Hercules: The Legendary Journeys - The King of Thieves (1995)

Genres - Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Mythological Fantasy, Prime-Time Drama [TV]  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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In the first episode of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys' second season, Hercules' friend Iolaus (Michael Hurst) rescues Autolycus (Bruce Campbell in his first series appearance) from a band of ruffians. As a "reward" for his courage, poor Iolaus is left holding the bag -- actually the box containing the jewels swiped from King Menelaus (Martyn Sanderson) by Autolycus, a former sideshow escape artist and self-professed "King of Thieves." To save Iolaus from prison -- and to retrieve the king's still-missing Dragon's Eye ruby -- Hercules (Kevin Sorbo) teams with Dirce (Lisa Chapell), Menelaus' daughter (and Iolaus' lawyer), to capture the slippery Autolycus. The episode's final includes a tense tangle with some subterranean serpents.