Mission: Impossible

The Original Television Series

Season 7

Cast picture

Barney, Willy, Jim

Mimi Davis, played by Barbara Anderson, replaced Casey when Lynda Day George was on maternity leave

Season 7, 1972/73, 22 episodes
Producer Barry Crane, except where indicated
Regular Team: Jim, Casey, Barney, Willy

The opening credits for season 7 were:

Peter Graves as Jim Greg Morris as Barney Lynda Day George as Casey Peter Lupus as Willy

These credits remained the same throughout the season, even for the episodes when Lynda Day George was absent.

The Impossible Missions Force team for the seventh and last season remained the same as that used in season six. However, Lynda Day George was absent having a baby during part of the year (officially, Casey was in deep cover in Europe), and she was replaced in a number of shows by Barbara Anderson, who played Mimi Davis. Mimi was introduced in show #151 Break!, where, as an ex-con on parole, she assists the IMF by trapping a gangster, who is a former boyfriend. Jim tells her that Casey will be in Europe for a while, and invites her to help the IMF in future missions. Lynda Day George returned to the programme in show #161. This is the only time we ever see an agent being recruited, and the only occasion that an explanation is given for an agent's non-appearance.

16 Feb 1973 147 G1 19 Speed
23 Sep 1972 148 G2 2 Two Thousand
28 Oct 1972 149 G3 7 Underground
7 Oct 1972 150 G4 4 Leona
16 Sep 1972 151 G5 1 Break! #
30 Sep 1972 152 G6 3 The Deal #
30 Mar 1973 153 G7 22 Imitation
9 Dec 1972 154 G8 12 Crack-Up
14 Oct 1972 155 G9 5 TOD-5 #
21 Oct 1972 156 G10 6 Cocaine #
19 Jan 1973 157 G11 16 The Question
11 Nov 1972 158 G12 9 Hit #
4 Nov 1972 159 G13 8 Movie #
18 Nov 1972 160 G14 10 Ultimatum #
2 Dec 1972 161 G15 11 Kidnap
22 Dec 1972 162 G16 13 The Puppet
26 Jan 1973 163 G17 17 The Fountain
12 Jan 1973 164 G18 15 Boomerang *
5 Jan 1973 165 G19 14 Incarnate
2 Mar 1973 166 G20 21 The Western
9 Feb 1973 167 G21 18 The Fighter
23 Feb 1973 168 G22 20 The Pendulum
* Producer Laurence Heath
# Mimi while Casey is “in Europe”

Episodes were often not broadcast in the same order that they were produced, especially at the begining of a season. I have therefore given three numbers in this table.
The episode number represents the production order over the entire series, the season number represents the episode production order within the season, and TX Order represents the original transmission order.
For example, Speed was the 147th episode made, the first season six episode made, but the nineteenth shown.
Click on the links in the list to see a brief synopsis of the episode. (No spoilers.)

The ratings had slipped again during the seventh season, and CBS decided not to renew for an eighth.

The show was revived in 1988 on ABC for two seasons, featuring some new scripts plus some adapted from the original series. Only Jim Phelps, still played by Peter Graves, remained from the old team, although Greg Morris as Barney and Lynda Day George as (Lisa) Casey appeared as guest stars in one or two episodes each. The final show, #35, was broadcast on 24 February 1990.

A Paramount Pictures feature film, called Mission: Impossible, starring Tom Cruise (as IMF leader Ethan Hunt) and Jon Voigt (as Jim Phelps), was released on 22 May 1996. No members of the original cast appeared. A sequel, with the inspiring title Mission: Impossible 2, again starring Tom Cruise, was released in June 2000. Neither film had much in common with either television series. There are rumours that a third movie may be made, but it keeps being postponed.

Bruce Geller, the creator of Mission: Impossible, was killed in a light aircraft crash on 21 May 1978. He was 47.
Greg Morris died at his home in Los Angeles on 28 August 1996. He was 61.

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