Charlie's Angels: Season 1, Episode 0

Charlie's Angels (21 Mar. 1976)

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When a wealthy winegrower disappears, the three private investigators go undercover at the vineyard to track down the whereabouts of the body. If the body doesn't turn up in a certain ... See full summary »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Jill Munroe (as Farrah Fawcett-Majors)
John Lehne ...
Grant Owens ...
Ken Sansom ...
Ron Stein ...
Colette Bertrand ...
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When a wealthy winegrower disappears, the three private investigators go undercover at the vineyard to track down the whereabouts of the body. If the body doesn't turn up in a certain amount of time, the inheritance will be presented to the man's second wife, Rachel, instead of his long-lost daughter, Janet. Written by Bill Hatfield <>

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21 March 1976 (USA)  »

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This was David Ogden Stiers' only appearance in the show as his character of Scott Woodville was removed as it was deemed unnecessary for Charlie to have two male liaisons. See more »


At the conclusion of the case, Jill is hiding in the swamp (which is more like a pond) and at one point ducks underwater. Then she swims across it and gets out. When we see her on the other side, she is completely dry. See more »


Jill Munroe: It's a nice room. Isn't it?
Sabrina Duncan: It's not bad. A little overdone.
Jill Munroe: It's not bad actually, kind of early American nothing.
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Followed by Charlie's Angels: Animated Adventures (2003) See more »

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The One that started it all
20 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hard to believe now that this middling TV Movie/Pilot, with a needlessly convoluted plot, would spark a phenomenon. Caught this on Starz Mystery Channel on satellite.

Seeing it for the first time in nearly 30 years, a few retrospective thoughts:

1. Interesting that Jaclyn Smith was front and center for the first act since she had the least amount of acting experience going in. Apparently, Kate Jackson (who was promised the lead) switched roles with her. Farrah is the 3rd banana here - history changed that.

2. It isn't surprising that the David Ogden Stiers character was dropped after the pilot. Originally added so that there would be a man who could "bail out" the Angels, he was really too stuffy for the show's fluff. David Doyle hit the notes perfectly.

3. I liked the jazzier sounding "main theme" as played in the movie. The rest of the score is typical 70's TV waka waka electronics.

4. Aside from a brief shot of Jacklyn Smith in a bikini and the requisite "Charlie Girl" snippets, there was little of the cheesy T&A exploitation that the show became known for (particularly in its first season).

And to think that this was hot stuff at the time. sigh.

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