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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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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 (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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mission: Impossible See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(168 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Although the I.M.F. usually received its instructions from a self-destructing reel-to-reel tape, the first two seasons often featured other methods. In early episodes, Briggs and Phelps got their instructions from other sources such as records and filmstrip projectors. The "tape scenes" for each episode (as they were known) were usually filmed in one block at the start of each season. Peter Graves said he never knew which episode would use which tape scene until it was broadcast. 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 Phelps.
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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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User Reviews

There'll never be another show like that!
18 October 2003 | by ehutson2001See all my reviews

I fondly remember back in the late sixties and early seventies anxiously awaiting and then enjoying each episode of "Mission: Impossible", from the opening montage to the final credits. As far as I know, no other show has (before or since) come up with anything as clever as the opening montage, where certain clips from that week's episode were shown as the theme song played, before the showing of the pictures of the stars of the show. It was always fun for me to try to pick out the scenes as the show progressed (they always looked more dramatic in the montage than they did in the actual episode). The shows were always well written and the cast did an excellent job of portraying a crew that were all good at their jobs and that even enjoyed their jobs, dangerous though they were.

And the music! Lalo Schifrin's music was excellent!


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