Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)

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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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Failure impossible.


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The episodes "Action", "The Town" and "Kidnap" are the only ones in which the head of the IMF team did not receive instructions. In "Action", Cinnamon Carter (Barbara Bain) received the instructions instead. It's also the only episode in the first season in which Dan Briggs (Steven Hill) did not appear. In "The Town", Phelps is on vacation when he uncovers a town of assassins who immobilize & try to kill him. In "Kidnap" Phelps is kidnapped and the information for his release is given to Barney (Greg Morris). There are only six episodes that are not "true missions". They include two of the above ("The Town" and "Kidnap") as well as "Death Squad" where Barney is charged with murder, "The Condemned" where Phelps has to help a friend who has been charged with murder and "The Ransom" where Briggs has to save a friend's kidnapped daughter. In "Cat's Paw" Barney's brother is murdered and the team helps him bring those responsible to justice. See more »

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In almost every episode someone has to pick a lock. They insert the pick, wiggle it a few times and open the door. To actually open a lock you must also rotate the cylinder just as you do with a key. For this you would use a second "L" or "Z" shaped pick to exert pressure while you moved the pins with the first pick. This is never done. See more »

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Voice on Tape: Good morning Mister Briggs.
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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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Spoofed in The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #3.15 (1970) See more »

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Original , Inspired ,Clever well constructed series.
2 October 1999 | by (Auckland, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

A great series full of original, inspired ideas. Recite "This tape will self-destruct etc..." and instantly everybody will be able to tell you where that line came from. Usually at the end of each episode you got to enjoy the bad guys realization that he has been out-done by the skillful planning of the I.M.F team. Not surprising that this series was so good since it came at a time when Herb Solow at Desilu studios had a big hand in production affairs..his other other responsibility was another legendary series ...Star Trek. The new film version "starring?" Tom Cruise was a huge disappointment. I hear that original series cast member Greg Morris called the new film "blasphemy". Right on Greg !! I wish Greg that it was possible to turn back time and have you and Peter, Martin, Barbara, Leonard and all , here to give us more truly great entertainment.


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