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The Avengers 

A quirky spy show of the adventures of an eccentrically suave British Agent and his predominately female partners.

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Sydney Newman
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Patrick Macnee ...  John Steed / ... 161 episodes, 1961-1969
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Storyline

John Steed works for British Intelligence and works with various partners, notably: Ian Hendry (series one), Cathy Gale (series two and three), Emma Peel (series four and five), and Tara King (series six). The problems he finds are always a bit odd, just on the edge of science fiction (Cyborg killers, a city built under a disused coal mine, a gang put together for adrenaline junkies, and a killer who uses a concentrated cold virus to kill his victims by having them sneeze to death). Steed is always the ultimate in culture and grace as he saves the world each week. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1966 (USA) See more »

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The Avengers See more »

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Runtime:

(161 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg remained close friends ever since making the series. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
John Steed: Mrs. Peel, we're needed.
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Crazy Credits

In some parts of the world, the opening credits for the first color season begin with a brief sequence showing Steed preparing to open a bottle of champagne. Mrs. Peel shoots the cap off the bottle, and they pour a toast to each other. Only then do the opening credits actually begin. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the United States during the 1970's, some fourth season syndication prints lacked the chessboard sequence before the title and some fifth and sixth season episodes lacked the champagne bottle sequence before the title. See more »

Connections

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Campy yet fun and original
9 February 2002 | by dagdfg-3See all my reviews

Definitely 60's and it is obvious. Yet this is still one of the most fun shows ever made. John Steed is the epitome of British class, right down to the Bentley in British Racing Green (notwithstanding the Tara King years).

Then there is Emma Peel, mmmmm Emma Peel. Aside from Diana Rigg's obvious physical charms her real appeal is the strength of her character. Totally confident, cool, classy, and capable (driving a Lotus Elan was also a big plus) Diana Rigg created a female character (which was resisted by the producers tooth and nail I understand) that surprised me even though I first saw the show over 20 years after it went off the air. Emma Peel was devoid of the traditional female stereotypes that permeate the airwaves always in need of rescue and if not are total cartoons. She could kick ass and frequently saved Steed's butt in the process. Mass media still has a major allergy to original, tough female characters which is a testament to the originality of the character.

Something was lost after Tara King took over. It was a return to the stereotypes and the show lost something for me, that and I didn't like Steed's new car, just didn't have the same class as his former Bentley.

Still I highly recommend watching it, fun plots, wry humor, over the top villains, great characters, and an impossible lack of blood. How can you not have fun watching this?


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