The Avengers

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"Always keep your bowler on in time of stress, and watch out for diabolical masterminds." [Mrs Peel] The Avengers is one of the most popular and beloved television series of all time. Its outrageous blend of wit and style and its unique mix of the fantasy and spy genres, coupled with the marvellous characters of John Steed and Emma Peel make it one of television's great classics.

(Plot summaries are authorised by Paul Cornell, Martin Day & Keith Topping, authors of 'The Avengers Dossier' Copyright: Virgin Books, London: 1998)

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  • Classic TV

    9.0
    I just recently found out this show is airing on Cozi TV. I watched "The New Avengers" in the late '70s, so I was somewhat familiar with the Steed character. I find it a fun show and by the way, Diana Rigg had to be one of the sexiest ladies on tv in the 60s.
  • 2 words: We're Needed

    7.5
    The Avengers was no ordinary British import, it was a very popular TV adventure series that ran on ABC from 1966-69.



    Patrick Macnee played the dapper agent John Steed who is a symbol of sartorial splendor with his gentlemanly English suit, bowler hat & ever-handy brolly.



    The first 2 seasons that first appeared on American TV featured Steed's partner Mrs. Emma Peel, played by Diana Rigg who not only was a sexy girl but also capable of using her martial arts skills in defeating her adversaries. Both Steed & Peel reported to their wheelchair-bound boss "Mother" who sent them in such adventures that the show soon gained cult status.



    The 3rd season gave Steed a new partner named Tara King played by Linda Thorson, who didn't quite have the sex appeal of Mrs. Peel and soon the novelty wore off for the series.



    The Avengers was such a cultural icon of the 60's & i was lucky to have seen the series on TV when they were shown late nights on CBS back in the 1980's.moreless
  • Oh how I miss this!

    10
    The Avengers was truly a classic- it defined British television, and set the trend for future relationships between main characters. For example, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully of The X Files were based on Emma Peel and John Steed of The Avengers. For me, you can't get better than the Emma Peel era. I can look at Diana Rigg as a straight woman and I can see how ridiculously sexy she is.

    Emma Peel and John Steed had undeniable chemistry- they could heat up the screen with just a sideways glance and a smouldering sigh.

    For me, when she left, nothing was ever the same again- John Steed just didn't seem himself any more!

    The Emma Peel episodes are the ones I watch- I live for the unbeatable chemistry between Rigg and Macnee.

    For me, The Avengers is definitely under appreciated- It set the precedent for other shows, and truly was the ultimate.moreless
  • "Tongue-in-cheek" Spy Classic

    10
    From the very first time I saw this series I was hooked. It was creative, original, and fun to watch. Those who enjoy comedy and British spy shows will love the Avengers.



    John Steed is the consummate gentleman who always treats the ladies with dignity and respect. And Emma Peel (my personal favorite "side kick") adds a unique chemistry to the series. Between the two of them, you have a true crime fighting "dynamic duo." The villains they face range from the down-right sinister to the side-splitting hilarious. Though their techniques are often unorthodox, in the end, they always "get their man." Don't miss this series (especially seasons 4 and 5), and watch out for Steed's hat; it could prove lethal.moreless
  • This stylish British TV show was the first U.K. show to be broadcast by one of the Big Three Networks(ABC)in the states.The only other was 'The Prisoner'-a summer replacement series in 1968 on CBS.Normally U.K. shows were only seen on local PBS channels.moreless

    10
    John Steed was oh so British,with his suit,bowler hat,umbrella and driving an old Bentley convertible. Diana Rigg was like no woman we'd ever seen on TV before.One of the first shows where the man and the woman were on equal terms.The viewers were teased by their flirty but platonic relationship.This was one of many great '60's TV takeoffs of the James Bond movies.Others include :'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.','The Prisoner','The Wild Wild West','It Takes a Thief','Mission Impossible',etc.All were great shows,but this show was written and acted by Brits. One of its many great writers was Brian Clemens who would go on to write many scary TV movies for ABC during the '70's.'The Avengers' was a show that possessed quick,witty,sexy dialoque between its 2 heroes.Shows like'Remington Steele','Mcmillan and Wife','Moonlighting' and 'X-Files'tried to capture the'will they or won't they' mood created by 'The Avengers'.The plots ran the gamut between crime drama and supernatural.Most plots were brilliant.Others a bit silly.But even when the plot was thin,the style and wit of the two leads still carried the show.moreless
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