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Mission: Impossible

Mission: Impossible
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Genre Action/Adventure
Created by Bruce Geller
Starring Steven Hill
Barbara Bain
Barbara Anderson
Greg Morris
Peter Lupus
Peter Graves
Martin Landau
Leonard Nimoy
Lesley Ann Warren
Sam Elliott
Lynda Day George
Theme music composer Lalo Schifrin
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 171 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time 50 minutes
Production company(s) Desilu Productions (1966–1967)
Paramount Television (1968–1973)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Release
Original network CBS
Picture format NTSC (480i)
4:3
Audio format Monaural
Dolby Digital 5.1 (DVD)
Original release September 17, 1966 – March 30, 1973
Chronology
Followed by Mission: Impossible (1988)
Diagnosis: Murder (1993)

Mission: Impossible is an American television series that was created and initially produced by Bruce Geller. It chronicles the missions of a team of secret government agents known as the Impossible Missions Force (IMF). In the first season, the team is led by Dan Briggs, played by Steven Hill; Jim Phelps, played by Peter Graves, takes charge for the remaining seasons. A hallmark of the series shows Briggs or Phelps receiving his instructions on a recording that then self-destructs, followed by the theme music composed by Lalo Schifrin.

The series was filmed and financed by Desilu Productions, and aired on the CBS network from September 1966 to March 1973. The series was reprised in 1988 for two seasons on ABC, retaining only Graves in the cast. It also inspired a series of theatrical motion pictures starring Tom Cruise, beginning in 1996.

The series follows the exploits of the Impossible Missions Force (IMF), a small team of secret agents used for covert missions against dictators, evil organizations and (primarily in later episodes) crime lords. On occasion, the IMF also mounts unsanctioned, private missions on behalf of its members.

The identities of the higher echelons of the organization that oversees the IMF are never revealed. Only rare cryptic bits of information are ever provided during the life of the series, such as in the third season mission "Nicole", where the IMF leader states that his instructions come from "Division Seven". In the 1980s revival, it is suggested the IMF is an independent agency of the United States government. This is implied by the fact that towards the end of the taped instructed messages, the narrator includes the passage:- "As always, should you or any of your IM force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions", or words to that effect.


Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Steven Hill Dan Briggs Main
Barbara Bain Cinnamon Carter Main
Greg Morris Barnard "Barney" Collier Main
Peter Lupus William "Willy" Armitage Main
Peter Graves Jim Phelps Main
Martin Landau Rollin Hand Recurring Main
Leonard Nimoy Paris Main
Lesley Ann Warren Dana Lambert Main
Sam Elliott Dr. Doug Robert Main
Lynda Day George Lisa Casey Main
Year Category Nominee(s) Episode(s) Result
1967 Dramatic Series Joseph Gantman and Bruce Geller Won
Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series Barbara Bain Won
Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama Bruce Geller Won
Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series Martin Landau Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Film and Sound Editing Paul Krasny, Robert Watts Won
Individual Achievements in Music – Composition Lalo Schifrin Nominated
1968 Dramatic Series Joseph Gantman Won
Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series Barbara Bain Won
Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama Alan Balter & William Read Woodfield 'The Killing Nominated
Outstanding Directing Achievement in Drama Lee H. Katzin 'The Killing' Nominated
Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series Martin Landau Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing David Wages 'The Photographer' Nominated
Robert Watts 'The Traitor Nominated
Individual Achievements in Music – Composition Lalo Schifrin 'The Seal' Nominated
Special Classification of Individual Achievement Joseph G. Sorokin 'The Survivors' Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction & Scenic Design Bill Ross 'Echo of Yesterday' Nominated
1969 Dramatic Series Bruce Geller Nominated
Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series Barbara Bain Won
Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series Martin Landau Nominated
Peter Graves Nominated
Actor in a Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series Greg Morris Nominated
Individual Achievements in Music – Composition Lalo Schifrin 'The Heir Apparent' Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction & Scenic Design Lucien Hafley, Bill Ross 'The Bunker: Part one and two' Won
Year Category Nominee(s) Result
1968 Television Series – Drama Won
Actor in a Television Series – Drama Martin Landau Won
Actress in a Television Series – Drama Barbara Bain Nominated
1969 Actor in a Television Series – Drama Peter Graves Nominated
1970 Actor in a Television Series – Drama Peter Graves Nominated
1971 Actor in a Television Series – Drama Peter Graves Won
Best Supporting Actress – Television Lesley Ann Warren Nominated
1972 Actress in a Television Series – Drama Lynda Day George Nominated
DVD title Ep # Release date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete 1st Season 28 December 5, 2006 November 20, 2006 November 30, 2006
The Complete 2nd Season 25 June 5, 2007 May 7, 2007 April 12, 2007
The Complete 3rd Season 25 October 29, 2007 October 29, 2007 November 8, 2007
The Complete 4th Season 26 May 13, 2008 May 5, 2008 May 15, 2008
The Complete 5th Season 23 October 7, 2008 February 9, 2009 November 6, 2008
The Complete 6th Season 22 April 28, 2009 May 18, 2009 October 1, 2009
The Complete 7th Season 22 November 3, 2009 March 22, 2010 October 1, 2009
The Complete Collection 171 December 11, 2012 N/A July 29, 2015

  • Saturday at 9:00-10:00 PM on CBS: September 17, 1966—January 7, 1967
  • Saturday at 8:30-9:30 PM on CBS: January 14—April 22, 1967
  • Sunday at 10:00-11:00 PM on CBS: September 10, 1967—March 29, 1970
  • Saturday at 7:30-8:30 PM on CBS: September 19, 1970—March 17, 1971
  • Saturday at 10:00-11:00 PM on CBS: September 18, 1971—December 9, 1972
  • Friday at 8:00-9:00 PM on CBS: December 22, 1972—March 30, 1973
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