Charlies Angels (1976) | Classic TV

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Charlies Angels (1976)

Charlie’s Angels pilot episode from 1976 is ready for you to watch and share.

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Let’s go back to 1976

Charlies Angels debuted on ABC on September 22, 1976 and ran for five seasons, coming to an end in 1981 with a total of 115 episodes.

Created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts, Aaron Spelling produced the show about three very smart and attractive, well trained private detectives of “The Townsend Agency” in L.A.

The original Angels were Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett (billed as Farrah Fawcett-Majors) and Jaclyn Smith.

John Forsythe was the ‘voice’ of their boss, the unseen Charlie Townsend, who directed the crime-fighting operations of the “Angels” over a speakerphone. David Doyle managed ‘the office’ where the Angels would get their assignments. Doyle, who played ‘Bosley’ would also participate in some of the cases.

There were a few casting changes: after the departures of Fawcett and Jackson came the additions of Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack, and Tanya Roberts.

Despite mixed reviews from critics and a reputation for merely being “Jiggle TV” (specifically emphasizing the sex appeal of the female leads), Charlie’s Angels enjoyed huge popularity with audiences and was a top ten hit in the Nielsen ratings for its first two seasons.

By the third season, the show had fallen from the top 10. The fourth season of the show saw a further decline in ratings; the changes could not stop the falling ratings and in 1981, Charlie’s Angels came to an end.

Charlie’s Angels continues to have a 1970s American cult and pop culture following through syndication, DVD releases, and subsequent television shows. The show also spawned a media franchise with a film series that started in 2000, which is a continuation of the series story with later generations of Angels.

A reboot television series was broadcast in 2011 but canceled after seven episodes. The latest film reboot was a total dud in 2019.

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