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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.


Bruce Geller
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1990   1989   1988  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »




Complete series cast summary:
Peter Graves ...  Jim Phelps 35 episodes, 1988-1990
Thaao Penghlis ...  Nicholas Black 35 episodes, 1988-1990
Antony Hamilton ...  Max Harte 35 episodes, 1988-1990
Phil Morris ...  Grant Collier 35 episodes, 1988-1990
Bob Johnson Bob Johnson ...  Voice on Disc 15 episodes, 1988-1990
Jane Badler ...  Shannon Reed 24 episodes, 1989-1990
Terry Markwell Terry Markwell ...  Casey Randall 12 episodes, 1988-1989


Jim Phelps is the head of a super-secret government agency ("Impossible Mission Force"), and is often given secret anonymous covert missions to attempt; quite often they are unmasking of criminals or rescuing of 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. A 1988 update of the classic 1966 series, featuring a great deal of high-tech gadgetry. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Your Mission, Should You Decide To Accept It....

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The device with which Jim Phelps gets his instructions is tightly secured. To get access he has to scan his thumb first and then he has to type in a security code, which is always 3 digits long, except in "The Condemned" where it is just '59' and "For Art's Sake" where it is '.34598', to get the data disc he then has to press the red button. The keypad in general contains a the numbers 0 to 9, . and =. Below are 4 buttons: red, black, white and grey. While red is to confirm the security code and get the disk, the white one is for scrolling the recording back, as shown in "Reprisal" (the only time ever that this is shown). See more »


On several occasions, the team use holographic projections to their advantage. As of 2017, over 25 years after the series is set, the ability to project an image into thin air does not exist. See more »


Voice on Disc: [Line repeated near the beginning of each episode in the series as Jim Phelps listens to the tape/disc containing his instructions and setting up the episode storyline] Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it...
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Referenced in The Angry Video Game Nerd: Mission: Impossible (N64) (2020) See more »

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I wish I had a copy of this amazing series!!!
10 February 2002 | by ams0143See all my reviews

Mission Impossible is AMAZING!!! I've never seen the first version, and I wasn't very old when this series came out, but I can remember being spellbound and intrigued by this team of crime fighters! I still am! The background music and plots are excellent as is the acting! I have a few of these amazing episodes on tape, but I'd REALLY like to see the series come out on DVD!!! If anyone reads this and knows of anywhere I can get a copy of the series - post a comment to let me know! Thanks!


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Release Date:

23 October 1988 (USA) See more »

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(35 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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