kids encyclopedia robot

Mission: Impossible facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Mission Impossible
Created by Bruce Geller
Starring Peter Graves
Steven Hill
Martin Landau
Barbara Bain
Leonard Nimoy
Greg Morris
Peter Lupus
Sam Elliott
Lesley Ann Warren
Lynda Day George
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 171
Running time 50 minutes (per episode)
Production company(s) Desilu (1966-1968)
Paramount Television (1968-1973)
Distributor Paramount Television Sales (1973-1987)
Paramount Domestic Television (1987-2006)
CBS Paramount Domestic Television (2006-2007)
CBS Television Distribution (2007-present)
Original network CBS
Original release September 17, 1966 – March 30, 1973

Mission Impossible was an American spy television series that originally aired on CBS from September 17, 1966 to March 30, 1973. The first season starred Steven Hill as Dan Briggs. From the second season on it starred Peter Graves as Jim Phelps. The show was a creation of Bruce Geller. The music was composed by Lalo Schifrin. When the series ended and reran in syndication in 1973, it was distributed by Paramount Domestic Television, which was formerly named Paramount Television Sales through 1973-1987.


The series is about an elite group that specializes in intelligence. In addition to Hill (first season) and Graves (second and following seasons), the other group members were played by Martin Landau (Rollin Hand, expert in disguise), Barbara Bain (seductress Cinnamon Carter, the bait to lure rivals), Greg Morris (Barney Collier, electronics expert), and Peter Lupus (Willy Armitage, the strong man). Landau and Bain left after the third season. In the fourth season, Leonard Nimoy joined the cast as Paris. Later cast members included Lee Meriwether (who guest-starred in 8 episodes as Tracey), Lesley Ann Warren as Dana Lambert, and Sam Elliott as Doug Robert. The last episode aired March 30, 1973.

Mission: Impossible 1988

Mission: Impossible 1988-1990 was an ABC TV series. Peter Graves again played Jim Phelps. The co-stars in this version were Thaao Penghlis as Nicholas Black, Tony Hamilton as Max Harte, Phil Morris as Grant Collier. Greg Morris and Linda Day George from the first series also appeared.

Bob Johnson was the voice on the tape.

Related pages

  • Mission: Impossible -1996 movie
  • Mission: Impossible II - 2000 movie
kids search engine
Mission: Impossible Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.