The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.(1966-1967)
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968)
Type: Spin Off
Group: 28

   Said it before, saying it again, the 1960's were a bonanza of spy shows: I Spy, Mission Impossible, The Avengers, The Wild Wild West, etc. NBC weighed in with The Man From U.N.C.L.E. U.N.C.L.E. was a spy organization whose name meant United Network Command for Law Enforcement. In other words the producers jammed some big words into a cool sounding acronym.

   The thing I don't get is why was it The MAN from U.N.C.L.E. when this show actually had two spies, Napoleon Solo the American and his partner Illya Kuryakin the Russian. What? Only one of them was the man from U.N.C.L.E.? Where was the other one from, Newark?

   Anyway Napoleon and Illya protected the world from the bad guys week after week. And, hey, if one spy show was working good, why wouldn't two be even better? Thus The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. a spin off starring Stephanie Powers, later of Hart To Hart fame, as spy April Dancer (oh geeze what a name - bond girls had less embarrassing names). Her partner was English spy Mark Slate. Nobody really cared though. As the U.N.C.L.E. shows wore on they got silly. Batman was a campy hit and so shows like U.N.C.L.E. and Lost In Space tried to score ratings by following suit and making their shows goofier and less straight and serious. After a short run, The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. quietly went away and was soon followed by The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

   Both shows shared a common boss in Alexander Waverly in the same way that later The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman would share a common boss in Oscar Goldman.

Other Man From U.N.C.L.E. Crossover Links
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and McHale's Navy
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and One Day At A Time
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Please Don't Eat The Daisies

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