The Prisoner (UK)

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 01, 1967 on ITV

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  • One of the best pilot episodes for a TV series ever made. Original and thought-provoking, it looks great and really grabs your interest from the first second.

    This is one of the best pilot episodes of a series I've ever seen. It has a lot of ground to cover and does it in a fast-moving, stylish way. There's not much in the way of plot because of the amount of scene setting to get through but it grabs you right at the beginning with a fast-paced intro sequence. It looks superb on screen and has production values more associated with movies than with TV series episodes. McGoohan stamps his presence on the show from the first second. The originality of the concept hits you in the face immediately. Hard to think of any negative points; I suppose the theme music is somewhat dated now and there are one or two continuity glitches but these are very minor point compared with the plus points. The series did not always live up to this high standard in later episodes but here at the very beginning things the quality was astonishing.
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