Black Beauty

A&E (ended 1974)



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Black Beauty

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Black Beauty lives in late 19th Century in England. This series is about his adventures and how he found "his" family the Gordon's of York Cottage, near the village of " Five Oaks.
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  • Classic TV series about a family and it's horse.

    This was a pretty good television series. As is normal with good television shows, this one did not last long enough. This is a show that I would suggest watching if you get the chance. Check the bargain bins at Wal-Mart, the online movies sites ( and such) and all of the cable channels that run old shows. Nick at Nite and TV Land are great for theses kind of shows. They will even do a week long spot for shows that only had 6 or so episodes. Then you have your super stations. They run a bunch of old shows too. All in all a pretty good show that did not get a good enough chance. Sometimes it is a simple as the show it is up against. Look at Law & Order. It is one of the longest running shows on TV. They moved it to go up against Lost. After about 2 weeks of getting pounded in the ratings it was moved back to it's original time slot. Shows like this should be given more of an opportunity.moreless
  • This is children's television at it's very best.

    I remember this show as a child - I grew up with it and I couldn't wait for Sunday tea time to come around so that I could hear that fantastic signature tune ( that still fills me with a warm glow!) and spend half an hour joining Vicky, Kevin, Albert and then Ned and Jenny on their fantastic adventures.

    Having just received the " Best of" dvd which contains 11 of the original 53 episodes released, I have enjoyed reliving my childhood and it struck me that this show is absolutely timeless. It reflected a time that, even when it was originally aired, had passed so there is nothing to " date it" to being 1970's and not still be relevant to kids today. This is the sort of thing you want to be showing your kids now - a time when kids could go out and play all day and just come home for their tea; when kids respected their elders and were taught the difference between right and wrong. Some could say that the morals of the show are a tad naive always showing good triumphing over evil; of Beauty always saving the day and, often saving the children from harm but I would MUCH rather my kids watch this than what is on offer for them today. Unfortunately kids do not retain their innocence for as long these days as I did when I was a child and that is a real shame. However, I will be doing my darndest to try and ensure my children stay children without the cares and worries of the modern world for as long as possible and I will be doing so by showing them shows like this. Pure timeless magic. Come on LWI/Talbot Television - when are you going to release ALL 53 episodes???!! I for one will buy both Box sets if you release them!moreless
  • Black Beauty is owned by a very rich breeder whose son treats the horse very bad. Black Beauty runs away and meets Vicky Gordon, a doctors daughter, who just moved from London to the county. How Black Beauty became a full member of the doctors family showmoreless

    "The adventures of Black Beauty" is based on the famous book from Anna Sewell who wanted to tell the world how to treat horses right. She was wide forward to her time in the 19 century.

    The series only takes the horse and nothing else from the book.

    There is first Black Beauty´s best friend and new owner Vicky Gordon. She loves the horse much more than anything else on earth. Her brother Kevin, her dad and Amy the good spirit of the family first have some problems with the horse first. Later Black Beauty saves so often lifes, he gets very famous in the village. The doctor uses him for his visits and Kevin learns to ride with his help. Together with his family Black Beauty can catch much criminals and often finds people who need help.

    In season two Vicky is replaced by Jenny who suddenly appear on screen and no one knows what happend to Vicky.

    Jenny Gordon also is Beauty´s best friend and they have a lot of adventures together.

    What do I love on Black Beauty? I love this great horse (ok, it was definitly more than ONE horse), the story how a young girl could see her biggest dream come true and the fact that children of all ages can see every episode without any reversation.

    Black Beauty and Fury were the heros of my childhood and I guess they were played by the same horse.

    This series belongs to the evergreens of the classic series It´s not boring to watch it again and again.

    About 25 years later the spin off "The New Adventures Of Black Beauty" tell the story of a grown up Jenny Gordon, her dad, her missing husband and his daughter Vicky (!) and a new Black Beauty as the old one dies at the beginning of the new series.

    A classic series for all kind of horse fans.moreless