Tuesday, January 8, 2008

“Charlie’s Angels”

Once upon a time, there were three little girls who went to the police academy. And they were all assigned very hazardous duties.

But, Charlie took them away from all that, and they went to work for him as private detectives.

Each week, three female detectives, known collectively as the “Angels,” would be given a mystery to solve by their unseen boss, Charles “Charlie” Townsend (voiced by future “Dynasty” star John Forsythe.).

Running from 1976 to 1981, the cast of Angels would change more than Clark Kent in a telephone booth. When the show began, the Angels were: Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and Farrah Fawcett-Majors.

Farrah, who played Jill Munroe, would leave after the first season (although she did make recurring guest appearances). Taking her place was Cheryl Ladd, who came aboard as Jill’s sister, Kris.

Then, the revolving door really got spinning. Kate Jackson, who played Sabrina Duncan, was fired, and replaced with Shelley Hack (Tiffany Welles). Hack would be replaced by Tanya Roberts as Angel Julie Rogers.

And, of course, we can’t forget the Angels’ trusty sidekick, John Bosley, better known simply as “Bosley” (played by David Doyle).

One of the episodes I remember most vividly is “Angels in Springtime.” Kris Monroe almost met her fate being smothered in a body wrap. Ouch. Nancy Parsons played the villainous Zora.

Here’s the show’s opening sequence from season 2, from YouTube.com:

Here’s a clip from the high-rated episode, “Angels in Chains,” set to Thin Lizzy’s song, “Jailbreak”:

And, you know you’ve hit the big time when you’re turned into a doll. Here’s a commercial for the “Charlie’s Angels” dolls:

For more information on “Charlie’s Angels,” go to imdb.com:

For more details on the “Angels in Springtime” episode, go to imdb.com here:

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