Trivia / Young Hercules

  • Ability over Appearance: Some executives were skeptical of casting Ryan Gosling as Hercules since he was so skinny (whereas Kevin Sorbo was brawny), but Gosling won them over with his performance.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • In "In Your Dreams," Cheiron knows a fair amount about Morpheus and the dream realm. A few years earlier, Nathaniel Lees played a priest of Morpheus in "Dreamworker" on Xena: Warrior Princess.
    • In "Get Jason," Paul Norell plays Buterus, an assassin who infiltrates the Academy by pretending to be a cook. On Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Norell played Falafel, a recurring Lethal Chef.
  • Dawson Casting: Inverted with Ryan Gosling. He was 17 when cast, but Hercules was 18.
  • Dueling Shows: Came about just as TV show version of Disney's Hercules was airing as well.
  • Executive Meddling: Fox opposed any major serialization, but they did allow some episodes to be linked (such as the Amazon and Bacchus arcs).
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Ryan Gosling is a famously skinny guy, playing one of the great strongmen of legend.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Unlike its parent series or Xena, Young Hercules spent many years under this trope (though it had been available in its entirety on Hulu for some time); this was par for the course as far as Fox Kids series went (Universal's The New Woody Woodpecker Show has suffered the same fate). The trope was finally averted in 2015, with Shout! Factory releasing a complete series set and individual volumes.
  • Production Posse: The Lewalds hired several writers they have worked with before, such as Mark Edens, Brooks Wachtel, Steven Melching, and Len Uhley. A number of group had also worked on various Fox Kids shows anyway.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Writers/story editors Eric and Julie Lewald were fans of the other shows in the franchise, so they were thrilled to "write Hercules and Iolaus as kids."
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: One of the big rules was that Hercules could never meet Zeus in this series. When production knew they weren't going to be renewed for a second season, producer Cynthia Hsiung suggested doing just that for the last episode. Her bosses rejected that idea, but she managed to convince them to okay a story where Zeus met Hercules while in a mortal disguise.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Ian Boen played Young Herc in the pilot movie and on HTLJ. As Boen opted not to continue, Ryan Gosling took over for the series.
    • There was also Sharon Tyrell, who played Herc's mother, Alcmene, in the series. In the pilot movie, she was played by Rachel Blakely. In HTLJ, Alcmene as a young woman was played by Kim Michalis.
    • Anthony Ray Parker played Bacchus in one episode of Xena: Warrior Princess, but Kevin Smith (Ares himself) played him on this show.
  • Troubled Production: Slightly. The bonus feature on the DVD alludes to writers being dropped at the last minute and their replacements having to just jump right in. Also, due to the production schedule, the story editors had to juggle 15 to 20 episode scripts at once.
  • What Could Have Been: There were discussions of doing a spin-off about Kora.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: According to Brooks Wachtel, the earliest episodes were written before the staff had seen video of the New Zealand-based actors' work. He said they had to take a leap of faith in regards to how the characters would sound and behave.
  • You Look Familiar: Michael "Iolaus" Hurst appears as a peddler in the pilot movie. He also returns in "A Lady in Hades" to reprise the role of Charon.
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