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This thrilling, contemporary twist on the timeless legend of Tarzan turns the popular tale into an urban adventure, an intriguing mystery and, most of all, an unconventional crime drama. Two decades ago, young John Clayton's parents died in a plane crash and left him alone in the African jungle, where he grew up among apes and other wild animals. A solitary human in the pure and primal order of this untamed world, John Clayton emerged as the fearless Tarzan (newcomer Travis Fimmel). Captured by his billionaire uncle, Richard Clayton (Mitch Pileggi, The X-Files), the CEO of powerful Greystoke Industries, Tarzan is returned, against his will, to his family's home in New York City.

Within the Clayton family, Tarzan's return has unleashed rivalries that have festered for decades. His uncle Richard is bitterly estranged from his younger sister Katherine Clayton the witty, sardonic and beautiful newspaper publisher who is Tarzan's aunt. While Richard believes that his desire to rehabilitate Tarzan and make him a real member of society is in Tarzan's own best interest, Katherine believes that what Tarzan really needs is their help and support as he finds his own way in this strange new world. Now that their nephew has returned from the dead as Tarzan, Richard and Katherine have squared off in a new battle. While they are both driven by love - for Tarzan and for the family - they also know that whoever controls Tarzan, controls Greystoke Industries as well. Resisting captivity, Tarzan escapes into the concrete jungle of New York City where he encounters the strong-willed NYPD detective Jane Porter (stage actress Sarah Wayne Callies). Jane's perfectly ordered life is turned upside-down by her attraction to Tarzan and his dangerous yet profoundly untainted morality.

Romantically involved with another member of the force, Detective Michael Foster (Johnny Messner, Tears of the Sun), Jane is left to choose between reason and instinct, civilization and pure humanity, her head and her heart. While the rivalry between Tarzan and Michael quickly becomes explosive, the sudden shift in Jane's world also affects her partner Sam Sullivan (Miguel A. Núñez, Jr., Scooby Doo). Though he appears brash and irreverent, Sam is a dedicated cop, and he is stunned by Jane's reckless behavior and her obsession with this mysterious fugitive. Now that Tarzan is a part of her life, Jane sees everything differently, especially her work with the police force. Crimes of violence, greed and revenge suddenly take on a deeper and more disturbing meaning, and she is more troubled than ever before by what she sees. Looking at society from Tarzan's perspective, Jane begins to wonder what it really means to be "civilized."

Drawn together from different worlds, Tarzan and Jane share passions that are only heightened by the gulf between them. Tarzan's feelings for Jane now keep him in New York, but his view of the world is unchanged. Confronted with a city that exists in shades of gray, Tarzan still sees everything in black and white. When he comes across an innocent person in trouble, he reacts swiftly and sometimes brutally, guided by the sense of justice that is the core of his being.

Driven by his devotion to Jane and his unwavering sense of right and wrong, Tarzan makes his way through New York City, using instinct, his unique physical abilities and wits sharpened by years in the jungle. Tarzan is a modern day hero - an extraordinary man living in the real and all-too-brutal modern world. Tarzan is from executive producers Laura Ziskin (Spider-Man, Pretty Woman), David Gerber (The Lost Battalion), P.K. Simonds (Party of Five, Beauty and The Beast) and co-executive producer Eric Kripke (Battle of the Sexes) and is produced by Laura Ziskin Productions and The Gerber Company for Warner Bros. Television Production Inc.- TheWB.com Press Releasemoreless
Lucy Lawless

Lucy Lawless

Kathleen Clayton

Travis Fimmel

Travis Fimmel

John Clayton Jr./Tarzan

Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Richard Clayton

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

Nicki Porter

Sarah Wayne Callies

Sarah Wayne Callies

Detective Jane Porter

Miguel Nunez, Jr.

Miguel Nunez, Jr.

Detective Sam Sullivan

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  • I love it

    I hope that they bring it back, I loved watching it. I have been seeing it on YouTube, but only three episodes have the full episodes and the rest doesn't. I really want them to bring it back and hopefully to put it on DVD so people who love it can own it and watch it to their hearts content.
  • Short but sweet.

    This was one show that didn't get a far chance. I'll admit that it was amid towards a female ardency. But I know for a fact that there were more then a few men that liked the show. It may not of lasted long enough to be one of the greats but it did have hart and I was sorry to see it end.

    This was one of the WB's biggest flops but I must say that I preferred it to other longer lasting show like Dawson's Creak and Felicity.

    There are some shows that burn brightly well there here and this was one of them.moreless
  • The thing i really liked about TARZAN was the way they made the actor look and act like the original TARZAN.

    I was dissapointed when they decided to cancel it since, well, i thought it was an extremely good show.

    I first watched it on Sky One in the summer holidays and was amazed that at last someone had decided to re-create the classic TARZAN but with a twist.

    When i realized that it was based in new york city i thought that was quite a good idea, im definately going to give this show a 4.5 stars because im glad to see a show that isn't just about vampires, or guns.

    To read more of my reviews check out my profile .moreless
  • I may have just watched it for Travis Fimmel...

    Okay, well, is it my fault that the male lead in the show is so attractive that I couldn't resist watching? I mean, he's just so ... Okay, I won't finish that sentence.

    Aside from that, I don't know how much I remember of the actual show itself. I remember thinking it was interesting, and thus entertaining, but I'm not convinced I knew what was going on.

    But hey, I was happy enough being in the dark about what was going on. I liked it.

    It was definitely my guilty pleasure because then the next day my friends and I would all go in for school and discuss it, but not let anyone else know we watched it...moreless
  • They need to bring it back!!!!!! Tarzan was amazing!!!

    I cannot believe they took this off the air! It was one of the best shows out and before it even had a chance to get off the ground, the network gave it the axe! It's a shame there aren't better network excecutives in charge of picking shows. The plot was fabulous, the acting was incredible, the chemistry between Tarzan and Jane was hot, and the conflict was believable. They need to give this show another go, and keep it on for longer than 8 episodes.

    BRING IT BACK!!!moreless

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