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  1. 1. Pilot
    September 17 1966
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    The Impossible Missions Force accept a seemingly impossible assignment: "liberating" two nuclear warheads from a hostile Caribbean dictatorship on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  2. 2. Memory
    September 24 1966
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    Dan Briggs and his Impossible Missions Force undertake to overthrow a tyrannical political regime in a Balkan country in "Memory" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  3. 3. Operation Rogosh
    October 1 1966
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    The IMF learns that an enemy agent, Rogosh (Fritz weaver), has entered the U.S. intent on destroying a major city with a secret device in "Operation Rogosh" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  4. 4. Old Man Out (Part 1)
    October 8 1966
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    Dan Briggs is asked to rescue Cardinal Vossek, the leader of a freedom movement in a Balkan country who has information vital to the West, from an impregnable prison in Part 1 of "Old Man Out" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  5. 5. Old Man Out (Part 2)
    October 15 1966
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    The perfectly planned escape, rehearsed in Part 1, is shattered when Cardinal Vossek is moved to solitary confinement in the final part of "Old Man Out" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  6. 6. Odds on Evil
    October 22 1966
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    A shipment of arms that could bring war to the Near East sends the IMF into action at a plush gambling casino on the shores of the Aegean in "Odds On Evil" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  7. 7. Wheels
    October 29 1966
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    Dan Briggs enlists the aid of Rollin Hand to prevent the pro-Eastern elements in a foreign country from rigging a Parliamentary election in "Wheels" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  8. 8. The Ransom
    November 5 1966
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    Egan (William Smithers) , an underworld czar facing a grand jury indictment, forces Briggs into a daring kidnap of the state's prime witness, Gorman (Joe Mantell), by holding the daughter of a close friend captive in "The Ransom" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  9. 9. A Spool There Was
    November 12 1966
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    The IMF accepts the assignment of recovering a reel of recording wire detailing a chemical warfare project being developed against the free world in "A Spool There Was" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  10. 10. The Carriers
    November 19 1966
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    The IMF infiltrates a secret training site in a scheme to prevent a hostile regime from killing millions of Americans through germ warfare in "The Carriers" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  11. 11. Zubrovnik's Ghost
    November 26 1966
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    Dan Briggs dispatches Rollin Hand, Barney and Ariana, a spiritualist, to Austria to persuade an American scientist, Dr. Martha Zubrovnik, not to give the results of her research to the Russians in "Zubrovnik's Ghost" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  12. 12. Fakeout
    December 3 1966
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    Briggs, Cinnamon and Barney are sent to lure Anastas Poltroni (Lloyd Bridges), head of the International Narcotics Syndicate, from a small country which has no extradition treaty with the U.S. in "Fakeout" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  13. 13. Elena
    December 10 1966
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    The IMF is called into action when a valuable Latin American informant, the exquisite Elena del Barra (Barbara Luna), violates orders and threatens to create a serious international crisis by her erratic behavior in "Elena" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  14. 14. The Short Tail Spy
    December 17 1966
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    The IMF moves into action when it learns that a foreign power plans to assassinate Professor Napolsky, a scientist who has defected to the West, in "The Short Tail Spy" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  15. 15. The Legacy
    January 7 1967
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    The IMF accepts the mission of finding Hitler's carefully hidden personal fortune before four neo Nazis, sons of Hitler's close aides, intent on forming a Fourth Reich, are able to find it in "The Legacy" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  16. 16. The Reluctant Dragon
    January 14 1967
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    Dan Briggs sends Rollin Hand and Barney behind the Iron Curtain to help a scientist escape to the West and rejoin his wife, who has recently escaped, in "The Reluctant Dragon" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  17. 17. The Frame
    January 21 1967
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    The IMF sets out to stop an underworld czar responsible for murdering several government officials in "The Frame" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  18. 18. The Trial
    January 28 1967
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    Dan Briggs and the IMF are asked to discredit Josef Varsh (Carroll O'Connor) the tyrannical head of an East European country's secret police, intent on intensifying the cold war in "The Trial" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  19. 19. The Diamond
    February 4 1967
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    The IMF undertake the return of a 27,000 karat diamond to its rightful owners, the starving and deprived natives of a small country, in "The Diamond" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  20. 20. The Legend
    February 11 1967
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    The IMF is assigned the task of infiltrating a clandestine meeting of top-ranking Nazis and disrupting their plans to reestablish the Third Reich in "The Legend" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  21. 21. Snowball in Hell
    February 18 1967
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    An international crisis is threatened when a container of nuclear material, Deuterium 14, and top-secret information on its production fall into the hands of Gerard Sefra (Ricardo Montalban) , the sadistic commandant of an infamous penal colony in "Snowball in Hell" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  22. 22. The Confession
    February 25 1967
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    The IMF draws a delicate assignment when an American senator is assassinated by Andreas Solowiechek (David Sheiner), a member of a Communist Trade Delegation, in "The Confession" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  23. 23. Action!
    March 4 1967
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    The future of American peace talks on the Vietnam crisis is gravely imperiled by a diabolical scheme devised by Miklos Klaar, head of a motion picture studio behind the Iron Curtain, in "Action" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  24. 24. The Train
    March 18 1967
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    The IMF employs Hollywood motion picture illusion to prevent a Communist takeover in an Eastern European country in "The Train" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
  25. 25. Shock
    March 25 1967
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    The IMF is dispatched to a neutral country to prevent a sinister plot which threatens to shatter U.S. prestige in "Shock" on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."
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Directors
Bernard L. KowalskiCharles R. RondeauLeonard HornTom GriesHarry HarrisMarc DanielsLewis AllenSherman MarksMichael O'HerlihyAllen MinerRobert DouglasRichard BenedictHerschel DaughertyLee Katzin
Supporting actors
Martin LandauGreg MorrisPeter Lupus
Producers
Bruce GellerBarry CraneJoseph Gantman
Season year
1967
Network
CBS
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D. NagyReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good Morning Mr. Briggs . . .
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I was delighted to see that all seven seasons of Mission Impossible were available to watch for free on Amazon Prime. Starting from the beginning and working my way through every episode has been such fun. The first thing to praise is Lalo Schifrin's theme music. There have been quite a few popular TV themes over the years but the theme for Mission Impossible is, in my opinion, the best ever. Then, of course, a lot of people don't remember that Dan Briggs was the first head of the Impossible Missions Force. Unfortunately the behind the scenes melodrama with Steven Hill's work schedule demands ultimately got him replaced in Season 2, but I thought he was quite effective in the role of Mr. Briggs. Martin Landau was not officially a cast member in the first season but finally committed to the role of Rollin Hand in Seasons 2 and 3. Barbara Bain, Greg Morris and Peter Lupus were also great in their respective roles. The premise of the show was highly innovative and it is still marvelous to watch how the IMF team, with the brilliant strategies of Mr. Briggs, was able to utilize the "primitive" technology of the time to outwit the bad guys. The original Mission Impossible series might be a total bore to someone raised in our digital age, but for someone like me who actually owned a mini reel to reel tape player back in the day this series is a delightful blast from the past. I guess all that's left to say is "Good luck, Dan! This tape will self destruct in 5 seconds . . . "
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Polly CyReviewed in the United States on September 26, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Now THIS was television
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Mission Impossible was the first "grown up" television series I was allowed to watch, and it made a huge impression. There was never really any sense that the series was "finding itself" through the first episodes. It seemed full realized from the pilot. I loved every moment and every episode, just some more than others.

Many people believe that the show finally gelled when Peter Graves stepped in to lead the team in Season 2. That is true in many ways, but I've always had a soft spot for Stephen Hill's Dan Briggs. His role was (by necessity - he placed some strict limitations on his rehearsal and performance times) much more that of a leader and delegator, not a participant. He frequently turns over the execution of the plan to his team, pulling the strings from behind the scenes. Peter Graves will be much more "hands-on" when he takes over leadership of the team. Watch the last few seconds of the pilot and you will see a white/gray-haired man pulling the team members to safety on their getaway plane. His face is never seen, so it isn't much of a stretch to imagine that Phelps was in fact there, all along, behind the scenes, learning the ropes and waiting for a promotion to team leader.

Some of the series' best episodes appear in the first season. Operation Rogosh is only the third episode, but it's both an absorbing drama and a promise of what will come. It introduces many of the bag of tricks that will be the team's stock in trade over the run of the series: memory gaps, replicated locations, leaving the antagonist to suffer retribution at the hands of his "friends" rather than the team. It's a brilliant psychological drama, and every team member gets a star turn. Greg Morris (as Barney) adopting a Caribbean accent and howling, "I protest this whole COUNTRY, mon!" is a delight. Martin Landau's little karate chop to his palm, promising that if Rogosh confesses there will be no more "little...eh...massages" is not menacing, rather he gives us a professional who does his job thoroughly and with competence. (Something more frightening in ways). Stephen Hill is the worst public defender in history, hunched, stammering, incompetent, and when he finally gets an excuse to slug Rogosh, he does it with such relish that the viewer can't contain a satisfied "attaboy." Even Peter Lupus rises to the occasion, although he was never there for his acting ability. Barbara Bain relies on acting not glamour in this episode, and she portrays the hysteria and paranoia of an "innocent" woman tortured by hypothetical interrogators superbly.

Season 1 is full of big and little moments. One of my favorites is from "The Frame." The evil (and slightly psychopathic) Syndicate leader "accidently" stumbles across her, clad only in a lacy teddy and silk stockings. She's all tearing eyes, trembling lips, and terrified vulnerability as she proceeds to twist him around her pinky finger. As he turns and leaves, she gives tosses her head and gives a little shoulder waggle and tiny smirk, as if to say, "I'm GOOD. The poor schmuck doesn't have a prayer against me." It's a delightful moment, one of those serendipitous marriages of writing and acting, that lasts two seconds at the most. It tells us more about Cinnamon Carter than any number of speeches or "very special episodes." It also features the under-appreciated Arthur Batanides who appeared so many times in so many different roles that not even IMDb lists them all.

Just as "Rogosh" employed many of MI's future tactics early in the season, "The Train" empties the bag entirely. It's one of their "Big Moments" special effects schemes, and one that will be used over and over again, (see for example, season Six's "The Submarine."). The villains are persuaded they are on a train headed across the Alps, and tricked into revealing their contempt for their leader and plans to establish a harsh dictatorship after his death. The poor (dying of heart disease) Prime Minister watches them discuss their plans, and limps away, saddened but wiser, comforted by the team.

There are several things that make this season, and the series for the first few years, nearly perfect television. The writing is brilliant and the performances spectacular. Production standards are consistently high Some of the best episodes are now, sadly, somewhat dated, since they deal with the surviving remnants of WWII. There are a number of plots revolving around attempts to restore a Nazi reich, which 22 years after the war was not unrealistic. One of those episodes is "The Legacy." Briggs is shot in the chest at the end of the episode. If they had held it back and shown it at the end of the season, it might have given the producers just the excuse they needed to explain Peter Graves' elevation to team leader in Season 2. Ah well, if that's the worst carp I can come up with, clearly there's no more to say.
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Laura BrownReviewed in the United States on April 25, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Mission Impossble, Season One
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Mission Impossible was the first and most unique spy series that tv has had. It is a combination of science and theatrics with the "agents" of the IM Forcd acting out the roles of others to achieve their goals of keeping the works at peace. There is very little actual killing. Looking at our programs today, one wonders how a show almost sixty years old can outpace and outmaneuver outstanding forces and keep the world at peace. There has never been a show like it before and probably never will again. Today violence is the byword; not cleverness or original thinking. They have fallen by the wayside. I heartily recommend this series, especially the first three seasons when Martin Landau and Barbara Baun were the man agents , as a top show to watch!
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R. J. NodesReviewed in the United States on September 29, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
One of the Very Best TV Shows Ever
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It's been half a century since this show was new, but it's still among the best of its genre ever produced, and that includes today's attempts at spy/thriller shows on TV and cable. There was extraordinary outside-the-box writing and inventive solutions to seemingly insurmountable challenges faced by the IM Force, and week after week, it kept the audience at home more than satisfied.Sure, some of the sets and props were decidedly low-tech by today's standards, but they never depended on CGI simply because it didn't exist. It was a plot and character driven series that explored how protagonists and antagonists think - and predicting what they would do in situations that seemed to the viewers to be anything but predictable. I've always preferred Jim Phelps to Dan Briggs, but Steven Hill's single year at the helm of the IMF showed him to be a good actor and almost a natural in the role, had he continued. The great TV and movie character actors/actresses of the day (Albert Salmi, Albert Paulsen, Fritz Weaver) were frequent guest villains and no one ever turned in a bad or unworthy performance. I'd give the series as a whole five stars, but the first year - well, they were finding their way. That in no way diminishes the greatness of one of TV's best shows ever!
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doxtorrayReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Let the Missions Begin
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This was a great start to a great series. While this is great for those who like mysteries and puzzles, and can devote a whole 55 minutes of attention, this series may not be for everyone. This is not the Mission:Impossible of the movies-- that franchise was not a reboot, but a name-stealer.

There is at least one puzzle in every show. While viewers know the general "mission," they are only shown hints as to how it will be carried out at the start of each episode. Then, as the solution to that puzzle unfolds, the plot and suspense revolves around the completion of the mission.This series engages the brain and requires the viewer to think, unlike almost all the shlock on TV today, and much of it in the 1960's. There is very little action-- no car chases or gunfights. While there are cool inventions, deceptions, illusions and tricks, the closest thing to explosions that one can expect in most episodes is the iconic the self-destruction of the tape recording of the mission instructions.

Also, this is not a character-driven show. The show is pretty much all plot. The emotions or the private lives of the main characters are not a part of the normal episodes, and only a handful even imply that the characters have any life outside of the job.

Bruce Geller, the creative genius behind the series, oversaw the first few seasons with care, and it shows in the scripts and performances.
In this season, the format, the actors, and the writers were getting a feel for the series. While there are a few mis-steps, and a few episodes that seem padded (the two-parter, for example), the greatness of the Impossible Mission Force at Desilu in the mid-1960's and the amazingly talented cast are well on display.

Steven Hill, as Mr. Briggs, leads the team in the first season. While he is a fine actor, in the last few episodes of the season he does seem less engaged and more like he is going through the motions until his contract expires. Because he is seen less in many of the later episodes, the other cast members have greater opportunity to display their characters' roles in the team.

While I have watched all of the episodes at least once on DVD, it is great to have Amazon stream them, and certainly makes me feel like my Prime membership is worth it. Because Amazon has this, and Netf*** has dropped it, I dropped Netf*** and use Amazon streaming a lot more than ever.
Raymond BelangerReviewed in the United States on September 25, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A solid, watchable 60s's era James Bond style series that's worth a watch.
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This is a mystery/crime drama from the early sixties (in color) centered around four to five actors playing the part of secret agents of the IMF (impossible missions force). Every show begins with the leader of the group receiving a secret message at a different location every time. The message self destructs or is destroyed "in the usual manner...". They are his marching orders and the the mystery begins. The opening title and score are excellent and the stories are mostly plausible and credible although some do push the envelope. Be forewarned, this series has NOTHING in common with the movie series with Tom Cruise except name. It has a James Bond feel to it because of the gadgets and the great music. In closing, this is a solid series worthy of a screening. Enjoy the missions!
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R.A. MolyneuxReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
This series is just an immense amount of fun. We are on to Season 2 but about ...
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This series is just an immense amount of fun.

We are on to Season 2 but about Season 1...
Mission Impossible, Season 1 is not the slick CGI/tech/special effects stuff they do now although as one who watched these when I came out, they sure seemed like sophisticated special effects then. Maybe I was too caught up in all that to see that what was going on was just very clever. Yes, one might chuckle here or there about dated stuff. Wait until you see the cell phone equivalents. But sit down and watch.

In each episode, we start out knowing that Mr. Briggs and his intrepid IMF Force [and we know the Secretary will not have his back!] have some bad guy to take care of. But we don't quite know how. We get hints--often with a bit of misdirection--and in the end the bad guy gets it in some surprising way. Those episodes must have been difficult to write given that the bad guy and the audience are subjected to misdirection. Many, many times my wife and I end up laughing as it all winds down.

Good fun. A bit dated but clever.

Many of the stars from those years show up. First one has Wally Cox in a not very good role but...Wally Cox. Most all of his early TV work apparently is lost. A comedy genius.
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Rubin E.Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Edge-of-the-seat drama accomplishes its mission
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When I was younger, I did not watch Season 1, so it's been a pleasure to see it. I have found meyself feeling some angst on how they are going to accomplish their mission. That's something that rarely happens when I watch similar dramas on TV today because I have pretty much have figured out the plot. The twists and turns on MI don't afford that opportunity, even though I know they are going to get the job done. I also see how some other series I have watched down through the years, notably Charlie's Angels, The A-Team and Burn Notice, "borrowed" from MI. That's not a surprise after watching the first season of MI.
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