen A. Larson; the series DVD bonus material contains an interview about this lead music, where Glen A. Larson says he remembers a theme out of a classical piece from which he took pieces for the "Knight Rider Theme"; the rest of the series music was composed by Stu Phillips for 13 episodes, Don Peake for 75 episodes, Glen A. Larson co-wrote music only for the "K. I. T. T. vs. K. A. R. R." Episode and Morton Stevens who wrote music for the "Deadly Maneuvers" episode in the first season. Peake took over scoring duties at S1E14 in 1983, when Larson moved to Twentieth Century-Fox and Phillips was working there on his projects. Peake insisted as the only and main composer until the end of the series in 1986, exceptionally for the "K. I. T. T. vs. K. A. R. R." Episode in third season, which he composed together with Stu Phillips and Glen A. Larson.
In 2005 FSM released a disc of music from the series, featuring the series theme, ad bumpers and Phillips' scores for "Knight of the Phoenix", "Not a Drop to Drink", "Trust Doesn't Rust", "Forget Me Not" and the composer's final episode "Inside Out", as well as the logo music for Glen Larson Productions. Albums of Don Peake's scores have been issued; the intro throughout most of the episodes began with this narration: Knight Rider, a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist. Michael Knight, a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless in a world of criminals who operate above the law. During the first season, the outro was Michael and KITT driving though a road in the desert with Wilton Knight's words of "One man can make a difference, Michael." The narration goes on to say: Michael Knight, a lone crusader in a dangerous world. The world of the Knight Rider; the outro of Seasons 2 and 3 was KITT driving away from the sunset toward the camera.
Season 4's outro was the same, except with KITT in Super Pursuit Mode. Knight Rider was first syndicated in the U. S. in the Fall of 1986. Stations were offered either the o
Highlander: The Series
Highlander: The Series is a Canadian-French fantasy science fiction action-adventure television series featuring Duncan MacLeod of the Scottish Clan MacLeod, as the eponymous "Highlander". It was co-produced by Rysher Distribution in the United States, Gaumont Television in France, Reteitalia in Italy, RTL Plus in Germany, Amuse Video in Japan. An alternate sequel to the 1986 feature film of the same name, it features a storyline in which the protagonist of the film has not won "the Prize" sought by all Immortals, who still exist post-1985. Christopher Lambert reprised his role as Connor in the pilot episode, which introduced series protagonist Duncan MacLeod, an Immortal, taken in by the same clan of Scottish Highlanders who had found and raised Connor generations before; the series was an international hit and was nominated twice for the Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel Award, three times for the Gemini Award, once for a Saturn Award, eight times for the Online Film & Television Association Award.
The pilot episode established the main character, Duncan MacLeod, his girlfriend Tessa Noël living together as co-proprietors of the antique shop MacLeod & Noël Antiques. Richie Ryan was introduced as a thief breaking into their shop and witnessing the confrontation between Duncan, the evil Immortal Slan Quince and Duncan's fellow clansman Connor MacLeod, the hero from the movies. Revealed was that Duncan had lived nearly 400 years, was one of many such Immortals in the world. Connor had come to ask Duncan to return to The Game. "The Game" was the term used by the Immortals to describe their hunting of one another, seeking "Quickenings" by beheading their opponents. Duncan had been hiding from other Immortals for some time. Now hunted by Quince, he had to face him, by the end of the first episode, Slan was defeated and Duncan caught up in The Game again. Storylines revolved around his relationships with mortals and other Immortals. Relationships formed a theme in the series Duncan MacLeod's relationships with his friends, family and foes.
As the series progressed, changes in concept become apparent, as well as normal growth in the characters and their relationships. Recurring Immortal characters such as Amanda and Methos made guest appearances in season one, the Watchers, including Joe Dawson, were introduced in season two. In the final episode of season 5, "Archangel", the character of Richie Ryan was killed off and the supernatural demon Ahriman introduced into the storyline. Of the 13 episodes of season six, two did not feature MacLeod, while in some he appeared in cameos: the producers were experimenting with introducing a new female Immortal character for a spin-off series. None of the introduced characters were chosen, what came to be Highlander: The Raven would feature the recurring character "Amanda" in a starring role, though it would be canceled after one 22-episode season; each episode began with an opening montage of scenes from Duncan's life, over, a narration giving a brief overview of the series' theme. The first six episodes of the first season were narrated by Duncan himself: I am Duncan MacLeod, born four hundred years ago in the Highlands of Scotland.
I am Immortal and I am not alone. For centuries we have waited for the time of the Gathering, when the stroke of a sword and the fall of a head will release the power of the Quickening. In the end, there can be only one; this narration was changed in the show's seventh episode, "Mountain Men": I was born four hundred years ago in the Highlands of Scotland. I am immortal and I am not alone. Now is the time of the Gathering, when the stroke of a sword will release the power of the Quickening. In the end, there can be only one; the narration changed again in the second season, when Watcher Joe Dawson was introduced: He is immortal. Born in the Highlands of Scotland four hundred years ago, he is not alone. There are others like him -- some evil. For centuries, he has battled the forces of darkness, with Holy Ground his only refuge, he cannot die, unless you take his head, with it, his power. In the end, there can be only one, he is the Highlander. The narration changed again at the beginning of the fourth season, remained until the end of the series' run: He is Duncan MacLeod, the Highlander.
Born in 1592 in the Highlands of Scotland, he is still alive. He is immortal. For four hundred years, he's been a warrior... a lover... a wanderer facing other Immortals in combat to the death. The winner takes his enemy's head, with it, his power. I am a Watcher, part of a secret society of men and women who observe and record, but never interfere. We know the truth about Immortals. In the end, there can be only one. May it be the Highlander. Highlander: The Series originated in Europe. Christopher Lambert, who had starred in the first two Highlander movies, had previousl