Beauty & the Beast is a American suspense drama television series that aired on The CW from October 11, 2012 to September 15, 2016. This series was inspired by the 1987 CBS series of the same name
Catherine Chandler witnessed her mother's murder and was almost killed herself until someone—or something—saved her. Nine years later, now working as a detective for the NYPD, a case leads her to Vincent Keller, an ex-soldier believed to have been killed in action during military service, who is actually alive. As Catherine comes to know him, she finds out more about her mother's murder and about who—and what—Vincent really is.
- Kristin Kreuk as Catherine Chandler
- Jay Ryan as Vincent Keller
- Austin Basis as J.T. Forbes
- Nina Lisandrello as Tess Vergas
- Nicole Gale Anderson as Heather Chandler (recurring, seasons 1–2; main, seasons 3–4)
- Sendhil Ramamurthy as Gabriel Lowen (seasons 1–2)
- Brian White as Joe Bishop (season 1)
- Max Brown as Evan Marks (main, season 1; guest, season 4)
- Amber Skye Noyes as Tori Windsor (season 2)
- Michael Roark as Kyle Johnson (season 4)
Seasons overview Edit
|Season||Episodes||First air date||Last air date|
|Season 1||22||October 11, 2012||May 16, 2013|
|Season 2||22||October 7, 2013||July 7, 2014|
|Season 3||13||June 11, 2015||September 10, 2015|
|Season 4||13||June 2, 2016||September 15, 2016|
Sherri Cooper-Landsman, Jennifer Levin, Ron Koslow, Gary Fleder, Paul Junger Witt, Frank Siracusa, Tony Thomas, John Weber, Bill Haber, C. Anthony Thomas and current showruner Brad Kern have served as executive producers. Roger Grant, Kevin Lafferty, Thom J. Pretak, Mairzee Almas and Michael J. Maschio serve as producers. Other producers on the show include Stuart Gillard, John A. Norris, Holly Henderson, Don Whitehead, Courtney Kemp Agboh, and Eric Tuchman as co-executive producers; Bill Goddard, Blair Singer, and Melissa Glenn as co-producers; Sean Sforza, Julie Lawrence, Kyle MacDonald, and Larry Goldstein as associate producers; Rick Bota as supervising producer; and Jeff Rake, R.R.K. Sinclair, and Rebecca Sinclair as consulting producers.
Critical Reception Edit
Beauty & the Beast has received negative reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 20% approval rating with an average rating of 3.2/10 based on 30 reviews for the first season. The website's consensus reads, " A thoroughly middling romantic fantasy series, Beauty and the Beast suffers from a silly premise, mediocre writing, and bland characterization." The series was given a 33 out of 100 score on Metacritic, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews from 19 critics. Kyle Anderson of Entertainment Weekly gave the pilot of Beauty & the Beast a C- grade, stating that it lacks the same charm that the 1980s drama had, and that 'The Beast' is more of a Hulk rather than an actual beast. David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle called the series an "overheated, badly written, wretchedly acted and unconvincing drama, which makes mincemeat out of the traditional beauty and the beast fairy tale." Mary McNamara of Los Angeles Times also made similar observations but praised Nina Lisandrello who still remains as the only cast member in the show to ever receive a positive review. About Lisandrello, McNamara wrote "the only point of light is provided by Catherine's partner, Tess, who, as played with great common-sense appeal by Nina Lisandrello, clearly deserves to be on a better show." More mixed but slightly favorable reviews were provided by David Hinckley of the New York Daily News, who said the series was "such a natural it's downright devilish" and Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times, who stated the "girl-power themes will probably play well to the network's core audience."