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|Poltergeist: The Legacy|
|Created by||Richard Barton Lewis|
|Starring||Derek de Lint|
|Music by||John Van Tongeren|
Steven M. Stern
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||88|
|Running time||44 minutes per episode|
|Production companies||PMP Legacy Productions|
Trilogy Entertainment Group
|Original release||April 21, 1996 -|
November 12, 1999
Poltergeist: The Legacy is a horror television series which ran from 1996 to 1999. The series tells the story of the members of a secret society known as the Legacy and their efforts to protect humankind from occult dangers. Despite bearing the Poltergeist name, there is no real connection between the show and the Poltergeist trilogy aside from the title.
Poltergeist: The Legacy debuted on Showtime, and all first-run episodes of the first three seasons premiered on that network, though they were later syndicated. After the third season, Showtime cancelled the show, and the rights were purchased by Sci Fi Channel which continued the series for another season.
Founded in England (the Ruling House is located in London) in the 6th century, the Legacy was established to collect dangerous and ancient knowledge and artifacts, solve paranormal problems, and protect humanity from supernatural evils. Over time, the membership expanded around the world. As the Legacy grew, it established branches in other cities and countries. Known as Legacy "Houses," these are staffed by small teams of specialist members.
Each House is ruled by a "Preceptor" who wears a signet ring engraved with a distinctive L (one of the original cast members[who?] notes that the whole team had rings and only when a founding team was dissolved or a member lost, the rings were taken off and worn only by the Preceptor thenceforth). Other Houses are mentioned and occasionally seen in the series, but most of the action centers on the San Francisco House.
Dr. Derek Rayne is the Preceptor of the San Francisco House, set in a castellated mansion on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay. The San Francisco House operates under the guise of the Luna Foundation, a philanthropic institution that collects artifacts and antiquities.
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||22||21 April 1996||20 September 1996||Showtime|
|2||22||9 March 1997||17 August 1997|
|3||22||23 January 1998||21 August 1998|
|4||22||19 March 1999||12 November 1999||Sci-Fi|
Julia Walker was played by Jordan Bayne in the series pilot episode - she was an investigator who is killed. Julia was Alex's best friend and Nick's girlfriend, and her death affects the characters up until the end of the series.
The series was created by Richard Barton Lewis and produced by PMP Legacy Productions, Showtime Network Inc., and Trilogy Entertainment Group. Special effects were created by Canadian companies C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures, Gajdecki Visual Effects, Lindala Make-Up Effects Inc., Rainmaker Digital Pictures, and the American Pixel Envy and Velocity Visuals.
On February 7, 2006, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (under license from MGM) released the first season of Poltergeist: The Legacy on DVD in Region 1. Season two can be found on Amazon.com as DVD-R under license of MGM; it will be burned on request when ordered.
|DVD set||Episodes||Release date|
|The Complete 1st Season||22||February 7, 2006|
|The Complete 2nd Season||22||March 3, 2010|
|The Complete Series||88||July 7, 2017|
On the October 16, 2013, Australia released Poltergeist The Legacy Complete Collection on 20 discs.