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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?

Both pilot episodes for Star Trek: TNG and the second MI (which were originally Desilu productions which were remade in the '80's) feature a main supporting character impersonating John de Lancie's voice for an important plot point.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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Wayne's World (1992)See more »


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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A pleasurable, if dated, update, 28 March 2012
Author: jdollak from United States

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.

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