The IMF is up against a contract killer who makes decisions at random at the last minute to ensure his moves are unpredictable. As Barney stands in for the intended victim, the IMF must prepare for ...
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
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When Dan (Steven Hill) or Jim (Peter Graves) received instructions, the usual last words were "This tape will self-destruct in 5 seconds". However, the other instruction they would receive was "Please dispose of this tape by the usual means", whereby they would throw the tape into an incinerator or toss it into a vat of acid. See more »
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 »
Episode titles were not shown on-screen. Although this became commonplace with dramatic series in the late 1980s, it was unusual in the 1960s for a one-hour action series to not have episode titles. See more »
To Actor Tom Cruise from Jim Phelps: PLEASE TAKE NOTES!
Out of all the shows that dealt with espionage out of the golden age of the 1960's,only Mission:Impossible was one the best series ever devised. Each week was always something as the MIF Team battle certain villains and even in one three-parter episode dealt with the Mob! But the gadgets they used and how they got away with all that was very ingenius and very keen,and to this day no other show of its kind has got that! I read somewhere that actor Greg Morris walked off the Mission:Impossible movie set calling it "a total disgrace"! And I don't blame him. Cruise used his pretty-boy looks just for box office status,but completely destroyed the origins of WHAT the TV show was! Its amazing that this very good,well written suspense-filled espionage/spy series(the TV show that is)ran for an impressive 7 seasons on CBS(from 1966-1973) was one of the first ever to keep viewers in tune to what is happening next and goes on to the next phase and so forth. Love those gadgets they had on there! Kudos to Peter Graves,Barbara Bain,Martin Landau,Peter Lupus,Greg Morris,Leonard Nimoy(who joined the cast after his other show Star Trek went off the air)and Lesley Anne-Warren for making it happen!
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