Charlie's Angels

ABC (ended 1981)



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"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 all away from all that and now they work for me. My name is Charlie." Those famous words were heard every week from 1976 to 1981 during Charlie's Angels 5 year run. This ABC crime series began in September of 1976 introducing three stunning, sexy and young former policewoman, private detectives working for the Charles Townsend Detective Agency. The wealthy Charlie Townsend, voiced by John Forsythe, was their never-seen boss, who relayed assignments via a speaker telephone. The trio of Angels featured Sabrina Duncan; (Kate Jackson) the "cool, smart, multilingual leader," Jill Munroe; (Farrah Fawcett-Majors) the "athletic angel" and finally Kelly Garrett; (Jaclyn Smith) the "street wise angel." The Angels worked with their trusty male counter-part, John Bosley played by (David Doyle). Charlie's Angels was a huge success the moment it hit the airwaves in 1976. The Angels were on gum cards, doll boxes, T-shirts, board games, puzzles and posters. They also graced the covers of Time magazine on November 22, 1976 and TV Guide on September 25, 1976. Charlie's Angels has appeared on TV Guide Cover four times, Sept, 25, 1976; Jaclyn, Farrah and Kate, February 18, 1978; Jaclyn, Kate and Cheryl, December 29, 1979; Jaclyn, Cheryl and Shelley and the last on December 18, 1993; Kate, Farrah and Jaclyn.moreless

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    • This Show was awesome! It was about three beautiful women who were private detectives. Most episodes were action-packed! With a little mystery added by their boss only being shown from behind. Neither the viewers nor the characters got to see him!moreless

      This show was great in that in it's time, in the 1970's women were still being viewed as sub-par to men. But shows like Charlie's Angels, Wonder Woman, and Bionic Woman showed woman as smart, capable, strong and independent! Yes the shows were criticized as "jiggle" shows but looking beyond the sexiness, the women were strong role models. Guys and Girls alike, liked the show. The show had a little mystery to it. The 3 women worked with Bosley, he worked with the women but more in the background. Their top boss would speak to them on a speaker phone type thing to give them their assignments. They'd often say: "Good morning Charlie!" speaking to a box. Charlie was never shown. The characters didn't even know what he looked like, and neither did the viewers. A little silly, but it worked. It was as cool show!moreless
    • charlie's angels was great in season 1 and 2 but by 3 it was tied and lost Kate by season 4 with Shelley in helm as new angel they didn't know what to do with her character and instead of improving the script's they blamed Shelley and canned her too badmoreless

      first season breakout hit with Farrah who left at end of season by 2 Cheryl was brought in and was great but she and Kate didn't always get along by season 3 Farrah was back for 3 episodes and kate was canned or left at end of season by 4 the producers decided to gradually introduce Tiffany and she Shelley wasn't given much to do or say till 10Th episode angels on campus which she was great but they changed format from team to solo and but end of season ratting dropped to 18 and the public didn't take to shelley like Cheryl and the producers blamed her for ratting drop and replaced her by season 5 with Tanya Roberts and the show was getting tired and was cancelled at end of seasonmoreless
    • If somebody asks me to chose a classic TV series from the 70's I'd chose "Charlie's Angels". It was pure entertainment and althoug the scripts were sometimes silly, some storylines were good and the angels were very ironic.moreless

      I didn't exist neither when "Charlie's Angels" started nor when it ended. I discovered the series in november of 2000 on a regional channel in my country, Spain, and I realy started to watch it with interest. I had heard about it, of course, and I even had seen Kate Jackson in "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" when I was a little child. Behind all the glamour and sexuality, more in the first season than in the second one (sadly, they aired just the first two seasons), sometimes the plot was really good. Particularly, I like more the second season than the first one, because the stories were much better and I prefferer Cheryl Ladd to Farrah Fawcett. She did a god work portraying Jill Munroe, specally with her irony, but Kris' character was more interesting in my opinion.

      I still watching the series on the cable TV but in English which is much better because with the dubbing many things are lost. And, although "Charlie's Angels" can't compete with nowadays police type series, for the time it was made it was good and both the girls and David Doyle did a good work with their characters. Specialy Kate Jackson.moreless
    • Cheryl Ladd as Kris Munroe, Jill Munroe's little sister. She was always caring and understanding. She brought humor to her role.

      Cheryl Ladd as Kris Munroe, Jill Munroe's little sister. She made you believe that you could have a job that only men were getting. She made you want to root for the under dog. Even if she made a mistake. She always came out on top, with humor, and a big smile. Cheryl never wanted to just step into Farrah's shoe. That's why she made Kris Munroe with humor and with a loveable personality because in all honesty that was how she did things. Cheryl Ladd saved the show for the entire cast, crew, and for me. We need more shows that the women can kick butt and still act like ladies.moreless
    • Pretty cheesy by todays standards

      I can remember when this was one of the hottest programs on TV. People tuned in all over the country to watch every week. The premise of the show is pretty cheesy by todays standards, and even the standards of the 70's to be honest. But it was a huge success regardless.

      I was a little too young to remember much about the show. Other than the fact that Farah Fawcett was considered to be one of the most beautiful women in the country at the time. And I think that was a lot of the appeal of the show.

      When you think about all the crime drama shows that popped up during the 70s; Chips, Starsky and Hutch, the Streets of San Francisco, and others, this show was by far a stretch of the imagination. But that did not matter to much of the general public back then. No matter how far out there the idea of 3 lovely women fighting crime might have been people tuned in, in droves.moreless
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