Mission: Impossible (1988 TV series season 1)

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Mission: Impossible (season 1)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 19
Original network ABC
Original release October 23, 1988 (1988-10-23) – May 6, 1989 (1989-05-06)
Season chronology
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List of Mission: Impossible episodes

The first season of the Mission: Impossible revival originally aired Sundays at 8:00–9:00 pm (EST) from October 23, 1988[1] to January 15, 1989[2] and Saturdays at 8:00–9:00 pm (EST) from January 28[3] to May 6, 1989.[4]


Character Actor Main Recurring
Jim Phelps Peter Graves Entire season
Nicholas Black Thaao Penghlis Entire Season
Max Hart Tony Hamilton Entire Season
Grant Colier Phil Morris Entire Season
Casey Randall Terry Markwell Episodes 1-12
Shannon Reed Jane Badler Episodes 13-19 Episode 12
Barnard "Barney" Colier Greg Morris Episode 4
Lisa Casey Linda Day George Episode 17


Title Directed by Written by Original Airdate Production
1 1 "The Killer" Cliff Bole Arthur Weiss October 23, 1988 (1988-10-23) 1
Remake of "The Killer" (S05/E01) of the original series. When an assassin (John de Lancie) kills his protégé and replacement as IMF team leader, Jim Phelps comes out of retirement in order to stop both the assassin and the man behind him, known only as "Scorpio". His team's job is complicated when it's discovered the killer makes his decisions at random.
2 2 "The System" Cliff Bole Robert Hamner October 30, 1988 (1988-10-30) 3
Remake of "The System" (S03/E15) of the original series. In order to get him to turn state's evidence against his Syndicate boss, the IMF makes a crooked casino owner (James Sloyan) believe his boss is setting him up to be eliminated.
3 3 "Holograms" Kim Manners Robert Brennan November 6, 1988 (1988-11-06) 4
In order to tempt the strongman leader of a Latin American country onto a US territorial island so that he can be extradicted, the IMF uses a 15-year-old boy to pose as his long-lost son. This is the first original episode to either be produced or aired for the revival series.
4 4 "The Condemned" Cliff Bole Teleplay by: Ted Roberts & Michael Fisher
Story by: John Truman
November 20, 1988 (1988-11-20) 5
Remake of "The Condemned" (S02/E19). After Grant's father Barney Collier (Greg Morris, reprising his role from the original series) is framed for murder in Istanbul, the IMF must break him out of prison and determine why he was set up. ("John Truman" is a pseudonym for the original episode's writer, Laurence Heath, who had his name removed from the credits of the remake.)
5 5 "The Legacy" Kim Manners Michael Lynn & Allan Balter November 26, 1988 (1988-11-26) 2
Nicholas poses as one of the four grandsons of Nazi officers who want to use a stash of Nazi gold hidden by their grandfathers at the end of WWII in order to finance a wave of terrorist activities in Europe. Episode revived from the original series (S01/E15), written by William Read Woodfield and Allan Balter (Woodfield had his name taken off the credits of the revived episode; Balter had since died).
6 6 "The Wall" Colin Budds David Phillips December 11, 1988 (1988-12-11) 6
In order to rescue the daughter of a West German negotiator, the team manipulates a crooked East German doctor who offers to smuggle people to West Berlin for an exorbitant fee but, in reality, delivers them into the hands of the Stasi. The episode is a loose remake of the original series episode "The Bank".
7 7 "The Cattle King" Mike Vejar Ted Roberts December 18, 1988 (1988-12-18) 7
The IMF sets out to thwart an Australian cattle rancher and arms dealer who is offering to sell Stinger missiles to terrorists by making him think he has been cursed by an Aboriginal shaman. This episode is very similar to "Doomsday".
8 8 "The Pawn" Brian Trenchard-Smith Billy Marshall-Stoneking January 15, 1989 (1989-01-15) 8
When a Czechoslovakian nuclear scientist and chess grand master wishes to defect to the west with his daughter, the IMF must get him out from under the watchful eye of his minder, a suspicious Soviet colonel.
9 9 "The Haunting" Mike Vejar Michael Fisher January 28, 1989 (1989-01-28) 9
The IMF team uses the supernatural interests of the domineering mother (Janis Paige) of a serial killer (Parker Stevenson) in order bring him down after he kills the princess of an oil-rich sultanate.
10 10 "The Lions" Rob Stewart Teleplay by: David Phillips
Story by: James Crown
February 4, 1989 (1989-02-04) 10
A royal usurper (James Shigeta) is out to kill the true heir to the throne of the Himalayan kingdom of Bajan-Du by replacing the pieces of a deadly puzzle that is part of the coronation ceremony with replicas that will ensure failure.
11 11 "The Greek" Colin Budds Ted Roberts February 11, 1989 (1989-02-11) 11
The IMF makes the heads of the organization of a Greek tycoon and relief medicine smuggler (Cesare Danova) believe he is double-crossing them.
12 12 "The Fortune" Rod Hardy Robert Brennan February 18, 1989 (1989-02-18) 12
While performing advanced recon for a mission to recover the money looted from the treasury of a Caribbean nation by its ousted dictator and his Eva Perón-like wife (Barbara Luna, who guest starred on the original series in the episodes "Elena" and "Time Bomb", playing an IMF agent in the latter), Casey is captured and killed by the dictator's wife. The rest of the team, along with new team member Shannon Reed, must accomplish the mission while also obtaining proof of Casey's death. This is the final episode for Terry Markwell as Casey Randall and the first episode for Jane Badler as Shannon Reed. This episode is the only time in either the original series or the remake series that an IMF agent is killed and subsequently disavowed.
13 13 "The Fixer" Colin Budds Walter Brough February 25, 1989 (1989-02-25) 13
A Washington journalist (Richard Romanus) has a sideline in blackmail and the team must stop him by turning his confidante and bodyguard against him.
14 14 "Spy" Rob Stewart Michael Fisher March 18, 1989 (1989-03-18) 14
The IMF must go to Africa to stop a rogue former MI6 agent from selling a cache of diamonds in order to finance the sale of chemical weapons. The mission is complicated when Jim Phelps's cover is blown and he is shot.
15 15 "The Devils" Arch Nicholson Ted Roberts March 25, 1989 (1989-03-25) 15
The team investigates a member of the English gentry who involves foreign and domestic officials in Satanic rituals and human sacrifice for blackmail purposes.
16 16 "The Plague" Colin Budds Rick Maier April 8, 1989 (1989-04-08) 16
A French terrorist (Maud Adams) has stolen a deadly bacteria that causes rapid organ deterioration in those infected by it. The IMF must convince her she has been infected herself in order to re-obtain it.
17 17 "Reprisal" Rob Stewart Walter Brough April 15, 1989 (1989-04-15) 17
When a psychotic ex-IMF scientist begins killing the old IMF team that Jim Phelps led which put him behind bars (and frames Jim Phelps for the murders), the new team must figure out how he is killing from his prison cell and try to save the remaining targeted agents. Lynda Day George reprises her role of Casey from the original series; the character was given the first name "Lisa" in order to avoid confusion with the character of Casey Randall.[5]
18 18 "Submarine" Colin Budds Dale Duguid April 29, 1989 (1989-04-29) 18
The team must track down the purveyor (Mitchell Ryan) of a computer virus that destroys the systems of naval vessels. Written by series art director Dale Duguid. Despite the title, it is not a remake of the original series episode of the same name.
19 19 "Bayou" Don Chaffey Jeffrey M. Hayes May 6, 1989 (1989-05-06) 19
The team has to take down the head of a white slavery operation in Louisiana (Frank Thring) by using the voodoo beliefs of his trusted lieutenant (Paula Kelly) to drive a wedge between them.


  1. ^ TV Listings for October 23, 1988
  2. ^ TV Listings for January 15, 1989
  3. ^ TV Listings for January 28, 1989
  4. ^ TV Listings for May 6, 1989
  5. ^ a b White, Patrick J. (1991). The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier. New York: Avon Books. ISBN 0-380-75877-6.