Xena: Warrior Princess is an american television series created by Robert Tapert and John Schulian, airing through syndication from September 4, 1995, to June 18, 2001. A spin-off of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, it was entirely shot in New Zealand, produced by Renaissance Pictures and distribuited by Universal Studios, coming to and end after one hundred and thirty-four episodes divided into six seasons.
The series is primarily set in Ancient Greece and follows the adventures of Xena (Lucy Lawless), an infamous warrior on a quest to seek redemption for her past sins against the innocent by using her formidable fighting skills to now help those who are unable to defend themselves. Xena is accompanied by Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor), whose personal development also became an important plot, since the character went from a farm girl to an Amazon warrior, thus becoming Xena's biggest friend and ally. Already on the first season the audiences were introducted to most of the subsequent supporting characters, like the main antagonists Ares (Kevin Smith) and Callisto (Hudson Leick), and the future breakout character Joxer (Ted Raimi). The show was originally a mix of action and adventure, thus incorporating a wide variety of elements from drama, supernatural and black comedy genres, also using characters and events from several mythological cultures, but mainly the greek tales.