The Man From U.N.C.L.E. episode guide is back online.
Oct. 18, 2014: The site, which began Dec. 1, 1996, had been housed at the former Her Majesty’s Secret Servant website starting in 2008. But when Her Majesty’s Secret Servant ceased operations in 2014 the U.N.C.L.E. episode guide was shut down as well.
But it’s a new day and the episode guide has a new home. Here you’ll find detailed reviews of all 105 episodes of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. More work is needed here, including restoring additional pages and getting some art. But we wanted to get at least some of the site’s content up.
UPDATES FEBRUARY/MARCH 2015: The Never Made U.N.C.L.E.s page has been expanded to add descriptions of the never-made Matthew Vaughn movie, circa 2005, and the never-made Ember Entertainment cable-TV project. (Feb. 6): The U.N.C.L.E./James Bond page expanded to include entries for Solo (U.N.C.L.E. original pilot title and name of a 2013 007 novel) and Robert Short. (Feb. 11): The trailer for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie debuted online. CLICK HERE to read a review by THE SPY COMMAND. (Feb. 14): We’ve added a timeline about major developments of the 2015 movie.
MARCH 2015: The page with the act titles has been updated to include all the act titles for The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.
JUNE 2015: The page with the timeline for the U.N.C.L.E. movie has been updated, including a new trailer that debuted on June 11.
DEC. 1, 2016: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. episode guide marks its 20th anniversary.
EPISODE REVIEWS BY BILL KOENIG:
Season One (1964-65): Shown in black-and-white, the first season is considered by fans to be the best. Sam Rolfe, who scripted the pilot, was aboard as producer. Key scripts were written by Alan Caillou, Albert Aley and Dean Hargrove.
Season Two (1965-66): U.N.C.L.E. switches to color and also enjoys its highest ratings. Sam Rolfe departed and the producer slot became a revolving door, with three different men filling the job at various times. The season began with the first two-part story.
Season Three (1966-67): Under producer Boris ingster, the show goes in a much lighter direction, including at one point a dancing gorilla.
Season Four (1967-68): U.N.C.L.E. brings in a new producer, Anthony Spinner, to make things more serious. But Spinner, a veteran of Quinn Martin shows, in trying to bring in more gravitas may have gone too far in the eyes of some fans. The show gets canceled mid-season.
The Return Of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair: 15 years after the original series was canceled, Robert Vaughn and David McCallum again played Solo and Kuryakin. The end product, however, was a bit of a mixed bag.
The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. (1966-67): NBC wanted a spinoff series featuring a woman U.N.C.L.E. agent. But the effort only lasted one season — and had an episode that was arguably worse than the dancing gorilla in Man’s third season.
U.N.C.L.E. TIES WITH JAMES BOND 007: From Ian Fleming to actor Henry Cavill, there have been quite a few.
U.N.C.L.E. wannabes: Episodes of various series that are related to The Man From U.N.C.L.E., including the Say U.N.C.L.E. episode of The A-Team and the “Discards” episode of Diagnosis Murder as well as David McCallum playing Illya Kuryakin on Hullabaloo.
The composers from U.N.C.L.E.: Mini-biographies of U.N.C.L.E. composers: From Jerry Goldsmith to Daniel Pemberton.
The Real Soundtrack Affair: A 2004 interview with Jon Burlingame, producer of U.N.C.L.E. soundtracks that were released in the 2000s.
BEHIND THE SCENES:
Stanley Ralph Ross: In a 1990s e-mail interview, the writer of two third-season Man From U.N.C.L.E. episodes, discusses his work on the show and other highlights of his career. There are also a few comments from a separate e-mail interview with Yyonne Craig.
Never made U.N.C.L.E.s: A sampling of never-made stories of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., including feature films, made-for-television projects and scripts written during the original show.
Eyewitness: A former child actor describes what it was like to be on the set of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.
A LIST OF THE ACT TITLES for the 105 episodes of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. — and The Say U.N.C.L.E. episode of The A-Team in 1986. March 15: Now updated to include act titles of The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.
ACE PAPERBACKS: A sampling of the Ace paperback series of Man From U.N.C.L.E. novels in the 1960s.
WEBSITES OF INTEREST:
The Spy Command (formerly The HMSS Weblog): A blog about James Bond 007 and The Other Spies. It’s our sister site, which includes a good many posts about The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie coming out in 2015.
A Century of U.N.C.L.E.: Craig Henderson’s timeline about how U.N.C.L.E. and James Bond criss cross over more than a century from the birth of Ian Fleming in 1908 to the death of U.N.C.L.E. executive producer Norman Felton in 2012.
(c) 1996-2016 by William J. Koenig