Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)

TV Series   |  TV-PG   |    |  Action, Adventure, Crime


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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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Creator:

Bruce Geller

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19 April 2005 | blanche-2
one of my all-time favorite series
I grew up watching this series and enjoyed it throughout its run. It was, of course, completely outrageous, but that was what made it fun. In the first years of the show, the MI team concentrated on espionage in foreign countries; later, they turned to the USA.

Although I loved Peter Graves in the show, I think Steven Hill brought an air of mystery to his character. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for the original cast of Hill, Landau, Bain, Morris, and Lupus. Bain was ahead of her time, an older woman playing a glamor girl. Lupus, whom I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing a few years ago, played a character of few words - in fact, people used to have contests counting his lines. He was quoted as saying if he ended up in one more tight space with Greg Morris, he was going to wind up engaged! This was a show where the cast changes seemed to work pretty well, Graves, Leonard Nimoy, and Linda Day George especially.

I have so many favorite episodes. One was Cinnamon's involvement with Eric Braedon in the days when he was Hans Gundegast, the psychic one about the bees, the William Shatner back in time episode, the episode with Robert Conrad - there were so many. Later on in the show, the missions would go wrong and Graves or one of the others would have to improvise - that was great.

As far as I'm concerned, the movies had nothing to do with this show. Very disappointing what they did with the Jim Phelps character. He was furious, and I don't blame him. Some things are sacred!

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Trivia

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.


Quotes

Voice on Tape: Good morning Mister Briggs.


Goofs

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.


Crazy Credits

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.

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