Charlie's Angels (season 1)

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Charlie's Angels (Season 1)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 23
Broadcast
Original run March 21, 1976 – May 4, 1977
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List of Charlie's Angels episodes

Charlie's Angels: Season One was the first season of the 1970s television series, Charlie's Angels. The season starred Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Jaclyn Smith, David Doyle, and the voice of John Forsythe. The season aired from September 22, 1976 to May 4, 1977, with a total of 23 episodes.

Although the pilot episode featured an extra male liaison named Scott Woodville (David Ogden Stiers), he was dropped for the series as it was felt there was no need for Charlie to have two male liaisons. It was also felt that the character of Woodville was rather too severe, whereas Bosley was someone the writers could use to add humor to the episodes.

The pilot, which aired on March 21, 1976, was nearly two hours long, and the succeeding episodes were between 48 and 50 minutes in length. Viewing figures for the first season were extremely high, finishing at #5 in the Nielsen ratings. All three female leads were launched to greater heights in their career, with Fawcett-Majors proving to be the most popular of the trio. Although Jackson and Smith were overshadowed by Fawcett-Majors they have equally stood the test of time, and both have also been cited as "fan favorites."

Main cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "Charlie's Angels" John Llewellyn Moxey Ben Roberts & Ivan Goff March 21, 1976 (1976-03-21)
Charles "Charlie" Townsend's client wants to prove that a missing vineyard owner, Vince Le Maire, was murdered by his second wife and his foreman. The Angels set up a sophisticated caper in which Kelly Garrett and Sabrina Duncan pose as the wealthy heiress and Jill Munroe as dowdy secretary and backwoods gunslinger.
2 2 "Hellride" Richard Lang Edward J. Lakso September 22, 1976 (1976-09-22)
Sabrina becomes a race car driver, John Bosley, a preacher and Jill, his daughter to learn why a pretty woman driver lost control of her car and died in a flaming wreck.
3 3 "The Mexican Connection" Allen Baron Jack V. Fogarty September 29, 1976 (1976-09-29)
Charlie assigns the girls to find the saboteurs of a charter plane carrying a cache of heroin. Jill becomes a swimming instructor for the daughter of a wealthy Mexican businessman when they travel south of the border, their mission known only to the surviving pilot of the ill-fated flight.
4 4 "Night of the Strangler" Richard Lang Pat Fiedler October 13, 1976 (1976-10-13)
Charlie counts on Kelly’s striking resemblance to a fashion model who was a victim in a series of rag doll stranglings. The wife of a well-known fashion designer is the next victim.
5 5 "Angels in Chains" Phil Bondelli Robert Earll October 20, 1976 (1976-10-20)
The Angels investigate a country prison farm and a nearby small-town sheriff. Sabrina, Kelly, and Jill deliberately get stopped for speeding; when the sheriff 'finds' drugs he's planted in their car, they're sentenced by a kangaroo court to unusually long terms at the nearby prison farm. Once there, they discover that the authorities are partners in an extortion-prostitution scheme. Young women without relatives are arrested and jailed on trumped-up violations.
6 6 "Target: Angels" Richard Lang David Levinson October 27, 1976 (1976-10-27)
An unknown assassin tries to kill Jill, Kelly and Sabrina. The pressure intensifies, forcing the girls to withdraw from their lives (Kelly breaking up with her boyfriend, played by Tom Selleck) and take the only sure refuge they know: Charlie's gated mansion. Their anticipation at the prospect of seeing Charlie for the first time dims when they suddenly realize they have led the killer to his real target — Charlie.
7 7 "The Killing Kind" Richard Benedict Rick Husky November 3, 1976 (1976-11-03)
Charlie calls on the Angels to solve the murder of the daughter of an old friend. In their quest to solve the killing, the three (Kelly posing as a magazine photographer, Jill as a tennis instructor and Sabrina as a guest) infiltrate an exclusive hotel-resort. They soon learn that the owner is an underworld figure who, after turning state’s evidence and getting a new identity as part of the government’s “witness relocation” program, has built a new criminal empire for himself.
8 8 "To Kill an Angel" Phil Bondelli Rick Husky November 10, 1976 (1976-11-10)
Kelly takes Skip, an autistic little boy, on an outing to an amusement park. When away for a few moments, two hired killers bump into Skip after they have just murdered a man. One of the killers drops his gun near Skip who accidentally shoots Kelly and runs away. Kelly is hospitalized with a minor head wound and Sabrina and Jill take up the search for Skip, trying to find his whereabouts using clues from his favorite nursery rhyme. The killers visit Kelly in the hospital and learn the clues as well, determined to silence Skip before the Angels can rescue him.
9 9 "Lady Killer" George McCowan Sue Melburn November 24, 1976 (1976-11-24)
Jill becomes a candidate for the centerfold of “Feline Magazine”, hoping to tempt the hand of the murderer of two previous models. There are many suspects on the magazine’s staff and the infighting is so intense that attempts on the lives of undercover employees Kelly and Sabrina further cloud the investigation, including a water bed wired to electrocute Sabrina.
10 10 "Bullseye" Daniel Haller Jeff Myrow December 1, 1976 (1976-12-01)
A recruit in the Women's Army Corps is shot to death on the firing range and Charlie’s Angels are assigned to investigate. Bosley works undercover as a civilian researcher with Sabrina as an Army nurse and Jill and Kelly as new enlistees. A military physician and a cruel drill instructor are discovered to be purchasing large quantities of cheap, inactive drugs and reselling them to the Army at top quality retail prices.
11 11 "Consenting Adults" George McCowan Les Carter December 8, 1976 (1976-12-08)
A prostitute supplied by a computer dating service keeps an antique dealer preoccupied while his store is burgled of priceless art objects. One of the stolen items is stuffed with smuggled diamonds belonging to a ruthless crime syndicate boss. Enraged, the kingpin kidnaps the antique dealer and the Angels enter the case. Jill infiltrates the dating service posing as a hooker but finds that the prostitute has led the crime boss to the diamonds. In a last-ditch effort, the Angels steal the chief’s championship racehorse and he agrees to turn over the diamonds in exchange for his horse.
12 12 "The Séance" George W. Brooks Robert C. Dennis & Edward J. Lakso December 15, 1976 (1976-12-15)
A rich widow hires the Angels to solve the mystery of the repeated disappearances of her jewelry. When they learn the lady manages her affairs through a medium, they track down prime suspect, Madame Dorian. Kelly assumes the identity of a rich Texas widow, Jill becomes her friend, and Bosley, their French chauffeur. Unbeknownst to the others, Madame Dorian’s male assistant hypnotizes Kelly to get financial information from her.
13 13 "Angels on Wheels" Rick Husky Jack V. Fogarty & Rick Husky December 22, 1976 (1976-12-22)
Jill becomes the star of a roller derby team when she goes undercover to investigate the mysterious death of skating champ Karen Jason, who is killed after being forced over the guardrail and into the audience during a rough and tumble race. Charlie’s client believes Karen was murdered, despite the police report stating that the death was accidental. In search of clues, Sabrina poses as a state insurance investigator, Kelly as a pushy writer for a national magazinen and Jill romances the team owner.
14 14 "Angel Trap" George McCowan Edward J. Lakso January 5, 1977 (1977-01-05)
Jericho, (played by guest star Fernando Lamas) a paradoxically gentle man who was a World War II French Underground assassin, is the prime suspect when a former member of his old liberationist team is killed. From Jericho’s ex-girlfriend, the Angels learn that he intends to eliminate all of the members of his old French Underground team. In an attempt to capture Jericho before he can carry out his plans, Sabrina poses as the girlfriend of Kamden, the next likely victim, and Jill sets up an “accidental” meeting with Jericho. Jill soon finds it difficult to keep her mind on the job as she becomes emotionally involved with the romantic killer.
15 15 "The Big Tap-Out" Georg Stanford Brown Brian McKay January 12, 1977 (1977-01-12)
When notorious gambler-thief Roy David is suspected of burglarizing a securities company of $40,000, the Angels are called into the case to convict him of the crime. Sabrina and Bosley dupe the gambler into betting nearly half of the loot on a losing horse at the racetrack. Jill then tricks him into losing his remaining money at the gambling tables. With David penniless and desperate, the Angels make it easy for him to follow his usual burglary pattern. In front of startled eyes, they stage a hit-and-run accident in which Jill is apparently killed with detailed floor plans and safe combinations to the casino in her possession. David steals the plans and immediately sets up a burglary.
16 16 "Angels on a String" Lawrence Doheny Edward J. Lakso January 19, 1977 (1977-01-19)
An international political leader is abducted and a double substituted for him at a world conference being held at a resort where the Angels are vacationing. Having met the leader earlier, Sabrina knows something is wrong. Soon, the girls discover that the culprits plan to have their impostor deliver a false, radicalized, seemingly irrational keynote address.
17 17 "Dirty Business" Bill Bixby Edward J. Lakso February 2, 1977 (1977-02-02)
A legitimate business is targeted for arson and the Angels are called in to investigate. Soon, they discover that the corporation is actually a front for a pornographic film studio-and that the studio films the after-hour activities of wealthy people and then blackmails them into investing. As the scheme becomes apparent, the Angels discover something worse than simple pornography: The Pornographic film, “Sally in Sin City”, shows proof of someone being where he shouldn't be.
18 18 "The Vegas Connection" George McCowan John D.F. Black February 9, 1977 (1977-02-09)
Cass Harper assures young girls of a lucrative job in a Las Vegas nightclub chorus line, in exchange for sideline prostitution. Since many chorus girls end up marrying wealthy gamblers, his con scheme works extremely well at both ends. When any of his showgirl-prostitutes marry into wealth, Harper blackmails them with photographs of their past exploits. That is, until one of his blackmail victims hire the Angels to put a stop to his setup. Jill and Kelly become aspiring showgirls for the investigation and Bosley poses as a high-rolling spending looking for a good time.
19 19 "Terror on Ward One" Bob Kelljan Edward J. Lakso February 16, 1977 (1977-02-16)
Jill and Kelly pose as student nurses at the hospital and Sabrina as a local writer preparing a story on a mysterious attacker in a hospital. Bosley is admitted as a surgical patient. All clues begin to point to the chief surgeon cited in the malpractice suit in which a man died, who displays erratic behavior due to his excessive use of amphetamines. Then the Angels learn another staffer is the son of the man who died in the malpractice suit.
20 20 "Dancing in the Dark" Cliff Bole Les Carter February 23, 1977 (1977-02-23)
A lonely widow is blackmailed after a short affair with a gigolo she met at her dance classes. Jill masquerades as a disco-dance instructor, Sabrina as a rich but socially inept heiress and Kelly as a replacement photographer, supposedly sent by the blackmailer’s shutterbug. When Sabrina pretends to succumb to the gigolo’s charms, Kelly photographs the compromising position and Bosley then shows up as the irate but blackmailed father.
21 21 "I Will Be Remembered" Nicholas Sgarro Melvin Levy March 9, 1977 (1977-03-09)
Aging actress Gloria Gibson seems to be losing her mind, reliving the death scenes from her old movies. Kelly gets a job as an extra in Miss Gibson’s “comeback” film, Sabrina poses as the leading lady’s secretary, and Jill pretends to be a magazine writer, covering the picture. Several attempts are made to kill the actress and the girls during the filming.
22 22 "Angels at Sea" Allen Baron John D.F. Black March 23, 1977 (1977-03-23)
In a series of “accidents” aboard a cruise ship, a young couple is murdered. The Angels take a trip to Hawaii to investigate for the ship’s owner, who is on the verge of bankruptcy.
23 23 "The Blue Angels" Georg Stanford Brown Laurie Lakso & Edward J. Lakso May 4, 1977 (1977-05-04)
When two men are found dead in a massage parlor, the Angels are called in to investigate the policeman who reported the crime. Sabrina goes undercover on the vice squad as an assistant to the officer who is suspected of extorting money from massage parlor owners. Kelly signs up for the police academy to locate two suspicious recruits and Jill reopens the massage parlor where the murders took place. The officer-suspect calls on Jill to extort money. This was Farrah Fawcett-Majors' last episode as a regular.