Duncan McLeod
 

Introductory narration

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Alternative versions

The European broadcast versions of all episodes were 4 minutes longer than the original US airings (rebroadcasts on USA network have further cuts).

The short American versions of episodes 1.1 (The Gathering") and 1.8 ("Revenge is Sweet") were combined (run back-to-back with only one set of opening and closing credits) into an ersatz feature film for direct-to-video release, "Highlander: The Gathering."

 
David Abramowitz
 

David Abramowitz

David Abramowitz was the creative cornerstone of the hit TV series. For the cinematic thread of the franchise he was brought on to rewrite aspects of the Source script and provided a soul to the screenplay.

He is also involved with the Hinew ghlander computer game and anime and in addition, he has also been acting as a consultant to Dynamite Entertainment’s current Highlander comic.

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Ken Gord
 
Ken Gord

Ken not only worked as a Producer on Highlander, but also brought his talents to other familiar series such as Queen of Swords and Relic Hunter.

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F Braun McAsh
 
F Braun McAsh

McAsh's credentials in the area of stage combat are impeccable. His combat training began in the military and was expanded to include Japanese, Chinese and Korean martial arts. As Sword Master and Fight Director for Highlander: The Series from its second through sixth seasons, McAsh earned the respect and admiration of the cast, crew, and fans with his bold presentations of swordplay.

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Gillian Horvath
 
Gillian Horvath

In her four years on the “Highlander:The Series” writing staff, Gillian worked her way from Script Coordinator to Associate Creative Consultant, working closely with David Abramowitz, Bill Panzer, and David Tynan on shaping the mythology.

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Methos

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Each episode began with an opening montage of scenes from Duncan's life, over which was a narration giving a brief overview of the series' theme.

The pilot episode established Duncan as a simple man living quietly with his girlfriend Tessa Noël (played by Alexandra Vandernoot). They were co-proprietors of the antique shop MacLeod & Noël Antiques. The pilot introduced Richie Ryan (Stan Kirsch) as a thief who entered Duncan's shop and witnessed the confrontation between Duncan, evil Immortal Slan Quince (Richard Moll) and Duncan's fellow clansman Connor MacLeod, the hero from the movies.


It was established that Duncan had lived nearly 400 years, and that there were many such Immortals in the world. Connor had come to Duncan to ask him to return to The Game and help good win over evil, where "The Game" is the term used by the Immortals to describe their hunting of one another, seeking "Quickenings" by beheading their opponents. Duncan had hidden from other Immortals for some time, removing himself from The Game. Hunted by Quince, Duncan had no choice but face him and by the end of the first episode, Slan had been defeated and Duncan was clearly caught up in The Game again.

Most of the storylines revolved around Duncan MacLeod and his relationship with mortals and other Immortals. These relationships were a common theme in the series, especially Duncan MacLeod's relationship towards his friends, family, lovers and foes.(see Duncan MacLeod's relationships).

As the series progressed, there were some changes in concept and normal growth in the characters and their relationships. Several recurring Immortal characters such as Amanda and Methos became frequent guests on the show and the Watchers like Joe Dawson were introduced in season 2.

In the final episode of season 5, "Archangel", Richie Ryan was killed and the supernatural demon Ahriman was introduced into the storyline. Some of the final episodes of season six did not feature Duncan at all, or showed him in little more than cameos, while the producers experimented with introducing a new female Immortal character for a spin off series. None of these actresses were chosen and what came to be Highlander: The Raven would feature recurring character "Amanda" in a starring role, though it would be canceled after one season.


Regular reurring characters

Richie Ryan  

Stan Kirch

Stan Kirsch played the part of Richie Ryan in 69 episodes of Highlander: The Series during the period 1992-1998.

His character was introduced in the first episode of the series, as a petty thief who, for mysterious reasons, Duncan MacLeod took under his wing.

In early season 2, after being killed in a robbery, it was revealed that Richie was an Immortal.

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Jim Byrnes  

Jim Byrnes

A successful musician and actor, Jim Byrnes played Watcher, Joe Dawson in 56 episodes of Highlander: The Series.

joe Dawson is first introduced in the first episode of season two, "The Watchers" (1993), as a middle-aged, scholarly man working as a clerk in a bookshop owned by James Horton in Seacouver, Washington, United States. In addition he guested in 2 episodes of Highlander: The Raven, Highlander: Endgame, and Highlander: The Source as well as providing the voice of 'Doc' in the animation Highlander: The Search for Vengeance.

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Tessa  

Alexandra Vandernoot

Alexandra Vandernoot played the French girlfriend of Duncan Mcleod in 31 episodes of Highlander: The Series during the period 1992 to 1998.

She was first introduced in the pilot episode "The Gathering" (1992) and appears in all subsequent episodes until "The Darkness" (1993), the fourth episode of season two, in which she is killed.

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Peter Wingfield  

Peter Wingfield

Peter Wingfield played the part of Watcher, Adam Pierson AKA the oldest living immortal Methos in 21 episodes of Highlander: The Series between 1995-1998.

Methos is the mythical "Oldest of the Immortals." He is at least 5000 years old, the approximate date he took his first head, but claims to remember nothing before that - including his place and date of birth. This could have been meant to imply that he may have been still older, but could not remember any further back than five thousand years.

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Elizabeth Gracen

 

Elizabeth Gracen

Elizabeth Gracen played the role of Amanda Darieux in 18 episodes of Highlander: The Series during the period 1993 to 1998.

Duncan Mcleod would constantly run into Amanda who was a fellow immortal, friend and a thief whom he tried to reform with limited success!

Elizabeth then went on to take the lead role in Highlander: The Raven which ran for 22 episodes from 1998 -1999.

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Philip Akin
 

Philip Akin

Philip Akin played Charlie DeSalvo who was mortal. He was introduced in the third episode of the second season, "Turnabout" as the owner of a martial arts dojo for sale in the fictional city of Seacouver, Washington, United States. In this episode, Charlie accepts Duncan MacLeod and Richie Ryan as members after realizing he is unable to beat MacLeod at martial arts.

He then appears in twelve episodes, the last being the season four episode "Brothers in Arms", in which he is killed. He is a friend and employee of Duncan MacLeod.

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Lisa Howard
 

Lisa Howard

Lisa Howard played the part of Dr. Anne Lindsey in 14 episodes, 1994-1996.

She was the first long-time girlfriend of Duncan MacLeod after Tessa Noël's death, and was a trauma surgeon. She saw Duncan fall to his death, making him go to Paris to avoid telling her the truth.

Later, he changed his mind, told her about his immortality and she went to France to stay with him.

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Peter Hudson  

Peter Hudson

Peter Hudson played James Horton, Renegade Watcher and Joe Dawson's brother-in-law in 12 episodes during the period 1993-1998. James Horton is first introduced in the first season finale episode, "The Hunters" (1993), as the leader of the men who enter Darius's (Werner Stocker) chapel and behead him. He was born in 1945, and died in 1994 of a stab-wound inflicted by Duncan MacLeod. He had previously survived a pistol attack by Joe Dawson (falling into the Seine afterwards) and serious wounds by MacLeod's sword during the previous years.

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Regular guests
The following have appeared in
five to ten episodes
  Roger Daltry  

ROGER DALTREY

Hugh Fitzcairn
(7 episodes, 1993-1998)

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Darius  

WERNER STOCKER
(1955 to 1993)

Darius
(6 episodes, 1992-1993)

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  Michel Modo

 

 

MICHEL MODO
(1937 to 2008)

Maurice
(10 episodes, 1994-1997)

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Valentine Pelka  

VALENTINE PELKA

Kronos 
(5 episodes, 1997-1998)

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  Amanda Weiss  

AMANDA WEISS

Randi MacFarland
(6 episodes, 1992-1993)

 


Kalas  

DAVID ROBB

Kalas
(5 episodes, 1995)

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  Roland Gift  

ROLAND GIFT

Xavier St. Cloud 
(5 episodes, 1993-1997)

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Starring Adrian Paul

HIGHLANDER
Format:
Action, Drama,
Sci-Fi
Created by:
Davis-Panzer Productions
Starring:
Adrian Paul
Alexandra Vandernoot
Stan Kirsch
Amanda Wyss
Jim Byrnes
Philip Akin
Michel Modo
Lisa Howard
Elizabeth Gracen
Peter Wingfield
Country of 
origin:
Flag of Canada Canada
Flag of France France
No. of 
episodes:
119

Production
Running 
time:

44 or 48 minutes per episode
See TRIVIA


Broadcast
Original
channel:
Syndicated TF1,
later Métropole 6
Original
run:
October 3, 1992 to May 16, 1998

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Filming locations
Bordeaux, Gironde, France
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Paris, France
Playland Amusement Park, Pacific National Exhibition Grounds, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Scotland, UK
Seattle, Washington, USA
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
 
Joe Dawson
Trivia

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Peter Davis
 
Peter S Davis

Peter S Davis has  been a prolific producer of films and documentaries since 1976.  Like Bill, it was Highlander franchise which has been his key focus. 

Peter took the backroom role of setting up and managing the very successful merchandising side of the business and since Bill’s death in 2007 has worked to diversify the franchise into the graphic arts and computer gaming side of the business.

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Bill Panzer
 
Bill Panzer
(1942 – 2007)

Bill Panzerwas educated at Princeton University before attending the New York University Film School. In 1976 he moved to Los Angeles where, with  Peter Davis, he founded Davis-Panzer Productions.  Together they produced more than twenty films, including The Osterman Weekend however it is the Highlander franchise that comprised the core of Bill’s business activity and passion.

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Richie Ryan
 
Quotations

We will be including quotations within each of the individual episode guides. However, CLICK HERE for just a few of the more memorable from the series as a whole.

 
Elizabeth Gracen
 
Goofs

IIncorrectly regarded as goofs: Episode 1.20, "Avenging Angel", features a swordfight between two immortals that appears to be on holy ground.However, the site is actually a museum displaying religious artifacts from the crusades.

The confusion arises because footage from this fight is seen in the opening credits of later episodes as the narrator speaks of holy ground.

 
Donna Lettow
 
Donna Lettow

Donna Lettow joined the writing staff of "Highlander” for its third season (as Script Coordinator and later as Associate Creative Consultant).  Donna authored "Highlander: The Watcher Chronicles" (the CD-ROM encyclopedia) and consulted on other "Highlander" projects, including extensive work on the extras for the “Highlander: The Series” and “Highlander: The Raven” DVDs. 

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