The Prisoner (1967–1968)

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After resigning, a secret agent is abducted and taken to what looks like an idyllic village, but is really a bizarre prison. His warders demand information. He gives them nothing, but only tries to escape.

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 Number Six / ... (17 episodes, 1967-1968)
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 Supervisor (8 episodes, 1967-1968)
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"The Prisoner" is a unique piece of television. It addresses issues such as personal identity and freedom, democracy, education, scientific progress, art and technology, while still remaining an entertaining drama series. Over seventeen episodes we witness a war of attrition between the faceless forces behind 'The Village' (a Kafkaesque community somewhere between Butlins and Alcatraz) and its most strong willed inmate, No. 6. who struggles ceaselessly to assert his individuality while plotting to escape from his captors. Written by Stuart Berwick <berws@essex.ac.uk>

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The original closing sequence was going to end on the word 'POP'. It featured two spheres, one of the Earth, and rather puzzlingly, the Earth not in a space background, but sat next to another sphere which had 'space' in it. See more »

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During the intro sequence, when No 6 is getting out of his car, a trapped hair can be seen in the bottom left of the shot. See more »

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Woman: [Tearfully] How can you doubt me?
Number 6: It's easy, and I'm waterproof; a little drizzle won't wash away my doubt.
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Crazy Credits

The episode "Living in Harmony" does not have opening credits and the series title "The Prisoner" never appears on screen. The episode "Fall Out" also does not have an opening credits sequence, replacing it with a recap of the episode "Once Upon a Time." The series title does appear on-screen, however. See more »

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10 May 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

When it premiered in the US as a CBS summer series, no less than Isaac Asimov wrote an article in TV Guide praising it. So I was primed. "Arrival" was every bit at interesting as I expected, from the jazzy music and rapid-edited credit sequence all the way to that strange bicycle that assembled itself in the closing credits. The Village was beautiful and charming and hellish, with doors that open for you and mandatory classical music on the radio. McGoohan was perfect--he kept his cool but never wavered from his determination to find out who ran the show.

However, the idiots who ran my local CBS affiliate must have gotten calls from perplexed viewers. Next week, I was all set for episode two... and instead saw some crappy conventional syndicated spy show. Grrr. Since this was before cable, I never saw the rest of the series till PBS ran it.

It's hard to believe that any television network would agree to air something this wild. To this day, I can hear "I am not a number! I am a free man!" followed by maniacal laughter....

I loved the humor, too. One time Number Six had a double. His name--Number Twelve, of course. The whole concept of being labelled "unmutual" was worthy of Douglas Adams's "Share and Enjoy".


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