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Getting in the mood for 'The Musketeers'

As a fan of classic literature and costume dramas, I am highly excited for the June 22 premiere of The Musketeers on BBC America.

This version is not a direct adaptation of the 1844 Alexandre Dumas serialized novel The Three Musketeers, but instead features the characters going on adventures inspired by the familiar story. The 10-part season stars Luke Pasqualino as D’Artagnan, Tom Burke as Athos, Santiago Cabrera as Aramis and Howard Charles as Porthos. The series also stars Peter Capaldi, who will appear as villainous Cardinal Richelieu for only one season, after being cast as the 12th Doctor in BBC science-fiction drama Doctor Who.

To get into the mood for Sunday’s first episode, let’s take a look back at other adaptations of the adventures of Athos, Aramis, Porthos and D’Artagnan (as judged by The Man in the Iron Mask‘s King Louis XIV/Philippe, played by Leonardo DiCaprio).

While there are earlier adaptations of Musketeers in film, including the 1921 version starring Douglas Fairbanks, one of my favorites is the 1993 live-action version from Disney, The Three Musketeers. Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen and Oliver Platt as the titular trio, the movie also features Chris O’Donnell and Tim Curry. Fun fact: This Musketeer adaptation also featured a Doctor — Paul McGann, who played the eighth incarnation of the Doctor Who character.



2001 brought us The Musketeer starring Justin Chambers and Tim Roth. I had mostly forgotten about this version, and after rewatching the trailer, I see why. This was conceived during that magical time when everyone was trying to cash in on the martial arts trend, which did not transfer well to the classic story.

In 2011, The Three Musketeers, a 3-D version directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, arrived with a cast jam-packed with stars, including Matthew MacFadyen, Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz, Milla Jovovich, Luke Evans, Logan Lerman, Mads Mikkelsen and Ray Stevenson. While my initial reasons for watching this one were purely selfish — Mr. Darcy vs. Legolas! — I really enjoyed this version.

Apparently everyone does a take on this story, including Barbie, who stars in gender-swapped version Barbie and the Three Musketeers (2009), which features a talking kitten.

Finally, there is The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), which I’ve found that people either loved or hated. Using Dumas’ characters and very loosely based on his novel The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later, the film has many historical inaccuracies. The movie did very well, however, thanks to post-Titanic Leo love and stars including John Malkovich, Jeremy Irons, Gérard Depardieu and Gabriel Byrne.

The BBC America version looks like it takes the familiar adventure tale, adds a new spin and gives it a burst of fresh air.

All for one, one for all!

The Musketeers premieres on Sunday, June 22, at 9/8 C on BBC America. 


TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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