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23 October 1988 (USA) See more »
Your Mission, Should You Decide To Accept It....
An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture. Full summary »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 31)

Peter Graves ... Jim Phelps (35 episodes, 1988-1990)

Thaao Penghlis ... Nicholas Black (35 episodes, 1988-1990)
Antony Hamilton ... Max Harte (35 episodes, 1988-1990)

Phil Morris ... Grant Collier (35 episodes, 1988-1990)
Bob Johnson ... Voice on Disc (35 episodes, 1988-1990)

Jane Badler ... Shannon Reed (24 episodes, 1989-1990)
Terry Markwell ... Casey Randall (12 episodes, 1988-1989)

Series Directed by
Colin Budds (5 episodes, 1988-1990)
Arch Nicholson (5 episodes, 1989-1990)
Don Chaffey (4 episodes, 1989)
Cliff Bole (3 episodes, 1988)
Rob Stewart (3 episodes, 1989)
Kim Manners (2 episodes, 1988)
Rod Hardy (2 episodes, 1989)
Brian Trenchard-Smith (2 episodes, 1989)
Series Writing credits
Bruce Geller (35 episodes, 1988-1990)
Ted Roberts (9 episodes, 1988-1990)
Jeffrey M. Hayes (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Robert Brennan (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Michael Fisher (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Walter Brough (3 episodes, 1989)
David Phillips (2 episodes, 1988-1989)
Frank Abatemarco (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Dale Duguid (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Roger Dunn (2 episodes, 1989)
Michael Seims (2 episodes, 1989)

Series Produced by
Randy Nelson .... associate producer (27 episodes, 1988-1990)
Jeffrey M. Hayes .... executive producer (10 episodes, 1988-1990)
Dean Barnes .... coordinating producer / associate producer (9 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ted Roberts .... producer / supervising producer (9 episodes, 1989-1990)
Frank Abatemarco .... supervising producer / co-executive producer (7 episodes, 1989-1990)
Darryl Sheen .... line producer (7 episodes, 1989-1990)
Michael Fisher .... executive producer (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Fred A. Wyler .... consulting producer (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Walter Brough .... co-producer (2 episodes, 1989)
Series Original Music by
John E. Davis (25 episodes, 1988-1990)
Ron Jones (6 episodes, 1988-1989)
Lalo Schifrin (3 episodes, 1988)
Series Cinematography by
Barry M. Wilson (6 episodes, 1989)
Stephen F. Windon (2 episodes, 1989)
Series Film Editing by
Howard Deane (4 episodes, 1989)
Pamela Malouf (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Roger Bondelli (2 episodes, 1988-1989)
Russell Denove (2 episodes, 1989)
Series Casting by
Helen Mossler (4 episodes, 1988-1989)
Series Production Design by
Stewart Burnside (9 episodes, 1988-1989)
Series Art Direction by
Philip Drake (5 episodes, 1989)
Dale Duguid (3 episodes, 1988-1989)

Richard Rooker (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Graham Purcell (3 episodes, 1989)
Series Makeup Department
Nik Dorning .... special makeup effects artist (6 episodes, 1988)
Rosalina Da Silva .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1988-1989)
Deborah Lanser .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1988-1989)
Karla O'Keefe .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1989)
Series Production Management
Elizabeth Symes .... unit production manager (6 episodes, 1989)
Randy Nelson .... post-production supervisor / post-production coordinator (4 episodes, 1988-1989)
Darryl Sheen .... unit production manager (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cameron Dunn .... trainee assistant director (12 episodes, 1989)
Jamie Leslie .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 1989)
Brian Giddens .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1989)

Ian 'Thistle' Thorburn .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Randy Vellacott .... graphic artist (20 episodes, 1989-1990)
Lisa Thompson .... set dresser (19 episodes, 1988-1989)
Dave Weston .... carpenter (19 episodes, 1988-1989)

Natalie Taylor .... art department coordinator / assistant art department coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Paul Clark .... sound mixer (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Tim Philben .... re-recording mixer (4 episodes, 1988-1989)
Mark Server .... supervising sound editor / sound editor (4 episodes, 1988-1989)
Ken Gladden .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Clark Conrad .... re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 1989)
Scott Millan .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 1989)
George R. Groves Jr. .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1989)
Series Special Effects by
Ann-Maree Hurley .... prosthetic application (unknown episodes)
Conrad Rothmann .... special effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Elan Soltes .... visual effects supervisor / visual effects coordinator (35 episodes, 1988-1990)
Dale Duguid .... visual effects designer (6 episodes, 1989)

Patrick Clancey .... visual effects compositor (unknown episodes)
Stan Kellam .... visual effects compositor (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Phil Brock .... stunt coordinator (19 episodes, 1988-1989)
Gordon Waddell .... stunts (19 episodes, 1988-1989)

Mark Warren .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Anthony Tulloch .... lighting technician (16 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ivan Johnson .... second unit director of photography (9 episodes, 1989)
Ric Lawes .... gaffer (7 episodes, 1988-1989)

Peter Heatherwick .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Louis Puli .... assistant camera / focus puller (unknown episodes)
Stanley Walsh .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Maura Fay .... casting: Australia (3 episodes, 1989)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julie Barton .... set costumer (2 episodes, 1988)
Series Editorial Department
Meryl Jackson .... post-production coordinator (19 episodes, 1988-1989)
Claire Walsh .... post-production coordinator: Australia / post-production coordinator (3 episodes, 1989)
Series Music Department
James D. Young .... music editor (34 episodes, 1988-1990)
Lalo Schifrin .... composer: theme music (33 episodes, 1988-1990)
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (29 episodes, 1988-1989)
Neil Argo .... composer: additional music (16 episodes, 1989-1990)
Michael Stone .... music mixer (8 episodes, 1989)
Series Other crew
Serena Gattuso .... production secretary (35 episodes, 1988-1990)
Stephen Brett .... assistant unit manager (19 episodes, 1988-1989)
Neil McCart .... location manager (13 episodes, 1988-1989)
Michael Lake .... production executive / production executive: Australia (8 episodes, 1989)
Sue Edwards .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 1988-1989)
Betty Green .... title designer / main titles by (4 episodes, 1988-1989)
Joanne McLennan .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1988-1989)
Roger Dunn .... staff writer (3 episodes, 1989)
Rick Maier .... script editor (2 episodes, 1989)
Ted Roberts .... executive story consultant (1 episode, 1988)

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47 min (35 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Peter Graves, Greg Morris and Lynda Day George all reprised their roles from the original series.See more »
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 »
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Referenced in The Bench: Life Before 'Seinfeld' (2004) (V)See more »


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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A few flaws, but still an exciting update of the classic series, 20 January 2007
Author: Thomas_Veil from Cleveland

Apparently not all Mission Impossible fans are happy with the 1988 remake. As someone who IS old enough to remember the original, I can tell you that it's actually a pretty good show, and a damn sight better than the movies! The new and old casts are comparable. Let's face it, you don't get to flex a lot of acting muscles on a show like this, so in terms of thespic efforts, I'd say the '88 cast matches the classic cast (Landau/Bain/ pretty well, and had its own charisma.

Yes, some of the plots are recycled -- a necessity because of a writers' strike at the time. That's the only reason this show got remade in the first place. We're lucky it didn't get yanked after only ONE season when the writers went back to work. But ABC had some modest success with this, and we got an extra year out of it.

Critics have correctly pointed out that one difference between the Missions is that the original was more cagey regarding the information it gave to the audience. For instance, you might see Barney with an electronic device, and Cinnamon and Rollin discussing some bit of trickery, without them explaining what the purpose behind them was. You just had to wait to see the show play out to find out where these things fit into the plot. The newer show, however, had a tendency to want to explain more: "Okay, now we're gonna use these projectors and mirrors to make Mr. Badguy think someone's trying to assassinate him." Another flaw was that some episodes got a little outlandish. Jane Badler in space comes to mind. And the writers had this unnatural love for overlaying supernatural themes on their espionage missions. More than a few plots revolved around spooking some international thug by means of "ghosts" and other hauntings. It was a bit much to believe that so many dictators and terrorists were superstitious enough to fall for this stuff. And one last carp: sometimes the IMF's technology was a bit TOO sci-fi. In one episode, for example, they "un-erased" a videotape while double-talking about some "infrared" layer underneath that could be recovered. That's scientifically illiterate. You'd have as much luck trying to unscramble an egg.

Yet despite these flaws, the show was a delight. The tape recorder sequences were wonderfully updated with a miniature DVD device. The "cons" were still exciting. And the music was just as good as you remembered it...maybe even better. Just the opening title sequence alone was worth tuning in. While it didn't change from week to week as the old show's did, it was very high-tech and very well-cut, like a good music video, and gave the show a welcome face-lift.

And of course it was nice to see Jim Phelps again every week. Even if he had a different supporting cast. Tom Cruise can screw up the franchise all he wants. Mr. Phelps will always be our hero.

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