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Zorro (also known as The New Zorro and New World Zorro) is a 4-season swashbuckler series starring Duncan Regehr as the eponymous character. It aired on The Family Channel (an early version of what eventually became ABC Family, later rebranded as Freeform) from 1990 to 1993 for a total of 88 episodes, which was ten more than the 1950s Guy Williams Zorro series.

In early 19th-century Spanish California, when the commandant of Los Angeles Alcalde Luis Ramone terrorizes the people of the pueblo and oppresses them, Don Alejandro de la Vega summons home from Spain his son Diego to fight the alcalde and his men. When Diego arrives, he finds his town in a sorry state, and while pretending to have little interest in anything but books and his experiments, he creates the Secret Identity of Zorro. With his mute servant, the teenage Felipe, Diego starts battling the alcalde's tyranny.

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Since 2011, the series airs in the United States on Retro Television Network as The New Zorro. Sony Pictures Television is the distributor for this version.

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Zorro provides examples of:

  • Actor Allusion: Adam West (the 1960s Batman) makes an appearance as "Dr. Henry Wayne", who is astounded at the idea of riding out from a cave under the mansion to fight crime!
  • Expository Theme Tune: Oh boy, yes.
  • Fingerprinting Air: One episode had Zorro basically invent fingerprinting. He investigates the Alcalde's (Mayor's) office in an episode where the Alcalde is acting strangely: rescinding unpopular decrees one moment, then punishing people for violating the decree they were just told was rescinded the next. He finds two sets of fingerprints in the Alcalde's private office (which he presumably doesn't let other people into), leading him to realize that there are two Alcaldes, eventually leading to a Spot the Imposter moment in a public duel against both Alcaldes. Subversion in that the fingerprints were only used to confirm that there was an imposter, but not to identify the imposter. That was done by Zorro pointing out that the real Alcalde had a scar on the back of his wrist from a previous fight with him and cutting the sleeves of both Alcaldes to see which one had the scar.
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  • Love Interest: Victoria Escalante to Diego.
  • Remake Cameo: Henry Darrow played Don Diego de la Vega/Zorro twice before, in the 1981 animated series The New Adventures of Zorro (through voice acting) and in the short-lived series Zorro and Son in 1983. Here he got to play Don Alejandro de la Vega (Diego's father) starting with season 2.
  • Revealing Injury: In an episode, Zorro himself uses this as a Spot the Imposter trick. Facing both the Alcalde and his impersonator at the same time, he conclusively proves which one is the real Alcalde to all present by pointing out that he had wounded the true Alcalde on the wrist some time previous, then slashing the sleeves of his opponents to see which one had a scar there.
  • Seeking Sanctuary: Played very straight — to surprisingly good effect — in an episode. While they're driving into town together, Don Diego's mentor is shot by government officials convinced he's a traitor. The only way for Diego to get him treatment is to duck into the nearby pueblo church and claim sanctuary... then try to figure out how he's going to either A) putting his Zorro clothes on without giving the secret away or B) get out of this as his meek alter ego.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
    • Diego/Zorro's mute servant Felipe, for the 1950s series' Bernardo.
    • The obese and bumbling Sergeant Mendoza, for the 1950s series' Sergeant Garcia.
  • Zorro Mark: Often left by Zorro on his opponents' clothes or the scenery.

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