Q: Who is Lucard?
A: Alexander Lucard is the vampire better known as Count Dracula (A. Lucard=Dracula spelled backwards), currently a ruthless European power broker seeking global domination through his international corporate empire, Lucard Industries. Lucard has exquisite taste, an extraordinary accent, and billions of dollars, and is also a rather handsome fellow.
Q: What is "Dracula: the Series"?
A: "Dracula: the Series" is a syndicated television program about Lucard's rivalry with Gustav Helsing and his young vampire hunting team. The series debuted in the USA in 1990, and was shown on YTV in Canada in 1994 and 1997. In addition, it was broadcast in South Africa on what was then called TV1 in 1995 and then repeated on SABC1 in 1996. It was also shown on Asia's "Star Plus" network in 1993, and on England's Nickelodeon network 1994-1996. The Sci-Fi channel has been airing it on Saturdays since late 1995. "Dracula: the Series" was filmed in Luxembourg, and stars Geordie Johnson as Dracula/Lucard. If you are interested, you may wish to read more about the cast and crew, or view a list describing all the guest characters.
Q: How many episodes are there to "Dracula: the Series"?
A: There are 21 half-hour episodes. You may wish to view a complete list of all the episodes or read plot summaries of the episodes. More extensive summaries may be added when I have the time.
Q: Which are the best episodes?
A: That is, of course, a matter of individual taste. However, my personal favourites are: Bad Blood, Bats in the Attic, I Love Lucard, and Klaus Encounters of the Interred Kind.
Q: Why do some vampire fans think "Dracula: the Series" is rather moronic?
A: I have no idea. They obviously just can't appreciate its marvellously campy style, or they don't realize that Lucard is the true hero of the show.
Q: What is the relation between "Dracula: the Series" and the original Dracula book by Bram Stoker?
A: The series is extraordinarily faithful to Stoker's 1897 novel, actually. For just a few examples: Dracula's coming and going techniques (in particular, the swirling moonlight one) are faithfully depicted with special effects; as in Stoker's book, Dracula is quite capable of going outside in the day-time (he merely has no vampire powers then); and his peculiar accent and intonation are a perfect interpretation of Stoker's idea that Dracula spoke oddly because he learned English by reading books. And, of course, Gustav Helsing is an appropriate descendent of Dracula's original nemesis, Van Helsing. The most drastic difference between the novel and the series is that is that Stoker is very biased and misrepresents Dracula as a rather revolting fellow (when, of course, the opposite is true). Also, Stoker misleads his readers into thinking Dracula was destroyed at the end of the novel; as we can clearly see, he is very much undead.
Q: Is there any relation between "Dracula: the Series" and "Forever Knight"?
A: Yes. They are both Canadian vampire shows featuring Geraint Wyn Davies. GWD stars as Nick Knight in "Forever Knight" and has a reoccurring role as Klaus Helsing in "Dracula: the Series." Bernard Behrens (Gustav) also appears as Nick's financial advisor in the FK episode Blood Money, and, in the episode The Fire Inside, Geordie Johnson (Lucard) is the voice of "The Dragon." Geordie Johnson has a starring guest role as talk show host Jerry Tate in the third season "Forever Knight" episode My Boyfriend Is A Vampire. Too bad his presence was pretty much the only good thing about this episode (IMO).
Q: Who is Klaus Helsing?
A: Klaus is Gustav Helsing's son, who was vampirized by Lucard many years ago and is now his assistant. He's a rather unbalanced fellow and has a high-pitched insane giggle. It is Gustav's greatest wish find a way to make Klaus human again, but, of course, Lucard will have none of that. Klaus appears in five "Dracula: the Series" episodes: The Vampire Solution, Black Sheep, Decline of the Romanian Vampire, My Dinner with Lucard, and Klaus Encounters of the Interred Kind (the series finale cliff-hanger).
Q: Are there any other TV shows that are somehow related to "Dracula: the Series"?
A: So I have heard. If you have more details about this, please e-mail me. I do know that Geordie Johnson (Lucard) appeared twice in the series "Kung Fu: the Legend Continues" as a very sophisticated criminal named George who is similar in many ways to Lucard, not the least of which is his marvellous accent. The episodes George is in are named "Sunday at the Hotel with George" and "Sunday at the Museum with George." These episodes contain numerous "Dracula: the Series" in-jokes.
Q: Is the series available on DVD?
A: Amazingly enough, YES! Read about it here.