A pair of intelligence agents posing as a tennis pro and his coach go on secret missions around the world.
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 Kelly Robinson / ... (82 episodes, 1965-1968)
 Alexander Scott (82 episodes, 1965-1968)


A pair of American agents faces espionage adventures with skill, humor and some serious questions about their work. Robinson's cover is as a former Princeton law student and Davis Cup tennis player; Rhodes scholar Scott is his trainer as well as being a language expert. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Happy-go-lucky wanderers - or undercover agents for Washington? It's Robert Culp and Bill Cosby in NBC's exciting round-the-world action series. (season 2)


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The Theme music for "I Spy" was written by Earle Hagen, who also wrote the theme from "The Andy Griffith Show", "The Dick Van Dyke Show", and the sultry "Harlem Nocturne". See more »


Alexander Scott: Has anyone told you how good you look in that?
Kelly Robinson: Why, no...
Alexander Scott: Well, if they do, smack 'em in the face real fast, because they're not your friend.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits sequence of many early episodes, scenes from that episode are shown underneath a closeup of Robert Culp's eyes. If you look closely, Culp's facial expressions (concerned, happy, etc.) almost always match the action happening on the screen. Later in the series, a standard set of action/romance/humor scenes was used. See more »


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Historic series opened numerous doors
5 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"I Spy" cannot be denied its contributions to history, both in television production and the Civil Rights movement. As documented in the book, "I Spy: A History of the Groundbreaking Television Series," this was the first series to cast a black actor opposite a White, with equal status and billing. And, by doing so, Bill Cosby become the first Black to win an Emmy - and he would win three in a row, as Best Lead Actor in a Drama for his work here. During that first year, show business trade magazine Variety wrote that "I Spy" was a "test show," putting NBC southern affiliates "on the spot," and that the series would show "which way the winds were blowing in Dixie." The door swung open in September 1965, and, within one year, black performers were finding regular work with non-stereotypical roles on "Mission: Impossible" and "Star Trek," and, just a couple years after that, being cast as series leads, with equal or greater status than Whites, in shows such as "N.Y.P.D.," "Room 222," and "Julia." TV, and the world, changed that quickly.

"I Spy" was also the first series to shoot around the world, introducing the technology needed to achieve this. And many believe that this is where the "buddy picture" began. Series such as "Starsky & Hutch" and "Miami Vice," and even movies like "Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid," certainly took their lead from "I Spy."

This historic series proved that sometimes television can do more than just entertain.

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