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Charlie's Angels (1976)

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Tv series starring Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith.

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      14.01.2004 09:14
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      Good morning Charlie! Ok I know, I wasnt even a thought in my mum and dad?s mind when this series first aired but when i was younger i used to watch it in the mornings during the summer holidays and recently it has been shown on both UK Gold and Channel 5. What can i say, Im addicted to this show, i love it, so now let me introduce the plot and main players. Background Basically the idea is that an anonymous millionaire has set up a private detective agency and hired 3 good looking girls to work for him along with a male agent who acts as a liason between charlie and his angels. You see the main point in this series was that Charlie had to remain anonymous, none of the girls who worked for him knew him or even knew what he looked like. Only his liason did whom the angels work with in every case. All contact with charlie is made through telephone calls. Three angels worked for the angels at any time, charlie seems to scour the up and coming recruits in the police force and lures them into a more lucrative career in the private detective business. As angels their specialty is disguise and often they must infiltrate many organisations in order to get to the bottom of the particular case they are working on. The series first aired in 1976 and was a huge success, inspiring many a teenage fashion statement. The show ran for around 5 or six seasons with various cast changes along the way. The characters Charlie Mysterious millionaire who?s full name is Charles Townsend. Has an eye for the ladies and sets up a private investigation agency called Townsend Investigations. Helps in all cases by supplying information to the angels over the phone and the famous speaker box, a symbol of the series. He is often hired by some of his wealthy friends and associates to solve various mysteries from murder to theft. Voice provided by John Forsythe for the duration of the series. Bosley Full name was john bosley and played by David Doyle for the whole series. He works for Charlie and works with the angels in their cases. His character often provides comedy in the series as he is often seen as hapless and clumsy. He often dons a disguise to help the angels undercover in whatever role is necessary, from nosey magazine reporter to hotel bell hop. The Angels in order of appearance. Kelly Garrett Played by Jaclyn Smith, the only actress to stay for the entire duration of the series. The one and only true angel. She is the charming one out of the first three and knows how to get what she is looking for. A brunette who is as comfortable holding civilised conversation at an exclusive restaurant as holding a gun to an enemy, she is also a crack shot. Sabrina Duncan Played by Kate Jackson, Sabrina was portrayed as the most intelligent angel. She usually provided an edge in cases with her sharp attention to detail and general knowledge. Dark brunette with attitude she knew how to handle herself in any given situation. Jill Munroe Played by Farrah Fawcett-Majors, probably the most well known of the 6 angel actresses even though she only lasted for the first season, although did make a few appearances in later episodes to help out the angels. Jill was the flirty, sporty types and used her beach blonde looks to get what she wanted out of any man she encountered. Fast talking, she was able to get herself out of many a precarious situation. Her character left the agency to persue a career as a sports car driver. Chris Munroe Played by cheryl ladd, Chris was drafted in as Jills younger sister and had the same charm, looks and personality that made her sibling a winner. Often used in disguise as a distraction for the men, she was able to penetrate many a viscious gang only to come out in top. Tiffany Wells Played by shelley hack, her character replaced sabrina duncan (don?t know t
      he reason for sabrina?s departure, would be interested to find out) She was equally as intelligent as sabrina and was often used as the reserved character in disguised scenarios. Also knew how to handle herself and wasn?t afraid of confrontation, an ideal replacemnet for sabrina. Julia Rogers Played by Tanya Roberts, of later Bond Girl fame in a view to a kill im afraid i must admit i dont know that much about our last intrepid angel as i have only seen around two episodes which contain her. Drafted in when Cheryl Ladd left, when the series was already in decline, the show was axed after her debut season. So there you have it all the characters and a quick rundown of the plot, charlis angels is classic 70s detective series at its best. gorgeous girls, fab hair, great cars and many a dubious storyline, whats not to love??? Thanks for reading this review and id be interesting in finding out the reasons given for the characters of Sabrina Duncan, Tiffany Wells and Chris Munro departing from the agency.

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        03.01.2001 04:53
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        Once upon a time there where three girls working for the police academy, and each one was assigned their own hazardous duties, but I took them away from all that and now they work for me. And his name was Charlie, the mysterious millionaire who you heard, but never saw the face of (he was too busy entertaining some blonde bimbo by the side of a pool). Charlie's Angels was the 70s glamour detective story. Originally starring Jacklyn Smith, Kate Jackson and Farrah Fawcett Majors, the idea was Charlie would assign the Angels a difficult detective task for them to do. They would then tackle this task using as many different skimpy costumes as they could. It was all great fun, watching the Angels weild their guns and do karate kicks on bad villains twice their size. Of course Charlie's manager, Bosley, the man with the beer belly and gruff voice, was on hand to incompetently help them out if need be. The series carried on into the early eighties, with Jacklyn Smith staying bitterly till the end, but the other Angels changing every few seasons. Farrah (Jill Monroe in the series) was replaced by Cheryl Ladd (who played Kris Monroe, the baby sister). Kate Jackson (the wonderfully leggy Sabrina) stayed quite a few seasons, but was then replaced in quick succession by Shelley Hack and then Tanya Roberts (I can't remember the character names - anyone help out?) It's a shame the series finished as it was great fun - I used to love the opening credits with the silhouettes against the fire. The important question is: WHO WAS YOUR FAVOURITE ANGEL? Mine was definitely Cheryl Ladd - that blonde bombshell with the killer smile - it was in her contract to appear every few episodes in a bikini! Let me know who your favourite was!

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          15.12.2000 01:54
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          Once upon a time, there were three little girls. Yes, most of us thirty-somethings remember those words, the introduction I loved in the 1970s - and still do now - because it led into one of my all-time favourite TV programmes, Charlie's Angels. The basic premise of the programme was that Charles ('Charlie') Townsend ran the Townsend Detective Agency and he employed the three 'girls' (more like women, I'd say!)to work for him on undercover assignments. They therefore got to dress up in glamorous and often pretty revealing clothes, tout guns about professionally, kick a few asses and win the day over an assortment of villains and crooks. Pure bliss. They were ably assisted by Bosley (played by David Doyle) and the four of them were informed about their tasks by their mysterious boss, Charlie (voiced by John Forsythe), who is only partially seen by the viewers and never seen by the Angels. The series began in 1976 and lasted five years - 102 episodes - until 1981. The original trio of Angels were Kelly Garrett (played by Jaclyn Smith), Jill Munroe (Farrah Fawcett) and Sabrina Duncan (Kate Jackson). These were my original heroines, I can well remember playing Charlie's Angels at school and buying 'Look In' magazines for their posters to go on my wall. I even had a Farrah doll! Farrah left the series after a year, but to fulfil contractual obligations, she featured in a further six episodes over the next two years. Her replacement was Cheryl Ladd, who played Kris Munroe, little sister of Farrah's character. This, of course, meant Farrah had a great excuse for her character, Jill, to pop back every so often to see her little sis, very clever. Cheryl was my favourite Angel, but I loved all the first four. I wasn't so keen on the later additions to the cast - Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts. Shelley played Tiffany Welles for a year from 1979 to 1980, replacing Sabrina (Kate) who le
          ft after three years. A year later, Shelley left and was herself replaced by Tanya Roberts as Julie Rogers, who also lasted a year until the series finished. Jaclyn Smith as Kelly Garrett was the only actress to stay in the series for the full five years. I loved Charlie's Angels when it was on TV in the 1970s and now I am thoroughly enjoying the repeats on Granada Plus on Digital TV. Although some of it looks dated nowadays, especially the clothes and hairstyles, I think it still stands up well and my children now enjoy watching it with me. I think it is also a good idea for young girls to see this kind of TV programme, as they are powerful and strong, confident, intelligent women, but they are also glamorous and beautiful. Yes, there are also plenty of bikinis, tight trousers and low-cut tops to hold the attention of the male viewers! Last year's movie version - starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu - has reawakened enthusiasm for the old series in some quarters, with new merchandise becoming available. There are Drew, Cameron and Lucy dolls available now. But for me, the 1970s Charlie's Angels will always be the best. The boxed video set is now available for around £20 and hopefully it will be successful and lead to more. Long live the 1970s, long live that Farrah flick, long live Charlie's Angels!

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            02.11.2000 03:02

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            The big screen adaptation of the cult 70s TV show Charlie’s Angels looks to me like it is going to be one of this year’s biggest films – it has the hottest stars and looks as though it has been well worth the wait. Very Matrix-y! Aerosmith, Slimboy Phat, Apollo 440 and the great Destiny’s Child make the music for the film. Can you say “Mission-Impossible-for-the-enlightened-pro-feminist-age”? No, neither can I. The plot should be interesting too, as I hear that there have been plenty of re-writes.

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            12.09.2000 06:10
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            Once upon a time there where three little girls working for the police academy, each asigned to hazardous duties, but I took them away from all that and now they work for me...my name is Charlie...ner ner ner. I used to love those words because it meant the begining of one of my favourite programmes. At the begining of the programme Kelly (Jacklyn Smith), Sabrina (Kate jackson) and Jill (Farrah-Fawcett majors) are summoned to Bosleys office. Here they listen to the elusive Charlie telling them their task via a speaker on Bosleys desk. They have never met Charlie so they don't know what he looks like, this adds to the fun of the programme. They then take on different roles in order to solve either a murder case or kidnapping etc..They would very often find themselves in dangerous situations. It seems so long ago that I saw this programme yet certain aspects of it still stick in my mind. I remember playing Charlies Angels and I always wanted to be Kelly, no-one wanted to be Sabrina as she was the dull one of the three. Anyway the cases where solved and the programme would end with them back in Bosleys' office and again listening to Charlie on the speaker. Altogether a very well produced programme for its time, although I suspect that where they to be repeated now the children of today would not find them so enchanting. Who knows??

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