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Charlie's Angels (2011) Season 1
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2011
Being a long time fan of the original series, who also enjoyed the cinematic takes on the franchise, I was eagerly awaiting this show and how it would be transformed for the current masses.
The season opener was adequate enough but it took me a couple more episodes to enjoy and actually fall in love with this cast. The gals, while at times a bit limited by the dialogue, deliver with style. While some action scenes and editing pace sometimes defy the credibility of the plots, I am willing to forgive this because I realize it is pure and simple escapism.
Now I understand ABC has cancelled the series. Too bad. Quite disappointing. In episode 6 we finally get a glimpse of things to come.. when we even find out a bit more history about Bosley and the plot sets off what could be a possible archway to be revisited in future episoed. Too bad this plot will probably not get as developed as maybe planned by the production team.
In the broadcasting world full of "reality" trash on TV, I do advocate the return of fun and escapism TV. The new Charlie's Angels was just that: fun plots, beautiful ladies who know how to get down and dirty, great locales, and a dash of humor.. which is so very much missing on TV now a days.

RIP. But to the cast.. You guys were great.

Here's my ultimate fantasy plot. The girls land in Hawaii in pursuit of a killer, who is also being investigated by the guys of 5-0. Imagine the look on Steve, Danny and Chin upon running into the angels accidentally during the case... I can envision those boys going gaga over the Angels, who take charge of the case, while the girls of 5-0 flare up in envy. Enter Bosley..who upon seeing Kono, is unable to concentrate on the job. Lori is so upset about Steve's undivided attention towards the Angels that she quits 5-0 and leaves the island for good.
So CBS... are you reading this? LOL LOL
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2012
I learned a reboot of the iconic 1970s series "Charlie's Angels" was on its way during the summer of 2011. Rumor has it, the reboot occurred, because fan/executive producer/series rights owner Drew Barrymore couldn't get a studio to take a chance on a second sequel after both the atrocious big screen film and its (slightly better) sequel underperformed at the box office.

As a fan of the original series, I was willing to give it a chance. The pilot had far too much to set up and establish. All of which could have been better served in a 90 minute episode, rather than a single hour. It also lacked other things. There was nothing remotely resembling a tribute to the late Farrah Fawcett, Aaron Spelling, John Forsythe or David Doyle in the credits nor was there any retention of the Angels flip: the logo of all three women's silhouettes that would piece together while the theme music played as the show cut to commercials.

The back stories behind the Townsend Agency and the Angels's pasts were changed in a bid to update the original series's formula. In a subplot device reminiscent of "The Mod Squad," all three Angels were now former criminals given a chance to make amends for their checkered pasts by working on the right side of the law as private detectives. Bosley was no longer the portly father figure and comic relief. He was now a Latin stud and tech head who often aided the Angels on their missions. There was also shades of "Alias," "La Femme Nikita" and "She Spies" peppered throughout the eight episodes that aired.

Casting was a problem in and of itself. The only lead I really liked was Nicole Kidman look-a-like Rachael Taylor. Minka Kelly and Annie Illonzeh are fine actresses, but they could only do so much with the shoddy material they were given. While some complained that a black actress was headlining the show, it wasn't an issue for me. After all, it is the 21st century. In case you didn't know: Shari Belafonte nearly replaced Kate Jackson as Tiffany Welles on the original. The voice of Charlie was portrayed by Victor Garber: a last minute replacement for legendary actor Robert Wagner who, for whatever reason, backed out of the role.

While it was a bit too glitzy and far-fetched that these 100 pound women could fight with Jet Li-like skill and take down body builder thugs twice their size with poorly placed roundhouse kicks, it quickly became a guilty pleasure for me. I, at least, hoped it would last long enough for the producers to call on surviving original Angels Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson and Cheryl Ladd (or even Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts) to make guest appearances. Now, that the show has been axed, perhaps Hollywood will wake up and realize, remakes often fail for a reason and that there are far more original ideas out there to choose from.

Then again, that may just be wishful thinking.
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on April 2, 2015
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Charlie's Angels is a remake of the popular TV show back in the 70's of the same title.It stars Annie Ilonzeh,Minka Kelly and Rachael Taylor as the new female detectives Kate Prince, a former Miami cop; Eve French, a street racer; and Abby Sampson, former thief respectively together with Ramon Rodriguez as John Bosley, a hacker; and Victor Garber as the voice of Charles "Charlie" Townsend. The show was developed by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar for ABC.However,it only ran for 8 episodes after ABC decided to cancel it after the fourth episode due to its very low ratings.

The show got panned to early and it barely lasted ten episodes.Why? The reason is simple.The show had too much glamour that the producers forgot all about the acting,writing and action scenes.Also,it never realized that it is living off one of the best TV shows back in the 70's that it forgot the reputation and expectations that it has to live on.Back in the 70's,the show was about capitalizing on women being able to do police work.But in the remake,it was basically about looking great on the TV screen and nothing more.Even the funny Bosley was re-written to be a heartthrob to make women scream.While I must admit that the original also did rely on glamour but not too much as it made sure that the episodes will provide joy,delight and entertainment to the viewers without insulting their intelligence. The same cannot be said of the remake.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2011
When I found out that ABC was producing a reboot of the classic TV series Charlie's Angels starring Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Cheryl Ladd, Tanya Roberts, David Doyle and John Forsythe as the never-seen Charlie, I thought, "Why? Why are networks and movie studios remaking things that have been done well?" Though in some cases (The Ten Commandments & Ben-Hur), the remakes are actually quite good. CBS scored a major hit with its reboot of the 1968-1980 classic cop show Hawaii Five-O, and it's one that I really like. This first episode really sets everything up, though I would have preferred an origin story, a la the pilot of CBS' reboot of Hawaii Five-0 or in the vein of Christopher Nolan's first installment of his immensely popular Batman franchise. Really good stuff. Good thing it's clean, like Hawaii Five-0 (some violence and mild language, but NO sex or nudity). Leonard Goldberg, who produced the original series, another cop show called T.J. Hooker and is currently producing Blue Bloods, which also airs on CBS, is also producing this reboot of the series, and it airs on ABC, which is owned by Disney, both of which factors may explain why it's clean, which is a good thing. Let's see how it turns out...
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on July 8, 2013
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Charlie's Angels starts in the 70s and finishes I. The 80s. So you get the 70s clothes and free sex attitude for the first 2 seasons. Then you can see the hairstyles change as well as the attitude toward sex. But this is quality TV No it is reality driven like maybe law and order but it is fun with characters you root for. The biggest draw back was Farrah leaving the show after only one season. But they all easy on the eyes on e you get past the clothes of the era.
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on January 25, 2012
I was really impressed with this series. It looked great with fantastic scenery and fashion and had some great actors in the main roles (Rachel Taylor in particular steals every scene she's in. Fans will remember her from the first transformers movie as the hacker). There are also some cool guest stars that viewers will recognise from other tv shows such as Jack's dad from LOST and Lois Lane (Erika Durance) from Smallville.

While it may appear as a "Mystery of the Week" type show it actually began to develop quite a bit of backstory for each character and even suggested that Charlie may be more than he appears (possibly a villain).

It's a shame this series was cancelled so early in it's life as it really would have found an audience if it had been allowed to air for a full 13 episode season, as originally planned.

Really worth checking out in my opinion especially if you love good looking people, exotic locations, action, spy mystery and fresh editing.

I liked it!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 8, 2011
With all the crap on tv the pure stench of the Kardashian's and their arrogant pimp Ryan Seacrest and so many more lower than low brow shows on, it's really an insult that this got cancelled am a huge fan of the original show and i must say when i first read about this remake i was like " whatever dude, hos on a boat solving crimes looking pretty in Miami" Then i gave it a chance the first show was not good, sorry to the uber fans, it wasn't, but these things happen with new shows so i gave it another chance and boy am i glad i did!They capture the original series of the show which was NOT camp as Entertainment Weekly seems to believe was their downfall for not being campy enough.Feel really bad for this cast they did a great job, were serious girls with real problems, they weren't aloof hookers who solved cases on parole like i am guessing might have made them a hit with the idiot generation!The girls and Boz deserved better, hope they don't take this personally like THEY did something wrong, because they kept it classy and never went for the cheap shot, guess if they had the invested money in sets like the gals over at Pan Am they would still be given a chance, because that show ...OMG don't even get me started! Well Angels you will be missed, note to studio execs, THIS kinda crap( pulling shows off without giving them a chance) is why people are leery to even chance a new show,shame!
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on September 11, 2014
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This was a stupid purchase considering it was about 8 episodes and the acting is horrible and the show doesn't make sense... But I don't regret it. I like watching it anyhow and it works great because it's online.
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on March 16, 2015
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Wished there were more shows. We as a family have watched this season over and over again. Great!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2011
While there's some creative impetus for remaking "Prime Suspect" with a new cast, ABC's "Charlie's Angels" feels like a cynical ratings grab. After all, the franchise is being rebooted solely because it has name recognition, not because there was some clamoring for more after the 1970s TV series and two big-screen movies in 2000 and 2003.

Drew Barrymore, one of the stars of the movies, serves as an executive producer on ABC's new "Charlie's Angels" along with Leonard Goldberg, who worked on the original "Charlie's Angels" TV show. The showrunners are Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who did an excellent job reimagining the Superman myth in the early years of "Smallville," but they have less raw material to work with when it comes to "Charlie's Angels."

The premiere episode introduces the Angels: a thief, a former Miami cop and a street racer. They work alongside Bosley, a reformed tax fraud/computer hacker, and take their marching orders from Charlie.

The premiere episode begins with the rescue of a child from human traffickers and continues with a twist and then more investigation to get at the root of the child abduction scheme.

Along the way there's one amusing visual gag involving a guy who looks like the old Bosley -- rotund, balding -- and the new Bosley, who is young and hunky. But many of the references to the "Angels" mythology, such as it is, sound like this:

"We don't exactly play by the rules either," says the former cop, Gloria.

"Yeah, we're Angels, not saints," says blond former thief, Abby.

Hey, with a name like "Charlie's Angels," at least viewers have a pretty good idea of what they're going to get: action, attractive women and gorgeous locations -- but not much else.
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