The BEST Episodes of Beauty and the Beast

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2021

Network: CBS

Beauty and the Beast is a story that tells just how powerful love is. The show takes place in New York. Catherine Chandler is a wealthy woman who thinks that her life has no meaning beyond anything superficial. She longs for something more. Vincent is from a different world. He lives below the city in tunnels that have been forgotten. He must stay hidden because of his appearance. Though his appearance is different he has the heart of a man. He and Catherine share a bond that is stronger than friendship or love. Somehow they want to make their love work. Neither one of them knows how, but they are determined and refuse to give up.

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The Watcher

#1 - The Watcher

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 7, 1989

Catherine is harrassed by a peeping tom. The worst part is that this man has seen Vincent!

star 8.80
35 votes
Directors: Victor Lobl
Writers: Linda Campanelli, M.M. Shelly Moore
Remember Love

#2 - Remember Love

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 25, 1988

Unable to visit Connecticut with Catherine, Vincent has visions of what life would have been like without him.

star 8.30
10 votes
Ashes, Ashes

#3 - Ashes, Ashes

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 2, 1988

Dimitri, a Russian sailor unknowingly brings the plague below.

star 8.30
10 votes

#4 - Brothers

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 3, 1989

Devin, rescues a man who has elephant man's syndrome from a cruel circus man. The owner leaves the poor man locked in a cage like an animal. Devin, then brings him below where he knows that he will be safe.

star 8.18
11 votes
Directors: Beth Hillshafer
Writers: George R.R. Martin
The Hollow Men

#5 - The Hollow Men

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired May 5, 1989

Rich kids kill young prostitutes for fun.

star 8.13
8 votes

#6 - Invictus

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 24, 1990

Vincent breaks free and is barely in time when he burst through the door of the nursery where Gabriel is getting ready to suffocate the baby. Vincent attacks him and would probably have killed him if Diana had not burst in and told him to stop. To keep Gabriel away from Vincent and the baby Diana is forced to shoot him. Vincent then takes the baby and goes below. He names the child Jacob after Father. During the naming ceremony Catherine is shown behind Vincent as if she is his gaurdian angel.

star 8.13
8 votes
What Rough Beast

#7 - What Rough Beast

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired May 12, 1989

An insistent reporter sets off Vincent's confrontation with himself.

star 8.11
9 votes
Walk Slowly

#8 - Walk Slowly

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 13, 1989

Vincent takes Catherine from the rooftop back to her apartment. He lays her on her bed. He stays with her until the morning just watching over her. The D.A. finally finds her body. They begin to investigate not only who killed her but also who brought her back to her apartment. Vincent begins the search for his son.

star 8.08
13 votes

#9 - Temptation

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 5, 1988

Vincent and Catherine prepare gifts for the celebration of the anniversary of the day they met. Joe is distracted by a beautiful woman named, Erica Salvin.

star 8.06
16 votes
Directors: Gus Trikonis
Writers: David E. Peckinpah
Nor Iron Bars a Cage

#10 - Nor Iron Bars a Cage

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 13, 1987

Vincent is captured and held hostages by two scientists who stick him in a cage. Catherine considers a new job in Providence.

star 8.00
19 votes
Writers: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon
The Alchemist

#11 - The Alchemist

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 22, 1988

Paracelsus, a former friend of Father's, sells an hallucinatory drug in the world above.

star 8.00
13 votes
Writers: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon
God Bless the Child

#12 - God Bless the Child

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 16, 1988

Catherine volunteers on a teen help line. While working she recieves a call from a young girl who is pregnant and living on the street. After meeting her Catherine talks to Vincent about her staying in the tunnels. Vincent talks to father and they agree to meet this woman. She moves into the tunnels as she awaits the birth of her child. The community tries to hide Vincent from her. She hears many stories of him, but because of his appearance they sheild her from him. When she goes to get water one day she runs into Vincent. Quickly he pulls up his hood to sheild his face. She pulls the hood off and begins to talk to him. She is not afraid at all. While they are talking she goes into labor. Vincent carries her to her chamber and alerts Mary and Father. After she has her daughter she sees Vincent more and more. She begins to fall in love with him. Vincent does not want to be cruel to her but he tells her that his heart belongs to Catherine. She runs away and leaves the baby. Vincent goes

star 8.00
10 votes
A Fair and Perfect Knight

#13 - A Fair and Perfect Knight

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Jan 13, 1989

Michael leaves to the tunnels to go to college above. Vincent deals with jealousy issues of not being able to go to college above. Catherine befriends him and helps him settle in. Michael eventually falls for Catherine and winds up kissing her. Then he is afraid of what Vincent will do when he finds out about the kiss.

star 8.00
12 votes

#14 - Orphans

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 6, 1989

Catherine's father dies and Vincent allows her to come below to grieve. He also makes her go back above because he knows that she does not belong there no matter how he feels. Catherine finally agrees and goes back above.

star 8.00
12 votes
Directors: Victor Lobl
Writers: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon
A Distant Shore

#15 - A Distant Shore

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 14, 1989

Catherine must travel to L.A. for information about a murder case. Even this far away, Vincent still has a sense of her. But because she is so far away there is nothing that Vincent can do if she does encounter danger. On the flight home Catherine remembers special moments with Vincent.

star 8.00
11 votes
Directors: Michael Switzer
Writers: Marie Therese Squerciati
Ceremony of Innocence

#16 - Ceremony of Innocence

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired May 19, 1989

Paracelsus' lie about Vincent's birth brings Vincent to the verge of madness.

star 8.00
10 votes
Directors: Gus Trikonis
Writers: George R.R. Martin

#17 - Nevermore

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 20, 1989

Elliott goes to Joe's apartment (#751) because Joe's on a leave of absence from work in order to stop him from investigating Catherine's death. Elliott gives Joe the address of the building where Catherine was killed (1900-6th Avneue, tower off of 53rd Street) and warns Joe not to trust Moreno, the current D.A., because Catherine was betrayed by someone working in the D.A.'s office and because Moreno put Joe on a leave of absence and insisted that Joe stop investigating Catherine's death. That night, Joe goes to Moreno's office and accosts him. He also throws the address out at Moreno and gets a reaction! Moreno meets Gabriel and tells him about Joe's accusations. Moreno tells Gabriel that he'll handle Joe and dispose of Elliott Burch himself. Private investigator Cleon Manning (working for Elliott) is killed by Gabriel's hitmen as a warning to back off the case. Elliott has his first meeting with Vincent at the abandoned carousel in Central Park. Diana goes to Catherine's apartment and finds the secret entrance to the 'threshold Below' in the sub-basement of the apartment building. Diana brings the withered rosebush from Catherine's apartment back to her own.

star 8.00
11 votes
Directors: Victor Lobl
Writers: P.K. Simonds Jr.
No Way Down

#18 - No Way Down

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 16, 1987

Vincent is blinded after an explosion and must escape a street gang that is holding him hostage. Once he is free he must find his way home.

star 7.93
15 votes
Writers: James Crocker
An Impossible Silence

#19 - An Impossible Silence

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 18, 1987

Laura, a deaf-mute tunnel dweller, witnesses the murder of a police officer, for which another man is framed. She goes above with Catherine, but is kidnapped by the real murderers, who are also police officers. Cuffed to a pipe in the basement of the murderer's house, Laura taps out an SOS, which is heard by Pascal and Vincent rescues her. She decides to return Above to live.

star 7.92
12 votes
Writers: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon
Dead of Winter

#20 - Dead of Winter

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 9, 1988

Winterfest is a celebration of great importance to those who live below. This is Catherine's first Winterfest. But this year Winterfest is interrupted by Paracelsus.

star 7.91
11 votes
A Kingdom by the Sea

#21 - A Kingdom by the Sea

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 28, 1989

Elliot Birch is pursued by a death squad. Catherine puts her own life on the line to help him.

star 7.89
9 votes
Terrible Savior

#22 - Terrible Savior

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 2, 1987

A slasher that kills with claws and leaves the victims looking as if they were mauled by a bear is on the prowl. He attacks on the subway. Most of his victims are older. When Catherine finds out about the case she starts to suspect Vincent as she remembers how he rescued her from the attackers in the safe house. She talks to him about it. In a way this upsets him, but he tells her that it is not him. She is relieved when she finds out for sure that it is not him. Especially since the true culprit is a very unexpected source.

star 7.89
35 votes
Directors: Alan Cooke
Writers: George R.R. Martin
The Rest Is Silence

#23 - The Rest Is Silence

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Jun 2, 1989

A stress-aggravated illness triggers Vincent's collapse. Vincent goes far back through the catacombs of the tunnels to hide in a cave. While in there he continually growls and thrashes about as if he's gone mad. Catherine goes after him because she says that she can't stand to see him like that. After all he is the love of her life.

star 7.88
8 votes
Directors: Victor Lobl
Writers: David Bennett Carren, J. Larry Carroll
Once Upon a Time in the City of New York

#24 - Once Upon a Time in the City of New York

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 25, 1987

Catherine Chandler comes from a rich family. She works for her father at his law firm. Her life is full of people that are nothing more than acquaintences. She feels as if everything in her life is superficial. While at yet another party she decides to just leave. As she is walking through the park she is mistaken for someone else and is pulled into a van full of thugs. They slash her face and beat her up, then they push her out of the van and leave her for dead. A shadowy figure appears and carries her to secret set of forgotten tunnels below the city. There he bandages her wounds and helps to nourish her back to health. One day when Catherine is feeling better and has regained her some of her strength she begins to take the bandages off of her face. She walks to the wall and finds something to look into and she sees what the thugs have done to her face for the first time. Then she sees finally who her rescuer was. She screams at his apperance and throws what she was looking in at him

star 7.87
93 votes
Writers: Ron Koslow

#25 - Masques

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 30, 1987

Halloween night Vincent goes above to meet an Irish writer named Brigit O' Donnell. Halloween is the only night that Vincent is safe above. Catherine is at the same party. Eventually they wind up spending the evening together as Catherine shows Vincent her world.

star 7.86
21 votes
Directors: Alan Cooke
Writers: George R.R. Martin