I Spy (1965–1968)

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A pair of intelligence agents posing as a tennis pro and his coach go on secret missions around the world.

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1968   1967   1966   1965  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
 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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According to a TV Guide interview with Culp, Cosby was originally uninterested in doing the series and insulted the producers during his audition. Culp mediated between them and helped Cosby get cast. See more »


Kelly Robinson: Don't you ever bring a silencer?
Alexander Scott: Ruins the line of my suit.
Kelly Robinson: Mine too.
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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 »


Referenced in A Small Circle of Friends (1980) See more »

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Best Espionage series out of that era
14 June 2000 | by (Chapel Hill,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Producer Sheldon Leonard took a big gamble with this series when it premiered on NBC back in October of 1965. Leonard,who at the time was producing shows like "Andy Griffith",and "Gomer Pyle", as well as "Dick Van Dyke" at the time over at a rival network, was the first to present Bill Cosby (his series debut) as the first African-American to star in a prime-time series which was a milestone back then in a time of civil rights, and at the height of the Vietnam War. "I Spy" centered around two American agents who were sent in exotic places around the world as they face espionage adventures during their travels (which was also the first series to be filmed in very exotic places around the world like Japan, Mexico, Spain, and Greece). Kelly Robinson was the international tennis star (played by Robert Culp) who was a secret agent for the government along with his trainer Alexander Scott (played by Bill Cosby). These agents used their skill, and sometimes offbeat humor to crack cases or to spy on certain individuals.

The show was so quick and witty (and sometimes hilarious) with its cool and campy sort of humor, but it also had a dramatic side of it as well. The show ran on the NBC network from 1965-1968,and it was a great series giving Bill Cosby two Emmys for his work on the show.

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