An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture.

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 Barney Collier (171 episodes, 1966-1973)
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 Willy Armitage (161 episodes, 1966-1973)
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 James Phelps (143 episodes, 1967-1973)
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 Cinnamon Carter (78 episodes, 1966-1969)
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 Rollin Hand / ... (76 episodes, 1966-1969)
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Jim Phelps is the head of a super-secret government agency ("Impossible Missions"), and is often given secret anonymous covert missions to attempt; quite often they are unmasking of criminals or the rescuing of hostages. He picks his team depending on which tasks need to be done. One thing is vital on an Impossible Mission: the mission must be carried out in entire secrecy, often relying on high-tech equipment and elaborate deceptions. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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No job is too dangerous, difficult or deadly for the Impossible Missions Force. In color. See more »


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Only 120 missions include the famous warning that the tape will "self-destruct". Five say that the tape will "decompose", one says that it will "destroy itself", twelve instruct Briggs or Phelps to "dispose of" the recording, seven tell them to "destroy" it, and three contain no instructions, but Phelps destroys the recording anyway. The remaining fifteen missions contain no recorded briefing at all. See more »

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In numerous episodes a very tiny black "tape player" is used. It is identifiable by the aluminum tape reels which each have three holes. This was a dummy prop and, in several shots, it is obvious that the tape is a continuous loop running around both reels since the shiny aluminum center of the "takeup" reel is visible rather than the brown tape color. See more »

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Voice on Tape: As always, should you or any of your IM force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. Good luck, Jim. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds.
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Only two things stayed unchanged in the opening: the striking of the match and the actual display of the title. The rest of the opening title showed clips which varied from episode to episode. See more »

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There'll never be another show like that!
18 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I fondly remember back in the late sixties and early seventies anxiously awaiting and then enjoying each episode of "Mission: Impossible", from the opening montage to the final credits. As far as I know, no other show has (before or since) come up with anything as clever as the opening montage, where certain clips from that week's episode were shown as the theme song played, before the showing of the pictures of the stars of the show. It was always fun for me to try to pick out the scenes as the show progressed (they always looked more dramatic in the montage than they did in the actual episode). The shows were always well written and the cast did an excellent job of portraying a crew that were all good at their jobs and that even enjoyed their jobs, dangerous though they were.

And the music! Lalo Schifrin's music was excellent!


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