In 2009, the very same year that Patrick Swayze passed away, his show “The Beast” debuted on A&E. The show was met with mixed-to-positive reviews overall, garnering a 61% on Rotten Tomatoes. It was knocked for its predictable plot, but Swayze’s performance was acclaimed with some critics calling it one of the best performances of his career. The show centered around Swayze’s character Charles Barker, an FBI agent who uses questionable methods to capture or kill criminals. This brings him into conflict with other agents and leads to investigations into his dark past. It was very much an anti-hero role for the actor.
Unfortunately, the show never really achieved high ratings and was canceled by A&E after only one season. Only a few short months after the end of its first and only season, Swayze would pass away. While it’s true that “The Beast” never really achieved much success, the response to Swayze’s acting was intriguing. It would have been interesting to see how the show developed over many seasons, but it seems like it was not meant to be.