Wizards and Warriors: The Complete Series (1983) Now on DVD



All eight episodes of Wizards and Warriors, the fantasy-comedy (or vice versa) I first talked about here, are now available on DVD from Warner Archive. The synopsis, according to Warner:

TV’s first real foray into the realm of high fantasy was a truly ahead of its time combination of awesome adventure and witty self-awareness. Prolific sitcom writer Don Reo (The John Larroquette Show, Two and a Half Men) had a different vision in mind than previous grim and gritty attempts at the genre as seen in cinema – a vision underscored by the show’s own opening titles, which frame the action as comic book panels. Jeff Conaway (Taxi, Babylon 5) stars as valiant Prince Erik Greystone who, along with his strongman sidekick pal Marko (Walter Olkewicz), battles evil Prince Dirk Blackpool (Duncan Regehr, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and malevolent magic-user Vector (Clive Revill) for control of the continent of Aperans and his country of Camarand. And for the hand of fair, spoiled and leather pants-obsessed Princess Ariel (Julia Duffy, Newhart). Now the time has come to heed the call of adventure – and comedy!

I don’t think the show was very witty or ahead of its time, but it is historical and worth watching at least once if you’re interested in the evolution of the sword and sorcery genre and/or the ’80s fantasy boom.

5 Responses to “<em>Wizards and Warriors</em>: The Complete Series (1983) Now on DVD”

  1. 1 Don Gates July 29, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I liked this show at the time. Of course I was 9 years old then and can’t remember anything about it but the cast, but I seem to recall I had a good time with it.

  2. 3 Fractalbat July 29, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Wow, I remember it well. All the long swords in our D&D games had daggers in the pommels because of this show. I remember a magical monocle showing up too.

    I can’t justify $25 for it, but I love knowing it’s out there.

    I still remember the episode where the villain made them go through a gauntlet to retrieve the key that would stop a magical bomb, only to reveal that he’d lied and used a fake key. Even at a young age I liked smart villains.

  3. 4 Tom Beiter July 30, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Holy cow, I never thought I’d see the day. I watched the show at the time and wanted to like it because, hey, D&D…or W&W. I recall thinking Julia Duffy’s tri-peaked hat was silly.

    • 5 2W2N July 31, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      Where was I when W&W came out? It’s possible I blocked it out (like the movie Thrashin’) because it was, to me, such a betrayal of its sources. Could I have been that self-righteous at 11 years old? Probably.

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