Xena: Warrior Princess burst onto the screen in 1995 with a bold premise for the time, featuring a strong female hero on a journey of redemption. Xena, the former warlord, went on far-reaching adventures with her fast-talking companion Gabrielle to atone for the sins of her violent past.

Xena broke a lot of new ground and quickly became iconic for its complex portrayals of female characters and its heavy LGBT undertones. The show became a huge cult hit, overshadowing Hercules, the show that originated Xena’s spin-off.

Xena succeeded in spite of long odds. The studio was reluctant to take a chance on a female hero, and the ...

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