Mission: Impossible

television series (1966-1973)

Mission: Impossible was an American spy television series that originally aired on CBS from September 17, 1966 to March 30, 1973. The first season starred Steven Hill as Dan Briggs. From the second season on it starred Peter Graves as Jim Phelps. The show was a creation of Bruce Geller. The music was composed by Lalo Schifrin.

Mission Impossible
Created byBruce Geller
StarringPeter Graves
Steven Hill
Martin Landau
Barbara Bain
Leonard Nimoy
Greg Morris
Peter Lupus
Sam Elliott
Lesley Ann Warren
Lynda Day George
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes171
Running time50 minutes (per episode)
Production company(s)Desilu (1966-1968)
Paramount Television (1968-1973)
DistributorParamount Television Sales (1973-1987)
Paramount Domestic Television (1987-2006)
CBS Paramount Domestic Television (2006-2007)
CBS Television Distribution (2007-present)
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 17, 1966 –
March 30, 1973

Plot change

The series is about an elite group that specializes in intelligence. In addition to Hill (first season) and Graves (second and following seasons), the other group members were played by Martin Landau (Rollin Hand, expert in disguise), Barbara Bain (seductress Cinnamon Carter, the bait to lure rivals), Greg Morris (Barney Collier, electronics expert), and Peter Lupus (Willy Armitage, the strong man). Landau and Bain left after the third season. In the fourth season, Leonard Nimoy joined the cast as Paris. Later cast members included Lee Meriwether (who guest-starred in 8 episodes as Tracey), Lesley Ann Warren as Dana Lambert, and Sam Elliott as Doug Robert. The last episode aired March 30, 1973.

Mission: Impossible 1988 change

Mission: Impossible 1988-1990 was an ABC TV series. Peter Graves again played Jim Phelps. The co-stars in this version were Thaao Penghlis as Nicholas Black, Tony Hamilton as Max Harte, Phil Morris as Grant Collier. Greg Morris and Linda Day George from the first series also appeared.

Bob Johnson was the voice on the tape.

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