Full episodes are up on Youtube. Last night I watched "Night of the Strangler", featuring murder by clown doll and a bunch of unattractive middle aged men in horrible leisure wear. The Angels looked great though!
What episodes are considered the classics?
"I Will Be Remembered." Ida Lupino guest stars as a faded film star from Hollywood's Golden Age.
"Angels in Chains." Classic women in prison story with a dykey prison matron.
"Angels at Sea." The Angels go up against Frank "The Riddle" Gorshin who has planted three bombs on a cruise ship. It works for two reasons: Gorshin gives a hell of a performance, and there's a great scene where the Angels diffuse the bombs. It's completely ludicrous even by the show's standards, but it works because the Angels are committed to it.
"To Kill an Angel." Camp classic where Kelly befriends an autistic boy who accidentally shoots her.
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I was always a fan of the one about Kelly's abusive nanny, Bemish. Loved when she was hypnotized into believing Jill was Bemish in disguise and almost killed her. Campy delight!
Beemish! Holy fuck, that episode was scarier than Phantasm.
Most heart breaking was a two-parter where Kate Jackson may or may not be blown up in a terrible explosion for the cliff hanger. I was nervous for a week that she would die!
The serial killer that buried women in the sand, leaving a hand or a foot sticking out scared the bejeebus out of me.
Thanks, all! These sound great. Kelly & the autistic boy sounds vaguely familiar - did they go to an amusement park?
Wasn't there an episode where they all had to go to big rig trucker school? I remember watching that and wanting to be a trucker after that.
Angels in Chains is such a classic.
One from the Tanya Roberts season has the Angels investigating a murder at one of those singles bars with telephones on the tables. I won't spoil the big twist but I sure wouldn't want Jaclyn Smith investigating my murder if she could be so easily fooled.
There's only one best episode of Charlie's Angels: Angels in Chains.
OP I tried the link and it said it couldn't open it in my country. I'm in the US, did you post from another country?
the Shelly Hack ones of course
Shelly Hack? Tanya Roberts?! Some of you spent the 70s and 80s in a drugged up stupor! Those two marked the worst of Charlie's Angels.
Shelly Hack is a DL icon.
The show jumped the shark with Shelley Hack.
'Angels in Chains' (Season 1, 1976): THE classic!
'Consenting Adults (Season 1, 1976): Farrah on a skateboard!
'The Seance' (Season 1, 1976): Beamish!
'I Will Be Remembered' (Season 1, 1977)
'Angels in Paradise' (Season 2, 1977): Two-parter that introduces Cheryl Ladd.
'The Sandcastle Murders' (Season 2, 1978)
'Angels in Springtime' (Season 3, 1978)
'Haunted Angels' (Season 3, 1978)
'Counterfeit Angels' (Season 3, 1979)
'Angels Go Truckin' (Season 4, 1979)
'Fallen Angel' (Season 4, 1979): The best of the return of Farrah episodes.
'Angel Hunt' (Season 4, 1979)
'Of Ghosts and Angels' (Season 4, 1980)
Shelly HACK's best performance is a 2 second cameo in "Annie Hall." Small doses go a long way.
The Hawaii episodes.
Loved the two-part episode in which Kelly and Kris fought over Patrick Duffy.
Shelly was pretty good in The King of Comedy.
I like the one from season 4 where Kris goes to jail, there's a fumigation scene, a big dyke who gets interested in her.
There are a lot of "solo" episodes during this season, where one Angel does a lot of the work and the other two are incidental.
Also the one with the attempted murder-by-herbal-wrap that takes place at a spa, with Mercedes McCambridge.
Watch Shelley Hack as a streetwalker!
The Kim Cattral guest star one is fun, as is the one where Kelly gets strung out on heroin.
Also it's worth watching at least one of the handful episodes where Sabrina and Kris have to team up, knowing the backstory that Jackson couldn't stand Ladd. Pretty much they were able to work around this, with Sabrina-Bosley + Kris-Kelly pairings, or Sabrina-Kelly + Kris-Bosley (Ladd loved Doyle almost like a surrogate father). To their credit, there is a poignant moment when Kris shoots someone dead for the first time and Sabrina comforts her.
As soft as it is, sometimes the show will be violent in a way that is completely unexpected; you snap out of the viewing coma and think, "well, you'd never see that on tv today."
You'll notice how badly staged a lot of the special effects are (speeding up the film to make cars go faster) and how cheap or low tech some things are done. Cars explode at the slightest provocation. Sometimes the Angels are helpless women in distress and then suddenly they flatten a towering athletic man with one karate chop--sometimes in the same episode!
You'll tire of seeing the swing set that's reconfigured and redressed over and over again: the one with the little kitchen with cabinets and counter and bar on the upstage wall.
Also, you'll pray that Allah will save you from ever having to hear another original song written by the series writers (who must have been frustrated songwriters--always cramming their dog songs into episodes).
Most glaringly, time has not been kind to the detection and undercover methods--most of their covers would be blown with a simple Google search today. And they're never shy about appearing together in public even though their "covers" wouldn't likely know each other.
Where's Season 5 on DVD? That's the real question.
Loved that episode where Kelly wnet undercover as a pregnant woman; Sabrina played a woman who wanted a baby and Bosley was her husband. Sabrina smoked and she was such a BITCH ("I want that baby, John. See that I get it.) that the crooks were horrified.
There was a nice moment in which Sabrina comforted Kris after she shot someone; I think Jackson is brilliant (still imagine her in the Streep role in Kramer.)
But I think Jackson's dislike, anger, whatever was misplaced. She should have been pissed at Farrah for leaving.
The show got better with Ladd, I thought.
I liked the Angel in Love episode in which Jackson fell for Peter Haskell, a sky jacker.
oh, duh, also: THE PILOT!
That was excellent.
Tommy Lee Jones!
Twists, turns... those smoothies in the beginning.
Jackson was originally going to play Kelly, which is why we see so much of Smith in the early part of the pilot.
Farrah, God Bless, never had a handle on who Jill was. She was brilliant in the Burning Bed, but she was simply horrific on CA.
Jackson, meanwhile, got two Emmy nods for playing Sabrina.
Angels in Chains mini episode. Great stuff!
Forgot Kim Basinger was in it.
[quote]Where's Season 5 on DVD? That's the real question.
It's available on iTunes.
[quote]These sound great. Kelly & the autistic boy sounds vaguely familiar - did they go to an amusement park?
Yes. She takes him to an amusement park, two killers ditch a gun near him, and he shoots her in the head. Make your own joke about that one.
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Another vote for Angels in Chains. It's got it all.
How can this thread have gone so long without a mention of Toni's Boys - Stephen Shortridge, Bruce Bauer, Bob Seagren.
Agree that Angels in Chains is the best. ABC repeated it 3 TIMES that year and it was top 10 every time. Hard to believe.
The lesbian dialogue is priceless-
"I've got my eye on you, sweet cheeks".
"I can fit you better than any tailor just by LOOKING at you".
"When was the last time you were sprayed?"
Smutty innuendo about Kim Basinger's nipples closes out the episode!
I also like Hellride (Bosley at his best) and Consenting Adults.
Sorry (R1) but I think Angels at Sea is the worst. Diffusing that bomb is a snoozefest and Frank Gorshin is as annoying as ever.
The laughable shot of the bomb exploding a mile away after the Angels throw it overboard is fun, though!
You bitches forgot Jamie Lee Curtis' portrayal of a pro golfer in danger!
I remember a late series episode about bodybuilders. I just wanted to see it for the men in their posing briefs.
Thanks for these great reminders. Does anyone else find the show's theme music oddly moving? I guess it just takes me back to a nice place in my childhood. I should probably be too embarrassed to ask this.
I don't know if I'd call it moving but as a kid I loved the strategically placed explosions.
[quote]Thanks for these great reminders. Does anyone else find the show's theme music oddly moving? I guess it just takes me back to a nice place in my childhood. I should probably be too embarrassed to ask this.
Don't be. It predates my childhood by a year, and I still love it.
When Farrah, Kate, and Jaclyn did their tribute to Aaron Spelling at the Emmys in 2006, they were played on with it, and it was the best moment of the ceremony.
[quote]Most glaringly, time has not been kind to the detection and undercover methods--most of their covers would be blown with a simple Google search today
Oh, come on. No one would see through Kelly's faultless disguises of an exaggerated version of her Texas twang and/or glasses.
Also, "Dancing in the Dark" where Kelly was a disco-dance instructor (because I guess that was a thing in the seventies), and Bri was an Asperger's-suffering heiress taking dance lessons.
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Kris was my favorite.
There was a disco episode I found very hilarious... just watching these old people dance like that
"Angels In Chains" is great. The male guard was one of those creepy casting choices that couldn't be made today. Towards the end, he tells Kelly that he's sorry he has to kill her before he had his way with her.
The episode with the autistic kid was one of those recycled Aaron Spelling scripts. It was done on "Mod Squad" with Peggy Lipton in the Jaclyn Smith role.
R32, that's a great clip. However, after it aired, it was rumoured (strongly) that Kate made a scene backstage about wanting to go on with her position in the middle and be the one to speak first. She did both. She also made her speech more about her (Aaron told me, "Katie, you have stardust in your eyes.") than about the man she was there to honour. All of this kind of soured me on her even more as I'm aware of the ego trips she's pulled over the years.
I like the way that Farrah decided to showcase her chest. She made the other 2 look matronly.
I like the episode where the Angels infiltrate and get jobs at a small circus...
The episode called Teen Angels features one of the Landers sisters. She is the head mean girl at an all girls boarding school and pulls a huge strand of Kris's hair in art class.
I also like the episode where these female criminals that look like the Angels commit crimes.." Counterfeit Angels"
Cheryl and Jaclyn in 2010. Both look great, but Cheryl looks 35.
What was the one at a race track? Farrah played a preachers daughter and Bosley was her daddy.
The first two episodes I thought of were "Angels in Chains." and "Angels at Sea". these are classic Angels episodes as well as classic 70s television at its very best!
Does anyone remember Toni's Boys, which was to be a spin off. It featured Barbara Stanwyck and 3 hunky male investigators. They worked a case with the Angels (Shelly Hack era). The script is for sale on ebay.
How about the episode where Cheryl befriends me and then steals my husband...?1
R27 don't forget to add the evil female guard watching them shower then making them take off their robes while she ogled the Angels' naked bodies and sprayed them down with some sort of disinfectant.
I also find the music oddly comforting. It brings back in an immediate way how the culture was right before the Reagan era. More open, more campy, more fun.
Those were good times.
The episodes mentioned on this thread were all classics. I loved them. I especially loved the one that was about diamond thieves or something that had Farrah riding her skateboard trying to escape. All the kids in the neighborhood were trying to ride their skateboard like she did after that. Ah, memories!
R37, I agree that Kate has her issues, but I thought her speech to Aaron wasn't ALL about her.
There were poignant moments to it.
Plus, she should have gone first; she'd worked for him on the Rookies, too.
Farrah quit after a year.
Maybe Jaclyn could have gone first, but Kate's the best speaker.
All of the best episodes have been mentioned already, but I'd like to include my favorite from the Shelly Hack era. It was set in a Roller Disco palace (Flippers!!!) with Rene Auberjenois as the main villain and Cheryl was undercover as a roller disco contestant! Plus, Jaclyn and Shelly played "reporters" doing a story for "Roller Disco Magazine"!
Thanks, R49. That was a good laugh. You could really notice the film speeding up to increase the speed of the chase.
Any that included Dennis Cole as a guest star. He was dreamy.
Wasn't Jacklyn Smith involved with Dennis Cole? Even more important question: Why do I remember this obscure bit of '70s trivia?
[quote]Also, "Dancing in the Dark" where Kelly was a disco-dance instructor (because I guess that was a thing in the seventies), and Bri was an Asperger's-suffering heiress taking dance lessons.
Kate was hilarious in that one.
Yeah I got beat to Toni's Boys. Damn. I loved the Shelly Hack episodes. Especially when she was being hunted in Mexico. But yeah I'm curious just how did Shelly Hack become a DL icon? She has one of the strangest careers. No one in Hollywood has been given more chances for a hit than her. I want to know who she was fucking. I mean did SHE abort Warren Beatty's love child?
Now someone start a Bionic Woman thread because I know the life of Jaime Sommers inside and out.
It wasn't just Angels in Chains, was it?
The show was a phenomenon; despite how frustrated Kate was in the scripts there were some nice relationships and dynamics on the show, not the least of which was the Angels feelings towards lovable Bosley.
I can't believe nobody has mentioned the Episode about the transvestite killer Margot! She befriended Kelly and played a double roll on the show. There was also that amazing episode where Cheryl Ladd played a porn actress. I loved her sideswept curls.
The one where the Angels walk around in skimpy outfits and catch the bad guy
R69, see r7.
Wait. So Kelly got shot in the head twice during the series? By the austic kid and in one of the Tanya Roberts episodes.
I liked the one where the bad guys got Kelly hooked on heroin. Apparently heroin makes one's hair frizzy and uncontrollable. The More You Know.
One of my favorite episodes was "Angels on the Line" from their final season. Kelly get stalked by a transvestite who runs a nightclub called "The Hotline Club." I'm so glad that season 5 is finally coming to DVD so I can see this again.
Did anyone watch Toni's Boys?
Was it good?
Were they butch?
What was the best season?
I can't believe Amazon is charging almost $40 for season 5.
I see 34.95. Did they recently release season 5. The other seasons are 12 bucks or so,
I guess the price came doen a bit. It was released this month as MOD.
I love the season 4 episode where they go undercover at Tiffany's alma mater to expose a white slavery ring led by Gary Collins and Jo Ann Plug. It must've been one of the early season 4 eps, since Shelley was pretty prominent. As the season went along and it was obvious she wasn't working out, her screen time was severely reduced.
R80, I read Gary Collins as Gary Coleman and lost it!
I was such a little queen growing up, I was fascinated by their changing hair styles. I remember being obsessed with the Hack season opening credits in which Hack has frizzy hair in one shot, and totally straight hair in another.
R80 Some of those Shelly Hack episodes are hard to watch. She was a beautiful model, but a terrible actress.
R82 - what specific changes happened with their hairstyles?
Looking back, maybe it was just Shelley Hack's hair that I was obsessed with. It seemed to change every episode, which was reflected in the opening credits.
R87 - I can't tell any significant differences in the looks of Jaclyn or Cheryl throughout the series.
Sometimes Jaclyn had big fluffy hair, sometimes it was straight, and sometimes it was heroin-frizzy.
Jackie's hair got noticeably shorter around season 2 and 3, and would altenate between a teased/swept-back look and bangs. Her changing hairstyles are reflected in the season 4 and 5 credits, when they finally updated their shots.
That's like asking who is the classiest of the Kardashians.
I love that Jaclyn Smith had NO idea Margo was really a man! Some detective...
I get some cable channel called CLOO that seems to run a "Charlie's Angels" marathon on Saturdays once every month or so. Cheesy fun!
I knew Margo was a man, but I was completely surprised by Sally on "General Hospital" when she started speaking in that man's voice.
"Angels in Springtime" is a camp classic! A spa run by criminal lezzies in pink tunics, guest starring Mercedes McCambridge (whose character hotly denies being a foot fetishist.)
I always enjoyed the 4th season episode where Jaclyn and Shelly go undercover as prostitutes while Cheryl hangs out at a music school harassing the poor crazy girl with the multiple personality disorder who turns tricks as her alternate to keep the music school afloat.
"Teen Angels" is a great ep! The Angels go undercover at a snobby boarding school and encounter Audrey Landers as the Queen Bee sociopath.
Season One: "Ladykiller" Jill and Kelly work at a "Playboy"-type nightclub where the centerfolds are being killed. Sabrina diffuses an electrocuting bed and Kelly is chased by Alan Fudge atop an abandoned oil refinery.
Season Two: "Angels on Ice" The Angels try and stop a terrorist assassination at an Ice Capades show.
Season Three: "Angels In Springtime" Lots of lesbo action and Mercedes McCambridge calls Nancy Parsons a "muscle-bound nit-wit".
Season Four: "Angels on the Street" Shelley's best episode when she and Jaclyn turn streetwalkers and uncover a psychological crisis in their client Judy....or Rose ("Just Rose...Rose of the road").
Season Five: "Angel on the Line" Kelly squares off with a psychotic drag queen.
Counterfeit Angels from Season 3 is another favorite. Fake Sabrina, Fake Kelly and Fake Kris are pulling heist jobs but the police think it's the real Angels so they have to go in hiding. Then the fake Sabrina gets hospitalized after a botch job so the real Sabrina infiltrates the gang as the sister of the fake Sabrina in dire need of cash. Great showcase for Kate Jackson's comedic acting skills.
R113 - That video is not available in the US.
Sorry R116, I'm in Canada - did you try entering the ep title into YT?
I just sat through Love Boat Angels. It was a crossover episode. Loved it! Guest Star: Bert Convy! I had no clue he was so attractive when younger. Its also the first Shelley Hack episode.
Kate Jackson apparently is a huge bitch, so my fave angels are Jaclyn, Cheryl and Tanya.
I never cared for Hooknose Fawcett-Majors
My LEAST favorite episode of the entire series was in the first season. It was titled "Three Girls and a Cup". It started off shitty and just got worse from there.
Angel In Love; Sabrina falls for a crook.
The pilot. Diana Muldar!
The two-parter with Patrick Duffy, Robert Reed and Ray Milland that explored Kelly's true origin.
Kris' first case, a two-parter where they go to Hawaii to rescue Charlie.
Shelley Hack FINALLY gets to do something, saves her pal (GH's Heather) from an evil mate.
Angels in Chains. (Of course!)