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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:

Mission: Impossible 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

Due to the writers' strike of 1988-89, the revived series was originally going to consist entirely of updated versions of stories from the original series. When the strike ended, the show began producing new scripts. However, four of the first five episodes of the revival are remakes of original series episodes. 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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Not quite as good as the best of the old show...but very close.
11 March 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In 1988, CBS decided to revive the old "Mission: Impossible" TV show. However, to cut costs they did something odd...they filmed the show in Australia! The first season was made in Queensland (north of Sydney) and the second season was made in Melbourne. Generally, this isn't all that obvious, though some of team members sure sound like Aussies...especially Anthony Hamilton. So is it any good? Generally, very good...with a few exceptions. First, because of the writers strike, several of the early episodes are just remakes of old episodes. A few of the episodes (such as "The Devils" and "Bayou") are just insanely bad--with plots such as convincing a mark that Mr. Phelps is Satan himself!!! But generally, the show avoided this sort of thing and brought us more of what everyone loved back in the 60s and 70s...lots of cool plots and gadgets. And, even though Peter Graves was a good bit younger, the shows worked well. It's just too bad the network lost faith in the show and moved it in their schedule...making folks miss out on it because of the change.

By the way, BOTH seasons of the reboot are available on DVD and are worth having.


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