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Release Date:
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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Fans of the original series disavow all knowledge of Paramount's actions. (Still preferable to the Tom Cruise version though.) See more (15 total) »


 (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)
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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)

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)
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)
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 (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

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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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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Fans of the original series disavow all knowledge of Paramount's actions. (Still preferable to the Tom Cruise version though.), 24 May 2002
Author: Victor Field from London, England

For this revival (which not only returned the classic series to television but also four of its original episodes - "The Killer" [redone here as the premiere episode], "The Condemned," "The System" and "The Legacy") Peter Graves again assumed command of the IM Force with a new set of equivalents for the old unit, shot in Australia and with stronger effects... but lesser scripts.

Watching the originals again, they're miniature gems particularly in the first few years; the new version just isn't as compelling, although having Casey Randall be the first IM member to actually die in the course of duty was unusual. The episode "Submarine" pretty much encapsulates the remake's inferiority; written by the show's visual effects supervisor Dale Duguid, there's an unfortunate emphasis on how the illusion required to trap the villain is done, which suffuses any suspense.

The show does, however, have more fidelity to the concept than the misguided cinema version from Cruise and DePalma, which is why this is ultimately preferable. But the original show is the one to watch.

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