Mission: Impossible
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Mission: Impossible

50 min (168 episodes)
Action | Adventure | Crime | Drama | Thriller
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Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 14 wins & 38 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1966-09-17
Filming Locations: Desilu Studios - 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA
Peter Graves
Peter Graves
Mission: Impossible
Greg Morris
Barney Collier
Peter Lupus
Willy Armitage
Bob Johnson
Person on Tape
Barbara Bain
Cinnamon Carter
Martin Landau
Rollin Hand
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For several years the series first season was not shown in syndication due to the fact that many people had grown so accustomed to Jim Phelps (Peter Graves) being the leader of the team that many viewers were shocked when they saw the first season reruns with Dan Briggs (Steven Hill) as the leader of the IMF.
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During the fifth season, Willy (Peter Lupus) was replaced in some episodes by Doug (Sam Elliott).
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The episodes "Action", "The Town" and "Kidnap" are the only ones in which the head of the IMF team did not receive instructions. In "Action", Cinnamon Carter (Barbara Bain) received the instructions instead. It's also the only episode in the first season in which Dan Briggs (Steven Hill) did not appear. In "The Town", Phelps is on vacation when he uncovers a town of assassins who immobilize & try to kill him. In "Kidnap" Phelps is kidnapped and the information for his release is given to Barney (Greg Morris). There are only six episodes that are not "true missions". They include two of the above ("The Town" and "Kidnap") as well as "Death Squad" where Barney is charged with murder, "The Condemned" where Phelps has to help a friend who has been charged with murder and "The Ransom" where Briggs has to save a friend's kidnapped daughter. In "Cat's Paw" Barney's brother is murdered and the team helps him bring those responsible to justice.
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In almost every episode someone has to pick a lock. They insert the pick, wiggle it a few times and open the door. To actually open a lock you must also rotate the cylinder just as you do with a key. For this you would use a second "L" or "Z" shaped pick to exert pressure while you moved the pins with the first pick. This is never done.
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In numerous episodes one of the characters will unscrew an electrical outlet, then reach in and pull it out of the wall by grasping the sides of the outlet. This would put their fingers in direct contact with the wiring resulting in, at the very least, a severe shock.
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In many episodes, Jim closes the snap binding on the IMF folder, but when the camera zooms to it for the title sequence the snap is shown open.
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Voice on Tape: As always, should you or any of your IM force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. Good luck, Jim. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds.
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Voice on Tape: Good morning Mister Briggs.
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Voice on Tape: Good morning Mister Phelps.
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Photos from cast
Dean Stockwell Dehl Berti May Britt Karen Carlson Charlita Michael Constantine Gene Dynarski Diana Ewing