Bring The Avengers Home!

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  The Avengers - The Complete Emma Peel Megaset (2006 Collector's Edition)

 The Best of The Original Avengers

 Avengers '66 - Set 1, Vol. 1 & 2


Show Type: Spy Drama

First Telecast: March 28, 1966

Last Telecast: September 15, 1969

Broadcast History:

March 1966-July 1966, Monday 10:00-11:00 on ABC

July 1966-September 1966, Thursday 10:00-11:00 on ABC

January 1967-September 1967, Friday 10:00-11:00 on ABC

January 1968-Septebmer 1968, Wednesday 7:30-8:30 on ABC

September 1968-September 1969, Monday 7:30-8:30 on ABC


John Steed..... Patrick Macnee

Emma Peel (1966-1968)..... Diana Rigg

Tara King (1968-1969)..... Linda Thorson

"Mother" (1968-1969)..... Patrick Newell

Purdey (1976)..... Joanna Lumley

Mike Gambit (1976)..... Gareth Hunt


The Avengers first appeared on British television more than five years before it was imported to the United States in 1966.

Pure escapist entertainment, it centered on John Steed, a suave, imperturbable, and very proper British secret agent, who was joined after a few episodes by a female partner. Their missions, whether planned or accidental, involved all sorts of diabolical geniuses who planned to take over the world through various fantastic schemes.

Improbable technical devices, wittily absurd villains, and the clever and efficient Steed combined to make this fantasized espionage series unique. Like the American-made Man From U.N.C.L.E, it attempted to out-James-Bond James Bond.

Macnees's original female partner in the British version of the series was Honor Blackman, who played Pussy Galore in the James Bond film Goldfinger. By the time The Avengers reached American audiences, she had been replaced by the lithe, jump-suited Diana Rigg. Steed and Mrs. Peel were separated in the March 20, 1968 episode, when she was reunited with her long-lost husband. Linda Thorson, a younger and more voluptuous woman, then became the female partner.

The series was resurrected in Britain in 1976 with a new title, The New Avengers, and a new supporting cast for Mr. Steed - young agents Purdey and Gambit. It was this version that joined the CBS late-night lineup in the fall of 1978, the only original programming (at least to American audiences) amid CBS' late-night movie reruns and episodes of former prime-time network TV series.

The popularity of this late-night Avengers prompted CBS to subsequently rerun both it and the earlier version that had aired on ABC in the 1960's. The end date above refers to the original ABC prime-time run of The Avengers.