Charlie’s Angels is an American crime drama television series that aired on ABC from September 22, 1976 to June 24, 1981. Originally starred Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Jaclyn Smith in the leading roles. John Forsythe provided the voice of their boss, the unseen Charlie Townsend. The show also spawned a media franchise with a film series started in 2000, which is a continuation of the series story with later generations of Angels. A reboot television series was broadcast in 2011, but canceled after seven episodes.
About Charlie’s Angels in brief
Charlie’s Angels is an American crime drama television series that aired on ABC from September 22, 1976 to June 24, 1981. The series was created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts and was produced by Aaron Spelling. It follows the crime-fighting adventures of three women working in a private detective agency in Los Angeles, California. Originally starred Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Jaclyn Smith in the leading roles and John Forsythe providing the voice of their boss, the unseen Charlie Townsend. The show also spawned a media franchise with a film series started in 2000, which is a continuation of the series story with later generations of Angels. A reboot television series was broadcast in 2011, but canceled after seven episodes. Despite mixed reviews from critics and a reputation for merely being \”Jiggle TV\”, Charlie’s Angels enjoyed huge popularity with audiences and was a top ten hit in the Nielsen ratings for its first two seasons. In the fifth season, the show fell out of the Top 30; the changes could not stop the falling ratings and in 1981, Charlie’s Angels came to an end after 110 episodes and five seasons. The original title was Harry’s Angels, but it was dropped when ABC did not want to run into conflict with the series Harry O, and was thereby changed to Charlie’s angels. The three females’ boss would be a millionaire who often aided them in their assignments; however, Jackson and Spelling decided it would be more interesting to have the boss’s identity remain a secret.
With this, millionaire Charlie Townsend was an unseen character on the series who only spoke to the Angels via a Western Electric speakerphone. He recorded his lines in an audio studio and was never on the set. Thus, he rarely met any of the female co-stars. Some years later, he bumped into Farrah Fawcett at a tennis court, as he recalled, ‘I was coming up to me and said, ‘Charlie! I finally met Charlie!’ When it was finished, he drove over to Fox and said ‘That’s perfect’ And I went over to his home and said: ‘I didn’t even take my pajamas off – I just put on my topcoat and drove over’ The original choice, Gigi Young, showed up too intoxicated to read his lines, so Spelling called him in a late-night phone call from his home. After the departure of Fawcetti, Cheryl Ladd joined; after Jackson departed, Shelley Hack joined, who was subsequently replaced by Tanya Roberts. The only brunette who auditioned for the role of Kelly Garrett was Jaclyn Smith; she was cast only after producers liked the on-screen chemistry she shared with Jackson and Faw cett. Jackson was initially cast as Kelly Garrett, but was more attracted to the roles of Sabrina Duncan, and her request to switch roles was granted. She had proven popular with viewers in another police television drama, The Rookies. She was offered a part by Spelling after he had viewed her performance in the 1976 film Logan’s Run, but much like Jackson, did not audition for a role.