The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

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  • TV-PG
  • 1964
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.7  (6,142)

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was a spy-fi television series produced by MGM Television and aired on NBC from 1964 to 1968. The show followed the adventures of two secret agents, Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, as they worked for the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) to battle against the global threat of the evil organization, THRUSH.

Starring Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo and David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was notable for its suave and stylish portrayal of secret agent life during the height of the Cold War. The series often featured espionage, action, and humor as well as gadgets and exotic locales, making it a forerunner of spy thrillers such as James Bond.

The show was created by writer and producer Sam Rolfe, who had previously worked on popular Western shows such as Have Gun – Will Travel and The Naked City. Rolfe teamed up with prolific television writer-producer Norman Felton to develop The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and brought in director Richard Donner to oversee the production. Felton's vision was of a global organization that brought people together in a common cause, and he worked closely with Rolfe to develop the characters and storylines.

The show's opening sequence featured a memorable theme tune composed by Jerry Goldsmith, which became a hit on its own and was widely associated with the series. The theme, which incorporated a distinctive Morse code rhythm, was also used in commercials and promos for the show.

Robert Vaughn's character, Napoleon Solo, was the suave and debonair secret agent who always had a plan and a quip for every situation. Vaughn's performance as Solo earned him a Golden Globe award for Best TV Star – Male in 1965. Meanwhile, David McCallum's portrayal of Illya Kuryakin as a reserved and analytical agent proved to be a perfect foil for Vaughn's Solo. Their on-screen chemistry was so potent that a spinoff series featuring McCallum's character was planned, but it never materialized.

Leo G. Carroll played the role of Alexander Waverly, the head of U.N.C.L.E. Waverly was often seen giving orders to the agents and providing comic relief with his dry wit and humorous observations. Carroll's character was originally intended to be a minor role, but his performance quickly became a fan favorite and he was made a regular cast member by the end of the first season.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. gained a passionate following during its initial run, with fans creating fan fiction, fan art, and even fan clubs dedicated to the series. The show's popularity inspired a wave of merchandise, including toys, comic books, and clothing. The series was also noted for its distinctive fashion and design, with Solo often seen wearing a trademark black turtleneck and Kuryakin sporting a distinctive mop-top haircut.

Despite its popularity, the show was not without controversy. Some critics accused The Man From U.N.C.L.E. of glorifying the intelligence agencies during a time when the U.S. was embroiled in the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement. Others accused the show of being too frivolous and escapist. The show's creators defended it, arguing that it provided a positive vision of international cooperation and unity against a common enemy.

Despite its mixed reception, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. remains an enduring classic of television history, and its influence can be seen in numerous spy-fi shows and films that followed. The show's stylish portrayal of espionage, its iconic characters, and its memorable theme tune have all contributed to its lasting popularity.

In conclusion, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was a stylish and entertaining spy-fi show that captured the spirit of the 1960s. With its suave characters, globe-trotting adventures, and exotic locales, the series remains a classic of the genre and a must-watch for fans of spy thrillers.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (105 episodes). The series first aired on September 22, 1964.

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The Seven Wonders of the World Affair, Part 2
16. The Seven Wonders of the World Affair, Part 2
January 15, 1968
Imprisoned in the high Himalayas, Napoleon and Illya must stop an ex-U.N.C.L.E. agent--who plans to end all strife with a gas that makes people docile--and the THRUSH agents who want to control the gas. (Part 2 of 2)
The Seven Wonders of the World Affair, Part 1
15. The Seven Wonders of the World Affair, Part 1
January 8, 1968
Internationally renowned men in a variety of fields are being kidnapped, and a strange petty theft of one of each victim's trivial personal possessions precedes his abduction. First of a two-part episode.
The Deep Six Affair
14. The Deep Six Affair
December 25, 1967
In London, Solo and Illya work with U.N.C.L.E's top British agent, Brian Morton, to protect the plans to a top-secret submarine--but is Morton's fiancee working for THRUSH?
The Maze Affair
13. The Maze Affair
December 18, 1967
Solo and Illya become pawns in a brilliant scientist's ingenious plot to destroy U.N.C.L.E. headquarters.
The Man from Thrush Affair
12. The Man from Thrush Affair
November 27, 1967
Solo goes undercover inside THRUSH and helps develop a deadly new machine that could grant THRUSH world domination.
The Gurnius Affair
11. The Gurnius Affair
November 27, 1967
Illya goes undercover as a Nazi general to crack a THRUSH and NAZI plot to use a sleep-inducing device to dominate the earth.
The Survival School Affair
10. The Survival School Affair
November 20, 1967
At U.N.C.L.E.'s secret training facility on an uncharted island, Illya has only 12 hours to solve a murder committed by an U.N.C.L.E. agent.
The Deadly Quest Affair
9. The Deadly Quest Affair
November 30, 1967
In Manhattan, Napoleon is hunted as prey by a former THRUSH agent who blames Solo for his downfall.
The THRUSH Roulette Affair
8. The THRUSH Roulette Affair
October 23, 1967
Napoleon and Illya visit a THRUSH island casino where VIP patrons have been brainwashed into committing suicide.
The Fiery Angel Affair
7. The Fiery Angel Affair
November 6, 1967
Napoleon and Illya become enmeshed in multiple secret plots as they try to prevent THRUSH from overthrowing a South American democracy.
The Master's Touch Affair
6. The Master's Touch Affair
October 16, 1967
Napoleon and Illya are caught between a THRUSH master spy and his brilliant prot?g? in a feud for control of the earth.
The Prince of Darkness Affair, Part 2
5. The Prince of Darkness Affair, Part 2
October 9, 1967
Napoleon and Illya battle exotic, deadly cults as they try to prevent the Thermal Prism super weapon from being launched into orbit. (Part 2 of 2)
The Prince of Darkness Affair, Part 1
4. The Prince of Darkness Affair, Part 1
October 2, 1967
The men from U.N.C.L.E. travel from Africa to a Persian palace in search of a deadly Thermal Prism that could be used to dominate the earth. (Part 1 of 2)
The 'J' For Judas Affair
3. The 'J' For Judas Affair
September 25, 1967
Napoleon and Illya try to protect an industrialist who does not want their help.
The Test Tube Killer Affair
2. The Test Tube Killer Affair
September 18, 1967
Napoleon and Illya travel from Mexico to Austria to Greece hunting a genetically engineered superhuman assassin.
The Summit-5 Affair
1. The Summit-5 Affair
September 11, 1967
Solo is suspected of being a double agent.
Where to Watch The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Man From U.N.C.L.E. on demand at Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 22, 1964
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (6,142)