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The Avengers (1961–1969)

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A quirky spy show of the adventures of an eccentricly suave British agent and his predominately female partners.


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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 John Steed / ... (161 episodes, 1961-1969)


John Steed works for British Intelligence and always has a female partner. The problems he finds are always a bit odd, just on the edge of science fiction (Cyborg killers, a city built under a disused coal mine, a gang put together for adrenalin junkies, and a killer who uses a concentrated cold virus to kill his victims by having them sneeze to death). Steed is always the ultimate in culture and grace as he saves the world each week. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Release Date:

28 March 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los vengadores  »

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(161 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Eleanor Bron turned down Emma Peel and the role was taken by Elizabeth Shepherd, who was replaced by Diana Rigg midway through filming her first episode (The Avengers: The Town of No Return (1965)). Shirley Eaton and Moira Redmond also tested for the part when production on this episode was halted. See more »


Venus Smith: Is that a proposition?
John Steed: More of a sly suggestion.
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Crazy Credits

In some parts of the world, the opening credits for the first color season begin with a brief sequence showing Steed preparing to open a bottle of champagne. Mrs. Peel shoots the cap off the bottle, and they pour a toast to each other. Only then do the opening credits actually begin. See more »


Referenced in An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) See more »

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Truly superb!
30 September 2004 | by (Berlin) – See all my reviews

An absolute masterpiece in British television, The Avengers is a timeless, witty, fantastical series which is as, if not more, popular today than it was more than 40 years ago.

This series has something for everybody - gangsters, diabolical masterminds, glamorous girls, car chases, fights and endless glasses of champagne.

It is interesting to see how the series developed from its humble beginnings in 1961. Playing it straight in the early days it gradually became more and more way-out with wackier and wackier plots and characters. The Cathy Gale and Emma Peel eras are regarded by many to be the high point of the series although there are high spots in virtually every point in the show's history.

Only one episode exists from Series 1 with the mysterious, shadowy Steed being a much more sinister character to Ian Hendry's open Doctor Keel. Then we have much verbal sparring and innuendo between Steed and the delicious Cathy Gale and her kinky boots. Film and eventually colour were introduced with the feline Emma Peel and her high kicks and the show closed the 60s in gaudy, cartoonish style with the naive Tara King and her snazzy Lotus Europa.

This is British television at its best and a true legend in broadcasting. The 1970s version, The New Avengers, has it's own charm in a way but is best regarded as a totally separate entity as this original series was...well...original!

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