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The Avengers

The Avengers

ITV 1961

"Always keep your bowler on in time of stress, and watch out for diabolical masterminds." [Mrs Peel] The Avengers is one of the most popular and beloved television series of all time. Its outrageous blend of wit and style and its unique mix of the fantasy and spy genres, coupled with the marvellous characters of John Steed and Emma Peel make it one of television's great classics.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Avengers

The Avengers - S4E21

#1 - A Touch of Brimstone (Season 4 - Episode 21)

Silly tricks are being played on various VIPs in diplomatic situations. All the clues point to the beautifully wasted John Cleverly Cartney, but would even a rake like that stoop to murder by electrified opening ribbon? It's Peter Wyngarde and his Hellfire Club.

The episode was rated 8.31 from 16 votes.

The Avengers - S4E5

#2 - Castle De'ath (Season 4 - Episode 5)

Why have all the fish vanished from the Scottish coastline? Does it have anything to do with a dead frogman, found stretched as if on a rack? Steed and Emma think so, which is why they're guests of Ian, the 35th Laird of Clan De'ath, and in danger of being caught by the gillies.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 27 votes.

The Avengers - S4E23

#3 - The House That Jack Built (Season 4 - Episode 23)

Emma inherits some property from her deceased Uncle Jack. The property is a very bizaarre house, and when Emma goes to inspect it, she finds herself trapped in a labyrinth of psychological torture.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 18 votes.

The Avengers - S4E4

#4 - Death at Bargain Prices (Season 4 - Episode 4)

When an agent is killed in the lift of Pinter's Department store, Steed and Emma get involved with King Kane, a tycoon who lives in a penthouse above the store. Why is Professor Popple, a missing atomic scientist, being held in the bargain basement?

The episode was rated 7.96 from 27 votes.

The Avengers - S5E12

#5 - The Superlative Seven (Season 5 - Episode 12)

Steed is invited to a party, and finds himself trapped in a remote-controlled aircraft, with six fancy-dressed specialists in various combat styles, en route to a distant island. There, they are pitted against each other in a deadly test.

The episode was rated 7.94 from 18 votes.

The Avengers - S4E3

#6 - The Cybernauts (Season 4 - Episode 3)

A vastly strong, bullet-proof killer homes in on and destroys several electronics executives. Could it have something to do with Dr. Armstrong's automated work place? Or with the activities of a nearby karate school...

The episode was rated 7.93 from 28 votes.

The Avengers - S4E6

#7 - The Master Minds (Season 4 - Episode 6)

A government official, dresssed as one of the Horse-guards, helps in a raid on secret files and is wounded. Recovering, he remembers nothing. Is his crime anything to do with his membership of Ransack, a club for those with high IQs? Emma can join, but Steed may have to cheat....

The episode was rated 7.90 from 21 votes.

The Avengers - S5E23

#8 - Murdersville (Season 5 - Episode 23)

Emma's old friend, Paul Croft, returns from abroad to retire to Little Storping-in-the Swurf. Unfortunately, the village seems to be run along very strange lines. Threatened by yokels, Emma finds herself outnumbered.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 14 votes.

The Avengers - S5E2

#9 - The Fear Merchants (Season 5 - Episode 2)

Four men involved in the production of ceramics suffer nervous breakdowns in everyday situations. All have recently turned down the opportunity to merge with the British Porcelain Company. Steed and Emma investigate the world of fear, with terrifying consequences.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 26 votes.

The Avengers - S5E4

#10 - The See-Through Man (Season 5 - Episode 4)

The Ministry has been broken into by, it seems, an invisible man. A trail leads via inventor Quilby to the Eastern Drug Company, a front organisation run by Soviet intelligence. Meanwhile, the crack spies Elena and Alexandre Vazin are in town. But nobody has seen anything of Alexandre...

The episode was rated 7.82 from 17 votes.

The Avengers - S5E8
#11 - The Hidden Tiger
Season 5 - Episode 8

The mauling to death of several members of the committee of PURRR (the Philanthropic Union for the Rescue, Relief and Recuperation of Cats) exposes Steed and Emma to a diabolical scheme to take over the entire country.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
The Avengers - S4E7
#12 - The Murder Market
Season 4 - Episode 7

What could an outbreak of motiveless murders have to do with the activities of a marriage bureau called Togetherness Inc.? Well, think of Hitchcock's 'Strangers On A Train' and you'll be close. Steed and Emma seek their ideal partners....

The episode was rated from 20 votes.
The Avengers - S5E10
#13 - Never, Never Say Die
Season 5 - Episode 10

An unfortunate motorist keeps knocking down and killing the same man: a man who's rampaging through the countryside, bulletproof and intent on destruction. A man who just happens to be identical to the urbane Professor Frank N. Stone.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
The Avengers - S4E8
#14 - A Surfeit of H2O
Season 4 - Episode 8

A poacher drowns in a field during a freak storm, and Jonah, the village carpenter, starts building an ark. But Steed thinks it's all got more to do with the permanent cloud that hangs over Grannie Gregson's Glorious Grog factory.

The episode was rated from 19 votes.
The Avengers - S5E21
#15 - You Have Just Been Murdered
Season 5 - Episode 21

Various millionaires are withdrawing large sums of money from the bank. Steed suspects blackmail but none of the men is willing to talk. Then he gets a call from Gilbert Jarvis, who tells Steed that he, Jarvis, has 'just been murdered'. Again.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
The Avengers - S5E13
#16 - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station
Season 5 - Episode 13

When Lucas, an agent investigating something subversive, gets off his train at the wrong station he is murdered. Has the crime got anything to do with a mole at the admiralty, a train ticket and a fiendish plot to kill the Prime Minister? This episode's guest stars include Drewe Henley, who also played Red Leader in Star Wars: Episode IV.

The episode was rated from 18 votes.
The Avengers - S5E7
#17 - The Living Dead
Season 5 - Episode 7

When representatives of the two organizations head to a country church to investigate the sudden reappearance of a man long thought dead, Steed and Emma are called in to help. It isn't long, of course, before murder rears its ugly head.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
The Avengers - S4E1
#18 - The Town of No Return
Season 4 - Episode 1

Four agents have vanished, looking for each other, in Little Bazeley-by-the-Sea. Steed and Emma go in for the man who went in for the man who.... and meet the odd local landlord, blacksmith and vicar. Are they more than they seem?

The episode was rated from 72 votes.
The Avengers - S4E17
#19 - The Girl from Auntie
Season 4 - Episode 17

Steed returns from holiday to find that a quite different Mrs. Peel is inhabiting his old friend's flat. With the aid of actress Georgie Price-Jones, he discovers that Art Incorporated and the Arkwright Knitting Circle are doing more together than just sharing needles.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.
The Avengers - S5E14
#20 - Something Nasty in the Nursery
Season 5 - Episode 14

Secrets known only to a small group of trusted men have leaked, and the men are having strange dreams of their childhood, featuring their nannies and a bouncing ball. Emma checks out the toyshop, Steed explores a school for nannies.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.

Last updated: mar 14, 2022



One of the best British shows. Many incarnations and all good... Except for the inept movie.


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