TV series about a wealthy mystery-man who runs a detective agency via a speaker-phone and his personal assistant, Bosley. His detectives are three beautiful women, who end up in a variety of difficult situations. The cast changed substantially over the life of this show, as actresses left for various movie, TV, and modeling deals. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
A chick show that guys love to watch every Wednesday night
I grow up watching the show when it first aired in 1976 and I was in the first grade and I loved it. I couldn't get enough of it at the time and I had a huge crush on Farrah Fawcett-Majors (maybe because she was a blonde and bubbly)and I like the action that took place back in the 70's. When she left I was terribly upset, but got use to Cheryl Ladd as her replacement. Too bad Kate Jackson didn't take a liking to her, because I thought they had got along off screen, which Kate knew Cheryl before Farrah and Jaclyn Smith when they worked on Satan School for Girls. I love the adventures and the action that centered around them, but I really was not a fan of Sabrina Duncan (or Kate Jackson), because I did say she was the least attractive and I always felt that the show revolved around Sabrina than Jill, Kelly or Kris (which I noticed after Kate was fired the show revolved around Kris, which I myself felt Cheryl was the better actress) but I did like the episodes and I always loved watching them in reruns. The episodes in the first season was always the best where I always like when they had to go on a cruise to investigate and each of them had a bomb to throw off the cruise and when they focused on each of them individually they hair was blowing into the wind except for Farrah's hair. It never moved. I liked the comedy she kind of provided for viewers to watch which had men keep watching more as her career took off way after the show.
The second season I did like the episode "The Sandcastle Murders", but the only con I could say about that episode it was really bad after Bosley (David Doyle) fired his gun to the bad guy, Dave Rossiter which he fell into the ocean, that they made Sabrina dive into the pier fully clothed to get him out, but from the back it was bad to say you could tell that it was a stunt double because the person from the back was wide, heavier and they never showed a close up on "Sabrina's athletic powers" (is what Bosley complimenting her to Charlie in the office after they wrap up the case). But I did like the show to take me into the third season, which Kate did wear to much makeup which I still found her to be the least attractive and did check into the fourth season with Shelley Hack. Now I had seen the episodes which I picked out "Avenging Angel" which was a great showcase for Jaclyn to portray and "Caged Angel" which is my favorite where Cheryl was locked up to investigate a case. But I did notice the show downslided and the new Angel Tiffany did not live up to any expectation. I can say Shelley did try her best but it only lasted for 1 season for her.
Now in Season 5 which I was a fifth grader at the time I remember hearing that "Charlie has a new Angel". I couldn't keep up with the changes and I thought it was ridiculous that a model left her career behind to now work as a private detective (not to mention any of the other recruits who looked like models than cops). But I checked out the Hawaii episodes and those were ok as they were a team. The look was in which all 3 girls (Kelly, Kris and Julie were all wearing bikinis and Bosley going topless) which I knew it was a gimmick for viewers to get back into the show with an unknown - Tanya Roberts, (which all of them were unknowns at the time except for Kate). The episodes were not bad, but it just had to be over soon. I did enjoy "Angels in the Deep" where they had Patti Darbanville as a guest who had zest and the 1 they had to have Kris and Julie go undercover as go-go dancers where Kelly is now the investigator (Bad because Jaclyn has more dancing experience on her resume than the other 2 actresses). But it had to be classy. I wish it could be the same about the film because seeing Jaclyn in a cameo appearance, I wish she could be in it and show the other 3 (Drew, Cameron and Lucy) how it should be done. But when the show was cancelled I didn't know if I was upset or what. But there is cable which could rerun the show and I could be entertained by it.
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