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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.

Image Entertainment
3 Seasons, 95 Episodes
September 15, 1965
Action & Adventure, Comedy
7.2/10
Cast: Robert Culp, Bill Cosby
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I Spy Full Episode Guide

  • The partners and a flighty but talented agent (Arlene Golonka) seek to retrieve Soviet documents in Acapulco.

  • An agent in Acapulco uses his 10-month-old daughter to prevent microfilm from falling into enemy hands.

  • Robinson rejects treason allegations against an agent, until Scott uncovers ironclad evidence.

  • While guarding a senator, the agents are framed for murder to prevent their interference in a plot to kill the...

  • A security check puts Scott and Robinson at the mercy of a former general who wants them as quarry in a hunt.

  • A former government worker steals experimental rocket fuel to ransom her brother, held behind the Iron...

  • An explosives expert (Gene Hackman) escapes from prison and heads to Mexico to take revenge on the agent (Jim...

  • Robinson disappears to clear himself of treason charges; guest Peter Donat.

  • Posing as fishermen, the duo is suspected in two deaths while pursuing an enemy agent wanted for murder.

  • Scott and Robinson investigate the death of an agent in a town where an atomic plant will be constructed.

  • One of the participants in a San Francisco training exercise takes the lesson seriously.

  • A psychiatrist has suicidal Scott relive his early days of training as a spy.

  • 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 -

  • The partners learn a casual acquaintance (France Nuyen) is a Chinese royal heir seeking to regain power.

  • 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 -

  • Seeking the only man (Maurice Evans) who can lead a Moroccan revolt, the partners are captured by a political...

  • A failed trap enables enemy agents (Pippa Scott, Nancy Kovacs) to blow up a NASA test site.

  • Robinson and Scott must learn why enemy anti-submarine crafts pass undetected through Greek waters; guest Nick...

  • A father (Roger C. Carmel) who believes his daughter (Louise Sorel) was wronged by Robinson interferes with a...

  • Scott and Robinson search the Greek islands for a vacationing Los Alamos mathematician (Barbara Mullen).

  • The partners take a man and his daughter (Dorothy Lamour) across the Moroccan desert to escape bandits. Guest...

  • The partners try to help a Bulgarian violin prodigy defect, but wind up accused of kidnapping.

  • To thwart a coup, Robinson and Scott must decipher the inscription on a wooden block given to them by a dying...

  • To learn about a Central African crisis, Scott must use an embassy clerk (Janet MacLachlan) working in Greece.

  • An endangered undercover agent (Paris Alexander) is reluctant to flee to safety in Greece.

  • The partners object when a ruthless agent (Ruth Roman) wants them to kill a likable suspected spy. Guest...

  • In Philadelphia, Scott's boyhood friend (Jim Brown) takes him and his family hostage for classified microfilm....

  • A former Pentagon file clerk (Wally Cox) is the target of a modern Mata Hari seeking nuclear secrets. Guest...

  • A State Department official assigns a comic (Don Rickles) to make a USO tour, unaware he is an easy propaganda...

  • An agent (France Nuyen) Robinson loves is having an affair with a vicious dictator (Ricardo Montalban). ...

  • Robinson and Scott scour Madrid to retrace events that led to the murder of Kelly's date (Zohra Lampert), a...

  • Robinson and Scott err in believing in a sly British agent (Peter Lawford) seeking World War II loot. Guest...

  • A mission to rescue a kidnapped English adventuress (Jean Marsh) in Southeast Asia goes awry when she falls...

  • In Spain, a movie director (Jack Cassidy) accused of spying uses his girlfriend (Carol Wayne) as a hostage in...

  • The partners protect a German collaborator's daughter, whose photographic memory contains a list of war...

  • A woman (Leslie Uggams) becomes the pawn and murder victim in a Communist scheme to split the partners. ...

  • The partners investigate a security leak in Italy and uncover blackmail that caused an American official's suicide. Guest starring: Nehemiah Persoff, Alf Kjellin, Ulla Stromstedt, Elisha Cook Jr., Sam Reese, David Mauro, Valerie Starrett, Lisa Donzell -

  • An agent's (Tony Bill) meddlesome father, a general, misinterprets his son's role as bait in a plan to foil...

  • A neglected teen (Ronny Howard) takes revenge on his scientist father by vanishing with a vital component of a secret device. Guest starring: Ronny Howard, Richard Anderson, Sarah Marshall, Fabrizio Mioni, Larry Duran, George Tyne, Oscar Beregi

  • A Greek mail-order bride (Linda Marsh) is accused of smuggling secret microfilm into the United States. ...

  • Finding they have delivered a fake, Robinson, Scott and Katie (Joey Heatherton) scheme to correct their mistake. Guest starring: Joey Heatherton, Gabriele Ferzetti, Eleanor Sommers, Mario Badolati, Arthur Batanides, Steve Peck, Joe Lo Presti, Rico Cattani -

  • Finding they have delivered a fake, Robinson, Scott and Katie (Joey Heatherton) scheme to correct their mistake. Guest starring: Joey Heatherton, Gabriele Ferzetti, Eleanor Sommers, Mario Badolati, Arthur Batanides, Steve Peck, Joe Lo Presti, Rico Cattani -

  • An airplane that crashed in Italy is dismantled, and its parts are sold as souvenirs -- including an atomic...

  • In Italy, Robinson and Scott encounter a string of baffling murders and a lovely spy posing as a guide. ...

  • Impostors (Lee Phillips, Hari Rhodes) posing as the partners gain a rocket scientist's trust, as part of a...

  • The antics of a young monarch in Las Vegas endanger him and the partners when they get lost in the desert. ...

  • Scott poses as a factory worker to infiltrate saboteurs planning a major power failure; guest Cicely Tyson. ...

  • The partners use their free time to help a Venetian recover documents taken by the Soviets; guest Michael...

  • A bitter Italian family puts Robinson on trial for the death of a younger brother during the Korean War. ...

  • A Roman holiday for Robinson and Scott goes awry when the latter gets involved in his foster daughter's...

  • The prime suspect in the death of five demolition-squad members is Scott's old classmate and friend (Gregg...

  • An attack on a defector (Diana Hyland) convinces the partners of her sincerity, until they also become...

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