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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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Cast

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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Storyline

Jim Phelps is the head of a super-secret government agency, the IMF (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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1966 (USA) See more »

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Mission: Impossible See more »

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Runtime:

(168 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The faceless figure shown striking a match in the opening credits was Series Creator Bruce Geller. It wasn't until the 1988 revival of the series that an established character (Jim Phelps) was shown lighting it. See more »

Goofs

In multiple cases, Barney acts as a character such as a guard or an electrical worker in Eastern Europe. Since Eastern Europe had virtually no immigration from Africa during the 1960s, Barney's obvious African heritage would arouse immediate and very consequential suspicion. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Voice on Tape: As always, should you or any of your IM force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. Good luck, Jim. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds.
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Crazy Credits

Episode titles were not shown on-screen. Although this became commonplace with dramatic series in the late 1980s, it was unusual in the 1960s for a one-hour action series to not have episode titles. See more »

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The Benchmark for all other series
10 November 2001 | by jfg1See all my reviews

M:I is probably my favorite tv show; at least the only one I will consistantly watch reruns of. I never play the Hill versus Graves game as each actor brought unique characteristics to the show. The same with Martin Landau as Rollin Hand and Leonard Nimoy as Paris. I will say that though Linda Day George and Lesley Anne Warren are good actresses, they never measured up to Barbara Bain for talent and sheer class. I think my favorite episodes are "A Cube of Sugar", "The Seal" (with the cat as an integral part of the plan, "The Heir Apparent" and "The Mind of Stefan Miklos". It's very hard to pick favorites though, because each episode has its' own quirks and charms.

What made M:I stand out is that it depended not on gimmicks and special effects but on the talent and believability of the actors. The props and makeup were also believable. I think that's why the movies don't measure up to the original series. Add in the ridiculous plot line that Jim Phelps could ever be the bad guy and they've completely lost it. The second movie would have been alright if it hadn't been a Mission: Impossible knock-off. The writers and producers forgot that there was an M:I team, not a single player.

All in all, Mission: Impossible set the standard for all other series of this sort, and few have come close to the bar, and none have surpassed it.


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