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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 (1977), 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.

The show lasted for 29 episodes before being cancelled.


Tropes associated with the series:

  • Adventure Towns: Each episode is set in a new town; justified due to Eric being on the run from Rogan and having to constantly move to escape him.
  • The Ageless: A side effect of being a werewolf is that you don't age. Remy is more than 2000 years old but looks like he's in his 30s. The exception is Skorzeny, who Remy says has "a sickness brought about by his own evil" and is slowly but steadily aging.
  • Big Bad: Skorzeny for most of the series' run, Nicholas Remy for the last few episodes due to Eric finding out that Remy is the actual origin of the werewolf bloodline.
  • 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.
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  • A Day in the Limelight: The two part episode "A World of Difference" is this for Rogan. The story of the episode is Rogan reflecting on his life as he tries to come to terms with the possibility that he's been bitten by Eric.
  • 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.
  • Disposable Sex Worker: In "The Unicorn", several prostitutes are killed by Skorzeny.
  • Enemy Mime: Subverted; "To Dream of Wolves" 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.
    • In an episode where a doctor attempts to study Eric, the doctor is menaced by a dog, but it flees in terror when Eric comes out of the brush and shows it his hand where the scar shows up.
  • Evil Laugh: Skorzeny has a truly magnificent cackle.
  • Facial Horror: Skorzeny wears the eyepatch for a good reason: under it, his left eye has a solid black iris (and may be fake), and he has extensive scarring around it. In werewolf form, his left eye is missing and that side of his face is heavily scarred due to Remy cutting that eye out long ago.
  • High-Voltage Death: It takes being impaled with a wooden timber with a silver spike attached to the end and then speared into a theater's lighting control panel to finally kill Skorzeny...and then his body is gone when Rogan shows up later.
  • 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.
  • Mercy Kill: At the end of "The Black Ship", a ship captain who was mauled by Skorzeny asks Eric to kill him, not wanting to live with the curse. The episode ends with the muzzle flash of the revolver.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different:
    • General for the series: The werewolves are the bear-like type similar to those in The Howling, with individual werewolves having different-colored fur (Eric's is brown, Skorzeny's is black, etc.) and the curse being passed via biting. Transformation happens almost at random for newer werewolves, indicated by a pentagram scar appearing on the palm that bleeds as the change is about to start, but more experienced werewolves can do it at will. The only thing that can truly kill a werewolf in either human or monster form is a silver weapon or another werewolf's teeth and claws, otherwise the curse will bring them back to life.
    • Skorzeny takes this even further. When he starts to transform he peels the skin off his skull like it's a mask, with the raw flesh underneath taking on the werewolf characteristics. In beast form his muzzle is thinner than Eric's and has a slight twist, with longer, snaggled canines.
  • 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.
  • Re-Release Soundtrack: When Shout! Factory tried to release the show on DVD, they couldn't clear all the music. Instead of replacing it, they discovered the raw soundtrack tapes were gone, and could not replace the music. They were forced to let the rights revert back to Sony.
  • 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: Rogan's constant pursuit of Eric forces him to stay on the run.
  • Take That!: Chuck Connors tried to renegotiate his contract for more money not long after the series got underway, which angered the show's writers. They stuck it to him by eliminating most of Skorzeny's scenes in human form after the early episodes (and using body doubles with no dialogue for scenes where he did show up). They also had to drastically rewrite his death after Connors apparently reneged on a commitment to appear in those episodes, condensing three episodes' worth of story into two, and took out their frustrations by having Skorzeny's last scene as a human be him groveling before Remy and kissing his hand.
  • We Have to Get the Bullet Out!: In "The Boy Who Cried Werewolf", Rogan shoots Eric non-fatally with a silver bullet. A boy discovers Eric and hides him in his treehouse, and Eric has him dig the bullet out of his side.