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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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 »

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In many episodes, Jim closes the snap binding on the IMF folder, but when the camera zooms to it for the title sequence the snap is shown open. 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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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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The Cleverest TV Show Ever
1 June 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I have got to hand it to the people behind the original Mission Impossible series. Their pilot episode was bound to hook people. Mission Impossible was a winner from the start.

The Impossible Missions Force were a team of agents with no emotional attachments who went on secret missions usually against organized crime or rogue nations. They did not go in and use guns or fists to fight a problem-the name of the game was manipulation, deception, trickery, fraud, you name it. The agents were in fact anti-heroes who stooped to the level of the bad guys themselves. But I still loved them for it.

It would be unfair to reveal any of the intricate details of the plots for the series but let's just say they were clever. Mission Impossible was a show that required a viewer's full attention-you simply couldn't switch onto an episode halfway through and expect to know what's going on. Mission Impossible was clever throughout it's entire run. The IMF always had a plan which had to be strictly adhered to for it to be a success. They used every mean trick in the book to bring the bad guys down and they always slipped away at the end without the bad guys ever finding out who they were. In fact, quite a few episodes involved the bad guys falling out with each other after believing the other one was out to get him when in fact it was the IMF who had set it all up.

A clever show indeed-highly recommended.


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