Spy Television

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Titles mentioned in the book Spy Television (Wesley Britton, Praeger Television Collection, 2004).

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1. Doorway to Danger (1951–1953)

30 min

Foreign and domestic enemies of the United States are dealt with under the direction of John Randolph, primarily by agent Carter in the first and third seasons, by many different agents the middle year.

Stars: Raymond Bramley, Constance Davis, Stacy Harris, Grant Richards

2. Dangerous Assignment (1952– )

TV-PG | 26 min | Adventure

"The Commissioner" sent US special agent Steve Mitchell to exotic locales where he encounters adventure and international intrigue, all played out using extreme violence.

Stars: Brian Donlevy, Herbert Butterfield, Lyle Talbot, Jan Arvan

Votes: 64

3. Foreign Intrigue (1951–1955)

30 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

The experiences of Robert Cannon and Helen Davis, foreign correspondents for "Consolidated News". Stories relate to their attempts to infiltrate and expose espionage rings.

Stars: Jerome Thor, Gerald Mohr, James Daly, John Padovano

Votes: 20

4. The Man Called X (1956–1957)

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

The Man Called X was Agent Ken Thurston who took on dangerous cases in a variety of exotic locations. He was sent all around the world by the Intelligence Bureau to gather information and protect U.S interests. His code name is simply X.

Stars: Barry Sullivan, Byron Keith, Don C. Harvey, Lynn Cartwright

Votes: 18

5. I Led 3 Lives (1953–1956)

30 min | Drama

Herbert Philbrick was a young professional and pacifist in 1939 Boston. He joined an anti-war group and quickly found himself caught up in the secret world of underground communist activity... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Carlson, John Zaremba, Virginia Stefan, Ed Hinton

Votes: 108

6. Secret File, U.S.A. (1955– )

30 min | Thriller

William Thompson, an American intelligence agent, goes on missions deep behind enemy lines to gather information about threats to American security and protect American diplomats abroad.

Stars: Robert Alda, Lous Hensen, Agnes Bernelle, Rob de Vries

Votes: 9

8. O.S.S. (1957–1958)

30 min | Drama, War

Frank Hawthorne is an agent in World War II's Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.), the U.S.'s spy agency. He operates behind German lines in France with the assistance of the French ... See full summary »

Stars: Ron Randell, Lionel Murton, Robert Gallico, Max Faulkner

Votes: 17

9. Crusader (1955–1956)

30 min | Drama

In revenge for the Communist government in Poland having sent his mother to a concentration camp where she died, Matt Anders devotes himself to freeing others from totalitarian countries.

Stars: Brian Keith, Edwin Reimers, Arthur Space, Leon Askin

Votes: 29

10. Behind Closed Doors (1958–1959)

30 min | Drama

The files of Rear Admiral Ellis M. Zacharias were the basis of this series based on American counterespionage from 25 years in naval intelligence. The stories were connected with the Cold ... See full summary »

Stars: Bruce Gordon, Ellis M. Zacharias, John Sutton, Jacques Aubuchon

Votes: 19

11. Adventures of the Falcon (1954– )

30 min | Adventure

Stories of an Espionage Agent.

Stars: Charles McGraw, James Flavin, G. Pat Collins, Douglas Kennedy

Votes: 17

12. Five Fingers (1959–1960)

60 min | Drama

Victor Sebastian is a successful undercover agent based in Europe. Victor's cover is as a talent agent for singer Simone Genet whom is later a romantic interest. Victor is often aided by his contact Robertson.

Stars: David Hedison, Luciana Paluzzi, Paul Burke, Michael Romanoff

Votes: 38

13. Hong Kong (1960–1961)

60 min | Adventure

Glenn Evans, a two-fisted journalist in Hong Kong, follows up stories involving smugglers, spies, murderers, and beautiful women in distress, with the help of his friend Chief Inspector Neil Campbell.

Stars: Rod Taylor, Lloyd Bochner, Jack Kruschen, Gerald Jann

Votes: 98

14. Man from Interpol (1960– )

30 min | Crime, Drama

The series followed the globetrotting adventures of Anthony Smith (The Man From Interpol) as he sought to bring master criminals from all corners of the globe to justice.

Stars: Richard Wyler, John Longden, John Serret, Peter Allenby

Votes: 19

16. Captain Midnight (1954–1958)

30 min | Sci-Fi

Captain Midnight was a daring, jut-jawed war hero who led a mysterious government group known as the Secret Squadron. Midnight, his comic sidekick Icky, and the rest of the Squadron ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Webb, Sid Melton, Olan Soule, Henry Rowland

Votes: 103

17. Atom Squad (1953–1954)

15 min | Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy

The Atom Squad is a top-secret planetary defense organization faced with challenges from evildoers and malfunctioning machines alike.

Stars: Harrison Sheppard, Robert Courtleigh, Bob Hastings, Bram Nossen

Votes: 9

18. Rocky and His Friends (1959–1963)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Rocky, a plucky flying squirrel and Bullwinkle, a bumbling but lovable moose, have a series of ongoing adventures.

Stars: Bill Scott, June Foray, Paul Frees, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 3,183

19. The Hunter (1952– )

30 min | Drama

A Spy series where character Bart Adams is a master of disguise. He uses the cover of being an international businessman to fight Communism abroad.

Stars: Barry Nelson, Keith Larsen, Barbara Joyce, Alan Stevenson

Votes: 5

20. Biff Baker, U.S.A. (1952–1954)

30 min | Adventure

A Husband-and-Wife Spy Team pose as American Importers behind the Iron Curtain.

Stars: Alan Hale Jr., Randy Stuart, John Wengraf, Charles Bronson

Votes: 49

21. Passport to Danger (1954–1958)

30 min | Adventure

The adventures of a U.S. diplomatic courier, as he travels to distant countries with important communiques to America's allies and dodges enemy agents.

Stars: Cesar Romero, Charles Horvath, Victor Romito, Steven Geray

Votes: 24

22. Cowboy G-Men (1952– )

30 min | Western

Pat Gallagher and his sidekick Stoney Crockett are Secret Service agents in the Old West, dispatched by the government to investigate crimes threatening the young nation.

Stars: Russell Hayden, Jackie Coogan, Phil Arnold, Tom Monroe

Votes: 44

23. Soldiers of Fortune (1955–1957)

30 min | Adventure

Soldiers of Fortune is a 1955 syndicated half hour American television adventure series. It starred John Russell as Tim Kelly and Chick Chandler as his sidekick Toubo Smith who were ... See full summary »

Stars: John Russell, Chick Chandler, John Daheim, Jan Arvan

Votes: 68

24. 21 Beacon Street (1959– )

30 min | Drama

Private investigator Dennis Chase operates with a staff made up of the stunning Lola, new attorney Brian, and talented linguist Jim. Using specific methods they determine the guilty party ... See full summary »

Stars: Dennis Morgan, James Maloney, Joanna Barnes, Brian Kelly

Votes: 19

25. Climax! (1954–1958)
Episode: Casino Royale (1954)

Unrated | 52 min | Drama

American spy James Bond must outsmart card wiz and crime boss LeChiffre while monitoring his actions.

Director: William H. Brown Jr. | Stars: Barry Nelson, Peter Lorre, Linda Christian, Michael Pate

Votes: 958

26. The Poppy Is Also a Flower (1966)

GP | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

United Nations narcotics agents attempt to trace heroin shipments from the Afghanistan-Iran border to the main European distributor.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Senta Berger, Stephen Boyd, Yul Brynner, Angie Dickinson

Votes: 721

27. World of Giants (1959– )

30 min | Sci-Fi

Marshal Thompson plays a secret agent that is approximately 6 inches tall. He is carried around from one mission to another in a briefcase with a small chair inside.

Stars: Marshall Thompson, Arthur Franz, Marcia Henderson, Tom McKee

Votes: 23

28. The Four Just Men (1959– )

30 min | Drama

Four men: a British politician, an American journalist in Paris, a lawyer in the U.S., and a Roman hotelier, band together to fight injustice wherever they find it.

Stars: Richard Conte, Dan Dailey, Jack Hawkins, Lisa Gastoni

Votes: 66

29. Top Secret (1961–1962)

60 min | Drama

A British agent starts work in South America.

Stars: William Franklyn, Patrick Cargill, Alan Rothwell, Frieda Knorr

Votes: 7

30. The Invisible Man (1958–1960)

30 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

British scientist Dr. Peter Brady (Tim Turner), while working on an invisibility formula, suffers a tragic accident which turns him invisible. Unfortunately, there is no antidote, so, while... See full summary »

Stars: Tim Turner, Lisa Daniely, Deborah Watling, Ernest Clark

Votes: 298

31. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–1968)

50 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The two top agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement fight the enemies of peace, particularly the forces of THRUSH.

Stars: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll, John Herman Shaner

Votes: 4,261

32. The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)

50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Two Secret Service Agents, equipped with a wide array of gizmos, work for the government in the Old West.

Stars: Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Dick Cangey, Whitey Hughes

Votes: 3,773

33. I Spy (1965–1968)

51 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A pair of intelligence agents posing as a tennis pro and his coach go on secret missions around the world.

Stars: Robert Culp, Bill Cosby, Kenneth Tobey, Arthur Batanides

Votes: 1,765

34. Get Smart (1965–1970)

TV-G | 25 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Maxwell Smart, a highly intellectual but bumbling spy working for the CONTROL agency, battles the evil forces of rival spy agency KAOS with the help of his competent partner Agent 99.

Stars: Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt, Robert Karvelas

Votes: 9,885

35. The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966–1967)

60 min | Action, Adventure

The missions of agent April Dancer of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.

Stars: Stefanie Powers, Noel Harrison, Leo G. Carroll, Randy Kirby

Votes: 349

36. The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair (1983 TV Movie)

96 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

When THRUSH steals a nuclear weapon and demands a ransom delivered by Napoleon Solo, UNCLE recalls him and his partner to duty.

Director: Ray Austin | Stars: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Patrick Macnee, Tom Mason

Votes: 544

37. The Protectors (1972–1974)

30 min | Adventure, Crime

The Protectors were Harry Rule, the Contessa di Contini and Paul Buchet, three freelance troubleshooters who ran an international crime fighting agency. Based in London, Harry was the ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Vaughn, Nyree Dawn Porter, Tony Anholt, Yasuko Nagazumi

Votes: 309

38. The Avengers (1961–1969)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A quirky spy show of the adventures of eccentrically suave British Agent John Steed (Patrick Macnee) and his predominately female partners.

Stars: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman, Linda Thorson

Votes: 5,914

39. The New Avengers (1976–1977)

60 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

John Steed and his new accomplices Purdey and Gambit find themselves facing new and deadly dangers in the bizarre world of espionage. Mixing fantasy with a darker edge, the trio face ... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick Macnee, Gareth Hunt, Joanna Lumley, Maurice Marsac

Votes: 1,765

40. Escapade (1978 TV Movie)

50 min | Action

Two U.S. Secret Service agents are lured on a bizarre search for their rookie partner who has mysteriously disappeared.Two secret agents set out in search of a missing comrade.

Director: Jerry London | Stars: Granville Van Dusen, Morgan Fairchild, Len Birman, Janice Lynde

Votes: 9

41. I Spy Returns (1994 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Action

Time passes and things change. So have Scott and Robinson. Scott has become a college professor and Robinson holds a high enough position with the S.S.A.. Actually, their children are now ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry London | Stars: Robert Culp, Bill Cosby, George Newbern, Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Votes: 282

42. Top Secret (1978 TV Movie)

100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A veteran American espionage agent is sent with a new partner to Italy, in order to track down 100 pounds of missing plutonium before it can be obtained by terrorists.

Director: Paul Leaf | Stars: Bill Cosby, Tracy Reed, Sheldon Leonard, Gloria Foster

Votes: 42

43. Danger Man (1960–1962)

TV-PG | 24 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

John Drake (Patrick McGoohan) is a special operative for N.A.T.O., specializing in security assignments against any subversive element which threatened world peace. The series featured ... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Richard Wattis, Lionel Murton, Michael Ripper

Votes: 880

44. Secret Agent (1964–1967)

49 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

John Drake (Patrick McGoohan) is a special operative for M9, specializing in security assignments against any subversive element which threatened world peace.

Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Peter Madden, Earl Cameron, Zia Mohyeddin

Votes: 986

45. The Prisoner (1967–1968)

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

After resigning, a secret agent is abducted and taken to what looks like an idyllic village, but is really a bizarre prison. His warders demand information. He gives them nothing, but only tries to escape.

Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Angelo Muscat, Peter Swanwick, Peter Brace

Votes: 11,399

46. The Saint (1962–1969)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Simon Templar (Sir Roger Moore), a wealthy adventurer known as The Saint, travels around tin his white Volvo P1800S.

Stars: Roger Moore, Ivor Dean, Leslie Crawford, Justine Lord

Votes: 3,884

47. Return of the Saint (1978–1979)

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Crime

This series chronicles the swashbuckling exploits of Simon Templar, a modern day Robin Hood of sorts.

Stars: Ian Ogilvy, Gayle Hunnicutt, Stratford Johns, Derren Nesbitt

Votes: 291

48. CBS Summer Playhouse (1987–1989)
Episode: The Saint in Manhattan (1987)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Simon Templar returns to New York via Concorde and is feeling restless, until a note from an old flame surfaces.

Director: James Frawley | Stars: Andrew Clarke, George Rose, Kevin Tighe, Christopher Marcantel

Votes: 16

49. The Saint: The Brazilian Connection (1989 TV Movie)

92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Sleuth Simon Templar ties a London baby's kidnapping to a black-market baby ring based in Brazil.

Director: Ian Toynton | Stars: Simon Dutton, Gayle Hunnicutt, David Ryall, Simon Rouse

Votes: 32

50. The Saint: The Blue Dulac (1989 TV Movie)

92 min | Action, Crime, Drama