Professor Sydney Fox is head of the archeology department at Chicago University. She can inspire her students very well, but is often absent on short notice, unable to resist the call of the field, which is however tolerated because it can pay off big for the university's museum as she's a world-class relic hunter. Her scholarly brilliant English academic assistant, Nigel Bailey, has his reservations about being dragged along all over the world on most of her treasure hunts, but puts up with the risks and inconveniences of the guests out of a sense of duty and because of the appeal the athletic lady adventurer seems to have on most men in the series. The third permanent cast member is their office secretary, during most seasons vain airhead Claudia whose rich father is frightfully well-connected, notably with the chancellor, later the far more competent Karen Petrusky; both usually stay in college, minding things there and doing some research, booking etcetera, but on occasion also get to play a more active part, and in both cases tend to make use of their female charms too. While each episode is a treasure hunt on its own, some other characters recur twice or more, mainly rival relic hunters and/or personal acquaintances, such as Sydney's many former lovers, a secret agent and Nigel's brother.
Relic Hunter is sort of a cross between Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider. The I do like the concept and the stories seem to get stronger as the series goes along. The sets were awesome, the scripts were varied and fun, and they had great guest stars every week. I love that the show had a strong, intelligent, beautiful lead in Sydney. The characters, the stories, and the location are all superb. The best thing about Relic Hunter is that it doesn't take itself too seriously. There's lots of loose humor mixed into the interesting plot lines. The series mingles comedy, suspense, intrigue, tension, action-packed, history and adventure.The fight scenes really above average. Those are well executed. Tia Carrere and Christien Anholt are great actors and have great chemistry, although the characters they play aren't ever romantically linked with each other. What's stellar about this series is it's production. The producers of this series knew what they were doing. The characters, the stories, and the location are all superbly in good taste that holds up to repeat viewing. I like the scenes at the beginning that show what relic or artifact that they are supposed to find. I love watching to see how they will get in and out of close and sometimes death defying scenarios. All in all a very enjoyable show.
The show wasn't a great show and the acting was O.K. But it was fun to watch to see how they were going to get them selves out of trouble. Tia Carrere became more popular and a better roles after this.