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The Bionic Woman: Season 1: Episode 14 -- Jaime turns ghosthunter as supernatural forces disrupt a critical secret project in New England.

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Plot:
After fully recovering from her near fatal bout of bionic rejection, Jaime Sommers, the first female cyborg, is assigned to spy missions of her own. Full summary »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Lindsay Wagner ... Jaime Sommers / ... (58 episodes, 1976-1978)

Richard Anderson ... Oscar Goldman (58 episodes, 1976-1978)

Martin E. Brooks ... Dr. Rudy Wells (45 episodes, 1976-1978)
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Series Directed by
Alan J. Levi (13 episodes, 1976-1977)
Alan Crosland Jr. (11 episodes, 1976-1977)
Barry Crane (8 episodes, 1976-1978)
Kenneth Johnson (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Larry Stewart (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
Michael Preece (3 episodes, 1977)
Mel Damski (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Phil Bondelli (2 episodes, 1976)
Don McDougall (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Kenneth Gilbert (2 episodes, 1977)
Ernest Pintoff (2 episodes, 1978)

William J. Hole Jr. (unknown episodes)
Leslie H. Martinson (unknown episodes)
Joe Viola (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Martin Caidin (58 episodes, 1976-1978)
Kenneth Johnson (58 episodes, 1976-1978)
James D. Parriott (15 episodes, 1976-1978)
Arthur Rowe (14 episodes, 1976-1978)
Lionel E. Siegel (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
Jim Carlson (2 episodes, 1976-1978)
Terrence McDonnell (2 episodes, 1976-1978)
Justin Edgerton (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Robert McCullough (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Oliver Crawford (2 episodes, 1976)
Wilton Denmark (2 episodes, 1976)
Harve Bennett (2 episodes, 1977)
Dan Kibbie (2 episodes, 1977)
William A. Schwartz (2 episodes, 1977)
Steven E. de Souza (2 episodes, 1978)
Alfred Lewis Levitt (2 episodes, 1978)
Helen Levitt (2 episodes, 1978)

Judy Burns (unknown episodes)
Gerry Davis (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Kenneth Johnson .... producer / supervising producer (41 episodes, 1976-1977)
Harve Bennett .... executive producer (38 episodes, 1976-1977)
Craig Schiller .... associate producer / producer (34 episodes, 1976-1978)
Lionel E. Siegel .... executive producer (18 episodes, 1977-1978)
Arnold F. Turner .... associate producer (8 episodes, 1976-1978)
Arthur Rowe .... producer (8 episodes, 1977-1978)
James D. Parriott .... producer (7 episodes, 1977-1978)
David G. Phinney .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1977-1978)
Ralph Sariego .... producer (3 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Original Music by
Joseph Harnell (30 episodes, 1976-1978)
Jerry Fielding (11 episodes, 1976)
Charles Albertine (6 episodes, 1977-1978)
Dana Kaproff (3 episodes, 1977)
Richard Clements (2 episodes, 1976-1978)
Luchi De Jesus (2 episodes, 1976)
Dick Halligan (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Robert Prince (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Cinematography by
Gene A. Talvin (28 episodes, 1976-1977)
Vincent A. Martinelli (15 episodes, 1977-1978)
Allen M. Davey (7 episodes, 1976)
Enzo A. Martinelli (5 episodes, 1976)
J.J. Jones (2 episodes, 1977)
Fleet Southcott (2 episodes, 1977)

Ron McManus (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Robert K. Richard (22 episodes, 1976-1978)
George Ohanian (20 episodes, 1976-1978)
Alan C. Marks (14 episodes, 1976-1978)
Jack W. Schoengarth (8 episodes, 1976-1977)
Frederic L. Knudtson (5 episodes, 1976-1977)
John F. Schreyer (4 episodes, 1976-1977)
Alan L. Shefland (4 episodes, 1977-1978)
John Kaufman (2 episodes, 1976)

David Howe (unknown episodes)
Duane Reese (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Patti Hayes (1 episode, 1978)
 
Series Art Direction by
Charles R. Davis (44 episodes, 1976-1978)
Louis Montejano (8 episodes, 1977-1978)
Howard E. Johnson (2 episodes, 1977)
Loyd S. Papez (1 episode, 1976)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Gary Moreno (50 episodes, 1976-1978)
Robert C. Bradfield (4 episodes, 1977-1978)
Charles E. Tycer (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Costume Design by
Charles Waldo (39 episodes, 1976-1978)
 
Series Makeup Department
Virginia G. Hadfield .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Ralph Sariego .... unit manager (39 episodes, 1976-1978)
Ted Schilz .... unit manager (8 episodes, 1976)
Charles E. Walker .... unit manager (8 episodes, 1978)
Jack Stubbs .... unit manager (3 episodes, 1976)

Patti Hayes .... unit manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Blank .... assistant director / first assistant director (23 episodes, 1976-1978)
Robert Bennett Steinhauer .... assistant director (18 episodes, 1976-1978)
Michael Sturges .... second assistant director (18 episodes, 1977-1978)
Tom Connors .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1976)
William J. Hole Jr. .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1976)
Mark Hurwitz .... trainee assistant director (6 episodes, 1978)
Wayne A. Farlow .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Art Department
Bruce Wayne Mecchi .... set dresser (7 episodes, 1977)

Yarek Alfer .... property maker (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
James F. Rogers .... sound (53 episodes, 1976-1978)
Kyle Wright .... sound effects editor / sound editor (47 episodes, 1976-1978)
Martin Greco .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 1976)
Charlie King .... sound (1 episode, 1976)

Robert Jackson .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects coordinator (57 episodes, 1976-1978)
Greg C. Jensen .... special effects coordinator (44 episodes, 1976-1978)
Scott Forbes .... special effects technician (13 episodes, 1976)
Kevin Pike .... special effects supervisor / special effects technician (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Stunts
Sandra Lee Gimpel .... stunt double (57 episodes, 1976-1978)
Rita Egleston .... stunt double: Lindsay Wagner (53 episodes, 1976-1978)
Craig R. Baxley .... stunt coordinator / stunts (8 episodes, 1977-1978)
Kevin N. Johnston .... stunt double: Lindsay Wagner (5 episodes, 1976)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (4 episodes, 1976-1977)
Jeannie Epper .... stunt double: Lindsay Wagner (4 episodes, 1976)
Larry Holt .... stunts (2 episodes, 1976)

May Boss .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Henry Kingi .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
James Winburn .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
James Kibbe .... lighting technician (35 episodes, 1976-1977)
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: "a" camera / steadicam (13 episodes, 1976)
Casey Jones .... grip (3 episodes, 1978)

Joe Kelly .... grip (unknown episodes)
Reggie Newkirk .... key first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Waldo .... costumes: women / costumer (20 episodes, 1976)

Jerry Herrin .... costume supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Ron Nichols .... colorist: digital remastering (57 episodes, 1976-1978)
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor (4 episodes, 1976)

Ron Meredith .... assistant film editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Jerry Fielding .... composer: theme music (48 episodes, 1976-1978)
Herbert D. Woods .... music editor (45 episodes, 1976-1978)
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor (4 episodes, 1976)
Joseph Glassman .... music editor (4 episodes, 1977)
Maurice R. Kline .... music editor (2 episodes, 1977)
Joseph Harnell .... composer: additional music (2 episodes, 1978)

Gene L. Gillette .... music editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... driver (1 episode, 1976)
 
Series Other crew
Inge Lindgreen .... stand-in: Lindsay Wagner (57 episodes, 1976-1978)
Winnie Rich .... script supervisor (57 episodes, 1976-1978)
Arthur Rowe .... executive story consultant / story editor / ... (30 episodes, 1976-1977)
Alfred Lewis Levitt .... story editor (8 episodes, 1978)
Helen Levitt .... story editor (8 episodes, 1978)
Jack Cole .... title designer: main titles / main title design (5 episodes, 1976)
Philip DeGuere Jr. .... executive story consultant / story editor (4 episodes, 1976)
Joyce Howard .... story editor (4 episodes, 1977-1978)

Dominic Jack Pizzo Sr. .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
 

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
THE GREATEST action series to hit TV and here's why..., 8 January 2012
Author: rooprect from New York City

In order to fully appreciate this series, you have to remember the context of the times. 1976 was the year the Viking II landed on Mars and gave us our first closeup pictures of another planet. In 1976, West Point admitted its first female cadets. Legendary punk rock group The Ramones released their first album. America was on the cusp of a technological, sexual and artistic turning point. Why then was TV still dominated by archaic shows like "Donny & Marie" and "Happy Days"? Who knows, but "The Bionic Woman" changed all that.

For one thing, it was the first action series to feature a no-nonsense, independent female lead. Sure there had been "Police Woman" in 1974, but in that show her male partner handled all the rough stuff. There was also "Wonder Woman" in 1975, but come on, Lynda Carter prancing around in a bikini? I sure didn't take her seriously. Same went for "Charlie's Angels" in late '76 (although big kudos go to Kate Jackson who refused to do the bikini prance). For my money, it was Lindsay Wagner who first gripped American audiences for her brains, talents & humour, not for her legs & cleavage.

For this, I tip my hat to the greatest TV writer of the day: Kenneth Johnson. He's the guy who brought us "The Incredible Hulk" and the groundbreaking miniseries "V" ...shows that focused less on rockem-sockem action and more on the human story behind it all. There's a certain sensitivity to his work that was far ahead of its time. Whereas the networks wanted to portray their heroes as infallible tough guys, Kenneth wasn't afraid to show them buckle on occasion, paving the way for more realistic, emotional and powerful stories.

"The Bionic Woman" is a fine example of his work, and Lindsay Wagner was the one & only actor for the job. Charming yet old-fashioned (a 27-year-old schoolteacher who lives above her adoptive parents' garage), she was actually something of a nerd despite her classic beauty and stubborn personality. She really reminds me of a 1970s version of Katherine Hepburn: quick witted, never to be "put in her place" by anyone, but with a sweetness & feminine grace that's undeniable. (Uh... that is until you see the bloopers on the DVD where Lindsay swears like a sailor in heat! Haha, but nevermind that.)

As for the action, there's a good bit of it, but mostly she saved the day with her smarts. And it's a real treat to see how much passion & emotion Lindsay put into the role ...again, breaking from the traditional "infallible tough guy" heroics.

There's a lot of playful humour in the series, and the other regulars (Oscar & Rudy) are fleshed out to become more human than any other action sidekicks I can think of. In short, this was a landmark series which holds up today--if not surpasses--almost 40 years later, due to its progressive, human edge. Do NOT miss the opportunity to watch this show. Also check out the Kenneth Johnson series I mentioned: "The Incredible Hulk" and "V - the miniseries". And at the same time on the other side of the Atlantic, check out the work of Gerry & Sylvia Anderson: "Space 1999" and "UFO". If you know where to look, the 70s really rocked!

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