->'''[=Derek Rayne=]:''' (''asking about Nick's reason for joining the Legacy'') All I want to know is why.\\
'''[=Nick Boyle=]:''' Because I believe in what we're doing.\\
'''[=Derek Rayne=]:''' ''Why?''\\
'''Nick:''' Because it's right! Because we're fighting evil, because we're making the world a better place, because I haven't got anything else to do!
--> -- "The Man in the Mist"

''[[RecycledTheSeries Poltergeist: The Legacy]]'' is a television series from Canada and the United States that ran from [[TheNineties 1996 to 1999]] for four seasons (three on {{Showtime}}, the last on [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]]). This {{horror}}-themed show had little to do with the movies; rather, the plot followed a group called the Legacy, comprised of humans who have seen through TheMasquerade and choose to quietly deal with a partly [[TheUnmasquedWorld Unmasqued World]].

The series featured interesting plot-lines, well-defined characters, a score of frequently over-dramatic strings, and talented actors who appeared to have been directed rather strongly over-the-top at times. In the more natural scenes, they show their talent quite well, but when something supernatural occurs, the scenes start getting pushed into the area of {{Melodrama}}. This tendency could be said to cause the show to ebb and flow between good and SoBadItsGood.

Each episode concluded with a brief personal inner monologue from the character featured in the episode. The show almost definitely qualifies as a CultClassic.
!!This show contains examples of the following tropes:

* BadassNormal: Former Navy SEAL Nick Boyle is one guy that you would not want to mess with. He's like a male Murphy (from ''Series/TheDresdenFiles'') with Dresden's downright insane defiance of authority.
* BadassBookworm: Derek Rayne would be right at home with Giles from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''; he's considered by some to be a {{silver fox}}, good with the book research, experienced at fighting the forces of darkness, and a European who watches over the group in a [[AFatherToHisMen slightly fatherly capacity]].
* BlackAndNerdy: Alexandra Moreau, the Creole computer expert who speaks French and has a head for research, is the rare female example of this trope, and she is definitely portrayed in a positive light.
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: Season 1's "The Substitute," which featured an EvilTeacher.
* CelibateHero: Father Philip Callaghan is a tormented priest, torn between the Legacy and his parish, and torn between the aforementioned celibacy and the fact that he is apparently too young and attractive to avoid women trying to get a glimpse of what's under his robes.
* DemonSlaying: Part of the mission of the Legacy.
%%* DeusSexMachina
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Nick and Derek did this a lot.
* DraggedOffToHell: One episode featured a serial killer's soul trying to force a priest to absolve him before the demons caught up with him. The priest stood his ground, and the killer met his fiery fate.
%%* EiffelTowerEffect
* EvilTeacher: Samuel Warden in "The Substitute."
* FantasyKitchenSink: And how. Name a supernatural theme, and it's likely there was an episode about it.
* FetusTerrible: The pilot movie had Rachel give birth to a demonic baby which then [[CrossesTheLineTwice dragged her around the room by the umbilical cord]].
* HauntedHeroine: Rachel fits this pretty well. She is a single MamaBear who stumbles onto the supernatural completely unaware.
* InNameOnly: Has nothing to do with the movies.
%%* MarsNeedsWomen
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: And usually murderous.
* ParanormalInvestigation: The purpose of the Luna Foundation a.k.a. the Legacy.
* PsychicPowers: Derek and Alex. See below.
* SexyPriest: Phillip
* SpiderSense: Derek, Alex, and Kat have slight and uncontrolled psychic abilities--small, odd snatches of visions and dreams.