The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The Man from UNCLE-Logo.jpg
Premiere September 22, 1964
Finale January 15, 1968
Creator Sam Rolfe
Network/Provider NBC
Style 60-minute action / adventure
Company Arena Productions,
MGM Television
Distributor MGM Television (until 1982)
MGM/UA Television (1982–1986)
Turner Program Services (1986–1996)
Warner Bros. Television (1996– )
Seasons 4
Episodes 105
Origin USA

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an action / adventure program that aired on NBC. A spinoff of the show came in the form of The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.

The series centered on a two-man troubleshooting team working for U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement): American Napoleon Solo, and Georgian (Georgia-USSR) Illya Kuryakin. Leo G. Carroll played Alexander Waverly, the British head of the organization (Number One of Section One). Barbara Moore joined the cast as Lisa Rogers in the fourth season.

The series, though fictional, achieved such cultural prominence that props, costumes and documents, and a video clip are in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library's exhibit on spies and counterspies. Similar U.N.C.L.E. exhibits are in the museums of the Central Intelligence Agency and other US agencies and organizations gathering intelligence.

U.N.C.L.E.'s adversary was T.H.R.U.S.H. (W.A.S.P. in the pilot movie). The original series never divulged what T.H.R.U.S.H. represented, but in several U.N.C.L.E. novels by David McDaniel, it is the Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity, described as founded by Col. Sebastian Moran after the death of Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls in the Sherlock Holmes story, "The Final Problem".

T.H.R.U.S.H.'s aim was to conquer the world. Napoleon Solo said, in "The Green Opal Affair", "T.H.R.U.S.H. believes in the two-party system — the masters and the slaves," and in the pilot episode ("The Vulcan Affair"), T.H.R.U.S.H. "kills people the way people kill flies — a reflex action — a flick of the wrist." So dangerous was T.H.R.U.S.H. that governments — even those ideologically opposed, such as the United States and the Soviet Union — had cooperated in forming and operating the U.N.C.L.E. organization. Similarly, when Solo and Kuryakin held opposing political views, the friction between them in the story was held to a minimum.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Robert Vaughn Napoleon Solo 1 2 3 4
David McCallum Illya Nikovetch Kuryakin 1 2 3 4
Leo G. Carroll Alexander Waverly 1 2 3 4
Barbara Moore Lisa Rogers 4

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
NBC
Season One September 22, 1964 April 19, 1965 29
Season Two September 17, 1965 April 15, 1966 30
Season Three September 16, 1966 April 14, 1967 30
Season Four September 11, 1967 January 15, 1968 16

TV Movie

Title Network Airdate
The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair CBS April 5, 1983

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Complete Series October 21, 2008 41

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Made-for-TV Movies
Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair March 3, 2009 1

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