Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Spy Girls

Charlie's Angels, produced by Aaron Spelling, was a popular television show that was broadcast from 1976 to 1981. The series centered around three women who just graduated from the Los Angeles Police Academy and were hired to work for the Charles Townsend Agency as private investigators. Charlie, their boss, played by John Forsythe, is never seen full face and works through a liason Bosley, played by David Doyle. He communicated the assignments through a speaker phone. The "Angels" were Kate Jackson as Sabrina Duncan, Farrah Fawcett-Majors as Jill Munroe and Jaclyn Smith as Kelly Garrett.

On September 22, 1976 the show aired and Farrah fever was born. Fawcett, already known for her Wella Balsam commercials and her infamous swimsuit poster that had sold a still unrivaled 12 million copies, was clearly the star of the show. Her feathered hair was copied by young women all over the world asking for the Farrah-do.

Charlie's Angels went on to become a huge success, but after just one year Fawcett left the show. A lawsuit stemmed from her early departure and an agreement to appear in six episodes over the next two seasons as a guest star was the settlement. The producers wrote her character, Jill, off to a career as a race car driver. She was replaced on the show in 1977 by Cheryl Ladd, who portrayed Jill's younger sister Kris.

After season three Kate Jackson departed from the show. Her character Sabrina left the agency to start a family. She was replaced by Shelley Hack as Tiffany Welles in season four. Hack would leave the show after one season. Her character Tiffany came from a wealthy family and once the wanderlust of the detective world wore off she moved back to the East coast for new and unidentified adventures. Her replacement in season five was Tanya Roberts as Julie Rogers, the most mysterious of the angels with a turbulent history and no experience or police training.

Even with its cheesy plot lines Charlie's Angels continues to inspire today. The Angels were all intelligent, independent, single women who worked well together and supported one another.

"When the show was number three, I figured it was our acting. When it got to be number one, I decided it could only be because none of us wears a bra." --Farrah Fawcett-Majors

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