Mission Impossible

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  • TV-PG
  • 1966
  • 7 Seasons
  • 7.9  (11,036)

Mission: Impossible was a hit spy-thriller television series that aired on CBS from 1966 until 1973. The show followed the elite team of IMF (Impossible Mission Force) agents as they took on impossible missions for the US government. The team was led by Jim Phelps (played by actor Peter Graves), who was responsible for selecting the team members and preparing them for the mission at hand.

Each episode of Mission: Impossible followed a similar format. The team would be presented with a seemingly impossible mission by a government official. They would then come up with an elaborate plan to complete the mission within a specified time frame. The plan would always involve deceptive techniques, such as disguises, impersonations, and false identities. The team would have to use their wit, intelligence, and physical skills to overcome any obstacle in their way.

One of the most notable aspects of the show was the use of the "self-destructing tape." At the beginning of each episode, the team would receive a tape with their mission briefing. At the end of the briefing, the tape would self-destruct, leaving no trace of the mission.

The show was known for its impressive stunts and guest stars. Each episode featured high-profile actors and actresses, such as Lesley Ann Warren, Martin Landau, and Leonard Nimoy. The show's stunts were performed by a team of expert stuntmen, and the action sequences were choreographed to perfection.

The character development of the team members was also an important aspect of the show. As the seasons progressed, viewers were able to learn more about the personal lives of the team members, including their fears, desires, and weaknesses. This helped to make the characters more relatable and allowed viewers to become invested in their successes and failures.

Overall, Mission: Impossible was a groundbreaking television series that paved the way for future spy-thriller shows. It was known for its innovative storytelling, impressive stunts, and talented cast. The show was a critical and commercial success, earning numerous Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and awards. Its influence can still be seen today in modern television shows and movies.

Mission Impossible is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (171 episodes). The series first aired on September 17, 1966.

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22. Imitation
March 30, 1973
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.
The Western
21. The Western
March 2, 1973
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.
The Pendulum
20. The Pendulum
February 23, 1973
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.
19. Speed
February 16, 1973
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.
The Fighter
18. The Fighter
February 9, 1973
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.
The Fountain
17. The Fountain
January 26, 1973
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 Question
16. The Question
January 19, 1973
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.
15. Boomerang
January 12, 1973
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.
14. Incarnate
January 5, 1973
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.
The Puppet
13. The Puppet
December 22, 1972
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.
12. Crack-Up
December 9, 1972
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.
11. Kidnap
December 2, 1972
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.
10. Ultimatum
November 18, 1972
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.
9. Hit
November 11, 1972
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."
8. Movie
November 4, 1972
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.
7. Underground
October 28, 1972
To withstand the brainwashing, Phelps undergoes a form of radio controlled hypnosis, but faces grave dangers when the IMF loses track of him.
6. Cocaine
October 21, 1972
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.
5. TOD-5
October 14, 1972
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.
4. Leona
October 7, 1972
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.
The Deal
3. The Deal
September 30, 1972
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.
Two Thousand
2. Two Thousand
September 23, 1972
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.
1. Break!
September 16, 1972
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.
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Mission Impossible is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Mission Impossible on demand at Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Apple TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 17, 1966
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (11,036)