To finish our mini-tribute to David McCallum who died earlier this week, lets briefly (very very briefly) explore the floperoo spin-off to ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’, which of course was the inevitable ‘The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.’ So unsuccessful was this attempt at gender/diversity/spymaking that, along with being cancelled after one season, it somehow provoked the cancellation of its beloved parent series. Starring a pre-‘Hart to Hart’/William Holden’s GF Stephanie Powers (playing the ludicrously named April Dancer) and featuring cross-series character actor Leo G. Carroll as well as Noel Harrison, ‘The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.’ apparently left such a sour taste in viewers mouths that ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ was unceremoniously yanked in the midst of its fourth season. (In that regard, it joins ‘Weekend At Bernie’s 2’ as one of the sequels that permanantly befouls its successful predecessor). Above is the not-nearly-as-groovy credit sequence that one might expect from a show with this lineage. I’ve never been particularly interested in either U.N.C.L.E. show until this week. But will that really lead me to watch even one full episode? It kind of falls into the ‘Outer Limits’ bin for me–something that seems like it checks all the right vintage TV boxes but that, upon watching it, makes me start counting the number of extras in the background. By the way, according to one YouTube wag the original title was ‘The Girl From A . U . N . T . I . E .’–the acronym for Associated Unified Nations Taskforce for International Enforcement . I like it better already.


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