Forever Knight

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CBS (ended 1996)

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Forever Knight

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In 1992, CBS premiered Forever Knight, a stylish and sexy television series. An immediate cult sensation, the series chronicled the journeys of Nicholas Knight, an ancient vampire from the thirteenth century living in present-day Toronto, Canada (Nigel Bennett voice-over of theme music) He was brought across in 1228. Preyed on humans for their blood. Now he wants to be mortal again. To repay society for his sins. To emerge from his world of darkness. From his endless ... forever night. After centuries of bloodshed, Nicholas Knight has forsaken immortality and is determined to reclaim his humanity. He now spends his nights as a homicide detective with his smug partner, Donald Schanke, fighting the city's most brutal crimes. Joining in Nicholas' quest is Dr. Natalie Lambert, a brilliant forensic scientist, who is inching closer to the cure for his supernatural condition. The master vampire Lucien LaCroix, however, will stop at nothing to ensure that Nicholas remains a vampire. In his darkest moments, Nicholas turns to the lovely vampire Janette, who offers him unconditional loyalty despite her prominent standing in the vampire underworld.moreless
Geraint Wyn Davies

Geraint Wyn Davies

Detective Nick Knight/Nicholas de Brabant

Nigel Bennett

Nigel Bennett

Lucien LaCroix/General Lucius

Catherine Disher

Catherine Disher

Dr. Natalie Lambert

Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield

Nick Knight (Movie version only)

Natsuko Ohama

Natsuko Ohama

Captain Amanda Cohen (Season 2)

Ben Bass

Ben Bass

Javier Vachon (Season 3)

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Horrible show

    4.0
    I saw one episode, well most of if it. It bored me enough to turn it off before finishing a single episode. Years later I forgot about it completely until I saw it on the side bar.
  • Dark, edgy ... addictive.

    10
    I could start by saying that this is by no means the rum of the mill vampire show. It predates "Buffy" and shows a different side of the vampire, one we are more accustomed to from Anne Rice's novels.



    Nick Knight, homicide detective. A repenting vampire, seeking to repay society for his previous sins, a quest that gets him into trouble time and time again.



    Trouble arises not only from his vampiric sire, Lacroix, who would do anything to keep him in the fold, from his fellow vampire companion, Janette, but also from Dr. Natalie Lambert, department coroner, who is determined to help Nick become mortal again. In the process, feelings that amount to more than friendship arise between Nick and Natalie, but the vampire cop hesitates to act upon his love for fear of destroying that which he finds to be the most precious thing that she possess. Her mortality.



    The intricate relationships woven between the characters give the show its unique flavour. The dangers of exposure as a vampire through the work at the precinct next to his quirky, garlic eating human partner Don Schanke, a manipulative Lacroix and the beautiful Janette all serve to provide the show not only with a tension that brings you to the edge of your seat but also with a depth rarely found on TV nowadays.



    Expect to be lured into this exquisitely built world of action, forensics and crime solving, all with a vampiric touch, and hit with questions of morality, of right and wrong, but also with a special brand of humour and romantic moments to fuel your fantasy.

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  • Would it be as good if made now?

    9.6
    Ah, Forever Knight. There are so many things I like about this show that I find it hard to begin.



    1) Vampires. Always liked them but I usually (about 90%of the time)find vampire movies or TV shows unwatchable. And yes, throw stones if you, like I'll stand by what I say, that includes Buffy and Angel. The mere concept of vampires lends itself easily to ridicule (the bats, capes, ridiculous accents etc). It needs sensible writing and extremely good acting to make it work for me. That is where shows like Angel had their greatest handicap - good acting. Forever Knight had brilliant actors for the leading parts (some not so good ones for the guest or minor parts, I admit)and it mostly dealt not with supernatural topics aside from the premise of the show, but with core values of human life: love, death, guilt, acceptance. The question of what it means to be human. And it showed vampires as conflicted characters whereas in other shows/films they are rather flat caricatures.



    2) Low key. That was probably unintentional since the show was shot on an extremely tight budget. That's why I suspect we would have gotten all those spiffy special effects had there been more money. But I am glad that the show concentrated on other things and got rid of the cheesy flight scenes early on. I'm not a fan of FX because they easily take something away from the telling of the story.

    So the main focus in FK was on the characters and the acting and I think this is what makes it attractive even ten years after it was cancelled. 3) Acting, good acting, brilliant acting! 4)Audience. At least at the beginning FK seemed to have been taylored for a more mature audience. This changed with season 3 as the execs tried to gain the attention of young males (hence the neck of the week, the cute blonde sidekick etc)and this destroyed the show. It was still better than most other stuff I've seen. And this is also another reason why I don't like Angel/Buffy - they were written for teenagers.moreless
  • Oh how I wish vampires could age!...

    10
    ...then they could bring back these wonderful series that were canceled well before their time.

    Forever Knight hooked me on the genre. This was a really well done story, again with a cast that gelled and played off each other with exciting and suspenseful performances.

    I like that is survived for three years against the odds too, because its three seasons were not back-to-back: there were breaks in between but it just would not die, and for good reason.

    I loved Geraint Wyn Davies as "Nick Knight" and he does still does guest appearances on TV here in Canada (latest, "Murdoch Mysteries") as well as stage in Stratford Ont. Nigel Bennett was deliciously chilling as "Lacroix", and its nice to see him in a steady role on Canada's "Border". Deborah Duchene was the perfect "middle vamp" between the two main characters; "Janette" was just cool as ice as a character.

    Must pull out these DVD's this weekend and have myself a marathon, and wish on a star for some other network(s) with vision!moreless
  • For your information Nick Knight works the police beat in Toronto. Not Montreal.

    9.5
    I very much enjoy "Forever Knight" and all the characters have a good grasp on the series. My favorite character in the series is "Lucien La Croix" played by "Nigel Bennett". The thing that is very annoying to me is that when there is a serious vampire series that is brought to television the broadcasting companies axes it. But when a silly or unrealistic series like "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" "Angel" or such they keep going on and on and on. But shows like "Forever Knight" "Moonlight" and "Kindred: The Embraced" that portray vampires in a serious role they get terminated. I hate that.moreless
  • YOU'LL HAVE PLENTY OF REASONS TO STAY INSIDE THIS FIRST WEEK OF OCTOBER WHEN YOU SEE THIS BATCH OF DVDS. REVISIT THE FIRST EPISODES OF C.S.I. AND FRASIER, OR WATCH THEM FOR THE FIRST TIME. FOR SOLID SCI-FI OFFERINGS, YOU HAVE THE COMPLETE SERIES OF THE TWILIGHT ZONE, THE SECOND SEASON OF MEDIUM, ANDROMEDA'S SEASON FIVE, AND A SLIM SET OF STARGATE SG-1. AND DON'T FORGET TO BRING HOME THE CLASSICS THE BRADY BUNCH, THREE'S COMPANY, AND THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO!

    October 3, 2006 DVD Releases

    • Schanke
      Love him or loathe 'im, he was a good cop at heart. Share your love, hate, or love-hate right here!
      07/11/12
      14
    • What a terrible ending
      That ranks up there as one of the worst series finales I've ever seen. Terrible.
      08/31/10
      7
    • Forever Knight inspiration
      Without a show like this the vampire culture may not have been as good as it's been. We've seen shows like Angel and Moonlight whi...
      03/14/10
      2
    • "Moonlight" this fall on CBS
      Hey, "FK" fans, check this out... MOONLIGHT, from prolific movie producer Joel Silver ("The Matrix," Trilogy), is about Mick St. ...
      01/19/09
      12
    • Angel
      I am a huge fan of vampires, and Angel has been my favorite show since it originally aired. so I've heard that Angel 'used' so...
      06/13/08
      15
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    altruistic behavior, moral seria killer, keeping secrets, hot vampires, good vs. evil