"One thousand years ago, superstition and the sword ruled. It was a time of darkness. It was a world of fear. It was the age of Gargoyles!”
Over two decades ago, Disney came up with an animated drama that could truly rival Batman: The Animated Series. Gargoyles debuted as part of the syndicated Disney Afternoon shows, and it was a very unique series. Greg Weisman (Young Justice, Spectacular Spider-Man), Michael Reaves, Brynne Chandler Reaves, and the rest of the creative team were given the chance to tell stories that combined legends, Shakespearean characters, sci-fi, fantasy, comedy, and an original mythology unlike anything else.
The titular gargoyles were literally “stone by day, warriors by night.” Most of the action was set in 1994, 1,000 years after Goliath and the survivors of his clan were trapped by a spell that made them sleep until the “castle rises above the clouds.” A billionaire named David Xanatos made it happen by literally transporting the castle to the top of his skyscraper. The other surviving gargoyles took their names from various locations in New York. Hence, we had Brooklyn, Broadway, Lexington, Hudson, and Bronx to round out the cast.
For 65 episodes, the original two-season run found the gargoyles adjusting to their new world and finding their place in it. There was even some beautifully understated romantic tension between Goliath and Eliza Maza, a New York detective who befriended the clan. Eventually, the clan grew when Goliath’s daughter, Angela, left Avalon to join them. Since Angela wasn’t born or awakened in NYC, she didn’t follow the previous New York naming convention.
There was a third season called The Goliath Chronicles, which we prefer to ignore. Even Weisman doesn’t want to acknowledge it. When Gargoyles was revived as a comic book series in 2006, it established a new continuity that almost completely wiped out the third season. Trust us, it’s for the best!