Review for Mission Impossible Season 1:
With its combination of Cold War villains and James Bond-like techno-gadgets, Mission: Impossible
was an instant hit when it premiered on September 17, 1966. The series was the brainchild of creator/producer Bruce Geller, whose formula for seven successful seasons included a well-chosen ensemble cast, noteworthy guest stars, and a flexible premise that inspired clever plots twists and a constant variety of "international" locations (mostly filmed on a studio backlot). This is the only season to feature Steven Hill as Dan Briggs, leader of the top-secret counter-intelligence team known as Impossible Missions Force (IMF). As the no-nonsense Briggs, Hill (better known for his later role on Law & Order
from 1990 to 2000) began each episode by sneakily retrieving the dossier and recorded instructions (voiced throughout the entire series by uncredited actor Bob Johnson) for the IMF's latest assignment. "Your mission, should you decide to accept it" and "this recording will self-destruct in five seconds" quickly became pop-cultural catch-phrases, as Briggs routinely selected his preferred teammates based on their mastery of practical skills. Your mission--and you shouldn't hesitate to accept it--is to enjoy this classic series all over again! --Jeff Shannon
Review for Mission impossible Season 2:
Gone was Steven Hill as Dan Briggs, and in his place the supremely confident and smooth Peter Graves as new team leader Jim Phelps, whom most viewers identify with the series. Carrying out the missions assigned from a pre-recorded voice on the self-destroying tape recorder was magician and master of disguise Rollin Hand (Martin Landau, who moved up from guest star to regular cast member with this season), top model Cinnamon Carter (Landau's real-life spouse Barbara Bain, who won three Emmys for her work on the show), electronics genius Barney Collier (Greg Morris), and all-purpose strong man Willie Armitage (body builder-turned-actor Peter Lupus). Guest stars include Anthony Zerbe, Paul Winfield, Fritz Weaver, and Sid Haig, but it's the team itself that shines the brightest, especially Landau and Bain, who exude the breezy charm of the series itself (though both would depart the show by the following season). --Paul Gaita
Review for Mission: Impossible Season 3:
Season 3, should you decide to accept it (and you definitely should), was Mission's most accomplished. It garnered six Emmy nominations, and an Emmy for Barbara Bain, her third consecutive win, probably for "The Exchange," one of her finest hours, in which, breaking series format, her character is captured and psychologically tortured to discover for whom she works. As always, the first five minutes of any Mission: Impossible episode are the coolest: the lit fuse signalling Lalo Schifrin's indelible theme song, the opening-credits montage teasing the action in the upcoming episode, and Jim Phelps (Peter Graves), in some nondescript location, receiving his covert mission (usually to some non-existent, but real-sounding country as Povia or Costa Mateo), on that self-destructing tape. --Donald Liebenson
Review for Mission: Impossible Season 4:
Foil the invasion of a democratic country? No problem. Rescue members of a royal family from their would-be usurper? Piece of cake. Replace the irreplaceable Martin Landau and thrice-Emmy-winner Barbara Bain, who departed Mission after its third season? Now that’s impossible! But in this classic series’ fourth season, the veteran and rookie members of the Impossible Mission Force still put on a good show. --Donald Liebenson
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Box Set, Collectors Edition, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Remastered, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Mission: Impossible - The Complete First TV Season: In this classic TV drama, the 'Impossible Missions Force' consists of a team of extraordinary spies who are experts in their fields: the Leader (Steven Hill), the Tech Expert (Greg Morris), The Master of Disguise (Martin Landau) and The Femme Fatale (Emmy® winner Barbara Bain). Every day, this elite force risks failure, capture and death... but nothing is more important than their mission.
The Second TV Season: New IMF (Impossible Mission Force) leader Jim Phelps (Peter Graves) picks his team of skilled agents for the next covert mission: Cinnamon Carter (Barbara Bain) is the female seductress, Rollin Hand (Martin Landau) is the master of disguise, Willie Armitage (Peter Lupus) is the muscle, and Barney Collier (Greg Morris) is the electronics whiz.
The Third TV Season: A parade of double agents, a chameleon-like assassin, even a female dictator are just some of the enemies Jim Phelps (Peter Graves) must outwit this season. But with Cinnamon (Barbara Bain), Rollin (Martin Landau), Willie (Peter Lupus) and Barney (Greg Morris) on his side, how could he ever fail!
The Fourth TV Season: Following the globe-trotting exploits of a team of government spies - leader Jim Phelps (Peter Graves), electronics wiz Barney Collier (Greg Morris), muscle man Willy Armitage (Peter Lupus), plus a new team member, the master magician Paris (Leonard Nimoy) - the series distinguished itself with its high-tech gadgetry, intricate plotting, inventive storylines, and pulsating music!
The Fifth TV Season:: The winning formula stayed the same: Jim Phelps (Peter Graves) gets his assignment, Bar...Mission: Impossible - Complete Series - 47-DVD Box Set