The Prisoner (1967–1968)

TV Series  |   |  Action, Drama, Mystery
8.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.8/10 from 7,036 users  
Reviews: 95 user | 35 critic

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.

Creator:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 32 titles
created 02 Aug 2013
 
a list of 49 titles
created 09 Mar 2014
 
a list of 25 titles
created 10 Apr 2014
 
a list of 30 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 41 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Prisoner" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Prisoner (1967–1968)

The Prisoner (1967–1968) on IMDb 8.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Prisoner.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1968   1967  
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Prisoner (TV Mini-Series 2009)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An update to the cult favorite series from the 1960s about a government agent who is kidnapped and sent to a remote island known as "the Village".

Stars: Ian McKellen, Jim Caviezel, Hayley Atwell
Secret Agent (1964–1966)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Three years after the original "Danger Man" series concluded, it was revamped and continued in a longer format. (1 hour/episode instead of 30 minutes). John Drake was now a Special Security... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Peter Madden, Earl Cameron
Danger Man (1960–1962)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

John Drake is a special operative for NATO, specializing in security assignments against any subversive element which threatened world peace. The series featured exotic locales from all ... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Richard Wattis, Lionel Murton
The Avengers (1961–1969)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A quirky spy show of the adventures of an eccentricly suave British agent and his predominately female partners.

Stars: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman
In Like Flint (1967)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Super-spy Flint takes on a cabal of women plotting to rule the world.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: James Coburn, Lee J. Cobb, Jean Hale
The Saint (1962–1969)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The exploits of a charming, modern-day Robin Hood.

Stars: Roger Moore, Ivor Dean, Leslie Crawford
The New Avengers (1976–1977)
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

John Steed and his new accomplices Purdey and Gambit find themselves facing new and deadly dangers in the bizarre world of espionage. Mixing fantasy with a darker edge, the trio face ... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick Macnee, Gareth Hunt, Joanna Lumley
My Partner the Ghost (1969–1971)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Jeff Randall and Marty Hopkirk are private detectives who specialize in divorce cases. Their long-running partnership seems to come to an abrupt end when Marty is killed by a hit-and-run, ... See full summary »

Stars: Mike Pratt, Kenneth Cope, Annette Andre
The Persuaders! (1971–1972)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

English Lord Brett Sinclair and American Danny Wilde are both wealthy playboys, they are teamed together by Judge Fullton to investigate crimes which the police can't solve. These two men ... See full summary »

Stars: Tony Curtis, Roger Moore, Laurence Naismith
Koroshi (TV Movie 1968)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Secret agent John Drake (aka Danger Man) goes to Japan to infiltrate a secret society that specializes in murder.

Directors: Michael Truman, Peter Yates
Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Yôko Tani, Amanda Barrie
Rafferty (TV Series 1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Stars: Patrick McGoohan, John Getz, Millie Slavin
Sci-Fi

Feature film based on the 1960s TV series about a government agent who resigns, is kidnapped and placed on an isolated island known as the Village.

Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Number Six / ... (17 episodes, 1967-1968)
Angelo Muscat ...
 The Butler (14 episodes, 1967-1968)
Peter Swanwick ...
 Supervisor (8 episodes, 1967-1968)
Edit

Storyline

"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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

No Man Is Just A Number.


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| | | | | |

Release Date:

1 June 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El prisionero  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(17 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Butler (played by Maltese actor Angelo Muscat) never speaks, and appears in more episodes than anyone else, other than Patrick McGoohan. See more »

Goofs

The number and knocker on the outside of Number 2's front door change style and position both within and between episodes. See more »

Quotes

Number Two: [about The Prisoner] He's an individual, and they're always trying.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Portmeirion, Wales is not identified as the location for filming in all but the final episode. Instead the closing credits in these episodes simply say "Filmed on location." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Donnie Darko (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Title Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by Ron Grainer Orchestra
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Terrific and unique spy/action/drama satire.
11 January 2007 | by (Serbia) – See all my reviews

The best non-comedic TV show I've ever seen, and certainly one of the most unique TV shows of any genre. A terrific blend of Kafka's drama/satire, fantasy, and spy action/thriller. There is also a healthy dose of humour in it, but nothing over-the-top like we have in today's TV shows. Although it consists of 17 episodes, I would consider the first 12 to be the core of the series. After those 12 we have mostly filler episodes, like the dull one in the Wild West, or the one in which McGoohan barely even appears. The last two episodes, the less-than-grand double-episode finale, are a bit too abstract and quite tiresome at times even. From the last 5 episodes I would only name "The Girl Who Was Death" as being quite good.

The best/most fun episodes are "Arrival", "Dance of the Dead", "ABC", "The General", "A Change Of Mind", and "Hammer Into Anvil". From the first 12, I would only single out "Schizoid Man" as being much weaker than the others.

Several things went into making this show so much fun. First of all, the location, the Welsh village. Secondly, having McGoohan in the lead; I cannot possible imagine any other actor playing Number 6 in the excellent, off-the-wall yet controlled manner in which he plays him. McGoohan hits all the right notes; his performance is just as eccentric as it needs to be. (For the uninitiated, he was among the 2 or 3 main candidates to be the first James Bond, but refused the role.) Thirdly, the highly unusual, original scripts. Fourthly, the series was filmed in the mid-60s, and the visual quality of TV shows from that decade is superior to anything that came before or after. And fifthly, the acting from all the others was on a high level.


18 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Prisoner by the numbers brimfin
TV series similar to The Prisoner? anders_ekholm
What do governments do with their 'special people' geo1284060
First Eleven Episodes vs Last Five Episodes rediguana
Can someone please do me a favor? If you have the 40th Anniversary DVDs oldshawfan
The Prisoner by the numbers - revised brimfin
Discuss The Prisoner (1967) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page