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Werewolf was part of the original line-up of the brand-new fourth network, FOX, in 1987-1988. It followed a format similar to The Fugitive or The Incredible Hulk, with werewolf victim Eric Cord being chased by a bounty hunter who knows what he is, with himself pursuing the evil werewolf Janos Skorzeny (Chuck Connors, in his final TV role) whose death may free him from the curse.

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  • Adventure Towns
  • Clear My Name: A twist on this, since Eric actually did kill his roommate, and there's enough evidence Ted was "delusional" that he would certainly be found to have done it in self-defense, but Eric cannot go back to stand trial until he breaks the curse.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Eric.
    • Subverted when Eric meets a witch. He snarks about a potion she made, then apologizes for disrespecting her faith, even though he doesn't share it.
  • Enemy Mime: Subverted; one episode features several appearances by a rather creepy street mime, but he turns out to be a Red Herring and ends up getting murdered.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: In the pilot, Ted's dog, who's been staying far away from Ted, begins to snarl as Eric sees the blood dripping from Ted's palm...and then sees Ted's fangs.
  • Implacable Man: Rogan, the bounty hunter.
  • Inspector Javert: Rogan, who thinks Eric is responsible for Skorzeny's kills.
  • Kind Restraints: In the pilot, Ted has Eric tie him securely into a chair, then spends the next hours telling him about how he was turned into a werewolf and how he's dealt with it. Unfortunately, when Ted turns, he easily snaps the ropes and attacks Eric.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Bear-like with different colored fur based off individual with standard infection via biting. Transformation happens almost at random for newer werewolves, indicated by a pentagram on their palm that bleeds as the change is about to start, but more experienced werewolves can do it at will. The only thing that can kill a werewolf in either human or monster form is a silver weapon or another werewolf's teeth and claws, otherwise they'll revive.
  • Red Right Hand: Rather literally. Werewolves know the change is going to happen when a pentagram scar appears on their right palm; when the scar starts to bleed, there's only minutes or seconds before the transformation begins.
  • Shout-Out: The villain-werewolf Skorzeny was named after the vampire in the first pilot movie for the series Kolchak: The Night Stalker.
  • Stern Chase