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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Complete series cast summary:
 Barney Collier (171 episodes, 1966-1973)
 Willy Armitage (161 episodes, 1966-1973)
 James Phelps / ... (143 episodes, 1967-1973)
 Cinnamon Carter (78 episodes, 1966-1969)
 Rollin Hand / ... (76 episodes, 1966-1969)


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 <>

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17 September 1966 (USA)  »

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The character played by Lynda Day George during Seasons Six and Seven is now credited as "Lisa Casey." That name only came about as a result of the 1988-1990 revival series, however. When George was brought back in 1989 in Episode 17 of the revival (titled "Reprisal") to play the same character she had played during the original, the creators were concerned that there might be some confusion between her character and the one played earlier during the revival series by Terry Markwell, who had also been named "Casey." Even though Markwell's character had been killed off in Episode 12 of that season ("The Fortune"), they abruptly re-christened the original Casey as "Lisa Casey" - a name George's character had never used in any of her 41 appearances during the original run of the series. See more »


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 »


[repeated line]
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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Crazy Credits

During the first season, Martin Landau was credited as a special guest star. This was because Landau refused to sign a standard five-year contract, but producer Bruce Geller wanted him badly enough that he agreed to use him on a "guest star" basis. Although Landau ended up appearing in a majority of the Season One episodes, he didn't sign a contract (and then only for a year at a time) until the second season. See more »


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14 March 2002 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Classic televison, which was inspired by Jules Dassin's spoof of his own French masterpiece, Rififi, from the mid 1960s. One of its best elements were the famous guest stars that appeared in the show, which added more interest to the already interesting storylines. Unlike the film adaptations, Mission:Impossible(1966) is an excellent crafted tv show that was ahead of its time in some areas of special effects. My favorite actors from the show were Leonard Nimoy, Martin Landau, and Peter Graves.

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