TV Series | TV-PG | | Action, Adventure, Crime
An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture.
Season one, episode twenty-three, "Action!"; season two, episode twenty-one, "The Town"; and season seven, episode eleven, "Kidnap" are the only ones in which the head of the IMF team did not receive instructions. In "Action!", Cinnamon Carter (Barbara Bain) received the instructions instead. It's also the only episode in the first season in which Dan Briggs (Steven Hill) did not appear. In "The Town", Phelps was on vacation when he uncovered a town of assassins who immobilize and try to kill him. In "Kidnap", Phelps was kidnapped and the information for his release was given to Barney (Greg Morris). In season five, episode four, "Homecoming", Jim arrived in his hometown to discover someone was killing the young women. There are only six episodes that are not "true missions". They include two of the above ("Homecoming" and "Kidnap") as well as season four, episode twenty-four, "Death Squad", where Barney was charged with murder; season two, episode nineteen, "The Condemned", where Phelps had to help a friend who had been charged with murder; and season one, episode eight, "The Ransom", where Briggs had to save a friend's kidnapped daughter. In season five, episode fifteen, "Cat's Paw", Barney's brother was murdered, and the team helped him bring those responsible to justice.
Voice on Tape:
Good morning Mister Briggs.
In many episodes, Jim closes the snap binding on the IMF folder, but when the camera zooms to it for the title sequence the snap is shown open.
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.