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Full Name: Impossible Mission Force
Codename: IMF
Nationality: American
Organization: Unknown Cabinet Department
Occupation Agency

Creator: Bruce Geller
Time Span: 1966 - 1997


The Impossible Mission Force is a secret agency of American Intelligence.

The basis behind the organization was that there were many assignments deemed so impossible which still needed to be attempted but since their likelihood of success was so small, the 'official' intelligence departments of the government were loathe to attempt them. If a band of unofficial agents, not connected to any branch of the government, were to try and fail, deniability would be available.

Exactly to whom the members of this elite squad answered was never stated. The terms of each mission laid out in the taped briefings, clearly indicated that the 'Secretary' would disavow any caught or killed agent. This would leave out the CIA or NSA or FBI since they were run by Directors. Both the State Department and the Department of Defense are viable possibilities, especially since most of the missions were against enemies of a foreign nature. However, many of the later operations were against domestic enemies, particularly the 'Syndicate'.

The procedure behind each mission was basically the same. The team leader would be directed somehow to a never-repeated location where the assignment would be given. A taped message which would self-destruct shortly after play concluded was accompanied by whatever documentation was needed, usually a small group of photographs. It was up to the team leader to devise a plan to accomplish the goal. Who his team members would be was up to him, chosen from a group of volunteers who were all highly skilled in one field or another. The leader would choose the team members, brief them on their assignments, and then go into action.

While the team leader had a decent number of candidates from which to choose, and would on occasion use a new one, it became obvious that he had a trusted set that he went to over and over. Each of these people must have been very successful in their own right or highly compensated by the IMF team because they were pulled away for a dangerous mission at a moment's notice many times each year.

The first twenty-plus documented missions were lead by Dan Briggs, a fairly plain looking, non-descript man who nevertheless possessed an incredible mind for planning incredible schemes and for being able to shift to equally ingenius plan-b's when things went wrong. Briggs was generally calm under any circumstance but on occasion he was not adverse to letting his feelings show, if only momentarily.

As the series progressed, Briggs stopped leading the team and was no longer part of the action. It was never stated what the reason was and there was no indication that he had been disavowed in any way. He simply stopped running the team.

He was replaced by a silver-haired man of equally impressive planning capability, the handsome and sophisticated Jim Phelps. Phelps' good looks and charm allowed him to mold himself effortlessly into any role. He could be a movie producer scouting a new location or an investment banker on the trail of a good buy. He could charm the ladies and back-slap the men with equal aplomb all the while keeping an eye on everything happening around him and listening via earplug to his teammates.

Every good undercover team needs a gorgeous, seductive femme fatale to lure men to their doom, smooth-talk secrets from the shyest stranger, and on more than one occasion slip a mickey into a glass. For almost half of the documented adventures, that part was filled by the former model, Cinnamon Carter. She had a sultry look that could memorize the coldest dictator and a set of lips that begged to be kissed but which would only allow it if she got her way. As alluring as she definitely was, she showed on many occasions that she was as strong willed as any of her male colleagues and, when captured a time or two, she held up under very unpleasant circumstances. Upon her departure from the team, she was replaced with the raven-haired beauty known only as Tracey who worked a score of missions. After her there was golden-locked Lisa Casey and the ultra-sophisticated Mimi Davis.

A good disguise is invaluable in an undercover case. The IMF team went far beyond the normal use of fake mustaches and wigs, however. Using the skills of true geniuses in the arts, they were able to create facial masks which were virtually undetectable unless extremely close-up. Added to that the skill to learn to mimic a person's voice and physical patterns and the team had someone who could not only sneak into the enemy camp, they could replace a key member with a look-alike to destroy from within. The quick-change artist known as the 'Man of a Million Faces', Rollin Hand, was the inside disguise man for many of the earlier missions. When he left the team, he was replaced the 'The Great Paris', a magician whose real name was never disclosed.

Technology, always advancing at a fantastic pace, was constantly an intrical part of any of the plans. It was vital to easedrop or display a holographic image or turn the lights or heat on or off on cue from a distance. Smoke and mirrors were never enough; magnets and acoustics and light shows and much, much more were required. Handling all of that while squeezing through incredibly tight ventilation shafts and crawl spaces and drilling inside walls and so on was Barney Collier. Collier was not only a certifiable genius for the devices he understood and created, he was also an expert at forgery and could create documents good enough to fool virtually anyone.

Finally, all the equipment that was used often weighed a ton and that meant someone strong had to be there to cart it into place and, when a suspect or a corpse needed hefting, it was the strongman's job to do it. Willy Armitage was that muscle for virtually every mission that Briggs and Phelps led. Generally a man of few, if any words, Armitage was a great man to have at your back with brawn was needed, whether it was lifting a great weight or punching a nose. It also fell to Armitage to help procure the many things needed for the job, not an easy task to do in foreign countries with little notice or support.

The IMF team fought dictators, would-be world dominators, mad scientists, assassins, hitmen, gangland leaders, and the occasional dirty politician or law enforcement official. They did so without fanfare or recognition. They had to because they did not exist and could and would be disavowed in an instant.

For many years, Jim Phelps was the leader of the IMF team which put down an incredible number of tyrants, mad scientists, underworld crime bosses, corrupt politicians and the odd assortment of crackpots and despots. Each time he received another mission, deemed impossible by the powers that be and strife with the likelihood of failure and disavowment for the actions, he came up with a plan and the right team to pull it off. As all plans go, they often needed adjustment when in the belly of the enemy and he was able to concoct a coherent viable Plan B.

As all things must end, so did the time for the incredible group of operatives and their leader and retirement ended their escapades. Phelps handed to a successor the satchel filled with volunteers from which he chose the members for each mission. Who that new man was was never divulged as the saga of the IMF team found its finish. Almost a decade and a half would pass.

The representative from the Secretary showed up on Phelps' doorstep with word that his replacement had, after many years of service, perished on a mission. There was no one ready or able to take his place. The IMF project would be put in mothballs unless Phelps came back and took control, at least as long as it took to train a new guy. Reluctantly the now aged silver-haired spymaster took command again, his first mission being to track down the one who killed the former leader.

In the new IMF team the jobs to be performed remained much as they did in the first group.

Nicholas Black was the master of disguise, able to create molded face masks so lifelike as to be almost undetectable. Adding in an incredible gift for mimicry and voice impersonation, he was able to be just about anyone he needed to be.

The electronics and gadgetry that the IMF needed to use had increased tremendously over the years and keeping up with all that high-tech wizardry was Grant Collier, son of the original gadget-guy, Barney Collier. The younger man was not only great with doo-dads and behind the scene schenanigans but he also was quite a good actor so his role was heightened.

The strong man needed to cart huge containers of whatever was needed was filled by Max Harte who added to his skill set with the fact that he was a very good pilot, useful for getting into and out of danger.

Lastly, the femme fatale, so vital in virtually every mission to charm, distract, bedazzle, and bewilder, was handled by two different women. First was Casey Randall who handled her job remarkably until tragedy struck and she was killed, becoming the first member of a Phelps team to be disavowed. Her position was taken up by the equally capable and beautiful and intelligent Shannon Reed.

The recorded number of the missions of this new team was considerably fewer than Phelps' first go-around but the world had changed quite a bit since he released the reins and Phelps found that he and his people had to think faster than before and be prepared to have everything change at a moment's notice. They were ready for it.


Number of Books:4
First Appearance:1967
Last Appearance:1969

       The amazing success of the television series, deemed almost immediately a hit, showed what a terrific idea the developers had and they knew they needed to maximize their rewards. In addition to a game or two and the usual lunch pail and other marketing merchandises, they knew that books had to be in the line-up.
       They needed an author who could do justice to the intellectual property and they turned to Walter Wager, a man who had under his pen-name of John Tiger already created several good selling spy novels in the I Spy franchise. He did not disappoint his readers. In fact, since creator Bruce Geller had been so reticent to reveal the back story for any of the characters, Wager took it upon himself to create some tidbits about Briggs and later Phelps himself.
       Another author, Max Walker, also had a hand in the television tie-in novels, drafting two of the four.

       As with most movie and television tie-ins, they were never expected to set the world on fire. They were just to please the more intense fan and generate more revenue. They definitely succeeded.

1 Mission: Impossible Mission: Impossible
Written by John Tiger
Copyright: 1967

Dexon-9 is a nerve gas which attacks the brain cells, leaving the inhaling victim an imbecile, incapable of reasoning. The despot in charge of the northeast South American nation of Santilla wants to use the dangerous creation to further his power. Naturally, it is the IMF who must stop him. Dan Briggs leads.

2 Code Name: Judas Code Name: Judas
Written by Max Walker
Copyright: 1968

The Soviet agent codenamed Atlas, endowed with a fantastic memory, had prowled the inner regions of Red China and learned the facts behind a plan to invade the West. Now this agent, after a falling out with his bosses, has faked his own death in Switzerland. The IMF must get to him and extract the secret plans from his mind.

3 Code Name: Rapier Code Name: Rapier
Written by Max Walker
Copyright: 1968

A genius American scientist is the creator of a fantastically miniature computer capable of putting the U.S. technology years ahead of the Opposition. Naturally, the other side wants him desperately. When he has insists on attending a World Inventors' Conference on a Caribbean resort island, the IMF sent to keep him alive.

4 Code Name: Little Ivan Code Name: Little Ivan
Written by John Tiger
Copyright: 1969

The target is Little Ivan, a cute name for a very dangerous tank, said to be indestructible. The IMF must steal this tank so the West can acquire the new metal that makes up the armor, even though the tank is behind the Iron Curtain.


Number of Books:5
First Appearance:1968
Last Appearance:1971

1 Mission Impossible Annual 1969 Mission Impossible Annual 1969
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1968

Published by Atlas Publishing & Distributing Co. Ltd.
A collection of 3 short stories, 3 reprinted Dell comic book missions and 5 features as follows.
The Short Stories are:
1. Operation Skyhook
2. So This is the Cold War
3. The Bullion Robbery
The Dell Comic Story Reprints are:
1. The Lethal List (Dell #2)
2. The Invaders (Dell #2)
3. The Deadly Defector (Dell #1)
The Feature Articles are;
1. The Facts
2. The Figures
3. Spy in the Sky
4. Q-ships
5. Spy Items

2 The Priceless Particle The Priceless Particle
Written by Talmage Powell
Copyright: 1969

A genius scientist in a small Middle Eastern country has created a man-made protein that can help feed millions if perfected but the man has been thrown into prison protesting the dictatorship that controls his homeland. The IMF must get him out.

3 The Money Explosion The Money Explosion
Written by Talmage Powell
Copyright: 1969

The small Caribbean nation of Esperanza has a fledgling democratic government which the Communists are trying to disrupt by flooding their economy with counterfeit. The IMF must stop the plot.

4 Mission Impossible Annual 1970 Mission Impossible Annual 1970
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1969

Published by Atlas Publishing & Distributing Co. Ltd.
A collection of 3 short stories, 3 reprinted Dell comic book missions and 4 features as follows:
The short stories are:
1. A Real Blast!
2. Please Can We Have Our B.A.11 Back?
3. A Power of Evil
The Dell Comic Story Reprints are:
1. Race For Life (Dell #4)
2. Perfect Plot (Dell #4)
3. Target in the Sea (Dell #1)
The Features Articles are:
1. Welcome to the Team, Mr. Phelps
2. Alias Peter Graves
3. Keyhole in the Sky
4. Underwater Agent

5 Mission Impossible Annual 1972 Mission Impossible Annual 1972
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1971

Published by World Distributors.
A collection of 7 short stories, 2 comic book missions and 9 features as follows:
The short stories are:
1. Bang on Target
2. The Big Heist
3. Codename - Scapegoat
4. Double Trouble
5. The Jackboot Kicks
6. Mafia Mayday
7. The Seventh Santa Claus
The comic book stories are:
1. Jungle Drama
2. The Weatherman Plot
The feature articles are:
1. How Good A Spy Would You Make?
2. Round the World Quiz
3. Know Your Sports
4. Possible Words
5. Mission Achieved!
6. Operation Rescue
7. Impossible People
8. Spy A Joke!
9. All Locked Up!


Number of Stories:14
First Appearance:1968
Last Appearance:1973

1 Operation Skyhook Operation Skyhook
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1968

1st of 3 stories in Mission: Impossible Annual 1969. Plot unknown

2 So This Is The Cold War So This Is The Cold War
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1968

2nd of 3 stories in Mission: Impossible Annual 1969. Plot unknown

3 The Bullion Robbery The Bullion Robbery
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1968

3rd of 3 stories in Mission: Impossible Annual 1969. Plot unknown

4 A Real Blast! A Real Blast!
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1969

1st of 3 stories in Mission: Impossible Annual 1970. Plot unknown

5 Please Can We Have Our B.A.11 Back? Please Can We Have Our B.A.11 Back?
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1969

2nd of 3 stories in Mission: Impossible Annual 1970. Plot unknown

6 A Power of Evil A Power of Evil
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1969

3rd of 3 stories in Mission: Impossible Annual 1970. Plot unknown

7 The Breakout The Breakout
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1973

Found in TV Action Annual 1974. Phelps and his team have the mission to rescue Prof. Von Heinken from a maximum security prison in Central Europe. Can they all get out alive?
Click here to read the story.

8 Bang On Target Bang On Target
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1971

1st of 7 stories in Mission: Impossible Annual 1972.
[plot unknown]

9 The Big Heist The Big Heist
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1971

2nd of 7 stories in Mission: Impossible Annual 1972.
[plot unknown]

10 Codename - Scapegoat Codename - Scapegoat
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1971

3rd of 7 stories in Mission: Impossible Annual 1972.
[plot unknown]

11 Double Trouble Double Trouble
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1971

4th of 7 stories in Mission: Impossible Annual 1972.
[plot unknown]

12 The Jackboot Kicks The Jackboot Kicks
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1971

5th of 7 stories in Mission: Impossible Annual 1972.
[plot unknown]

13 Mafia Mayday Mafia Mayday
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1971

6th of 7 stories in Mission: Impossible Annual 1972.
[plot unknown]

14 The Seventh Santa Claus The Seventh Santa Claus
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1971

7th of 7 stories in Mission: Impossible Annual 1972.
[plot unknown]


Number of Movies:1
First Appearance:1968
Last Appearance:1968

1 Missing: Impossible Vs The Mob Missing: Impossible Vs The Mob
Director: Paul Stanley
Writers: Allan Balter, William Read Woodfield, Robert Towne
Actors: Peter Graves as Jim Phelps, Martin Landau as Rollin Hand, Barbara Bain as Cinnamon Carter, Greg Morris as Barney Collier
Released: 1968

Taken from Episodes 2-11 and 2-12. Released outside the US to movie theaters in the UK and other countries. Honest Businesses have been taken over by a criminal mastermind and it is up to the IMF team to stop him.


Number of Episodes:171
First Appearance:1966
Last Appearance:1990
Network:CBS (US)

Steven HillDan Briggs [ 1 ]
Peter GravesJim Phelps [ 2-7 ]
Barbara BainCinnamon Carter [ 1-3 ]
Martin LandauRollin Hand [ 1-3 ]
Greg MorrisBarney Collier [ 1-7 ]
Peter LupusWilly Armitage [ 1-7 ]
Bob Johnson[voice] [ 1-7 ]

       From September, 1966 to March, 1973, on CBS, the IMF handled 171 hair-raising missions against a wide assortment of enemies, both foreign and domestic. The show, created by Bruce Geller, proved to be extremely popular prompting considerable satires on comedy shows.
       The premise is simple. There are many missions which are flat out impossible to accomplish - certain to fail. Since someone has to try anyway, that dirty task falls to the members of this elite group of volunteers.
       Each mission, the leader, be it Dan Briggs or his replacement Jim Phelps, would come up with a plan and select from his collection of volunteers those needed to carry this plan out. These volunteers came from a wide range of professions, each person good at their normal job be it modeling, engineering, acting, sports, or whatever. They had offered their talents to be called upon when the need arose. It was up to the leader to choose which volunteer was needed.
       The plans usually involved disguises, seduction, misdirection, gadgetry, and subterfuge. They were awesome stories! Often far-fetched, relying on the bad guys being far more gullible than would be assumed and the good guys have a ton more luck than anyone deserved, especially week after week. And yet it worked reliably for seven years and left the world with a super-catchy theme song, a image of a fuse burning that was unmistakable and a phrase that became part of the American lexicon, "this tape will self-destruct in ..".

       In the first season, the leader was Dan Briggs, played by Steven Hill. When shooting schedules put work on Saturdays, Mr. Hill elected on religious reasons to not return the next year and the handsome Peter Graves was pulled in for the role. He would remain in charge for the remaining six seasons and for second series as well.
       Other steady agents were Cinnamon Carter (Barbara Bain) and Rollin Hand (Martin Landau) for the first three seasons until contract negotiations well apart and they left. The role of primary female ingénue was somewhat in flux from then on with Lee Meriwether as Tracey in season 4, Lesley Ann Warren as Dana in season 5, and Lynda Day George as Lisa Casey in seasons 6-7.
       On all the jobs, fancy gadgetry, electrical wiring, bugging, and any other technical tricks were carried out by the highly resourceful and ever dependable Barney Collier, played admirably by Greg Morris. And the man who carried all of the heavy equipment and, on more than one occasion an unconscious body or two, was Willy Armitage, played by Peter Lupus.

       One tidbit floating about had the reason that there was virtually no character development and, except for a couple of episodes of a personal nature, little background on any of the characters was that Bruce Geller wished the emphasis to be on the mission, not the agents. Mr. Geller passed away at a very young age while engaging in his off-work passion, flying, so the idea remains unsettled.

1 Pilot
Episode 1-01, first aired 09/17/1966
Director: Bernard Kowalski
Writer: Bruce Geller
Guest Stars: Wally Cox as Terry Targo, Harry Davis as Alisio, Martin Landau as General Rio Dominguez

The island nation of Santa Costa has acquired two nuclear warheads and the leader intends to use them against the US>

2 Memory
Episode 1-02, first aired 09/24/1966
Director: Charles Rondeau
Writer: Robert Lewin
Guest Stars: Albert Paulsen as Joseph Baresh, Leonard Stone as Dimitri Soska, Gene Dynarski as Sergeant of the Guard, William Keen as Janos Karq

A memory expert is part of the IMF team to fool an Iron Curtain authority to arrest a major player. When the expert is captured, the rest of the team must rescue him.

3 Operation Rogosh
Episode 1-03, first aired 10/01/1966
Director: Leonard Horn
Writer: Jerome Ross
Guest Stars: Fritz Weaver as Imry Rogosh, Allen Joseph as Dr. Green, Charles Maxwell as Lazloff, James Lanphier as Klimi

Imry Rogosh is a killer paid by a foreign power to cause turmoil in the US. The IMF team must grab him and convince him that his employers are now in charge and angry with him, forcing him to reveal what his instructions were.

4 Old Man Out (1)
Episode 1-04, first aired 10/08/1966
Director: Charles Rondeau
Writer: Ellis Marcus
Guest Stars: Mary Ann Mobley as Crystal Walker, Cyril Delevanti as Cardinal Vossek, Joseph Ruskin as Colonel Scutari, Oscar Beregi as Colonel Kaverick, William Wintersole as The Captain, Monte Markham as Tosk

Part 1. The IMF team must find a way to free from a Iron Curtain prison an aging resistance leader.

5 Old Man Out (2)
Episode 1-05, first aired 10/15/1966
Director: Charles Rondeau
Writer: Ellis Marcus
Guest Stars: Mary Ann Mobley as Crystal Walker, Cyril Delevanti as Cardinal Vossek, Joseph Ruskin as Colonel Scutari, Oscar Beregi as Colonel Kaverick, William Wintersole as The Captain, Monte Markham as Tosk

Part 2 - The Cardinal has been moved to a different location but Rollin Hand, who allowed himself to be imprisoned, is trapped unless the rest of the team can free both men.

6 Odds on Evil
Episode 1-06, first aired 10/22/1966
Director: Charles Rondeau
Writers: William Read Woodfield, Allan Balter
Guest Stars: Nehemiah Persoff as Prince Kostas, Nico Minardos as Andre Malif, Vincent Van Lynn as Oliver Borgman, Lawrence Montaigne as Aide

The monies earned with his casino is allowing Prince Kostas to buy the armament needed to attack a neighboring country. The IMF must break the bank.

7 Wheels
Episode 1-07, first aired 10/29/1966

8 The Ransom
Episode 1-08, first aired 11/05/1966


9 A Spool There Was
Episode 1-09, first aired 11/12/1966

10 The Carriers
Episode 1-10, first aired 11/19/1966

11 Zubrovnik's Ghost
Episode 1-11, first aired 11/26/1966

12 Fakeout
Episode 1-12, first aired 12/03/1966

13 Elena
Episode 1-13, first aired 12/10/1966

14 The Short Tail Spy
Episode 1-14, first aired 12/17/1966

15 The Legacy
Episode 1-15, first aired 01/07/1967

16 The Reluctant Dragon
Episode 1-16, first aired 01/14/1967

17 The Frame
Episode 1-17, first aired 01/21/1967

18 The Trial
Episode 1-18, first aired 01/28/1967

19 The Diamond
Episode 1-19, first aired 02/04/1967

20 The Legend
Episode 1-20, first aired 02/11/1967

21 Snowball in Hell
Episode 1-21, first aired 02/18/1967

22 The Confession
Episode 1-22, first aired 02/25/1967

23 Action!
Episode 1-23, first aired 03/04/1967

24 The Train
Episode 1-24, first aired 03/18/1967

25 Shock
Episode 1-25, first aired 03/25/1967

26 A Cube of Sugar
Episode 1-26, first aired 04/01/1967

27 The Traitor
Episode 1-27, first aired 04/15/1967

28 The Psychic
Episode 1-28, first aired 04/22/1967

29 The Widow
Episode 2-01, first aired 09/10/1967

30 Trek
Episode 2-02, first aired 09/17/1967

31 The Survivors
Episode 2-03, first aired 09/24/1967

32 The Bank
Episode 2-04, first aired 10/01/1967

33 The Slave (1)
Episode 2-05, first aired 10/08/1967

34 The Slave (2)
Episode 2-06, first aired 10/15/1967

35 Operation Heart
Episode 2-07, first aired 10/22/1967

36 The Money Machine
Episode 2-08, first aired 10/29/1967

37 The Seal
Episode 2-09, first aired 11/05/1967

38 Charity
Episode 2-10, first aired 11/12/1967

39 The Council (1)
Episode 2-11, first aired 11/19/1967

40 The Council (2)
Episode 2-12, first aired 11/26/1967

41 The Astrologer
Episode 2-13, first aired 12/03/1967

42 Echo of Yesterday
Episode 2-14, first aired 12/10/1967

43 The Photographer
Episode 2-15, first aired 12/17/1967

44 The Spy
Episode 2-16, first aired 01/07/1968

45 A Game of Chess
Episode 2-17, first aired 01/14/1968

46 The Emerald
Episode 2-18, first aired 01/21/1968

47 The Condemned
Episode 2-19, first aired 01/28/1968

48 The Counterfeiter
Episode 2-20, first aired 02/04/1968

49 The Town
Episode 2-21, first aired 02/18/1968

50 The Killing
Episode 2-22, first aired 02/28/1968

51 The Phoenix
Episode 2-23, first aired 03/03/1968

52 Trial by Fury
Episode 2-24, first aired 03/10/1968

53 Recovery
Episode 2-25, first aired 03/17/1968

54 The Heir Apparent
Episode 3-01, first aired 09/29/1968

55 The Contenders (1)
Episode 3-02, first aired 10/06/1968

56 The Contenders (2)
Episode 3-03, first aired 10/13/1968

57 The Mercenaries
Episode 3-04, first aired 10/27/1968

58 The Execution
Episode 3-05, first aired 11/10/1968

59 The Cardinal
Episode 3-06, first aired 11/17/1968

60 The Elixir
Episode 3-07, first aired 11/24/1968

61 The Diplomat
Episode 3-08, first aired 12/01/1968

62 The Play
Episode 3-09, first aired 12/08/1968

63 The Bargain
Episode 3-10, first aired 12/15/1968

64 The Freeze
Episode 3-11, first aired 12/23/1968

65 The Exchange
Episode 3-12, first aired 01/04/1969

66 The Mind of Stefan Miklos
Episode 3-13, first aired 01/12/1969

67 The Test Case
Episode 3-14, first aired 01/19/1969

68 The System
Episode 3-15, first aired 01/26/1969

69 The Glass Cage
Episode 3-16, first aired 02/02/1969

70 Doomsday
Episode 3-17, first aired 02/16/1969

71 Live Bait
Episode 3-18, first aired 02/23/1969

72 The Bunker (1)
Episode 3-19, first aired 03/02/1969

73 The Bunker (2)
Episode 3-20, first aired 03/09/1969

74 Nitro
Episode 3-21, first aired 03/23/1969

75 Nicole
Episode 3-22, first aired 03/30/1969

76 The Vault
Episode 3-23, first aired 04/06/1969

77 Illusion
Episode 3-24, first aired 04/13/1969

78 The Interrogator
Episode 3-25, first aired 04/20/1969

79 The Code
Episode 4-01, first aired 09/28/1969

80 The Numbers Game (aka: The Key)
Episode 4-02, first aired 10/05/1969

81 The Controllers (1)
Episode 4-03, first aired 10/12/1969

82 The Controllers (2)
Episode 4-04, first aired 10/19/1969

83 Fool's Gold
Episode 4-05, first aired 10/26/1969

84 Commandante
Episode 4-06, first aired 11/02/1969

85 Mastermind
Episode 4-07, first aired 11/23/1969

86 Robot
Episode 4-08, first aired 11/30/1969

87 The Double Circle
Episode 4-09, first aired 12/07/1969

88 The Brothers
Episode 4-10, first aired 12/14/1969

89 Time Bomb
Episode 4-11, first aired 12/21/1969

90 The Amnesiac
Episode 4-12, first aired 12/28/1969

91 The Falcon (1)
Episode 4-13, first aired 01/04/1970

92 The Falcon (2)
Episode 4-14, first aired 01/11/1970

93 The Falcon (3)
Episode 4-15, first aired 01/18/1970

94 Submarine
Episode 4-16, first aired 01/16/1970

95 Chico
Episode 4-17, first aired 01/25/1970

96 Gitano (aka Toys)
Episode 4-18, first aired 02/01/1970

97 Phantoms
Episode 4-19, first aired 02/08/1970

98 Terror
Episode 4-20, first aired 02/15/1970

99 Lover's Knot
Episode 4-21, first aired 02/22/1970

100 Orpheus
Episode 4-22, first aired 03/01/1970

101 The Crane
Episode 4-23, first aired 03/08/1970

102 Death Squad
Episode 4-24, first aired 03/15/1970

103 The Choice
Episode 4-25, first aired 03/22/1970

104 The Martyr
Episode 4-26, first aired 03/29/1970

105 The Killer
Episode 5-01, first aired 09/19/1970

106 Flip Side
Episode 5-02, first aired 09/26/1970

107 The Innocent
Episode 5-03, first aired 10/03/1970

108 Homecoming
Episode 5-04, first aired 10/10/1970

109 Flight
Episode 5-05, first aired 10/17/1970

110 My Friend, My Enemy
Episode 5-06, first aired 10/25/1970

111 Butterfly (aka Poor Butterfly)
Episode 5-07, first aired 10/31/1970

112 Decoy
Episode 5-08, first aired 11/07/1970

113 The Amateur
Episode 5-09, first aired 11/14/1970

114 Hunted
Episode 5-10, first aired 11/21/1970

115 The Rebel
Episode 5-11, first aired 11/28/1970

116 Squeeze Play (aka Sicily)
Episode 5-12, first aired 12/12/1970

117 The Hostage
Episode 5-13, first aired 12/19/1970

118 Takeover
Episode 5-14, first aired 01/02/1971

119 Cat's Paw
Episode 5-15, first aired 01/09/1971

120 The Missile (aka Torpedo)
Episode 5-16, first aired 01/16/1971

121 The Field
Episode 5-17, first aired 01/23/1971

122 Blast
Episode 5-18, first aired 01/30/1971

123 The Catafalque
Episode 5-19, first aired 02/06/1971

124 Kitara (aka The Bigot)
Episode 5-20, first aired 02/20/1971

125 A Ghost Story
Episode 5-21, first aired 02/27/1971

126 The Party
Episode 5-22, first aired 03/06/1971

127 The Merchant
Episode 5-23, first aired 03/17/1971

128 Blind
Episode 6-01, first aired 09/18/1971

129 Encore
Episode 6-02, first aired 09/25/1971

130 The Tram
Episode 6-03, first aired 10/02/1971

131 Mindbend
Episode 6-04, first aired 10/09/1971

132 Shape-Up
Episode 6-05, first aired 10/16/1971

133 The Miracle
Episode 6-06, first aired 10/23/1971

134 Encounter
Episode 6-07, first aired 10/30/1971

135 Underwater
Episode 6-08, first aired 11/06/1971

136 Invasion
Episode 6-09, first aired 11/13/1971

137 Blues (aka Hard Rock)
Episode 6-10, first aired 11/20/1971

138 The Visitors
Episode 6-11, first aired 11/27/1971

139 Nerves
Episode 6-12, first aired 12/04/1971

140 Run for the Money
Episode 6-13, first aired 12/11/1971

141 The Connection
Episode 6-14, first aired 12/18/1971

142 The Bride
Episode 6-15, first aired 01/01/1972

143 Stone Pillow (aka Big House)
Episode 6-16, first aired 01/08/1972

144 Image
Episode 6-17, first aired 01/15/1972

145 Committed
Episode 6-18, first aired 01/22/1972

146 Bag Woman
Episode 6-19, first aired 01/29/1972

147 Double Dead
Episode 6-20, first aired 02/12/1972

148 Casino (aka Vacuum, Rumble)
Episode 6-21, first aired 02/19/1972

149 Trapped
Episode 6-22, first aired 02/26/1972

150 Break!
Episode 7-01, first aired 09/16/1972

151 Two Thousand
Episode 7-02, first aired 09/23/1972

152 The Deal
Episode 7-03, first aired 09/30/1972

153 Leona
Episode 7-04, first aired 10/07/1972

154 TOD-5 (aka The Carrier)
Episode 7-05, first aired 10/14/1972

155 Cocaine
Episode 7-06, first aired 10/21/1972

156 Underground
Episode 7-07, first aired 10/28/1972

157 Movie
Episode 7-08, first aired 11/04/1972

158 Hit
Episode 7-09, first aired 11/11/1972

159 Ultimatum
Episode 7-10, first aired 11/18/1972

160 Kidnap
Episode 7-11, first aired 12/02/1972

161 Crack-Up
Episode 7-12, first aired 12/09/1972

162 The Puppet
Episode 7-13, first aired 12/22/1972

163 Incarnate
Episode 7-14, first aired 01/05/1973

164 Boomerang
Episode 7-15, first aired 01/12/1973

165 The Question
Episode 7-16, first aired 01/19/1973

166 The Fountain
Episode 7-17, first aired 01/26/1973

167 The Fighter
Episode 7-18, first aired 02/09/1973

168 Speed
Episode 7-19, first aired 02/16/1973

169 The Pendulum
Episode 7-20, first aired 02/23/1973

170 The Western
Episode 7-21, first aired 03/02/1973

171 Imitation
Episode 7-22, first aired 03/30/1973

172 The Killer
Episode 8-01, first aired 10/23/1988

173 The System
Episode 8-02, first aired 10/30/1988

174 Holograms
Episode 8-03, first aired 11/06/1988

175 The Condemned
Episode 8-04, first aired 11/20/1988

176 The Legacy
Episode 8-05, first aired 11/26/1988

177 The Wall
Episode 8-06, first aired 12/11/1988

178 The Cattle King
Episode 8-07, first aired 12/18/1988

179 The Pawn
Episode 8-08, first aired 01/15/1989

180 The Haunting
Episode 8-09, first aired 01/28/1989

181 The Lions
Episode 8-10, first aired 02/04/1989

182 The Greek
Episode 8-11, first aired 02/11/1989

183 The Fortune
Episode 8-12, first aired 02/18/1989

184 The Fixer
Episode 8-13, first aired 02/25/1989

185 Spy
Episode 8-14, first aired 03/18/1989

186 The Devils
Episode 8-15, first aired 03/25/1989

187 The Plague
Episode 8-16, first aired 04/08/1989

188 Reprisal
Episode 8-17, first aired 04/15/1989

189 Submarine
Episode 8-18, first aired 04/29/1989

190 Bayou
Episode 8-19, first aired 05/06/1989

191 The Golden Serpent Part 1
Episode 9-01, first aired 09/21/1989

192 The Golden Serpent Part 2
Episode 9-02, first aired 09/28/1989

193 The Princess
Episode 9-03, first aired 10/05/1989

194 Command Performance
Episode 9-04, first aired 10/12/1989

195 Countdown
Episode 9-05, first aired 10/26/1989

196 War Games
Episode 9-06, first aired 11/02/1989

197 Target Earth
Episode 9-07, first aired 11/09/1989

198 The Führer's Children
Episode 9-08, first aired 11/16/1989

199 Banshee
Episode 9-09, first aired 11/30/1989

200 For Art's Sake
Episode 9-10, first aired 12/14/1989

201 Deadly Harvest
Episode 9-11, first aired 01/06/1990

202 Cargo Cult
Episode 9-12, first aired 01/13/1990

203 The Assassin
Episode 9-13, first aired 01/20/1990

204 Gunslinger
Episode 9-14, first aired 02/03/1990

205 Church Bells in Bogota
Episode 9-15, first aired 02/10/1990

206 The Sands of Seth
Episode 9-16, first aired 02/24/1990


Number of Stories:23
First Appearance:1967
Last Appearance:1973

       The Dell Publishing Company had a branch which produced comic books from the late 20s up to the early 70s. During its heyday it sold as well as its more famous competitors (DC and Marvel) but with the passage of time, most of its output has been forgotten. It never achieved the blockbuster stage with characters like Superman and Batman on the DC side and Spiderman and Fantastic Four at Marvel. What it did have was a very large stable of titles that sold consistently and with its distribution prowess, those comics were in every drug store and five-and-dime.
       One of the specialties of the Dell Comics was the use of licensed material. If a television show looked at all promising, it would likely generate a comic-book tie-in. These were often short stories in graphic format, 12-18 pages each, sometimes two stories to an issue. Each issue was a standalone, readers were not expected to have read the one before. Unlike DC/Marvel who had monthly series, Dell was content with often quarterly periodicals. Since they did not need to produce a new issue of a title every month, they could produce many titles. This fed back into the standalone philosophy because while the other comic book companies, especially Marvel, might expect to hold a reader's excitement for a month, if the next installment of an ongoing story was not coming for three months, attention spans wavered.
       Since these subjects were licensed, the writers and artists were severely limited in what they could do with the stories. No significant character development was allowed as it could contradict something that came later in the property's main line. With the standalone concept, each story had to be wrapped up inside the covers of one issue which did not give much room for complex plots. This is seen clearly in the four issues of the Mission: Impossible comics.
       While five issues of the Mission: Impossible comic book were released, it was really only four. One year after the 4th issue, for whatever reason (possibly contractual) a fifth issue came out but instead of being new material, it was a complete re-issue of the first one, cover and all.

       A few years later as the show was being aired in the United Kingdom, a magazine put out by Polystyle Publications, TV Action, filled its pages weekly with stories and articles about both British and American action shows. The content each week varied often. Mission: Impossible saw several issues containing original tales in comic book format. Some of these adventures were 7 or so pages long in a single issue or others were spread over several issues with 2 pages in each.

1 Target In The Sea Target In The Sea
Published by Dell
Contributors: Paul S. Newman (writer), Gaspar Saladino (letterer), Jack Sparling (inker and penciler)
Copyright: 05/01/1967

1st story in Mission Impossible #1 - (18 pages). Story was reprinted in Mission Impossible #5 and in Mission: Impossible Annual 1970.A reconnaissance plane crashes into the sea just a few miles off a Communist Caribbean country. The IMF team must get the camera and destroy the rest of the plane.

2 The Deadly Defector The Deadly Defector
Published by Dell
Contributors: Gaspar Saladino (letterer), Jack Sparling (penciler and inker), Paul S. Newman (writer)
Copyright: 1967

2nd story in Mission Impossible #1 - (16 pages). This story was reprinted in Mission: Impossible Annual 1969 and in Mission Impossible #5.
China's leading nuclear physicist wants to defect. He is attending a symposium in Europe and the IMF team heads there to get him but it feels like a trap.

3 The Lethal List The Lethal List
Published by Dell
Contributors: Jack Sparling (penciler and inker), Gaspar Saladino (letterer), Paul S. Newman (writer)
Copyright: 09/01/1967

1st story in Mission Impossible #2 - (16 pages) - A Soviet agent inside the Third Reich had buried a list of other agents high up on a mountain top behind what is now the Iron Curtain. With others after it, the IMF team must get to it first.
Story was reprinted in Mission: Impossible Annual 1969

4 The Invaders The Invaders
Published by Dell
Contributors: Jack Sparling (penciler and inker), Gaspar Saladino (letterer), Paul S. Newman (writer)
Copyright: 09/01/1967

2nd story in Mission Impossible #2 - (16 pages) - A Caribbean dictator is sponsoring a bacteriological laboratory and is close to creating a dangerous weapon. The IMF team must sneak a scientist inside the lab to render the weapon useless.
Story was reprinted in Mission: Impossible Annual 1969

5 Security Check Security Check
Published by Dell
Contributors: Paul S. Newman (writer), Jack Sparling (penciler and inker), Gaspar Saladino (letterer)
Copyright: 12/01/1967

1st story in Mission Impossible #3 - (16 pages) - An ultra-secure NATO missile bunker in Europe is the target for the IMF to see if they can break in. If they can, the enemy eventually might.

6 The Witness The Witness
Published by Dell
Contributors: Gaspar Saladino (letterer), Jack Sparling (penciler and inker), Paul S. Newman (writer)
Copyright: 12/01/1967

2nd story in Mission Impossible #3 - (16 pages) - An American diplomat and his assistant has been arrested behind the Iron Curtain and charged with spying. As they await a big trial, the assistant has been brainwashed to testify against his boss. The IMF team must break into prison and reverse the process.

7 Race For Life Race For Life
Published by Dell
Contributors: Gaspar Saladino (letterer), Jack Sparling (penciler and inker), Joe Gill (writer)
Copyright: 10/01/1968

1st story in Mission Impossible #4 - (16 pages) - The wife of a major East German industrialist wants to defect and bring with her major documents. She is being watched constantly by a jealous husband making her leaving impossible.
Story was reprinted in Mission: Impossible Annual 1970.

8 Perfect Plot Perfect Plot
Published by Dell
Contributors: Jack Sparling (penciler and inker), Gaspar Saladino (letterer), Joe Gill (writer)
Copyright: 10/01/1968

2nd story in Mission Impossible #4 - (16 pages) - A VIP diplomat for the West has shown up on an island ruled by a dictator. He is a prisoner but is going to be shown to be a defector to that land unless the IMF can free him. Their plan is to hijack a plane to get to the island.
Story was reprinted in Mission: Impossible Annual 1970.

9 Jungle Drama Jungle Drama
Published by World Distributors

Copyright: 1971

1st of 2 graphic stories in Mission: Impossible Annual 1972.
[plot unknown]

10 The Weatherman Plot The Weatherman Plot
Published by World Distributors

Copyright: 1971

2nd of 2 graphic stories in Mission: Impossible Annual 1972.
[plot unknown]

11 Gamble For Freedom Gamble For Freedom
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 10/21/1972

Found in TV Action + Countdown #88-91 with 8 black and white pages - [plot unknown]

12 Synthetic Spies Synthetic Spies
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 11/18/1972

Found in TV Action + Countdown #92-96 with 10 black and white pages - [plot unknown[

13 Island of Fear Island of Fear
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 12/23/1972

Found in TV Action + Countdown #97-100 with 8 black and white pages - [plot unknown]

14 Race For Freedom Race For Freedom
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 01/20/1973

Found in TV Action #101-102 with 2 black and white and 2 color pages - [plot unknown]

15 Play It By Ear Play It By Ear
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 02/03/1973

Found in TV Action #103 with 7 black and white - [plot unknown]

16 The Reluctant Assassin /A Change Of Identity The Reluctant Assassin /A Change Of Identity
Published by Polystyle Publications
Contributors: John Burns (artist)
Copyright: 02/24/1973 - 03/24/1973

Found in TV Action #106-110 with 10 color pages. [plot unknown].
Note: Part 1 is named The Reluctant Assassin while Parts 2 and 3, clearly the same story, are A Change Of Identity and Part 4 has no title.

17 Out of Harm's Way Out of Harm's Way
Published by Polystyle Publications
Contributors: John Burns (artist)
Copyright: 03/31/1973

Found in TV Action #111 with 7 black & white pages. The M.I. Force must rescue a Professor Minsk who tried to defect before he is shot into space.

18 The Supremo The Supremo
Published by Polystyle Publications
Contributors: John Burns (artist)
Copyright: 04/21/1973 - 05/19/1973

Found in TV Action No. 114 thru No. 118 with 2 black & white pages in each or 10 pages total. $50 million in gold has been stolen from a train by the Mafia and it is up to the IMF team to get the gold back.

19 Space Eyes! Space Eyes!
Published by Polystyle Publications
Contributors: John Burns (artist)
Copyright: 05/29/1973

Found in TV Action #119 with 7 black & white pages. A Russia woman becomes head of the U.S. Space-Eyes Network, but then is hurt and kidnapped. The IMF Team must rescue her before she tells what she knows about a top secret satellite system. Yet is she still working for the Russians?

20 The Man From Death Row The Man From Death Row
Published by Polystyle Publications
Contributors: John Burns (artist)
Copyright: 06/09/1973 - 07/14/1973

Found in TV Action No. 122 thru No. 126 with 2 pages of story in each or 10 pages total. A judge sentences a man to death for his crimes in 1963. For 10 years the man waits and then is given freedom because the death sentence is abolished. Now the IMF team must protect the judge and his family. But the oldest daughter gets kidnapped and the man freed is the one who has her. He wants a ransom, so the team goes into action to save her.

21 Perilous Cruise Perilous Cruise
Published by Polystyle Publications
Contributors: John Burns (artist)
Copyright: 07/23/1973

Found in TV Action No. 128 with 7 black & white pages, but printed in 2 parts (on pages 2-5 & 21-23). A Super Size Mission Impossible Story. The IMF Team's mission is to protect thirteen wealthy people on a cruise in the far east.

22 On The Sun's Anvil On The Sun's Anvil
Published by Polystyle Publications
Contributors: John Burns (artist)
Copyright: 08/11/1973-08/25/1973

Found in TV Action No. 130 thru No. 132 with 2 color page in each or 6 pages total. A mission to kill a Colonel Sayid Khan fails, so the IMF team is sent to stop a possible war in the Middle East.

23 The Merchants of Death The Merchants of Death
Published by Polystyle Publications
Contributors: Unknown (artist)
Copyright: 1973

Found in TV Action Holiday Special 1973. New machine guns are hi-jacked and the M.I. team is sent to get them back. Will the visiting Oil Sheikh buy the guns or will he enjoy cowboy movies? Read and find out!


Number of Entries:4
First Appearance:1968
Last Appearance:1996

1 Mission Ridiculous Mission Ridiculous
Published by EC
Contributors: Dick DeBartolo (writer), Mort Drucker (artist)
Copyright: 04/1968

Printed in Mad Magazine #118 (UK #78) and from the "To Scheme the Impossible Scheme Dept." A parody satire of the TV Series with Peter Graves as Mr. Phelts, Greg Morris as Blarney, Peter Lupus as Billy, Martin Landau as Bowling and Barbara Bain as Synonym. This team of secret agents try to retrieve stolen microfilm in the most questionable way they can.
Note: This comic story was reprinted in Mad Super Number Five in 1971, in Mad Super Special Spring 1981, and in 1001 MAD Pages You Must Read Before You Die in 2009.
Click here to read the story.

2 A TV Scene We'd Like To See A TV Scene We'd Like To See
Published by EC
Contributors: Chevy Chase (writer), Mort Drucker (artist)
Copyright: 04/1970

Printed in Mad Magazine #134. A short one-page satire of the TV series. Mr. Phelps (Peter Graves) gets an assignment that is quite unexpected.
Note: This comic story was reprinted in Mad Super Special Spring 1981. in Mad About TV in 1999, and in Totally MAD in 2012.
Click here to read the story.

3 Wishin' For The Impossible Wishin' For The Impossible
Published by Mad Magazine
Contributors: Dick DeBartolo (writer), Angelo Torres (artist)
Copyright: 1996

Printed in Mad Magazine #347, July 1996 and from the I.M. Farce Dept.The old TV series is taken and given a new cast for a big screen movie. A member of this new IMF team is Ether Hunk (Tom Cruise) and it looks like he comes across Mickey Mouse, Kermit the Frog, Denis Rodman, Boris and Natasha. Plus there is also a mermaid! It is a parody satire of the TV show at first and then also the very first Mission: Impossible movie in a new series.  In this version of the movie Hunk discovers that Yelps is the IMF mole.
Click here to read the story.

4 Mission: Implausible Mission: Implausible
Published by Globe Communication Corp
Contributors: John Severin (artist)
Copyright: 1996

Printed in Cracked Blockbuster #10, Summer 1996.
Mr. Pholps is at the city dump to get the latest mission. Will the team be able to put off their mission or fail? Find out!
Click here to read the story.


Number of Games:2
First Appearance:1966
Last Appearance:1969

1 Mission: Impossible Game Mission: Impossible Game
Board Game
Copyright: 1966

A game for 2 to 4 players. The players start at the four corners of the board using the spinner to move 1 to 6 spaces. There are also Road Block and Mission Impossible Card that are used. Winner is the player that finishes his or her mission by getting to the center of the board. Appears to have been a game like Parcheesi or Sorry.

2 Mission: Impossible - 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T Mission: Impossible - 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T
Model Kit
Copyright: 1969

A 1/25 wild customized kit of the famed Open Roadster Convertible Car from the highly entertaining TV series. All parts were authentic reproduced so the car would be spot-on like the real car. Your mission is to build a version in tan, gold or blue.


Number of Collectibles:2
First Appearance:1968
Last Appearance:1968

1 Mission: Impossible - Surveillance Van Mission: Impossible - Surveillance Van
Copyright: 1968

The 6th vehicle of 6 in the Star Cars Collection Series 1. The van is built in 1:64 scale and is painted black with the "Mission: Impossible" logo on each side. It looks like a van used by a TV news crew. This series had vehicles for 1 movie and 5 TV series. The other 5 vehicles are as follows;
1. Grease - Grease Lightning (Movie Hot Rod)
2. Taxi - Sunshine Cab #804 (TV Series Car)
3. The Brady Bunch Wagon (TV Series Car)
4. Happy Days - '56 Ford Pick-Up (TV Series Truck)
5. M*A*S*H* 4077's Jeep (TV Series Jeep)
All vehicles were made of die-cast metal and as Special Edition with storage box to remember classic moments past.

2 Mission: Impossible Versus The Mob LC Set Mission: Impossible Versus The Mob LC Set
Lobby Cards
Paramount Pictures
Copyright: 1968

A series of 8 promo cards that were sent to theaters across the US that played the movie. Each has a still photo scene from the movie.


Number of Items:1
First Appearance:1997
Last Appearance:1997

1 Discards Discards
Television Episode
Copyright: 1997

Actress Barbara Bain, who played secret agent Cinnamon Carter, appeared as that character in Season 5, Episode 10 of Diagnosis Murder starring Dick Van Dyke. According to IMDB, in that story, recurring character Dr. Jesse Schlatter "gets involved in a deadly web of international intrigue when he discovers his father is a secret agent being hunted, and it's soon discovered that an old case may hold the clues to catching the culprit."


Number of Books:1
First Appearance:1991
Last Appearance:1991

1 The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier
Written by Patrick J. White
Copyright: 1991

Recounts the history and origins of the famed popular television series. Discusses all contributions of the cast, the crew, the writers, the directors and producers. Also gives star bios, plot summaries for each of the episodes and some behind the scenes information as well. A terrific reference guide for all who might have a need for more Mission: Impossible. Reprinted in 1996 in the UK.

2 Hero-A-Go-Go! Hero-A-Go-Go!
Written by Michael Eury
Copyright: 2017

This book is subtitled "Campy Comic Books, Crimefighters & Culture Of The Swinging Sixties." It mentions and gives details on a number of Spy Series within! Welcome to the Camp Age when spies liked their wars cold and their women warm and good guys beat bad guys with a pun and a punch. Celebrate the Camp Craze of the Swinging Sixties when just about everyone was a secret agent.


I doubt you could find anyone who has read any spy series who has not seen, or didn't know quite well, the Impossible Mission Force. It lasted longer on television than any other spy series and provided several icons to American culture: theme music, self-destructing tape, disavowal, and doing the impossible.

It was terrific. I loved it! As a teenager I followed the adventures week after week and though even I at time marvelled at how dumb the bad guys could be at times, it never was onerous enough to keep me from enjoying the show and coming back next week.

Though you never got to know the background on any of the characters to speak of, you got their basic essences right away. Briggs and Phelps would come up with some Plan B at a moment's notice if needed. Collier could fix any device with chewing gum and spit (this was before the wonders of duct tape became as known as they are now). Woe to any bad guy, no matter what size they were, who tried to get past Armitage when he was set as a blocker. Do not look deeply into Cinnamon's eyes (or Tracey or Casey) lest you lose your will power. And do not trust anyone because no matter how well or how long you know them, they could turn out to be Rollin Hand or the Great Paris in disguise.

The series was made first and foremost for television and it worked best there. The books are enjoyable add-ons to the television show. By themselves, they would not have made it but since they were never intended to stand on their own, they work reasonably fine. The same could be said for the comic books. Neither medium allowed for anything other than the standard but since the tv show limited itself to that, no harm done.

I was a huge, gigantic, unabashed fan of the original series. Many of the last few years' missions were missed by me while serving in the military but my memory of the show and my appreciation for it never sagged. For that reason, I was ecstatic when I learned that the IMF team was again working behind the scenes to keep us safe. And the fact that it was being led again by Jim Phelps, played so fantastically by Peter Graves, made me even more excited.

The show tried its best and did entertain me but it did not do well enough to survive more than two years. It was considered by many to be a failure. I disagree. First, the climate in the television industry had changed to an only-the-top-survives attitude. In the race to be the best, shows that were only good were thrown out in the hopes that maybe, just maybe the next one coming along would be the One. For the show to have made it not only through a first season but also a second was impressive.

Add to that the fact that the schedulers of the series moved it from Sunday night where the older generation who knew the original would see it to Saturday when nobody watched much. They did this half way through the first season so many fans lost track of where (or more accurately, when) it was. Then in the beginning of the second season, it was moved to Thursday but put it up against the blockbuster The Cosby Show, almost a death blow. When ratings dived even further, they moved it back to Saturday nights. Bouncing time slots can kill any show.

But even a rabid fan such as myself had to admit that the revival did not have the same spark that the original did. It was good. Just not good enough.


My Grade: B+


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