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The Adventures of Sinbad is roughly a retelling of the adventures of Sinbad from "The Arabian Nights." It started in 1996, hoping to follow in on the popularity of Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. It did not, lasting only two seasons and a total of 44 episodes.

The story followed the adventures of a Caucasian Sinbad, his older brother Doubar, Firouz the alchemist, the mute Rongar, and Celtic sorceress Maeve.


This series provides examples of:

  • A Day in the Limelight: At least everyone on the team got one.
  • Anyone Can Die: Attempted. Mustapha, who featured prominently in the first episode only to die in the second. However, since he wasn't in the opening credits, it was obvious from the beginning he was only a Sacrificial Lamb.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Firouz. He's not fazed by sorcerers, magic, the devil, demons, or Olympian-style gods, but ghosts? They don't exist even when they're standing right in front of him.
  • Arc Villain: Turok in the opening two-parter. He also made a dismembered guest appearance in the Season 1 Finale.
  • Bald, Black Leader Guy: Rongar was a prince in his home realm. He remains both bald and black.
  • Big Bad: Rumina
  • Bond One-Liner: During the second season, Sinbad throws a mook into a pit of spikes, then quips "I think he got the point".
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  • Bound and Gagged: Maeve in one episode when she was captured by vikings (one of whom was Bret Hart. No seriously) as a sacrifice to free their ship from a bad special effect.
  • Character as Himself: Dermott
  • Dark Action Girl: Rumina, despite being a Vain Sorceress, has more in common with this than Dark Magical Girl.
  • Darker and Edgier: The entire selling point of the second (and last) season.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Maeve fell off the ship at the beginning of Season 2 and was pulled away in the tide. We later found out that A Wizard Did It to protect her from Rumina.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Turok and Rumina
  • Five-Man Band
    • The Hero: Sinbad, as the leader of the group
    • The Lancer: Doubar, as Sinbad's older and somewhat wiser and more level-headed brother.
    • The Smart Guy: Firouz, alchemist and tinkerer who couldn't fight worth a damn
    • The Big Guy: Rongar - though he wasn't as physically strong as Doubar he was the most skillful fighter in the group
    • The Chick: Maeve, later Bryn. Both were sorceresses, and Maeve was also a harmonizing aspect in the group.
  • Flat Character: Bryn, despite her gratuitous cleavage. Mostly because she didn't have much characterization beyond aforementioned cleavage.
  • Follow the Leader: This show mainly existed because of Hercules and Xena's shows.
  • Funny Background Event: Doubar, when he meets Sinbad in prison,is so excited that he rips a hole in the wall he was bound to. He and Sinbad have an entire conversation without noticing all of the other prisoners trying to escape out the hole, then a bunch of guards swarming to stop them.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Firouz. When Sinbad visits him in the premiere, Firouz is already working on a flying machine and giving thought to a doorbell.
  • Get on the Boat: The boat was pretty much the plot device to get the group from episode to episode.
  • Heroic Fantasy
  • Hotter and Sexier: The show tried to advertise Season 2 as this, mostly by lots of fanservice shots of Bryn in the commercials.
    • Sinbad himself also got a change in look to make him sexier. In season 1, he was a clean-shaven, short-haired pretty boy. In season 2, he looks more like a bad boy: his hair is shoulder-length, he has a five o'clock shadow and his sleeves are a lot shorter, exposing his biceps.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: "the Beast Within".
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Rongar. Sinbad initially opposes him joining the crew because knife throwing would be dangerous in close combat, but Rongar impresses him with his extremely precise aim.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Price Cassim in the opening two-parter. He's a royal pain at first, but he is willing to risk his life for his fiancée and becomes genuinely apologetic about past misdeeds.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Sinbad and Maeve are arguing, and Caipra tells them to "Stop acting like an old married couple."
  • The Main Characters Do Everything: A few extras are occasionally seen aboard the ship, but even then, it's always the Five-Man Band going ashore and getting into adventures.
  • Man Hug: In the pilot, Doubar greets Sinbad by walking across the room (despite being chained to the wall) and giving him a massive hug.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Rongar. The actor who portrayed him, Oris Erhuro, is pretty much a real life example of it.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Bryn.
  • Non-Action Guy: Firouz
  • Not Quite Dead: Sinbad himself was thought dead by everyone when his ship went down. He doesn't remember much of what happened, but he woke up on an island with a strange bracelet on his wrist. By the time he was rescued, two years had passed.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Rongar isn't literally mute. He can't talk because he doesn't have a tongue, but he can scream. If he does, the business at hand is most certainly serious - he screamed when Mustapha was killed, and when he ran into some of the men who'd run him out of his kingdom.
  • Put on a Bus: Maeve, Rumina and Turok were nixed in Season 2, but could have been brought back easily, had the show not been cancelled.
  • Race Lift: Sinbad and his brother Doubar, and really most people residing in Bagdhad are very, very caucasian people.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Of course, Maeve couldn't return at all because Jacqueline Collen, the actress behind Maeve, had to deal with being a full-time mommy.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The Caliph in the first episode has nothing but respect for Sinbad and is quite displeased to learn what his obnoxious son has been up to.
  • Red Shirt: It's pretty usual to see a poor unnamed crewman falling off the ship during a storm scene. The only notable rescue attempt was for Maeve.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Mustapha, see above.
  • Satan: Old Scratch.
  • Scary Black Man: Rongar is tall, strong and an expert knife thrower.
  • Second Episode Introduction: Maeve and Dermott
  • Sexy Silhouette: Rumina pulled this once, deliberately, in an attempt to seduce Sinbad.
  • The Speechless: Rongar couldn't talk because his tongue was cut out, but on very rare occasions he would scream. Usually he communicated through facial expressions and pantomime.
  • Smurfette Principle: Maeve is the only girl in the group first season. Bryn is the only girl in the group in the second season.
  • Starter Villain: Eblus, a Djinn prince who manipulates kingdoms into outlawing magic and descending into decadence so he can rule. He also assisted Turok, who doesn't qualify due to returning in the season 1 finale, in his scheme to kidnap a princess and take over a kingdom. He's killed with a spear to the face soon after the reveal of his true nature.
  • Stout Strength: Doubar.
  • Stripperiffic: Maeve wasn't too bad - she wore a pseudo-traditional dress with a not entirely unreasonable amount of cleavage, and aside from the aforementioned midriff baring, Rumina usually wasn't unreasonable either. One episode had her showing off her cleavage, and in the season 1 finale she put on a black floor length gown. Bryn, however, ...yeah.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Bryn replaced Maeve.
  • The Trickster: The eponymous Trickster disguised as an old man named Raynard to trick Sinbad's crew and Rumina while they were powerlessly stranded in an island.
  • The Strength of Ten Men: Doubar.
  • Token Minority: Rongar
  • The Vamp: Rumina
  • Unscrupulous Hero: Sinbad was very deliberately changed (arguably derailed) into one of these for the second season to fit in with the darker and edgier aesthetic the producers were aiming at.
  • Walking the Earth: Sailing, of course. Sinbad is always eager to have an adventure or to explore.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: The series begins with Sinbad returning home after being lost at sea for two years. His home and possessions have been confiscated, while a series of new rules and laws have made life frustrating for many.
  • You Killed My Father: Rumina's definitely mad at Sinbad for killing her father Turok.


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