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 IMF back in action. With Peter Graves and Leonard Nimoy again handling the team of derring-doers of the impossible (season 5) See more »


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17 September 1966 (USA)  »

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Steven Hill left the cast after one season for two main reasons: because as an Orthodox Jew and being unwilling to abide by the show's production schedule that would have required him to work on the Jewish Sabbath; and his disruptive behavior, often causing filming to shut down. See more »

Goofs

In numerous episodes they load the villain's gun with blanks or give them a gun with some blanks and some real cartridges. Anyone who has ever fired a handgun would immediately notice the difference. Blanks make noise but have no recoil, real cartridges cause a recoil "kick" when fired. See more »

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Voice on Tape: Good morning Mister Phelps.
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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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Spoofed in Rupan Sansei: Nenriki chin sakusen (1974) See more »

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One of the greatest drama shows
24 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

To all the "younguns" out there, please take note: this show has NOTHING to do with the Tom Cruise movies! This was a thinking man's show--complete with intricate plots, action and decent acting. The movies, in contrast, are designed for dumb people--people who don't care that the action and stunts make no sense or don't fit into the general plot. And, people who don't mind that the hero from the TV series is now the villain! Avoid the movies like the plague and seek out the series! They are on video but have not been shown on TV for quite a long time. Perhaps Paramount Studios is keeping them under wraps, as they would show up the recent crap they have packaged as "Mission: Impossible".

Now on to the show. The quality of the programs is not uniform. Early on, the baddies were mostly communist nations with funny made up names- -and the episodes were amazing. Later, however, the network pushed the folks at Paramount to make shows that were less anti-Soviet and instead they began making episodes involving criminals...which usually were poor compared to the older ones. Still, a poor "Mission: Impossible" is still enjoyable!


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