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Tracking Henry Morgan: A 236-year 'Forever' timeline

Henry Morgan has seen a lot in the two centuries he’s been alive. And while we don’t know where his journey will take him after Forever‘s May 5 season finale (especially given its tentative season-two renewal status), we do know where he’s been.

We now present a brief timeline of Henry’s historic adventures, filled with epic adventure, romance, medical miracles, and chance encounters that, decades later, are helping NYPD detectives solve seemingly unsolvable cases.

September 19, 1779: Henry Morgan is born.

1813: Henry, still mortal, is horrified to discover that his family is involved in the slave trade. His father blames it on the failing family business, but Henry vows to leave for the colonies (on what will become his ill-fated sea voyage) and never return. He is able to say good-bye to his dying father, who gives Henry the pocket watch he still carries today.

Forever Season 1 - Henry is killed for the first time in 1814

April 7, 1814: After an argument aboard that slave-trade ship, Henry is shot, and his body is dumped overboard. But he miraculously comes back to life—the first resurrection of what may be hundreds. He later learns his plans to liberate the slaves worked out after all, and many survived the sinking of the ship to live as free men in the northern United States.

1815: Henry finds his way home to London, but is surprised to find his grieving wife, Nora, more disturbed than delighted by his mysterious return. She doesn’t buy his story—and won’t let him prove it. Instead, she has him committed to an insane asylum.

1816: Woe is Henry; he’s locked in prison and labeled unfit for society. But his cellmate, a priest, believes in Henry’s immortality, and helps him commit suicide by hanging as a means of escape.

1865: After seeing a sketch of Henry in the newspaper, and still looking handsome and 35, an aging Nora tracks him down. She believes him now, and wants the world to know. But he’s not interested. She’s silenced when, aiming for Henry, she accidentally shoots a young nurse.

Forever Season 1 - Hebry

1888: Henry assists Scotland Yard in its investigation of Jack the Ripper.

1890s: Working as a doctor in New York’s poorest neighborhoods, Henry tries to give medical assistance to those in need, but is chased off by unscrupulous landlords. A young boy gives Henry a leather medical bag as payment—a bag he still cherishes.

1906: Henry is working in a tuberculosis ward when a fellow doctor contracts the disease and tries experimental treatments before succumbing to it. This leaves Henry forever suspicious of medical frauds.

1929: Henry socializes with Paris’s artistic community, including Ernest Hemingway and a sculptor with a deadly heroin addiction.

End of World War II: Henry, an army doctor, first lays eyes on the two true loves of his life at a German prison camp: the beautiful, blonde Abigail, and the tiny baby she has just rescued (Abe).

Forever Season 1 - Henry meets Abigail and Abe during World War II 1945

1945: At the Hotel Monteleone in Milan, Henry leaves a good-bye note for Abigail, but she chases after him. After sharing a passionate kiss, they decide to give their relationship a try.

1946: Henry and Abigail arrive in Brooklyn with young Abe.

Early 1950s: Henry and Abigail meet Gloria Carlyle, at an art exhibit she is hosting (and the party they are crashing under false identities). She encourages Henry to take the plunge and marry the girl, already. “If you have a chance at love,” she advises, “take it.”

1955: The Morgans enjoy a “delayed honeymoon” on the Orient Express. Henry is summoned to save the young prince to the throne of Urkesh, who is suffering a burst appendix. The couple decide they want another child.

Forever Season 1 - Henry and Abigail honeymoon on the Orient Express

1956: A neighbor teaches Abe jazz piano.

1957: The family is forced to flee when a fellow WWII vet recognizes Henry walking through Central Park, alive and unaged.

1960s: While Henry, who has seen his fair share of war and violence, originally orders Abe not to join the military, he ultimately supports Abe’s decision and sends him off at the bus station with his best wishes.

1982: Abigail, now much older than Henry, is self-conscious about being seen in public with a “younger man.” She tearfully flees home after an anniversary dinner out, during which she was mistaken for his mother. Henry asks her for a dance, and they imagine life at its most perfect, back in the 1950s.

Forever Season 1 - Henry and Abigail 1982

1984: Henry mourns the loss of Abigail, who left a “Dear John” letter and disappeared, presumably to live out the remainder of her days without a husband who never ages.

April 7, 1985*: Abigail writes a note to Henry stating her love for him, and her desire to rebuild their family. She never sends it, however. After meeting Adam (another “immortal” man), she believes he means to harm Henry, and kills herself to protect her true love.

*This is the same date on which Henry died, 171 years earlier. Also on this date in history: Union Army General Ulysses S. Grant defeats the Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh (1862), Prohibition is repealed for 3.2 percent beer (1933), and Russell Crowe is born (1964).

Forever airs Tuesdays at 10/9 on ABC.

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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