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Mission: Impossible 

An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture.

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Bruce Geller
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Peter Graves ...  Jim Phelps 35 episodes, 1988-1990
Thaao Penghlis ...  Nicholas Black 35 episodes, 1988-1990
Antony Hamilton ...  Max Harte 35 episodes, 1988-1990
Phil Morris ...  Grant Collier 35 episodes, 1988-1990
Bob Johnson Bob Johnson ...  Voice on Disc 35 episodes, 1988-1990
Jane Badler ...  Shannon Reed 24 episodes, 1989-1990
Terry Markwell Terry Markwell ...  Casey Randall 12 episodes, 1988-1989
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Storyline

Jim Phelps is the head of a super-secret government agency ("Impossible Mission Force"), and is often given secret anonymous covert missions to attempt; quite often they are unmasking of criminals or rescuing of hostages. He picks his team depending on which tasks need to be done. One thing is vital on an Impossible Mission: the mission must be carried out in entire secrecy, often relying on high-tech equipment and elaborate deceptions. A 1988 update of the classic 1966 series, featuring a great deal of high-tech gadgetry. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Your Mission, Should You Decide To Accept It....


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In geheimer Mission See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(35 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The series was originally planned to be a limited series. A new cast was hired to play the characters from the original Mission: Impossible (1966), and the episodes were all going to remake original series scripts. This changed when Peter Graves returned to the role of Jim Phelps; the other characters were then renamed, and the show became a continuation of the original. One of the new cast members was Greg Morris's son, Phil, cast as his dad's character Barney Collier. His character was renamed Grant Collier, and he became Barney's son. See more »

Goofs

On several occasions, the team use holographic projections to their advantage. As of 2017, over 25 years after the series is set, the ability to project an image into thin air does not exist. See more »

Quotes

Voice on Disc: [Line repeated near the beginning of each episode in the series as Jim Phelps listens to the tape/disc containing his instructions and setting up the episode storyline] Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it...
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Referenced in I Got the Hook Up (1998) See more »

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Fans of the original series disavow all knowledge of Paramount's actions. (Still preferable to the Tom Cruise version though.)
24 May 2002 | by Victor FieldSee all my reviews

For this revival (which not only returned the classic series to television but also four of its original episodes - "The Killer" , "The Condemned," "The System" and "The Legacy") Peter Graves again assumed command of the IM Force with a new set of equivalents for the old unit, shot in Australia and with stronger effects... but lesser scripts.

Watching the originals again, they're miniature gems particularly in the first few years; the new version just isn't as compelling, although having Casey Randall be the first IM member to actually die in the course of duty was unusual. The episode "Submarine" pretty much encapsulates the remake's inferiority; written by the show's visual effects supervisor Dale Duguid, there's an unfortunate emphasis on how the illusion required to trap the villain is done, which suffuses any suspense.

The show does, however, have more fidelity to the concept than the misguided cinema version from Cruise and DePalma, which is why this is ultimately preferable. But the original show is the one to watch.


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