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Charlie's Angels

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Charlie's Angels is a television series about three women who work for a private investigation agency, and is one of the first shows to showcase women in roles traditionally reserved for men. The series was broadcast on the ABC Television Network from 1976 to 1981 and was one of the most successful series of the 1970s. Charlie's Angels was created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts and produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg. In pre-production, the original proposed title was The Alley Cats.

Three women, the Angels, (originally Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, and Jaclyn Smith) graduated from the police academy only to be assigned such duties as handling switch boards and traffic. They quit and were hired to work for the Charles Townsend Agency as private investigators. Their boss, Charlie (voiced by John Forsythe), is never seen full face — in some episodes he is shown from the rear only (where the viewer only sees the back of his head and his arms) talking through a phone while surrounded by beautiful women — assigning cases to the Angels and his liaison, Bosley (played by David Doyle), via a speaker phone.

Charlie's Angels is episodic in nature, as opposed to serial, thus each episode shows the Angels finding themselves in new situations in which they would go undercover to investigate. The undercover aspect of the show creates much of the plot interest and tension. In the early seasons of the show, the Angels, under their assumed identities, use a combination of sexual wiles and knowledge learned for the situation in which they are being placed, but by the third and fourth seasons, the writing has a tendency to stray from the sex appeal and focus more on the case at hand.

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Charlie's Angels on ABC.

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps. All times listed are North American Eastern Time.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has released Seasons 1-3 of the series on DVD in Region 1. They have also released the first two seasons on DVD in Region 2.

Note: Episode count is based on the format in which episodes originally aired. Two-hour episodes are counted as one episode.

As of February 2009, the show can purchased on iTunes, and can be streamed for free in the US on IMDB, Hulu, with Minisodes and full episodes available on Crackle. The show previously aired on TV Land.

The series has inspired many remakes and reinterpretations throughout the years and in different countries.

Four women were selected to be in a show called Angels '88, which was to serve as an updated version of the show. The show was later named Angels '89 after production delays, but the show ultimately never aired. From 1998–1999, Telemundo and Sony produced a show called Ángeles. The weekly hour format did not catch on with Hispanic viewers, who are accustomed to watching telenovelas nightly and the series was soon canceled. In 2002, a German version of Charlie's Angels, Wilde Engel, was produced by the German channel RTL. The show was known as Anges de choc in French-speaking countries, and as Three Wild Angels in English-speaking ones.

The series inspired two feature films from Flower Films production company: Charlie's Angels (2000) and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), with John Forsythe returning to voice Charlie. Whereas most movie remakes of 1970s TV shows, like Starsky and Hutch, are actually remakes, the Charlie's Angels films are set in a different time. The mythology goes that whenever an Angel leaves, she is replaced so there are always three. The second film had more nods to the TV series than the first film, with Jaclyn Smith making a brief cameo as Kelly Garrett.

In 2004, a television movie entitled Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie's Angels aired on NBC.

In July 2003, three Charlie's Angels games were released on three different gaming platforms: Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, and the mobile phone. The versions released on both the GameCube and PlayStation 2 were virtually the same, each given the same title: Charlie's Angels. The version released for the mobile phone was fundamentally toned down to fit the technical restrictions of the platform, and was titled Charlie's Angels: Road Cyclone.

April 2008 - Ojom announced a new Charlie's Angels mobile phone game titled: Charlie's Angels: Hellfire. The game is now available on operator portals across Europe.

During the show's run, many collectible items were produced, including (two versions of) dolls, countless boardgames, several posters, trading cards, pipes, notebooks, a lunchbox & thermos, Charlie's Angels Van, and even record albums.

Even though it was not directly part of the show, Farrah Fawcett also released a poster of her sporting a red bathing suit that became the biggest selling poster in history with 12 million copies sold. This poster also helped the burgeoning popularity of the series.

Two British comic strip versions were produced. The first appeared in the Polystyle publication Target in April 1978, drawn by John Canning. Target was a sister title to the long-running TV Comic aimed at older children and featuring TV action and crime shows of the day. Proving unpopular, it folded in August and merged back into TV Comic where Canning's Angels strip continued until October 1979. The second strip was printed in Junior TV Times Look-in, debuting in November 1979 (as soon as Polystyle's deal expired), written by Angus Allan and drawn by Jim Baikie and Bill Titcombe.

In the on-line comic Erfworld, one side in The Battle for Gobwin Knob hires three glowing, flying female combatants from an unseen "Charlie". One is blond and two are dark-haired. They first appear in silhouette in Page 42 of the comic and in the final frame of Page 69, after dispensing with some "Dwagons" of the opposing side, once again take up the iconic pose of Charlie's Angels. They are referred to as "Charlie's Archons". In the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, in the context of which the Erfworld story is placed, an archon is a documented character. In Gnosticism, an archon occupies a role similar to the angels of the Old Testament.

Angel's "Proper" Charlies was a British comic strip published in the weekly Jackpot. It first appeared in 1979, drawn by Trevor Metcalfe. Angel was a beautiful teenage girl who was worshipped by three not-so-very-mature boys called the Charlies. Angel's beauty hid a conniving mind, in that she took advantage of the love-struck trio in order to get her own way, such as slipping into parties and concerts and attracting the attention of more suitable boyfriends, while the Charlies ended up bruised and battered as a result of their efforts to impress her (in vain).

Brelan de dames (Three Ladies of a Kind), a Belgian comic strip by artist Renaud Denauw and writer Jean-Luc Vernal, was also about a trio of action women, though in this case they came from various countries and, after a short stint in the secret service, became independent operators. Again, one is blond and the others are dark-haired. Their adventures were published in the 1980s in Tintin magazine.

The show was parodied in the third series of BBC Two sketch show Goodness Gracious Me (episode five). The sketch, called "Channa's Angels", was about three Asian girls who graduated from police academy, but were then employed by a man who believed that sort of activity to be culturally inappropriate.

Another parody exists in the 2009 Chick-fil-A calendar "The Bovines in Blue" where the show in October was referred to as Chuckie's Heifers.

This is a chronological list of appearances that two or more Angels have made together in support of Charlie's Angels.

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Charlie's Angels (film)

One of the most widely reproduced publicity images from Charlie's Angels features (L to R) Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, and Drew Barrymore in defensive posture as they prepare to subdue "Creepy Thin Man."

Charlie's Angels is a 2000 American action–comedy film, co-produced by Columbia Pictures, Global Entertainment Productions, Tall Tree Productions and Drew Barrymore's Flower Films and directed by McG. Based on the same-titled television series from the late 1970s, it was adapted by screenwriters Ryan Rowe, Ed Solomon and John August and stars Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu as three women working for a private investigation agency.

The film is a loose sequel of the original series. John Forsythe from the original series returned as Charlie's off-screen voice. Charlie's Angels was followed with the 2003 sequel, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.

Dylan, Natalie, and Alex are three talented women currently at the employ of the unseen "Charlie", who gives them cases to investigate via a speaker in his offices, and backing them with support for disguises and equipment; Charlie is assisted by Bosley who helps the women directly when needed. They are assigned the case of the kidnapping of Eric Knox, a programmer and head of Knox Enterprises, supposedly by a company called Redstar for his voice tracking and identification system. The three women infiltrate a party held by Redstar's owner, Roger Corwin, and spot a thin man that was seen on the surveillance videos during Knox' kidnapping. They give chase, and eventually corner and fight the thin man, but he runs off; when the women follow, they discover Knox.

After reuniting Knox with his partner Vivian Wood, Knox implores them to help understand what Redstar would do with his software. The three manage to infiltrate Redstar's secure computer system and plant a device to allow them to explore the Redstar mainframe at their leisure. They leave the laptop with Bosley and consider the mission successful. The group relaxes for the night, with Dylan taking up an offer to spend the night with Knox. However, Dylan discovers that Knox had planned the events all along with help from the thin man and Vivian; by gaining access to Redstar's server, he is able to seek out the location of any voice that can be detected on it. Knox shoots at Dylan, believing to have killed her, though Dylan is able to escape unharmed. When she regroups with Natalie and Alex, she finds they have also been attacked but each escaped, that Corwin has been murdered, and that's Charlie's offices have been blown up. They learn from a radio transmitter implanted in Bosley's teeth that he is unharmed, captured by Vivian before the explosion, and are able to use information to target his whereabouts.

The women, with help from Dylan's current boyfriend "The Chad", are able to approach the abandoned lighthouse that Knox is holding Bosley in. They discover that Knox is planning on using the software and the Redstar server to physically locate Charlie when he next attempts to contact Bosley, as he believes Charlie was responsible for his father's death in the Vietnam War. While they are able to defeat Vivian and the thin man and rescue Bosley before Knox blows up the lighthouse, they are too late to stop him taking off in a helicopter armed with a missile to home in on Charlie's location. The women manage to board the chopper and reprogram the missile, sending it back to blow up the helicopter and kill Knox while they land safely in the ocean. Seeing the opportunity to finally meet their benefactor, the women enter the house Knox has targetted to find Charlie has already left, though remotely congratulates them on a job well done. The women and Bosley are treated by Charlie to a vacation getaway, where Charlie, unseen by the group, checks up on his Angels.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a "Certified Fresh" rating of 68%. The movie grossed more than $125 million at the U.S. box office and grossed over $260 million worldwide.

Drew Barrymore, who was also one of the producers, disliked guns, which is why the Angels are martial arts experts in the film. Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu all went through a strenuous training regimen to prepare for their roles, working with Yuen Woo-ping, renowned Hong Kong choreographer.

Barrymore pursued Bill Murray for months to play Bosley (originally played by David Doyle on the TV series) and he consistently declined. During the Saturday Night Live 25th Anniversary Special, he sang TLC's "Waterfalls" to Drew. Eventually he did the film but did not return for the sequel. This has been partially attributed to the offscreen animosity between Murray and Lucy Liu (an argument between the two shut down filming for one day).

Multiple candidates were considered for the role of Alex, including Foxy Brown (who was actually cast and then replaced due to legal issues), Lauryn Hill, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaliyah, and Victoria Beckham. Thandie Newton was also cast, but she subsequently pulled out, and the role went to Lucy Liu.

According to Icelandic singer Björk, she was offered a role as a villain but declined.

Alex Trebek appears in the opening sequence, congratulating Natalie on becoming a five-time undefeated Jeopardy! champion.

LL Cool J appears in the opening scene of the movie as Mr. Jones, an African priest, which turns out to be Dylan in disguise.

Barrymore's then boyfriend (and subsequent husband), Tom Green appears in a cameo as Chad, Dylan's boyfriend.

Barrymore's ex-boyfriend Luke Wilson appears as Pete Komisky, a waiter smitten by Natalie who takes her on a date.

During the party scene in the film, Roger Corwin's (Tim Curry) girlfriend was played by 1998 Playmate of the Year, Karen McDougal.

Early in the film, Dylan is in a wrestling match with then WCW superstar Rey Mysterio.

Matt LeBlanc has the role of Alex's boyfriend actor Jason. His appearance replaced a cameo from Robert Boomfield. In Matt LeBlanc's later series Joey, Lucy Liu appeared in some episodes as the producer of Joey Tribbiani's series Deep Powder.

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Charlie's Angels (video game)

Charlie's Angels is a third-person action video game released in North America in 2003 for the Nintendo GameCube and developed by Neko Entertainment. Featuring the voice talents of film stars Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore, the game is based on the recent 2000 film and 2003 film. The game has received very low ratings from both consumers and critics, and received the lowest possible score, 1 / 10, from The Official PlayStation 2 Magazine UK.

Charlie's Angels follows the continuing adventures of private investigators Alex, Lucy Liu, Dylan, Drew Barrymore, and Natalie, Cameron Diaz, as they attempt to solve the mystery of a series of missing national monuments. The heroines do not use firearms but can utilize blunt weapons and certain environmental objects.

Based in the 3D beat-em-up realm, the game begins on a beach beauty pageant runway. Wearing swimsuits, Natalie and Alex must each individually fight their way from the beach through the community and warehouses to the docks. Joined there by Dylan, the three continue to each fight their way through a series of enemy locations (ships, islands, monasteries, etc.).

The gameplay is very simple, and involves fighting groups of enemies while progressing through the levels. Simply by performing combos, using weapons or fighting barehanded to defeat the enemies, you will progress through the game. While you are engaged in a fight, you cannot move to another area until you finish it, as invisible walls will block your way. Also, Charlie's Angels features an option to switch from playing one Angel to another. However, this option is not available during a fight, and it is not required to complete the game. Occasionally, one Angel must perform a task such as pressing a switch, pulling a lever, or accessing a computer so that another Angel is allowed to progress. Most levels end when all of the Angels have completed their current objective.

Additionally, unlockables such as trailers and photographs from the movie Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle can be unlocked by collecting items such as Movies Reels and Memory Sticks, which are hidden in each level.

Charlie's Angels received poor reviews from critics, who cited low quality graphics and bland, repetitive gameplay. From the pinnacle of 2D beat-em-ups, many game developers have had difficulty translating the genre into 3D.

Reviewers' complaints have included: limited number of available moves for playable characters; unfinished graphics; choppy animation; linear gameplay in each stage imposed by "invisible walls"; a storyline with little bearing on the Charlie's Angels franchise; and getting stuck in doorways.

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Source : Wikipedia