Charlie's Angels: Season 1
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This five-disc compilation features the entire First Season with the original Angels Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith and all their adventures from one of the most classic shows in television history.
Once upon a time, Jill, Sabrina and Kelly were police officers whose skills were being wasted in menial duties such as answering phones and filing. A mysterious millionaire named Charles Townsend took them away from all that by opening his own private investigation agency and hiring these gorgeous ladies as his operatives with John Bosley acting as their assistant and liaison.
NOTE:The Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired can be turned on or off by using remote of the DVD player.
America's guiltiest pleasure of 1976--the inaugural season of Charlie's Angels--has returned in all its jiggly, jolly glory in this tidy boxed set. It's hard to describe just how captivated the nation's media and viewing public were with cheesemeister Aaron Spelling's ABC-TV hit, but for awhile Charlie's Angels was wildly popular appointment television at its most self-consciously banal. The first season's three (and best-remembered) belles--lioness Farrah Fawcett (then Farrah Fawcett-Majors), pin-up babe Jaclyn Smith, and Thinking Man's beauty Kate Jackson--were something like primetime Spice Girls, gracing countless magazine covers and bestselling posters. The idea (even if a fan of the show didn't happen to be a straight male) was that one was compelled to choose a favorite angel as a kind of ink-blot window onto one's subconscious life.
While the 2000 Angels feature film (starring Cameron Diaz, etc.) kept faith with the original show's self-mockingly sloppy storytelling, there's nothing like seeing the old episodes for a lesson in narrative hubris. Basically, the three leading characters were bored policewomen wooed away to a private firm owned and operated by the unseen sybarite, Charlie (voiced--over speakerphone--by an uncredited John Forsythe). After a long set-up each week, the girls' investigations typically saw them going undercover: as fashion models--no great stretch--in "Night of the Strangler"; nurses in "Terror on Ward One"; roller-derby stars in "Angels on Wheels"; and vulnerable convicts (of course) in "Angels In Chains." The exploitation factor is not as bad as it might have been. The cast was so glamorous, their chemistry so perfect, Charlie's Angels never became a mere meat market. Despite such nods to modernity as Fawcett's no-bra look, the episodes were old-fashioned in their heroine-in-peril appeal, yet there was a difference: The Angels looked out for themselves and each other. --Tom Keogh
- Original pilot plus episodes 1-22 on 5 discs
- "Angels Forever" featurette
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Kate Jackson was perfect in the role of Los Angeles police academy graduate Sabrina Duncan.
Farrah Fawcett was perfect in the role of Los Angeles police academy graduate Jill Munroe.
Jaclyn Smith was perfect in the role of Los Angeles police academy graduate Kelly Garrett.
David Doyle was perfect in the role of John Bosley.
John Forsythe provided the voice of their boss, the unseen Charles Townsend,
who directed the 'Angels' crime-fighting operations over a speaker-phone.
I rated this 5-disc DVD set just four stars because I'm not a fan of the packaging that was used for it.
There is a cardboard slip-cover case that holds five different slim plastic DVD cases inside.
Each of the slim plastic DVD cases hold just one disc each.
Unfortunately, all five of the slim plastic DVD cases have absolutely no cover artwork.
I would have rated this 5-disc DVD set five stars if all five of the slim plastic DVD cases had cover artwork.
The discs are numbered #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5.
Each of the five discs have cover artwork.
The cover artwork of each of the five discs lets anyone know exactly which episodes are on each disc.
The 90-minute pilot episode of "Charlie's Angels" aired on ABC on March 21, 1976.
The first season of "Charlie's Angels" originally aired on ABC from September 22, 1976 until May 4, 1977.
Here are the exact running times for all 23 episodes that were included on this Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 5-disc DVD set.
Charlie's Angels (pilot) - 1:14:13
Hellride - 50:16
The Mexican Connection - 50:10
Night of the Strangler - 50:13
Angels in Chains - 49:56
Target: Angels - 49:46
The Killing Kind - 50:18
To Kill an Angel - 50:15
Lady Killer - 49:43
Bullseye - 49:12
Consenting Adults - 49:49
The Seance - 50:14
Angels on Wheels - 50:00
Angel Trap - 50:16
The Big Tap-Out - 50:16
Angels on a String - 49:52
Dirty Business - 50:14
The Vegas Connection - 50:16
Terror on Ward One - 50:15
Dancing in the Dark - 50:14
I Will Be Remembered - 49:54
Angels at Sea - 50:03
The Blue Angels - 49:04
Bonus Featurette: Angels Forever - 20:37
It appears that all 23 of these episodes were presented in uncut form on this Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 5-disc DVD set.
There weren't any teasers included in any of the episodes on this 5-disc DVD set.
It might be possible that each of the 23 episodes didn't have teasers when these episodes originally aired on ABC.
Sadly, Farrah Fawcett departed "Charlie's Angels" following the end of the first season.
She didn't appear in seasons two and five.
She appeared in just three episodes in season three and then she appeared in just three episodes in season four.
She appeared in just 29 episodes of "Charlie's Angels" overall.
The bonus featurette "Angels Forever" was a waste of my time because Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd,
Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts all had absolutely nothing to do with it.
"Angels Forever" mostly features interviews with fans.
The only good thing about this lousy featurette is that "Charlie's Angels" executive producer Leonard Goldberg was interviewed for it.
The picture quality and audio quality on this 5-disc DVD set are both good.
Notable guest stars from the 90-minute pilot episode of "Charlie's Angels" were David Ogden Stiers, Diana Muldaur and Tommy Lee Jones.
Notable guest stars from the first season of "Charlie's Angels" were Alan Feinstein, Alex Henteloff, Anne Ramsey, Arch Johnson,
Bert Remsen, Brian Cutler, Cesare Danova, Charles Cyphers, David Huddleston, Dennis Cole, Dick Sargent, Dirk Benedict, Don Gordon,
Ed Lauter, Fernando Lamas, Frank Gorshin, Frank Maxwell, Fran Ryan, G.W. Bailey, George Wyner, Harold J. Stone, Hugh O'Brian,
Ida Lupino, Jack Bannon, Jason Wingreen, Jenny O'Hara, Joanna Kerns, John Calvin, John Larch, John Zaremba, Judson Pratt,
Kim Basinger, L.Q. Jones, Larry Anderson, Lauren Tewes, Louis Guss, Lupe Ontiveros, Marla Pennington, Martha Smith,
Michael Alldredge, Michael Callan, Neva Patterson, Norman Bartold, Phyllis Avery, Ray Vitte, Rene Auberjonois, Richard Libertini,
Richard Mulligan, Richard Romanus, Robert Loggia, Robert Pine, Stanley Brock, Taylor Lacher, Thayer David, Theodore Bikel,
Tom Selleck, Warren Berlinger and Wynn Irwin.
It might surprise people unfamiliar with the show, having heard only about Jaclyn Smith and Farrah Fawcett, that it was an extremely puritanical show. Yes, there were some short bikini scenes, but overall, it was conservative compared to say Friends or even Seinfeld. The show dealt with straight crime fighting with a dollop of humor. It could've been rife with demeaning exploitation of the stars, but to its credit did not.
If you're a fan from way back when and were disappointed by the movies that followed(and who wasn't?), buy this season to see why you loved the original. Just seeing Jaclyn Smith's smile will restore your own.
This show is perfect for couples who can watch it and go back to a different time. The show doesn't challenge you and that's to its credit. It's just funny, adventurous, and captivating enough to entertain. That's good enough...