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Mission Impossible is an American television series about a group of undercover agents known as the Impossible Missions Force (IMF). The force, led by Jim Phelps (Peter Graves) go on dangerous undercover missions to bust crime lords, dictators, and evil governments. The original team leader, Dan Briggs (Steven Hill) was on the show's first season and was replaced by Phelps. The show begins with a recorded tape relaying mission instructions followed by the tape smoking then self destructing. Voice over actor Robert Johnson read the instructions. The highly popular Mission Impossible theme was created and conducted by Lalo Schifrin. He also won two Grammy Awards for his contributions on the show. The show has also won awards for writing, acting and outstanding series.

Jim Phelps was the only full time operative within the IMF. The team members Cinnamon Carter (Barbara Bain), Barnard Collier (Greg Morris), William Armitage (Peter Lupus), and Rollin Hand (Martin Landau). Other agents include Dr. Doug Roberts (Sam Elliot), Lisa Casey (Linda Day George), The Great Paris (Leonard Nimoy), and Mimi Davis (Barbara Anderson). Each agent was called upon to utilize their special talents to help complete the mission.

Like many spy shows of the 60s and 70s, much emphasis was placed on Cold War themes. However, several of the countries were given fictitious names. The missions by the IMF are carried out in complete secrecy, hence the recorded tape self destructing. The team always formulated a plan to carry out the mission. In several episodes Hand was called upon to use his latex makeup to either impersonate a villain or alter his own looks. Several episodes also used the peel off method where the agent would remove a mask revealing his true identity. Mission Impossible is considered one of the most innovative shows ever produced in terms of music scoring, suspense, and the use of close up shots.

CBS
7 Seasons, 171 Episodes - Canceled
September 17, 1966
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  • Although she openly professes her love for Barney, Jena's greed for the fortune in jewels leads her to send him off to what she thinks will be his certain death.

  • With Casey distracting Cleve during a few romantic interludes and Phelps posing as a government geologist with gambling debts and access to some top secret government information, all seems to be going well until Cleve's ex-partner attempts to kill him right under the nose of his bodyguard played by Michael Ansara.

  • To gain access to Pendulum, the IMF convinces Malstrom that it is running an international terrorist organization more powerful than his own and makes him a convincing offer to join forces.

  • To infiltrate Hibbing's organization, Casey impersonates his drug-taking daughter Margaret, played by guest Jenny Sullivan, daughter of actor Barry Sullivan; and as part of his plan he sets off the motorcycle chase.

  • To get to Mitchell, Casey poses as a magazine writer who involves herself with a young fighter who also happens to be the boyfriend of Mitchell's rebellious daughter.

  • With Barney as his pilot, Bachman is crash-landed near an isolated hacienda in Mexico where Phelps and Casey are posing as the leaders of a mysterious cult whose members never age.

  • The IMF's plan is further complicated by the belief that an unknown government agent involved in the capture of Varsi may also be working for the enemy.

  • Phelps gains Eve's confidence when he poses as a gunman hired by the syndicate to kill her who decides to join forces with the lady.

  • While Barney poses as a local voodoo priest, Casey entangles Hannah's son Thomas, played by Robert Hogan, in a romantic web to turn him against his sinister mother.

  • Phelps and Casey attempt to infiltrate Ostro's operation when they pose as associates of his brother and lure Ostro with a multi-million dollar operation of their own.

  • Utilizing hypnosis, a series of fake homicides and the charms of a beautiful agent played by Miss Mason, Phelps attempts to convince Peter Cordel that he is rapidly going insane.

  • e implementing the plan to secure the letter, the IMF also attempts to free Phelps who is being held in an escape-proof bomb shelter.

  • The IMF's assignment in the case is to both locate and disarm the bomb before Cooper can realize his demands to replace key members of the government with persons sharing his extremist views.

  • With Dexter behind bars for tax evasion, the IMF initiates a plan to isolate Dexter from all of his underworld connections to prove the murder and locate Dexter's mysterious boss known only as "The General."

  • The plan nearly explodes when a bomb goes off on the stage where Barney is posing as a European movie director in charge of the film which "stars" Mimi in the role of the murder victim.

  • To withstand the brainwashing, Phelps undergoes a form of radio controlled hypnosis, but faces grave dangers when the IMF loses track of him.

  • Barbara Anderson, guest starring as Mimi, an alluring IMF agent, leads Conrad into the trap by posing as a dance hall waitress with a criminal past who convinces him that she's on the rebound from a broken romance with Jim Phelps.

  • Plans to get IMF member Mimi, played by guest Barbara Anderson, into the Alpha Group headquarters as Holt's girlfriend are endangered when she's wounded in an ambush meant for Bolt.

  • The plan calls for the IMF to convince Epic that his late wife once had an affair with one of his rivals. The IMF's plan eventually puts Phelps, Barney and Willy in the hot seat as the key witnesses in a kangaroo court designed to set the syndicate families against each other.

  • To prevent the takeover, Phelps and Barney pose as Camaguan military officials and imprison Rogan and his gang at an abandoned naval base. Guest star Barbara Anderson, as an IMF agent, gains the confidence of Rogan's girl Marcy, the one weak link in the syndicate organization in an attempt to find the location of the five million dollars.

  • Through a delicate aging process, Collins is convinced that he is a 65 year-old man living in a world that has been ravaged by war for 28 years.

  • Miss Anderson, who co-starred in the "Ironside" series, makes the first of six guest appearances, as Mimi Davis, a parolee who teams with the IMF to seek retribution from Dutch Krebs (Betz) and her former love Press Allen (Conrad) with whom she was once aligned in the gambling ring.

  • Casey's singing, Barney's planning, and Willy's muscle have the underworld smuggling family ready to turn on each other but the plan falls apart when the IMF team can't make the proper connection with the wounded Phelps.

  • The IMF team's job is to get sufficient evidence, which would force him to testify against the syndicate in court. Barney works on a plan to rob the vault at Kerr's casino while Jim Phelps and Casey become "big losers" at the black jack table in order to meet the big man himself.

  • Willy's sanity, and his life, hang in the balance as Phelps, Barney and Casey try to intercept a shipment of ten million dollars of illegal profits scheduled to be filtered to the mainland.

  • Barney, also working undercover to protect Casey, is put out of action by a "killer" dog, so Phelps and Willy switch their plans and race the clock to save both lives.

  • Because officials high in the state government are working hand in hand with the underworld figurehead actually guilty of the murder, Casey's assignment is to infiltrate the asylum, pose as Nora Dawson, the drugged inmate, while the real inmate is smuggled out to tell her story in court.

  • Casey's task is to make a life-like mask so real that the defector will believe he has a long-lost twin brother and to keep him from being killed by his ambitious son and partners before he leaves the country.

  • Because Edison is operating from within prison walls, the IMF team "take over" the prison with Jim Phelps as Edison's cellmate, Barney as the "temporary" warden, Casey as the prison psychiatrist, and Willy as head guard. Together they must convince Edison to join Phelps in breaking out of prison so they can follow him to the incriminating film.

  • Conventional law enforcement agencies have been unable to stop Corvin's operations so Phelps (Peter Graves) and his IMF team use Casey to infiltrate the top syndicate "family."

  • Phelps and Casey pose as millionaire owners of racing stables in an effort to infiltrate the crime syndicate and destroy it.

  • Casey assumes the role of an escapee from women's prison in order to infiltrate the hideout of the deranged felon before he unleashes a stolen canister of nerve gas on the population. Former Olympics decathlon champion, Rafer Johnson, appears as part of the criminal gang.

  • Jim Phelps and his IMF team take advantage of the tycoon's fascination for and belief in the occult and arrange for a visit from "outer space."

  • A tape-recorder in the dead girl's apartment is used by the IMF team to bring the murderer back to the scene of his crime to search for a reel of taped-conversation between him and the singer recorded just before her death. Greg Morris makes his television singing debut in this episode.

  • The top secret information which could set up a possible nuclear invasion of the United States is being dropped at an unknown destination at 5:00 P.M. on a certain day and it is the job of t he IMF team to intercept the enemy agent before he gets the information.

  • Guest stars Fritz Weaver as a millionaire manufacturer dealing in hot diamonds and Jeremy Slate as his ex-right hand man who is being tortured for information, lead Jim Phelps and his team to an oceanside resort near where the ship exploded and went down. Casey sets herself up as a shady lady with a lot of time and a fortune in jewels -- on her hands, while Barney takes over as the "specialist" in charge of getting a confession out of the hood suspected of stealing the diamonds.

  • Jim, Barney and Willy set up and elaborate "fake heart transplant" operation on one of the mobsters following an "accident," but no one can predict the hoodlum's reaction when he awakes from the operation to learn that he has been given the heart of a priest.

  • In order to try to break the underworld's stranglehold on the waterfront, Jim Phelps assumes the role of the captain of a "haunted" freighter and Casey masquerades as the daughter of a dock worker murdered by the syndicate.

  • The plastic surgeon doing the facial reconstruction job on Barney is working for the underworld who plan to brainwash their patient into committing murder, then suicide before he can be questioned by the police.

  • Phelps, Barney and Willy make elaborate plans to sabotage the mechanism of the aerial tramway leading to the mountaintop site for the meeting and Casey poses as a gangster's girlfriend in order to set the two factions against each other.

  • Phelps and his Impossible Missions Force have to reconstruct an entire neighborhood as well as a man's face to try to get the necessary evidence to close the case.

  • Lynda Day George as "Casey," new member of the TMF team this season, is called upon to use her feminine charms to get information from one of the hoodlums involved. She is installed as landlady of a rundown rooming house, providing a "cover" for herself as well as Phelps as they set their plan in operation. Guest stars Jason Evers, Tom Bosley, Harold J. Stone and Peter Brown portray members of the crime syndicate who reluctantly agree to work with the "blind" Phelps, now supposedly an embittered ex-investigator turned embezzler.

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  • Season 1 Episode 1 Pilot 12/31/1969

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