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Charlie's Angels 

A wealthy mystery man named Charlie runs a detective agency via a speakerphone and his personal assistant, John Bosley. His detectives are three beautiful women, who end up in a variety of difficult situations.

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Nominated for 7 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Jaclyn Smith ...  Kelly Garrett / ... 110 episodes, 1976-1981
David Doyle ...  John Bosley 110 episodes, 1976-1981
Cheryl Ladd ...  Kris Munroe / ... 87 episodes, 1977-1981
Kate Jackson ...  Sabrina Duncan 69 episodes, 1976-1979
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Television series about a wealthy mystery man who runs a detective agency via a speakerphone and his personal assistant, John Bosley. His detectives are three beautiful women, who end up in a variety of difficult situations. The cast changed substantially over the life of this show, as actresses left for various movie, television, and modelling deals. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Alley Cats See more »

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Runtime:

(106 episodes) | (116 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

When Farrah Fawcett left the series, her absence was explained by having her character Jill become a professional racing driver on the Grand Prix circuit in Europe. Kate Jackson's absence was explained by having Sabrina getting married and starting a family. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the series a shot of the Townsend Agency building with the Angel's cars out front is used whenever establishing the next scene. Which cars are out front rarely match which Angels are in next office scene. See more »

Quotes

[Opening Narration]
Charlie: Once upon a time, there were three little girls who went to the Police Academy; and they were each assigned very hazardous duties. But I took them away from all that, and now they work for me. My name is Charlie.
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Referenced in Thanksgiving Family Reunion (2003) See more »

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Beautiful does not mean weak
8 July 2003 | by kittykatkanSee all my reviews

I have seen complaints about the original Charlie's Angels series and how having beautiful stars in it negated any feminist notions about the series. I would like to disagree.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, there were few enough female 'action' stars on television to be role models for young girls. The various women in 'Charlie's Angels' were (according to the OP) police officers before Charlie hired them -- and as female police officers, they were given stupid 'girl' jobs like handing out parking tickets, and handling switchboards, and so on. Charlie gave them jobs in which they could actually fight crime -- and they did fight crime, together. If one of them needed rescue, it wasn't a man that came to rescue her, but one of the other two 'angels'. They were independent, intelligent, single, employed women who worked well together and supported one another.

The show is dated now, given how strong feminism has become since then. Back then, however, it was more than enough for at least one little girl to see that she didn't have to grow up and get married and have babies to be happy in life. Charlie's Angels -- the original show, not the fluffy movies (which are fun in their own way) -- remains to this day in my opinion an excellent example of how women should look at life: it's a challenge; meet it head on, and on your own terms.

The fact that the women were all beautiful is irrelevant to the show except that it attracted a male audience.


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