48. Werewolf

Air Dates: July 11, 1987 - August 21, 1988
Network: FOX
Best Episode: "Nightmare At Braine Hotel" (November 8, 1987)

If you're going to produce a TV show about werewolves, you can do much worse than having Rick Baker on the creative side. A makeup artist extraordinaire, Baker is the prosthetics mastermind responsible for the man-to-lycanthrope transformations in 1981's An American Werewolf In London (for which he won the first-ever Academy Award for Best Makeup) and Michael Jackson's “Thriller” video (1983). The fact that he whipped up Werewolf's creature looks immediately gave the show real industry cred.

And, wouldn't you know it, the wolf effects are the best thing about the one-season-surviving FOX series. Werewolf is a fun, Incredible Hulk-styled adventure, about a normal guy who becomes all wolfy and seeks out the O.G. were-man to rid himself of the curse; on his journey, he encounters other werewolves, engaging in hairy smackdowns with them all—a regular per-episode occurrence that ensured viewers would see as much of Baker's work as possible. He didn't disappoint.

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