A wealthy mystery man named Charlie runs a detective agency via a speakerphone and his personal assistant, John Bosley. His detectives are three beautiful women, who end up in a variety of difficult situations.
The agency is hired by Christine Hunter, who is trying to locate her sister, Elizabeth Hunter. They are each other's only family. What Christine knows is that Elizabeth was arrested in Pine Parish, ...
Television series about a wealthy mystery man who runs a detective agency via a speakerphone and his personal assistant, John Bosley. His detectives are three beautiful women, who end up in a variety of difficult situations. The cast changed substantially over the life of this show, as actresses left for various movie, television, and modelling deals.Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Although the end credits always indicated different make-up artists for all three ladies, the beautiful Angels' faces awkwardly revealed that the same exact lipstick and the same one color blush had been passed around between all three: in pretty much every episode, the angels are sharing the same exact shade of (often) red blush and lipstick.
In the Farrah episodes, Sabrina and Jill can often be seen wearing the same shade of coffee lip-gloss, whereas Kelly and Jill would often share the same eye-shadows applied in the same exact way. In real life, this would never be so systematically true between co-workers (unless a one-off occasion where a one borrows her friend's makeup) but this would consistently happen in nearly every scene and until the very end, when the angels even started wearing the gaudy Tanya red lipstick and blush. See more »
With hardly any exception, whenever the angels went "undercover", they always used their real first and last name. This wouldn't occur in real life. See more »
Once upon a time, there were three little girls who went to the Police Academy; and they were each assigned very hazardous duties. But I took them away from all that, and now they work for me. My name is Charlie.
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I have seen complaints about the original Charlie's Angels series and how having beautiful stars in it negated any feminist notions about the series. I would like to disagree.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, there were few enough female 'action' stars on television to be role models for young girls. The various women in 'Charlie's Angels' were (according to the OP) police officers before Charlie hired them -- and as female police officers, they were given stupid 'girl' jobs like handing out parking tickets, and handling switchboards, and so on. Charlie gave them jobs in which they could actually fight crime -- and they did fight crime, together. If one of them needed rescue, it wasn't a man that came to rescue her, but one of the other two 'angels'. They were independent, intelligent, single, employed women who worked well together and supported one another.
The show is dated now, given how strong feminism has become since then. Back then, however, it was more than enough for at least one little girl to see that she didn't have to grow up and get married and have babies to be happy in life. Charlie's Angels -- the original show, not the fluffy movies (which are fun in their own way) -- remains to this day in my opinion an excellent example of how women should look at life: it's a challenge; meet it head on, and on your own terms.
The fact that the women were all beautiful is irrelevant to the show except that it attracted a male audience.
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