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''Sinbad'' is a British action-adventure fantasy series that premiered on July 8, 2012 on the channel Sky1, and was picked up by the Syfy channel in June of 2013. It was cancelled after one season. The show is based off the famous tale of ''Literature/SinbadTheSailor''.

The series follows the titular Sinbad as he starts a new life as a sailor, as penance for [[AccidentalMurder accidently killing]] a man in a fight and getting his brother Jamil executed. Having been cursed so that he will die if he remains on land for longer than 24 hours, Sinbad must brave the unknown dangers of the seven seas. Of course, joining him on his journey is a RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Anwar, a [[{{Adorkable}} clumsy but lovable]] medical student; Rina, a tiny thief thatís only looking out for herself; Gunnar, [[TheBigGuy a big guy]] from the far north; and Nala, a beautiful African aristocrat. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And]] [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Cook]]. They are later joined by the bounty hunter Tiger.

However, Sinbadís past comes back to haunt him as the father of the man he killed tries to track him down, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge doing whatever it takes to get revenge]], no matter the cost.

You can find making-of footage and cast interviews at the official website [[http://sky1.sky.com/sky1hd-shows/sinbad here]].

''For the Creator/{{Gottlieb}} pinball table, [[Pinball/{{Sinbad}} click here.]]''

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!! This show provides examples of:

* AbsoluteCleavage: One of Roisin's gowns displays this (in impressive quantity).
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: The brothers in episode 3, Faris and Essam.
* AmazonChaser: Sinbad appeared to be turned on by some of Razia's attempts to slice him.
* AnachronismStew
* AndroclesLion: [[spoiler:Razia's pet roc]] helps Sinbad because he gave her water and released her from captivity.
* ArrangedMarriage: [[spoiler:Nala and Death (Anicetus),]] in exchange for her people's freedom/revenge on their oppressors.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: At the time the series is set you could not sail from the Arabian Sea/Indian Ocean to Malta without going all the way around Africa.
* TheArtfulDodger: Sinbad has this role at the beginning, but things quickly go downhill.
* TheAtoner:
** [[spoiler:Gunnar]], for his bloody past as a raider and murderer.
** Also Sinbad for causing the death of Jamil and the ruin of his family.
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: The roc, naturally.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** Sinbad rushing in to save the others from [[spoiler:fighting to the death and being eaten]] in episode 2.
** [[spoiler:Sinbad and Gunnar's]] attempt to rescue [[spoiler:Nala]] at the end of episode 4.
* BlackWidow: Razia's lovers were all murdered after a single night with her.
* BodyPaint: Each of the water-thieves is covered with their own individual paint, based on Aztec designs.
* BountyHunter: Tiger
* ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth: The blue morpho butterfly features prominently in episode 4. Anwar notes the cultural connection.
* {{Cancelled}}/CutShort: Ended on a cliffhanger, then got cancelled with Sky1 saying "his story had been told". [[SarcasmMode Yeah, right.]]
* CannibalTribe: There isn't any other source of meat available and they are nearly always starving.
* CharacterTitle
* ChickMagnet: Oh Sinbad, Sinbad, Sinbad. It doesn't help that most of the women he seduces have bad intentions.
* CreepyChild: The water-thief children.
* CreepySouvenir: [[spoiler:The siren Roisin]] pulls her victims' teeth out and paints them gold, keeping them in a chest like bits of jewellery.
* CostumePorn: Wealthy or magical characters are always shown adorned with all sorts of jewels and exotic fabrics.
* {{Curse}}: Sinbad's curse is that he can never stay on dry land for more than one cycle of the Sun, or he'll die.
** [[spoiler:Ultimately broken by Sinbad not giving into his anger at Akbari, and instead genuinely asking for forgiveness. Sinbad's grandmother is overjoyed that he has become the man he was meant to be.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: So far, essentially everyone except [[NaiveNewcomer Anwar]].
* DeadlyGame: The twin brothers who run the House of Games indulge in these, having grown bored with conventional gambling.
* DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel: [[spoiler: Nala]] chose to be 'kidnapped' in episode 4.
* {{Determinator}}: Sinbad's fight against Death himself for one of his crew has clearly put him on the path to being their captain.
* DivineDate: [[spoiler:Anwar]] falls for the god Kuji, and Kuji apparently reciprocates, [[spoiler:though they don't get any further than a kiss on the cheek]].
* EmotionEater: A siren feeds off of the emotions created by happy memories; however eating bad memories makes them wretch and suffer.
* EnthrallingSiren: Roisin has a hypnotic voice and seduces men so she can [[spoiler:steal their memories]]. She masquerades as a human but her true form is [[spoiler:a very unappealing humanoid fish hybrid.]]
* EyelessFace:
** Siddiq, the "bouncer" at the House of Games.
** The familiar that is sent after Sinbad by Taryn.
* FacialMarkings: Razia has tattoos covering her whole face, which seem subject to MarkedChange.
* FakeOutMakeOut: In episode 5 Anwar kisses both Nala and Rina as part of a pretend LoveTriangle to distract some guards.
* FemmeFatale: Taryn uses her wiles to corrupt Lord Akbari.
* FemmeFatalons: Roisin's nails are extremely long and sharp, rather like knives.
* FiveManBand: Discounting Cook (who always stays out of the adventures), the crew of the Providence forms one.
** TheLeader: [[CaptainObvious Sinbad]], Types III and IV
** TheLancer: Rina (crosses over with The Smart Guy)
** TheSmartGuy: Anwar
** TheBigGuy: Gunnar (crosses over with The Lancer)
** TheChick: Nala
* FlyingDutchman: While Sinbad can set foot on land as often as he likes, there's a time limit for how long he can stay there.
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: Actually encompasses all five at this point (again discluding Cook).
** The Cynic: Rina
** The Optimist: Anwar
** The Realist: Nala
** The Apathetic: Sinbad
** The Conflicted: Gunnar
* GenreBlind: Anwar, for example [[spoiler: agreeing to go into the hold of the ship with the lying professor in order to catch her snake monster. And of course, not telling any of his crewmates that he's going in, and not checking that the Professor isn't going to seal him inside.]]
* GirlInABox: Well, not a girl really, and it's more like she ''is'' the box.
* GoryDiscretionShot: When Jamil has his throat slit. Also when Taryn sacrifices a chicken.
* GrimReaper: [[spoiler:Anicetus]], here portrayed as a fat, grubby, otherwise unassuming old man who likes making bargains.
* {{Guyliner}}: Practically everyone.
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: To prove her loyalty to her people, the [[spoiler:water-thieves]] ask [[spoiler:Razia]] to kill her own son.
* InvoluntaryBattleToTheDeath:
** Where the winner gets to be [[ImAHumanitarian eaten]] shortly after the loser.
** [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob Abdul-Fahim]] and Sinbad are forced into one of these at the House of Games.
* KissOfLife: Sinbad does this to Rina underwater when trapped in the sinking boat, though depending on how tightly your shipping goggles are strapped on it isn't that romantic.
* LovableRogue: Sinbad, who knows it and likes to play it up.
* MadeASlave: [[spoiler:Rina]] was sold into slavery as a child by her own parents.
* MagicIsEvil: The Emir claims that the dark arts eat at a man's soul, and has forbidden its use in Basra.
* MrExposition: Cook, having lived his whole life at sea, is privy to all kinds of legends and information about distant lands, so when a new MacGuffin appears he's bound to expand on it.
* MrFanservice: Sinbad. Really, he spends half his time shirtless.
* TheNeedsOfTheMany: Razia, queen of the water-thieves, thinks like this. She treats her son like a servant and even ''killed'' his father so that her people would have [[IAmAHumanitarian meat to eat]].
-->'''Khalid:''' I'm her son.\\
'''Sinbad:''' But the way she treats you-\\
'''Khalid:''' Razia favours none. She puts nothing, or nobody, before the needs of her people.
** In episode 4, it's also revealed that [[spoiler:Nala and her father]] were fleeing a {{human sacrifice}} made as a deal by their people in exchange for the deaths of their enemies.
* NeverMessWithGranny: Sinbad's grandmother sneaks up on a guard and puts a knife to his throat in defense of her daughter. And then there's the fact she knows magic...
* NothingButSkulls: How the water-thieves like to decorate. Razia's bedroom in particular.
* OneCurseLimit: Sinbad getting his memories stolen temporarily lifts his curse, which is good because he stayed on an island for more than a day.
* PaidHarem: Abdul-Fahim has a whole ship crewed by beautiful women.
* PhysicalGod: Kuji (who refers to herself as a god rather than a goddess) chooses to appear as a regular human girl and is a RealityWarper, but it's never explained what exactly her purpose is.
* PutOnABus: Is [[spoiler: Nala]] gone for good?
* [[RaisedByWolves Raised By Tigers]]: [[MeaningfulName Tiger]], who sits firmly on the human end of the scale. [[spoiler:Turns out she's lying.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Emir of Basra treasures peace, development and learning, and tries to assuage his brother's rage.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Sinbad spares Akbari instead of killing him, and begs for his forgiveness. Surprisingly, Akbari accepts his apology and also asks for forgiveness, but mere moments later Taryn (literally) stabs him in the back.]]
* ReluctantWarrior: Gunnar is afraid to fight, related to the bloodshed he's seen in war. [[spoiler: Well, that he caused, actually.]]
* RevengeByProxy: Lord Akbari kills Sinbadís brother, ''right in front of him'', because Sinbad accidentally killed Lord Akbariís son in a fighting competition. Later, he goes after Sinbadís mother and grandmother.
* SatisfiedStreetRat: Sinbad and Jamil fit the criteria, though they do hope to better themselves one day
* SceneryPorn: The wide sweeping shots of beautiful Basra (filmed in Malta).
* ShirtlessScene: Happens [[FanService pretty often]] with Sinbad and Gunnar. And Cook, but [[FanDisservice that's a different story]].
* SingleMindedTwins: Faris and Essam seem to always think alike when they're first introduced, [[spoiler:but it's later revealed that they can disagree on things.]]
* TheSocialDarwinist: [[spoiler:The Professor from episode 10]] belongs to a cult that believe a serpent will come and devour the weak, creating a paradise inhabited by pure humans. [[spoiler:The Professor's goal is to create said serpent herself.]]
* StartOfDarkness: Lord Akbari following his son's untimely death, with help from Taryn's magic.
* StickyFingers: Episode 3 makes it clear that Rina suffers from this.
* TeamChef: The aptly named Cook.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Sinbad and his companions in the first couple of episodes.
* VillainessesWantHeroes: Razia and Sinbad.
* WaifFu: When Anwar is pitted against Rina she takes him down in no time despite being half his size (though in his defence he wasn't fighting back).
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Sinbad has a bit of this with Nala, even calling her "princess".
* WideEyedIdealist: Anwar wants to believe the crew are on some big, exciting adventure, despite being in almost constant peril.
* WildCard: Taryn holds no true allegiance to anyone. Sinbad could also be considered this due to his reckless nature.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Razia, who literally covers her face in tattoos to disguise her true self.
* WouldntHitAGirl: In episode 2, Anwar displays this mindset [[spoiler:when the water-thieves want him and Rina to kill each other]].
-->'''Malik''': Hit her!
-->'''Anwar''': She's a woman!
** HonorBeforeReason
* YouCantFightFate: The whole aesop of episode 9, which revolves around a gem that can let you see your not-too-distant future.

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