I Spy

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  • 1965
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.1  (2,141)

The TV series I Spy detailed the adventures of Kelly Robinson (played by Robert Culp) and Alexander Scott (played by Bill Cosby). Working undercover as a traveling tennis player (Robinson) and his trainer (Scott), they were actually top-level secret agents dispatched by the Pentagon to combat spies and covert operatives around the globe. Airing on NBC from 1965-68, I Spy could be described as a byproduct of the spy craze initiated by the James Bond films of the early to mid-1960s. Episodes were filled with the requisite amounts of action, beautiful women and offhand quips that typified the spy genre. However, the series eschewed flashy gadgets and over-the- top villains in favor of a grittier approach to the spy game. I Spy marked the first time an African-American actor received equal billing with a white co-star in a US television drama. Known as a stand-up comedian, Bill Cosby was hired for the role of Alexander Scott after series creator Sheldon Leonard saw his performance on a talk show. Ultimately, the strong chemistry between Cosby and Culp made the issue of race a non-issue. While many TV shows used stock footage of exotic destinations, I Spy actually filmed on location for several episodes each season. Athens, Hong Kong, and Tokyo were among the international backdrops used during the show's three-year run. Composer Earle Hagen also wrote an original music score for every episode, which was unprecedented for a TV show at the time. I Spy remains a favorite of TV fans and can still be seen in syndication and on DVD. Episodes run 50-51 minutes and are presented in 4:3 format with mono sound.

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Pinwheel
26. Pinwheel
April 15, 1968
The partners and a flighty but talented agent (Arlene Golonka) seek to retrieve Soviet documents in Acapulco.
Carmelita Is One of Us
25. Carmelita Is One of Us
April 8, 1968
An agent in Acapulco uses his 10-month-old daughter to prevent microfilm from falling into enemy hands.
The Spy Business
24. The Spy Business
April 1, 1968
Robinson rejects treason allegations against an agent, until Scott uncovers ironclad evidence.
Suitable for Framing
23. Suitable for Framing
March 25, 1968
While guarding a senator, the agents are framed for murder to prevent their interference in a plot to kill the...
The Name of the Game
22. The Name of the Game
March 11, 1968
A security check puts Scott and Robinson at the mercy of a former general who wants them as quarry in a hunt.
Shana
21. Shana
March 4, 1968
A former government worker steals experimental rocket fuel to ransom her brother, held behind the Iron...
Happy Birthday... Everybody
20. Happy Birthday... Everybody
February 26, 1968
An explosives expert (Gene Hackman) escapes from prison and heads to Mexico to take revenge on the agent (Jim...
Turnabout for Traitors
19. Turnabout for Traitors
February 19, 1968
Robinson disappears to clear himself of treason charges; guest Peter Donat.
This Guy Smith
18. This Guy Smith
February 5, 1968
Posing as fishermen, the duo is suspected in two deaths while pursuing an enemy agent wanted for murder.
A Few Miles West of Nowhere
17. A Few Miles West of Nowhere
January 29, 1968
Scott and Robinson investigate the death of an agent in a town where an atomic plant will be constructed.
Tag, You're It
16. Tag, You're It
January 22, 1968
One of the participants in a San Francisco training exercise takes the lesson seriously.
Anyplace I Hang Myself Is Home
15. Anyplace I Hang Myself Is Home
January 15, 1968
A psychiatrist has suicidal Scott relive his early days of training as a spy.
Home to Judgement
14. Home to Judgement
January 8, 1968
Scott and injured Robinson elude pursuers at the Idaho farmhouse of Kelly's uncle (Will Geer) and aunt. Guest starring: Una Merkel, Will Geer, Walter Coy, Robert Donner, Bob Sampson -
An American Empress
13. An American Empress
December 25, 1967
The partners learn a casual acquaintance (France Nuyen) is a Chinese royal heir seeking to regain power.
The Lotos Eater
12. The Lotos Eater
December 11, 1967
Scott finds missing Kelly lounging on a Greek beach, claiming to have quit the agency. Guest starring: Sheldon Leonard, Viviane Ventura, Michael Evans, James Seay, Alan Dexter -
Oedipus at Colonus
11. Oedipus at Colonus
November 27, 1967
Seeking the only man (Maurice Evans) who can lead a Moroccan revolt, the partners are captured by a political...
Apollo
10. Apollo
November 20, 1967
A failed trap enables enemy agents (Pippa Scott, Nancy Kovacs) to blow up a NASA test site.
The Seventh Captain
9. The Seventh Captain
November 13, 1967
Robinson and Scott must learn why enemy anti-submarine crafts pass undetected through Greek waters; guest Nick...
Red Sash of Courage
8. Red Sash of Courage
October 30, 1967
A father (Roger C. Carmel) who believes his daughter (Louise Sorel) was wronged by Robinson interferes with a...
Now You See Her, Now You Don't
7. Now You See Her, Now You Don't
October 23, 1967
Scott and Robinson search the Greek islands for a vacationing Los Alamos mathematician (Barbara Mullen).
The Honorable Assassins
6. The Honorable Assassins
October 16, 1967
The partners take a man and his daughter (Dorothy Lamour) across the Moroccan desert to escape bandits. Guest...
Philotimo
5. Philotimo
October 9, 1967
The partners try to help a Bulgarian violin prodigy defect, but wind up accused of kidnapping.
The Medarra Block
4. The Medarra Block
October 2, 1967
To thwart a coup, Robinson and Scott must decipher the inscription on a wooden block given to them by a dying...
Laya
3. Laya
September 25, 1967
To learn about a Central African crisis, Scott must use an embassy clerk (Janet MacLachlan) working in Greece.
The Beautiful Children
2. The Beautiful Children
September 18, 1967
An endangered undercover agent (Paris Alexander) is reluctant to flee to safety in Greece.
Let's Kill Karlovassi
1. Let's Kill Karlovassi
September 11, 1967
The partners object when a ruthless agent (Ruth Roman) wants them to kill a likable suspected spy. Guest...
Description

The TV series I Spy detailed the adventures of Kelly Robinson (played by Robert Culp) and Alexander Scott (played by Bill Cosby). Working undercover as a traveling tennis player (Robinson) and his trainer (Scott), they were actually top-level secret agents dispatched by the Pentagon to combat spies and covert operatives around the globe.

Airing on NBC from 1965-68, I Spy could be described as a byproduct of the spy craze initiated by the James Bond films of the early to mid-1960s. Episodes were filled with the requisite amounts of action, beautiful women and offhand quips that typified the spy genre. However, the series eschewed flashy gadgets and over-the- top villains in favor of a grittier approach to the spy game.

I Spy marked the first time an African-American actor received equal billing with a white co-star in a US television drama. Known as a stand-up comedian, Bill Cosby was hired for the role of Alexander Scott after series creator Sheldon Leonard saw his performance on a talk show. Ultimately, the strong chemistry between Cosby and Culp made the issue of race a non-issue.

While many TV shows used stock footage of exotic destinations, I Spy actually filmed on location for several episodes each season. Athens, Hong Kong, and Tokyo were among the international backdrops used during the show's three-year run. Composer Earle Hagen also wrote an original music score for every episode, which was unprecedented for a TV show at the time.

I Spy remains a favorite of TV fans and can still be seen in syndication and on DVD. Episodes run 50-51 minutes and are presented in 4:3 format with mono sound.

I Spy is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (95 episodes). The series first aired on September 15, 1965.

Where to Watch I Spy

I Spy is available for streaming on the Image Entertainment website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch I Spy on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 15, 1965
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (2,141)