"Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Xena: Warrior Princess" came along in 1995 and lasted for six seasons each. With more than a decade passing since the shows went off the air, let's see what their stars are up to today.
Kevin Sorbo first tried out the role of Hercules in the 1994 TV movie "Hercules and the Amazon Women," the first in a series of television films that served as pilots for the TV series.
Sorbo, now 55, followed up "Hercules" with the starring role in the sci-fi TV drama "Andromeda." His most recent major film role was in 2011's "Soul Surfer" and he's also had minor roles in "The O.C.," "Psych," "Hawaii Five-0" and "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23."
Michael Hurst (right) played Iolaus, Hercules' best friend and traveling companion. He also made four "Xena" appearances and directed six episodes of each of the series.
Now 56, Hurst has since appeared in several popular New Zealand TV shows, including "Power Rangers Ninja Storm," and had a role in one episode of the syndicated series "Legend of the Seeker." He also has continued directing, including an episode of "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" and seven episodes of "Spartacus: War of the Damned."
New Zealand actress Lucy Lawless first played Xena as an outlaw in a first-season "Hercules" episode before the warrior princess went good and got her own spin-off. However, she would return for eight more "Hercules" episodes over the show's run.
Lawless, now 45, has had the best career of any of the "Xena" and "Hercules" cast, going on to gather even more geek cred in "Battlestar Galactica."
She's also had a major role as Lucretia in Starz television series "Spartacus" and had a recurring role on the fifth season of the sitcom "Parks and Recreation" in 2012-13.
Lawless, seen here in 2010, has also had roles in "The L Word," "No Ordinary Family," "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and more.
Renee O'Connor played Gabrielle, Xena's faithful traveling companion. Her character, like Xena, also made cross-over appearances on "Hercules."
O'Connor, now 42, has appeared in mostly independent films and TV movies since "Xena." She also formed her own production company, ROC Pictures, producing the 2008 indie comedy "Diamonds and Guns."
Like many actors, Karl Urban played several different characters on "Hercules" and "Xena," which were shot simultaneously on location in New Zealand, including Caesar in "Xena" and Cupid in "Hercules."
A New Zealand native, Urban, now 41, appeared in the "Lord of the Rings" series and "The Bourne Supremacy," and played Bones in the 2009 "Star Trek" reboot and its 2013 sequel "Star Trek Into Darkness." He also starred in the action flicks "Red" and "Priest" and played Judge Dredd in the 2012 remake "Dredd."
Ted Raimi played Joxer in both "Hercules" and "Xena." The actor is the brother of director Sam Raimi ("Evil Dead" and "Spider-Man"), who produced both shows.
Seen here (left) with his brother in 2009, Raimi, 47, has consistently had cameos in his brother's films, including "Drag Me to Hell," the "Spider-Man" series and "Oz the Great and Powerful." He also had a role in "Legend of the Seeker," which was also produced by his brother.
Another New Zealander, Marton Csokas had the recurring role of warlord Borias in "Xena."
Csokas, now 47, and seen here with the French actress Eva Green, has since had roles in "XXX," "The Bourne Supremacy," "Aeon Flux," Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," "Dream House" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."
Bruce Campbell was already a cult-film hero from Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead" trilogy when he played self-proclaimed "King of Thieves" Autolycus over 20 episodes combined of the two shows.
Now 55 and a self-celebrated B-movie actor, Campbell has made a career of low-budget TV and movie roles. He's reunited with Sam Raimi several times for cameos in his productions and was a main character on the USA Network series "Burn Notice" during the show's run from 2007 to 2013.
Alexandra Tydings played the goddess Aphrodite over 21 episodes combined of the two series. Now 40, she only has three TV roles to her credit since, including a minor role in the final season of HBO's "The Wire."
Danielle Cormack (left) played Ephiny, an Amazon warrior who taught Gabrielle how to fight with a staff. She appeared in eight episodes of "Xena" and two more "Hercules" episodes.
Since then, the New Zealander, now 42, has worked consistently in her home country in TV. She also played the witch Shota in six episodes of "Legend of the Seeker" in 2009-2010.
Charles Mesure played the Archangel Michael on five "Xena" episodes and one "Hercules" episode. He also made three other appearances as other characters on the shows.
Mesure, now 43, has since had roles on "Lost," "Without a Trace" and "Crossing Jordan." His most recent acting credits include the remake of "V" as Kyle Hobbes (pictured), playing Ben Faulkner on "Desperate Housewives," and a 2013 cameo on "Burn Notice."
Gina Torres played the female pirate Nebula in eight "Hercules" episodes and also briefly played Cleopatra in one "Xena" episode.
The 44-year-old actress, who is married to Laurence Fishburne, has had a prolific TV career with roles in "Angel," "Firefly," "24," "Alias" and "Suits." She's also had movie roles in the two "Matrix" sequels, "Serenity" and "I Think I Love My Wife."
Hudson Leick played Callisto, the most frequently recurring villainess on "Xena" and also made appearances on three episodes of "Hercules."
Since then, Leick, now 44, has mostly found work in TV roles, including minor parts in "Tru Calling," "CSI," "Nip/Tuck" and "Law & Order: Los Angeles."
Timothy Omundson appeared in six "Xena" episodes as Eli, an Indian illusionist who befriends Xena and Gabrielle before being killed by the god Ares.
Omundson, now 44, has worked consistently in TV since, including regular roles on "Deadwood," "Judging Amy," "Jericho" and "Psych," where he plays detective Carlton Lassiter (pictured).
Joel Tobeck mostly played the god Strife on "Hercules," but he also played King Boraeus in an early episode pictured here, and also appeared on "Xena" twice, including once as Lucifer.
Tobeck, now 42, has since had movie roles in "30 Days of Night," "The Water Horse," "Stealth" and "Ghost Rider" and has recently appeared on TV in "Sons of Anarchy," "Hawaii Five-0" and "Spartacus: War of the Damned."
Auckland, New Zealand, native Kevin Smith, who played the Greek god of war Ares and was a major part of both series, died in 2002 following an accidental fall of several stories shortly after wrapping up work on a martial arts film in China.
Sam Raimi, who produced both series, is also the director of such films as the "Evil Dead," the "Spider-Man" movies, "Drag Me to Hell" and "Oz the Great and Powerful."
A young Canadian actor named Ryan Gosling got the chance to play the title role in the spin-off prequel "Young Hercules." He also had a minor role in one "Hercules" episode in 1999.
Although that show would only last one season, Gosling, now 32, has established himself as an award-winning movie actor, with roles in "The Notebook," "Half Nelson," "Blue Valentine," "Crazy, Stupid, Love," "The Ides of March," "Drive" and "Gangster Squad."