Impossible television series may have ended its sevenseason run in 1973 but, needless to say, owner paramount pictures continues to exploit the franchise even now, with the latest of the tom cruise movies, mission. The mission impossible theme song was originally written by lalo schifrin for the popular television series. The only other regular cast member to return for every episode was. In the first season, the team is led by dan briggs, played by steven hill. Classic tv shows mission impossible with peter graves. Impossible with exclusive news, photos, videos and more at. Impossible, but one aspect of the series i havent mentioned much is the music. The inspired cast, fastmoving plots, neat gadgets, prerecorded tapes that selfdestruct. Impossible television series which aired on cbs from 1966 to 1973. An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture.
The inspired cast, fastmoving plots, neat gadgets, prerecorded tapes that selfdestruct all these elements made thisbrilliant show one of television s crowning achievements. When did the tv series mission impossible air answers. Tv pg season 1 season 2 season 3 season 4 season 5 season 6 season 7. But i do think, in its own clandestine way, its one of tvs most influential series, and not just on the spy shows that followed in. Jim phelps is the head of a supersecret government agency, the imf impossible missions force, and is often given secret anonymous covert missions to attempt. Impossible never really waveredunlike 60s secretagent series the man from u. While the mission impossible movies are good, i do not think that they do the tv series justice. Impossible film series, a series of films based upon the television series and starring tom cruise. This 7year 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. Impossible was praised for the prominence of its music. Quite often, they are unmasking criminals or rescuing hostages.
Impossible films are one of the few successful cases of a tv show being revitalized and showcased as a motion picture franchise. The inspired cast, fastmoving plots, neat gadgets, prerecorded tapes that selfdestruct all these elements made this brilliant show one of televisions crowning achievements. It has since been used in other movies, video games and television series. The show is a continuation of the 196673 tv series of the same name. May 26, 2016 from one of the series slickest episodes. From the second season on it starred peter graves as jim phelps. It chronicles the missions of a team of secret government agents known as the impossible missions force.
The series is best known for its standard but not invariable opening mission contact conducted by a prerecorded message, the theme composed by lalo schifrin, the leaders 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. Impossible the complete television collection gift set. The inspired cast, fastmoving plots, neat gadgets, prerecorded tapes that selfdestruct all these elements made this brilliant show one of television s crowning achievements. The inspired cast, fastmoving plots, neat gadgets, prerecorded tapes that selfdestruct all these elements made thisbrilliant show one of televisions crowning achievements. Steven hill, greg morris, peter lupus, martin landau, barbara bain, bob johnson, peter graves, leonard nimoy. Impossible and get the latest breaking news, exclusive videos and pictures, episode recaps and much more at. Anastas poltroni is the head of an international narcotics syndicate, and has taken refuge in a country with no extradition treaty. Jim phelps, played by peter graves, takes charge for the remaining seasons. But in between the classic original series and the highconcept blockbusters was a 1980s. All seven seasons of the original television series mission. Impossible hit theatres in 1996, and launched a film franchise. What followed were usually breakneck spyjinks set to a pulsating lalo schifrin score. All 62 episodes with original scores many others were tracked with previously recorded music are represented, including 12. The first season starred steven hill as dan briggs.
Im surprised its taken me this long to watch the original mission. With peter graves, barbara bain, greg morris, peter lupus. Impossible is an american television series that was created and initially produced by bruce geller. The newer mission impossible movies are inferior imitations of the original series. Im a huge admirer of the film series, and now have set my dvr to tape the shows nightly airing. Impossible tv series 19661973 cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more.
Impossible ran from 19661973 on cbs, and in light of all the amazing television thats been produced since then, one would be hard pressed to call it one of the best shows of all time. Imf team leader dan briggs assembles his team for the first time. Impossible television series and its first bigscreen adaptation, fallout turns out to be a breathlessly exciting action spectacular. Over seven seasons worth of episodes, this bruce gellercreated drama tracks the exploits of a covert crimefighting unit led by jim phelps peter graves. The packaging is ugly and unhelpful but where it counts the superb video transfers, great audio, and extremely high quality of the show itself make this a musthave for classic tv and espionage fans.
Meet the cast and learn more about the stars of of mission. Mar 18, 2019 graves biggest claim to fame was the television series mission. The original tv series dvd, 2015, 46disc set at the best online prices at ebay. Impossible ghost protocol going into release as i write this. Graves biggest claim to fame was the television series mission. Mission impossible was an american spy television series. Mission impossible s1 e12 fakeout anastas poltroni is the head of an international narcotics syndicate, and has taken refuge in a country with no extradition treaty. So it was a special thrill that lala land records asked me to produce a 6cd box set of music from all seven seasons of the original mission. The original tv action drama centering on the activities of the i. His team includes a master of disguise, a femme fatale, an electronics whiz, an incredibly strong man and a safecracker. One of my favourite episodes is the pilot which is well worth watching. These kind of extreme dilemmas are all over the superior sixth entry in hollywoods most reliably entertaining ongoing franchise. Apr 17, 2017 ive written a boatload of words about the original mission. The original television series dvd boxed set, full frame, slipsleeve packaging, ac3 at.
The costars in this version were thaao penghlis as nicholas black, tony hamilton as max harte, phil morris as grant collier. Impossible is an american television series that chronicles the missions of a team of secret american government agents known as the impossible missions force. Original mission impossible tv series minidocumentary. Fallout may be the most breathlessly intense mission.
Ive written a boatload of words about the original mission. Elite special agents undertook topsecret assignments in crackerjack episodes, which kicked off with the team leader receiving instructions via a taperecorded message that selfdestructed in five seconds. The original television series offers something like six 24hour days worth of entertainment for a very reasonable price. Impossible is a multimedia franchise based on fictional secret espionage agency known as impossible missions force. Peter graves as jim phelps 19671973 greg morris as barney collier peter lupus as willy armitage. He picks his team depending on which tasks need to be done. The soundtrack to the television show, on the other hand, features the score not only for the original series which was written by lalo schifrin, but also the. Moving like the lit fuse that blazes brilliantly across the opening credits of both the original mission. Your mission, should you choose to accept act quickly and own all 7 seasons of this original emmy awardwinning tv series with its iconic, grammywinning theme song and packed with innovative plot twists that made this cold war spy series so famous. Impossible held the record for having the most episodes of any englishlanguage espionage television series for over 35 years about 10 more episodes than its nearest rival, the ukproduced the avengers. After watching the original tv series,i totally understand the outrage from fans over the movie version of the series. To save even more on production costs, the series was filmed in australia.
Impossible, a sleek, whooshingly entertaining update of the vintage television series, he plays ethan hunt, an american spy who dashes frantically around the globe risking his life to keep a computerized list of secret agents from falling into the wrong hands. Greg morris and linda day george from the first series also appeared. Impossible series, with a mostly new cast except for graves, who would return as phelps, but using scripts from the original series, suitably updated. Impossible 1966 tv series, a 19661973 american television series that was created and initially produced by bruce geller.
This original series has lots of suspense that was created through the use of excellent story lines and superior acting. See more ideas about mission impossible, mission impossible tv and classic tv. The 1966 tv series ran for 7 seasons and was revived in 1988 for two seasons. In later seasons, as the vietnam era made younger audiences wary of american intervention in foreign affairs, the imf spent less time toppling foreign dictators and preventing nuclear war, and more. It inspired a series of theatrical motion pictures starring tom cruise beginning in 1996.
From glancing at several articles, it appears that encores craziness is the exception in the series, not the rule. The only actor to return for the series as a regular cast member was peter graves who played jim phelps, although two other cast members from the original series returned as guest stars. In later seasons, as the vietnam era made younger audiences wary of american intervention in foreign affairs, the imf spent less time toppling. Although the cast varied over the years, the main characters included the team leader dan briggs the first this 7year series chronicled the adventures of. Devised by bruce geller, the series debuted at a time when gimmicky spy shows like the man from u. Original mission impossible tv series minidocumentary 2012 by shatner method.813 1482 642 1015 269 612 1209 1230 590 687 265 782 1082 538 1150 990 318 946 658 352 1010 345 850 1162 341 936 1321 1337 1247 654 1116 628 167 1111 195 223 107 258 45 1436 1314 204 893