The Prisoner (UK)

Season 1 Episode 5

The Schizoid Man

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 29, 1967 on ITV

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • Six vs. Six

    This type of episode is exactly what I love about "The Prisoner"--a surreal, mind-boggling stress test of psychological torture, with a top-notch, brilliant script. For my money, I'm not sure if any show since has been as tightly plotted and scripted; the dialogue in any episode of "The Prisoner" is always witty and tense, but in "The Schizoid Man", it is a joy to behold. Frankly, considering that we, the viewers, are never truly in doubt as to which man is Number Six, everyone involved does a perfect job of convincing us of the existential horror of not knowing who you are. The ending of the episode is a high point for the series.