Cheryl Ladd as Kris Munroe
|First appearance||Angels in Paradise - September 14, 1977|
|Last appearance||Let Our Angel Live - 24 June 1981|
|Created by||Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts|
|Portrayed by||Cheryl Ladd|
|Occupation||Policewoman, Private Detective|
|Family||Jill Munroe (older sister)|
Kristine "Kris" Munroe is a fictional character in the 1976-1981 television series Charlie's Angels. She was portrayed by Cheryl Ladd. She works for the Townsend Agency for four seasons of the show's entire five season run, taking the place of her older sister Jill when she leaves the agency. Although not an original character, Kris gained fame and popularity equal to the other Angels, leading her to be included as a major character in the series, when other replacement characters (Tiffany Welles, Julie Rogers) are not. Co-star Jaclyn Smith said, "She had to fill a big pair of shoes, and she did it with confidence".
Kris Munroe is the younger sister of former Townsend Agency detective Jill Munroe. As revealed in the title sequence, she also studied to be a policewoman and was similarly handed low risk assignments, although in San Francisco, and not Los Angeles. Kris is 25 when she joins the show. When Jill left the Agency to become a race car driver, Kris basically shows up for the job. Kris is noticeably less sophisticated than the other Angels, has a stronger accent and seems more gullible. In the first few episodes, she has to prove herself to Sabrina Duncan and Kelly Garrett. As she becomes accepted by her co-workers, Kris becomes more glamorous and loses her "little sis" persona. She eventually became one of the most popular Angels and had the most episodes centered on her. Petite and owning lots of "va-voom", her blonde hair and proclivity toward bikinis didn't hurt, either.
Covers and techniques
As her sister did before her, Kris tended to take the "inside" covers with Kelly while working on the case, while Sabrina took "outside" roles. Some of her covers included beauty pageant contestant, surfer, a nude beach visitor, ice-skating clown, Swedish movie star, trucker, Keystone Cop, assistant/target to a circus knife thrower and cheerleader. She also appears as a singer in a couple of episodes, giving Cheryl Ladd a chance to showcase her singing talent. (Cheryl was an accomplished singer and released two albums in the late 70's and sang the national anthem prior to Super Bowl XIV).
Although her sister Jill before her seemed the most likely to have a sexual encounter with someone she encountered on the job...Kris seemed more grounded and "innocent" in a way. She had a fun, even aggressive attitude toward men and she did not repress her feelings or attractions...but most of that was an "act" for her undercover role. Sabrina possibly might be the first Angel to actually have a sexual encounter with one of their case's suspects--in the episode "Angel In Love". Unfortunately, like the other Angels and even Bosley, the suspects and others they met with each case almost always were exposed as felons. Kris is the child of an alcoholic and holds onto sentimental items from her rough childhood. She was also mortified the first time she had to shoot someone, but as her innocence faded (and after being the Angel most likely to be kidnapped), she matured to eventually tell her kidnappers to "Go to Hell!"
Kris inherits her sister's white 1976 Mustang Cobra II with blue stripes (although Charlie later updated it to a 1977 model), and lives in Jill's beach house. When on vacation, she is often seen wearing shades with a bikini. She loves hot tubs, swimming, surfing and boywatching. As shown in the season 4 episode "Love Boat Angels," she also apparently trained in scuba diving (Ladd had previously starred in the underwater adventure film Treasure of Jamaica Reef).
In the episodes that Farrah Fawcett appeared as Jill Munroe in seasons 3 and 4, little interaction occurred between the characters of Kris and Jill, stunting the development of the sisters' relationship. In one episode, Kris is kidnapped by a villain who counts on Jill to rescue her. Jill and the other Angels track her down, but their reunion scene is extremely brief.
Kris's last appearance was in the final episode of the final season: "Let Our Angel Live". The episode is primarily a clips show, and contains a continuity error as Kris remembers the events of a Season One episode, which she was not present for, although she may have heard about it from Jill.