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By Dr. Joseph Lee on August 22, 2015
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an American television series broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1964, to January 15, 1968. It follows secret agents, played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, who work for a secret international counter espionage and law and enforcement agency called U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement). The series consisted of 105 episodes originally screened between 1964 and 1968, with the first season in black-and-white, with the rest in colour. Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) was to have been the focus, but a scene featuring a Russian agent named Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) drew enthusiasm from the fans and the agents were paired. Leo G. Carroll played Alexander Waverly, the British head of the organization (Number One of Section One).
In Season 1, it was against the always very popular “The Red Skelton Hour” from CBS, and the rating was quite poor, with the show almost cancelled. When the show was moved to a new time slot, the rating improved, amassing a huge and exceedingly loyal family of fans. In an attempt to emulate the success of ABC’s mid-season hit, Batman, in 1966, U.N.C.L.E. moved swiftly towards self-parody and slapstick, resulting in severe rating drop with near cancellation. It was renewed for a fourth season and an attempt was made to go back to serious storytelling, but the ratings never recovered and U.N.C.L.E. was cancelled midway through the season.
In this Complete Series, there are 41 DVDs with 105 episodes:
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