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Mission: Impossible 

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

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Bruce Geller
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Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 16 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Greg Morris ...  Barney Collier 171 episodes, 1966-1973
Peter Lupus ...  Willy Armitage 161 episodes, 1966-1973
Peter Graves ...  James Phelps / ... 143 episodes, 1967-1973
Barbara Bain ...  Cinnamon Carter 78 episodes, 1966-1969
Martin Landau ...  Rollin Hand / ... 76 episodes, 1966-1969
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Jim Phelps (Peter Graves) is the head of a super-secret government agency, the I.M.F. (Impossible Missions Force), and is often given secret anonymous covert missions to attempt. Quite often, they are unmasking criminals or rescuing 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. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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The IMF back in action. With Peter Graves and Leonard Nimoy again handling the team of derring-doers of the impossible (season 5) See more »


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Trivia

In six season one episodes, Daniel Briggs (Steven Hill) is seen receiving his instructions and setting up the missions, but does not go on the mission. These are episode six, "Odds on Evil"; episode eleven, "Zubrovnik's Ghost"; episode thirteen, "Elena"; episode sixteen, "The Reluctant Dragon"; episode twenty-four, "The Train"; and episode twenty-eight, "The Psychic". See more »

Goofs

Multiple episodes set in European countries have Barney working on electrical wiring to achieve the team's aim, yet the switchgear, outlets, and other equipment depicted is North American. See more »

Quotes

Voice on Tape: Good morning Mister Briggs.
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Crazy Credits

During the first season, Martin Landau was credited as a special guest star. This was because Landau refused to sign a standard five-year contract, but producer Bruce Geller wanted him badly enough that he agreed to use him on a "guest star" basis. Although Landau ended up appearing in a majority of the Season One episodes, he didn't sign a contract (and then only for a year at a time) until the second season. See more »

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Good Morning, Mister Phelps!
1 April 2001 | by Michael GleißnerSee all my reviews

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to forget what Tom Cruise and John Woo made of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE with their movies and watch this intelligent and entertaining TV series instead. It's (even after more than 30 years) the best show of its kind. The stories are complex, very exciting and the music score... Well, who doesn't love that wonderful theme written by Lalo Schifrin. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1966 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(168 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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