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Tarzan and Jane
Tarzán is a French-Canadian-Mexican series that ran from 1991 to 1994, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan. The series was created for the syndication market and produced 75 episodes over 3 seasons. The show starred Wolf Larson as Tarzan and Lydie Denier as Jane, as the two deal with the day-to-day adventures of the jungle.
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Not to be confused with the 1996-1968 series of the same name. See the other TV series based on Tarzan: Tarzan: The Epic Adventures and The Legend of Tarzan.


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  • Adaptational Nationality: Jane is American in the original novels. Here, she's French.
  • Butt-Monkey: Roger is usually the butt of the jokes for comical effect, although this is lessened in season 3.
  • Christmas Episode: Season 1's "Tarzan's Christmas"
  • Clip Show: Season 1's "Tarzan and the Eye of the Hurricane." The clips are presented as flashbacks, induced by Roger's attempt as a memoir that takes credit for all the heroic deeds Tarzan has actually done (the flashbacks serve as corrections to Roger's writing).
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: "Tarzan and the Rock Star" is all about Star Riley, a famous rock star, finding herself trapped in the jungle during a storm. She acts spoiled and bitchy until Tarzan helps humble her and she finally becomes nicer to everyone.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Averted with Tarzan, who wears special footwear throughout the series.
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    • Word of God claims that Wolf Larson was afraid of some of the animals on set and didn't want to work barefoot as a result.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The majority of episodes are titled "Tarzan and the..."
  • Fainting: Jane in "Tarzan and the Test of Friendship" after nearly falling from a tree.
  • I Should Write a Book About This: Played for Laughs (slightly) Jane describes her and Tarzan's romance in "Tarzan and the Ring of Romance," and claims "if you wrote a story about us, nobody would believe it."
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Roger.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In "Tarzan and the Test of Friendship," Tarzan gives Jane the gift of a sarong. He's surprised to see how beautiful she looks in it.
  • Token Minority: Simon, later replaced by Jack in season 2 and Dan in season 3.
  • Vine Swing: Tarzan's usual mode of transportation.
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  • Whole Episode Flashback: The season 2 episode "Tarzan Meets Jane" takes place almost entirely in a flashback to when Jane and Roger first came to the jungle and met Tarzan. The episode is framed as All Just a Dream for Jane, suffering from a snake bite.
  • Will They or Won't They?: The series doesn't outright make the two leads a couple, unlike other adaptions of the characters. Romantic attractions are made explicitly clear, but the episode "Tarzan and the Ring of Romance" establishes that Tarzan will only become Jane's mate if she stays with him in the jungle forever and she hesitates to make such a commitment.
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