Charlie’s Angels TV Show 1976

April 20, 2012 by staff 

Charlie’s Angels TV Show 1976, Charlie’s Angels is an American crime drama television series about three women who work for a private investigation agency, and is one of the first shows to showcase women in roles traditionally reserved for men. The series stars Kate Jackson (seasons 1-3); Farrah Fawcett-Majors (season 1; 3-4); Jaclyn Smith (seasons 1-5); Cheryl Ladd (seasons 2-5); Shelley Hack (season 4); Tanya Roberts (season 5); David Doyle (seasons 1-5); and, John Forsythe (voice; seasons 1-5). The series was broadcast in the USA on the ABC Television Network from 1976 to 1981 and was one of the most successful series of the 1970s. Charlie’s Angels was created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts and produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg.

In pre-production, the original proposed title for the show was The Alley Cats. Kate Jackson did not have to audition and was immediately selected for one of the roles during the early pre-production stages. She had proven very popular with viewers in another police television drama, The Rookies. Not quite excited by the name of the show, Jackson relayed to producers that the leads should be called “angels” instead of “alley cats”. Jackson then came up with the idea that the identity of their boss should remain a mystery, both to the characters and the viewers, and that they should receive their cases over a speakerphone or squawk box. Producers incorporated these ideas into the show, which proved to be very popular. The Angels’ boss was originally to be named Harry, but the title Harry’s Angels was dropped from consideration as not to conflict with another television series, Harry O. Producers came up with the name Charlie. Jackson was initially cast as Kelly Garrett, but was more attracted to the role of Sabrina Duncan, and her request to switch roles was granted. Thus, the early part of the pilot focuses heavily on Jaclyn Smith as Kelly Garrett (the role Jackson originally had) as the casting change had been made too late to make further rewrites.

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