amazonFriday the 13th: The Series is an American-Canadian horror television series that ran for three seasons, from October 3, 1987 to May 26, 1990 in first-run syndication.
Originally, the series was to be titled The 13th Hour, but producer Frank Mancuso, Jr. thought this would turn away viewers and instead took the name Friday the 13th to deliberately draw in audiences. Despite this title, the series has no story connections to the film series of the same name, as Jason Voorheesdoes not make an appearance, nor does any character connected to the films.
The two series have several cast and crew ties, however. The show’s producer, Frank Mancuso, Jr., was producer of the movie series from Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) until the final installment distributed byParamount (Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan in 1989, a year before the TV series ended). The show’s star, John D. LeMay, went on to star in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, guest star John Shepherd played Tommy Jarvis in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, and episode directorDavid Cronenberg appeared in Jason X. Fred Mollin, Rob Hedden, and Tom McLoughlin worked behind the scenes of both series.
Awards and nominations:Friday the 13th: The Series was nominated for two Emmy Awards in 1988 and 1989 for Visual and Graphic Effects. The series won two silver plaques in Chicago for the episodes Scarlet Cinema and The Sweetest Sting. In 1990 the series was nominated by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films as Best Series. The series was nominated twelve times for writing, editing, directing, production design, acting, sound and music by the Gemini Awards in Canada.
Syndication:NBC Universal’s horror-themed cable channel Chiller, which launched on March 1, 2007, airs the series in sporadic weekday marathons. During a viewers’ choice marathon on October 7, 2007, “Scarecrow” was voted most popular episode. The top five episodes were rebroadcast on Election Day, November 6, 2007. The show has been among the many second-run programs aired on Syfy channel (formerly SciFi). After a few years of absence, the channel began airing the series again starting October 10, 2008.
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Hey, It Is What It Is! July 31, 2010 By Jeffrey Michael Kent Amazon Verified Purchase I was torn between giving this DVD collection 4 or 5 Stars. This TV show probably won’t meet the standards and expectations of many, but I figure anyone who is seriously considering this item for purchase is likely already familiar with Friday The 13th The Series. The show is over 20 years old… it is what it is… in terms of quality and value, I feel it’s worthy of a good solid and fair 5 Star Rating. I’ll just make a few additional comments.
Currently Amazon’s price tag on this item is $90.99 (a savings of $11.48 over buying the 3 seasons individually). It’s really not a bad price for 72 episodes (17 disks). One thing you should know is this is NOT a fancy boxed set. There is no collector/storage box or extra DVD full of special features. All this is are the show’s 3 individual complete season boxed DVDs, all taped together and sold as a “pack”.
As for the show itself, it’s practically timeless! Yes, the special effects are cheesy, the story lines are a bit corny… but the show was from 1987-1990. I was in Junior High during that time, and used to watch it with my grandmother, so for me there is a certain sentimental value in watching these episodes again. Oddly enough the show doesn’t really seem “dated”, EXCEPT for a few minor, but distracting things: All the casual smoking. The lack of cell phones. And the music was TERRIBLE (mostly because they didn’t pay for the rights to any commercially popular music… you get what you pay for, and in this case, it’s crap).
It’s been fun watching the episodes in the order they were broadcast because there is a very subtle sense of continuity with the back story of the characters from episode to episode. This is something I never really picked up on before as the show was syndicated, and many of the episodes I caught in re-runs. Also, I never fully understood the transition from Ryan to Johnny at the end of season 2 and start of season 3. Now I get it! It’s easy to see how Friday The 13th The Series didn’t survive season 3. As effect technology slowly improved, the stories didn’t. It lost its charm… BUT, it was good while it lasted, and I have no regrets at all in spending nearly a hundred bucks on this set.
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