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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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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Failure impossible.


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Lalo Schifrin's score - played in a highly uncommon 5/4 time signature earlier popularized by Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" (1959) - went on to achieve the dubious distinction of most parodied theme music closely paralleled by the The Twilight Zone (1959)'s eerie leitmotif trill. 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 »


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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The Benchmark for all other series
10 November 2001 | by (Lawrenceville, GA) – See all my reviews

M:I is probably my favorite tv show; at least the only one I will consistantly watch reruns of. I never play the Hill versus Graves game as each actor brought unique characteristics to the show. The same with Martin Landau as Rollin Hand and Leonard Nimoy as Paris. I will say that though Linda Day George and Lesley Anne Warren are good actresses, they never measured up to Barbara Bain for talent and sheer class. I think my favorite episodes are "A Cube of Sugar", "The Seal" (with the cat as an integral part of the plan, "The Heir Apparent" and "The Mind of Stefan Miklos". It's very hard to pick favorites though, because each episode has its' own quirks and charms.

What made M:I stand out is that it depended not on gimmicks and special effects but on the talent and believability of the actors. The props and makeup were also believable. I think that's why the movies don't measure up to the original series. Add in the ridiculous plot line that Jim Phelps could ever be the bad guy and they've completely lost it. The second movie would have been alright if it hadn't been a Mission: Impossible knock-off. The writers and producers forgot that there was an M:I team, not a single player.

All in all, Mission: Impossible set the standard for all other series of this sort, and few have come close to the bar, and none have surpassed it.

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