Kelly Robinson (Robert Culp) and Alexander Scott (Bill Cosby) travel around the world posing as an international tennis star and his trainer, under cover of their real profession as agents for the United States government.
If you have cabin fever, this show will cure your ills. This program was unusual in its settings in exotic locales. As Wikipedia notes, the show was filmed in Athens, Rome, Florence, Madrid, Venice, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Acapulco, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Morocco. It occasionally featured prominent guest stars like Eartha Kitt and Boris Karloff. However, guest stars aren't necessary, as the chemistry between Cosby and Culp is undeniable. On top of that, the writing is superb (Culp himself wrote a few episodes).
This show will take you back in time and will take you thousands of miles away. It's a warm show based on friendship, set in the Cold War. It just works.
I've found the picture and audio to be quite acceptable. There isn't anything that distracts me from the story. This is a great buy for original fans and for those like me who have discovered it in recent years.
For $4.99 it's a pretty good deal: got my I SPY fix. I SPY was probably my favorite show when it originally aired in the Sixties - I remember seeing some episodes in the 80s and thinking it was terrible, so in some ways I was pleasantly surprised by the content of this DVD. You get four episodes including a two-part episode set in Florence with Joey Heatherton. The writing is pretty awful - the pace seems slow by our modern viewing expectations, but it's still fun. Something that surprised me but shouldn't have is that the aspect ratio is the old 16x9 so the video appears as a square in the middle of your HDTV, but you get used to it. Color transfer is pretty good. I guess I always thought the show was filmed entirely on location but I suspect only a few street shots were actually taken in Italy, and the rest was filmed in a studio in California. Still it's interesting to think the Florence episode was shot in the months before the floods, and originally aired at the height of the 1966 floods.
as a young boy growing up in the 1960;s I adored this show. I loved the episodes that were filmed in the east,especialy japan, because it showed me that exotic world a could only dream of . Kelly and scottie were my 2 heros growing up and could only been portrayed by these two legendary actors
I nostalgically bought this series, hoping it wouldn't disappoint me -- it didn't. It looks dated, of course -- technology and clothing styles have change immensely; but the impeccable relationship between Kelly and Scotty is unmarked by time. The storytelling can be a bit silly, but everything about "I Spy" is overshadowed by the incredible performances, charisma and genuine love of its two leads. It's even interesting to listen to Robert Culp's voiceover, describing the trials and tribulations of the selling and making of the series. This is a piece of television history in the best sense of the word, with the "here we are again in the old locked room) gag working as well as the assembly line sequence in "I Love Lucy".
Buy this and travel the world with Kelly and Scotty. It's the least expensive, most delightful trip you'll ever take.
This show is a lot better than its contemporaries. It is more serious than Man from UNCLE, and more plausible than Mission Impossible and less silly than the Saint. This is a solid spy drama with great performances from it's lead actors. Very enjoyable.
What could be more fun than to be able to return to your favorite TV show at any given time.That's what made me own this collection. The writting,the music, the Actors(Bill Cosby and Robert Culp) known as Scottie and Kelly. And American tennis player and his trainer who are really spys. Going around the world saving us from high crimes such as treson,sabotage and Drug Runners.With intelligence, style and humor. Also the fact that this show was one of my favorites due to the fact that it was a strong friendship between two differant races. They were partners, friends and at times seemed like a married couple. Never dull and always so much fun to watch.Oh yea, No foul four letter words. Remember those days?? My two favs are Tatia and So Long Patrick Henry. I won't tell you the plot, get your own :> You'll love it. On those days when there isn't anything on tv good to watch, pop some corn and enjoy.
Today the raves are for Aaron Sorkin and The West Wing, two decades ago it was Bochco and Hill Street Blues, but some of the writing done on I Spy (most by series star Robert Culp) was every bit as lively, crisp and topical as TV is today. The episodes on this disk, specifically Magic Mirror and Home To Judgement, are some of the best television scripts ever produced. This is part of a double-DVD set, with all episodes written by series star Robert Culp. I've read where Culp locked himself away in a secluded house with no phone to write these episodes, and the dedication shows. Magic Mirror is more than just a cold war thriller, it's plot is a Shakesperean tragedy for the jet set set against the backdrop of a small country being tugged over like a rope caught in superpower's jaws. Home To Judgement illustrates that television heroes aren't always shaved and well dressed, and that sometimes things do go wrong. The end sequence has Robinson and Scott shooting it out inside a cramped farm house with hoods whose faces you never quite see ... it is quite sureal. Great series. A big screen movie with Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson is in the works, but I don't think it'll live up to the small screen rendition.