Mission: Impossible

CBS (ended 1973)



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This 7-year series chronicled the adventures of the Impossible Missions Force (IMF), a team of government spies and specialists who were offered "impossible missions" (should they decide to accept them) by the unseen "Secretary". Although the cast varied over the years, the main characters included The Team Leader (Dan Briggs the first season, then Jim Phelps the other six), The Techno-Wizard (Barney Collier), The Strongman (Willy Armitage), The Master of Disguise (first Rollin Hand, then The Amazing Paris), and The Femme Fatale (Cinnamon Carter, Dana Lambert, Casey, Mimi Davis). The series is best known for its standard (but not invariable) opening mission contact (conducted by a pre-recorded message), the theme composed by Lalo Schifrin, the leader's selection of mission agents from a dossier, the opening briefing, the intricate use of disguises and a typical "mask pulloff" scene near the end of most episodes, and the relative lack of characterization of the characters.
Steven Hill

Steven Hill

Daniel Briggs

Greg Morris

Greg Morris

Barney Collier

Peter Lupus

Peter Lupus

Willy Armitage

Martin Landau

Martin Landau

Rollin Hand

Barbara Bain

Barbara Bain

Cinnamon Carter

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson

IMF Voice on Tape (uncredited)

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  • Poking Holes In The Plot Was Half The Fun.

    Okay, it was unbelievable-even absurd. If primary bad guy looked to his left instead of his right, then the whole plot would fall apart; and it's amazing how many tinpot dictators resembled Nehemiah Persoff. But c'mon- they said right there in the title that it was impossible! My pet peeve was that Agent Phelps always chose the same 4-5 agents. Why even have the others in that folder, and who were they?

    I can't say it was my favorite show, but I appreciated the effort.moreless
  • Wished it was better

    1st ep (09)

  • Clever thought provoking show, great theme song too.

    I really enjoyed watching the show Mission Impossible. I was just a young boy when the show aired and sometimes it was hard for me to follow. I remember having to ask my dad "why did they do that or what was that for?" My dad would say just watch the show and it would all come out in the end. Yes the spy, secret agent genre was all the rage in the mid to late sixties. Yes it was hard to follow sometimes but I thought is was a great show. I loved it.moreless
  • Profundity in action, existential in outlook

    You cannot deny the charm in Mission: Impossible. And the charm that stems from this one-of-a-kind TV series simply is because of a composition of existentialist plot, and of course its near-impossible missions.

    Why I say "existentialist in plot" is because of the lack of any proper characterization in its plot. This made M:I quite effective in my view, because without and excessive characterization that would have deviated the fun from the episodes, it makes us more connected with the characters and ongoing plot (not to mention all those suspenseful moments when we linger as to HOW the operation in any episode will be executed). But without an impressive array of cast members, M:I would have lost all its potency. It sears even today, and with Lalo Schifrin's memorable musical score, it has earned a rightful place in TV history today, which not even Tom Cruise can exceed!

    In short, Mission: Impossible is the most enjoyable TV series I've had the priviledge of seeing, and I doubtless second anyone who votes this as the "greatest series in television history", were it not for The X-Files!moreless
  • 1926 - 2010

    Mission: Impossible's Peter Graves Dies at 83

    The actor suffered a fatal heart attack in Los Angeles.


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