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Series Length:6 Seasons, 161 Episodes
Network: ITV
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This television series The Avenger features distinguished secret agent John Steed who works for British intelligence in an effort to save the world along with help from his beautiful female partners. This stylish series ran for eight seasons and fused together bits of thrilling espionage, science fiction, light spoof and fantasy.

Patrick Macnee portrayed John Steed who was charming, an impeccable dresser and loved his champagne. Steed's bowler hat and umbrella of which he never left home without, often served as his weapon. Steed always remained a gentlemen in dealing with enemies, robots, monsters, mad scientists and even while facing death.

The Avengers also featured Steed's female partners, all of whom were strong and assertive (something not often seen in 1960's television). Steed's first female partner was the beautiful Cathy Gale (portrayed by Honor Blackman) who in addition to being an anthropologist and judo expert, had an affection for leather clothing. After Cathy left, she was replaced by the stunning Emma Peel (portrayed by Diana Rigg). Decked out in her Emma-peeler jumpsuits, she is perhaps the most popular Avengers girl. Emma was always witty and cool, could handle a gun or sword just as good as any man and she excelled at karate. When it was discovered that Emma's believed dead husband was found alive in the amazon jungle, Tara King was her replacement. The adorable Tara played by Linda Thorson, was not as experienced in judo as her predecessors but she managed, in fact Tara managed to fight off an enemy while inside a tank of milk. Unlike Steed's other two partners, Tara was younger, having just completed her Ministry training and was in love with Steed.

Almost as popular as The Avengers is its endearing theme song composed by Laurie Johnson. Originally titled The Shake, it is an exciting and sexy blend of percussion and luxuriant strings. The song is a perfect fit as we see in the opening credits as it plays while a cork is shot off of a champagne bottle (during the Emma Peel years). The Avengers ran from 1961 to 1969 and was the perfect brew of crime-drama, fantasy, style and British wit.

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Status: Ended
Rating: 9.3/10
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  • Found wandering in a snowy field Helen Pritchard claims to have seen a man who was supposed to have been a corpse but was very much alive. This leads Steed to investigate the Happy Meadows funeral parlour and the cheery Mr. Bagpipes Happychap. Unfortunately the undertakers seem unable to keep their 'stiffs' from walking and Steed has to arrange his own funeral in order to find out more, though ultimately he and Miss King do get a send-off that is out of this world!

  • Two invincible foreign agents escape from the ultimate prison, a monastery run by the security services. They resume their mission, to kill one important person each. Steed and Tara set out to catch them, and to find out how they escaped, before their leader follows suit.

  • Miss King is abducted whilst visiting an antique shop and wakes up in a room beautifully furnished in a style from fifty years earlier. She is addressed as Pandora. Steed follows a lead which takes him to retired World War One agent Lasindell, the love of whose life was called Pandora and bore a strong resemblance to Miss King. It is a plot by his greedy relations to make him divulge the location of his fortune or else Pandora, alias Miss King, comes to harm.

  • Three men and a woman called Circe politely call on the country home of Steed's friends, married couple Bill and Laura Bassett. Unfortunately their visit turns sinister as they plan to implant explosives into the throats of the couple and send them off to destroy a nearby peace conference. Happily for the Bassetts - and the conference - Steed is coming to visit for the weekend, and he knows what to do.

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