Mission: Impossible (1988–1990)

TV Series  -   -  Action | Adventure | Crime
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 1,428 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 3 critic

An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture.

Creator:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 23 titles
created 14 Jun 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 01 Sep 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 30 Nov 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 43 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Mission: Impossible (1988–1990)

Mission: Impossible (1988–1990) on IMDb 7.6/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mission: Impossible.

User Polls

Season:

2 | 1

Year:

1990 | 1989 | 1988
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.

Director: Brian De Palma
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A secret agent is sent to Sydney, to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called "Chimera"

Director: John Woo
Stars: Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Ethan Hunt comes face to face with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer while trying to keep his identity secret in order to protect his girlfriend.

Director: J.J. Abrams
Stars: Tom Cruise, Michelle Monaghan, Ving Rhames
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name.

Director: Brad Bird
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
Action | Adventure | Thriller

The plot is unknown at this time.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Stars: Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Jim Phelps (35 episodes, 1988-1990)
...
 Nicholas Black (35 episodes, 1988-1990)
Antony Hamilton ...
 Max Harte (35 episodes, 1988-1990)
...
 Grant Collier (35 episodes, 1988-1990)
Bob Johnson ...
 Voice on Disc (35 episodes, 1988-1990)
...
 Shannon Reed (24 episodes, 1989-1990)
Terry Markwell ...
 Casey Randall (12 episodes, 1988-1989)
Edit

Storyline

Jim Phelps is the head of a super-secret government agency ("Impossible Mission Force"), and is often given secret anonymous covert missions to attempt; quite often they are unmasking of criminals or rescuing of hostages. He picks his team depending on which tasks need to be done. One thing is vital on an Impossible Mission: the mission must be carried out in entire secrecy, often relying on high-tech equipment and elaborate deceptions. An update of the classic 1966 series, featuring a great deal of high-tech gadgetry. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

team | death | espionage | 1990s | 1980s | See more »

Taglines:

Your Mission, Should You Decide To Accept It....


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Farligt uppdrag  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(35 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Grant Collier, son of the original series' Barney Collier, was played by Phil Morris, the real-life son of Greg Morris, who played Barney in the original series. See more »

Quotes

Voice on Disc: [Line repeated near the beginning of each episode in the series as Jim Phelps listens to the tape/disc containing his instructions and setting up the episode storyline] Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it...
See more »

Connections

Remake of Mission: Impossible (1966) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A pleasurable, if dated, update
28 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When this series originally aired, I remember watching it with my father. I remember being enthralled by the gadgets.

Now that the series is available on DVD, in two sets, it was a pleasure to watch through the whole thing.

As an adult, I'm much more able to see the weaknesses the show had, but I also can appreciate some of the more responsible approaches that the show had, especially in the sense of being a largely peaceful team.

The budget isn't great. Some sequences appear to have been shot on video. Several episodes use stock footage, especially later ones.

The cast is remarkably attractive.

The area where the show falters is later in the first season, and during much of the second. The writing got lazy. The plots got more linear, more predictable. And in some cases, the gimmick for the episode got in the way of making a decent plot.

Another thing that gradually got on my nerves was the laziness in writing the opening scenes, when Phelps retrieves the mission. In many of these, he winds up retrieving the disc, and watching it, in a place much more public than usual. In one of them, he watches it on an amusement park ride, and we see people walking around in the background. Hardly a secure location.

I've been watching episodes from the original series, and while the writing was more careful, and better plotted, the biggest improvement that the 88 Mission Impossible had was the pacing. The episodes felt like they moved along very quickly.

This series is entirely worth watching. But, especially with the reliance on stock footage, the show looks far more dated than it should.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Re: Casey's Death mdmjuggler
Movement for the Mission Impossible 1988 VHS/DVD release daniel-700
DVD? rexelation
Casey fox2000
DVD Release date: September 12 TomCruiseSuperman
IMF - what does it mean? snoopdoc15
Discuss Mission: Impossible (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?