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* ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' was a combination {{Western}} and SpyDrama from TheSixties.
* ''Film/WildWildWest'' is a [[TheFilmOfTheSeries Film of the Series]] adaptation that was released in [[TheNineties 1999]].

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* ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' ''Series.TheWildWildWest'' was a combination {{Western}} and SpyDrama from TheSixties.
* ''Film/WildWildWest'' ''Film.WildWildWest'' is a [[TheFilmOfTheSeries Film of the Series]] adaptation that was released in [[TheNineties 1999]].
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[[redirect:Series/TheWildWildWest]]* ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' was a combination {{Western}} and SpyDrama from TheSixties.
* ''Film/WildWildWest'' is a [[TheFilmOfTheSeries Film of the Series]] adaptation that was released in [[TheNineties 1999]].
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A light-hearted 1960's TV series which combined two then-popular genres: TheWestern and the SpyDrama, following the anachronistic adventures of two Secret Service agents roaming the western United States during the Ulysses S. Grant administration. James West (Robert Conrad) was a borderline [[TheAce Ace]], the ladykilling man of action, while his partner Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin) was a GadgeteerGenius and MasterOfDisguise. (Based on his work in this series, Martin the actor easily qualifies as a ''RealLife'' example of the latter.) The duo battled a wild assortment of [[MadScientist mad scientists]] and criminal masterminds, their most persistent foe being the evil-genius dwarf Dr. Miguelito Loveless (Michael Dunn). Depending on how exacting a person's definition of "SteamPunk" is, this series could be said to be the highest-profile example of the genre ever to appear on American live-action TV.

Following the show's cancellation, two [[ReunionShow reunion movies]] were produced in the early 1980's. In 1999 a big-budgeted [[TheFilmOfTheSeries feature film]] was released starring WillSmith as West and Kevin Kline as Gordon (see ''{{Film/Wild Wild West}}''). This film is generally considered to be very bad (or SoBadItsGood to some), except by fans of the original, who think it was much much worse.

In November 2010, CBS [[http://www.cinemaspy.com/Television-News/CBS-and-Ron-Moore-Revisiting-The-Wild-Wild-West/4783 announced plans]] for a {{revival}} to be helmed by Ronald Moore (''StarTrek'', ''BattlestarGalactica'') and Naren Shankar (''{{CSI}}'').
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!!''TheWildWildWest'' series provides examples of these tropes:
* ActingForTwo: "The Night of the Torture Chamber" (the governor is kidnapped and replaced with a double) and "The Night of the Puppeteer" [[spoiler: (the title villain turns out to be a lifesize lookalike puppet manipulated by the real (and now disfigured) thing)]]. In the tag scenes for "The Night of the Bottomless Pit" and "The Night of the Plague" the GirlOfTheWeek introduces our heroes to her fiancé, who in the former episode is played by [[spoiler: the same actor who played the episode's BigBad/her husband and was last seen sinking in quicksand]] and in the latter is played by [[spoiler: Robert Conrad with a moustache]].
* ActorAllusion: In "The Night of the Sabatini Death", West is temporarily teamed with Ned Brown, a character played by [[GilligansIsland Alan Hale Jr.]]; at the end, Brown says he's going to go spend some time on a deserted island.
* AccidentalMurder: Several times, usually on part of the villain, tragically played in "The Night of a Thousand Eyes".
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Ross Martin was a Jew who was born in Poland. (He grew up in a non-English speaking household.) Though the only hints on the show are his knowledge of Eastern European languages, a scene where he explains the Hebrew meaning of a young woman's name and the episode "The Night of the Vicious Valentine" where he disguises himself as a Jewish tailor using a perfect Yiddish accent, Artie's Jewishness is {{Fanon}}.
* AnimatedCreditsOpening
* BackwardsFiringGun: Miguelito Loveless hands James West such a pistol, but he sees through the ruse.
** Also used for one of the murders in "The Night of the Tottering Tontine".
* BondVillainStupidity: Almost every villain in the series puts Jim and/or Artemus into a death trap... and leaves the room.
* CaptainErsatz: James West to JamesBond.
* TheCastShowoff: Tough call. On the one hand, Ross Martin actually called his role "a showoff's showcase"; on the other hand, Robert Conrad really (and often literally) threw himself into the fight scenes, so much so that he was prone to splitting his pants (something not always fixed in the editing room - see "The Night of the Pistoleros").
* CattlePunk: More or less invented the genre.
* CoolTrain: The Wanderer, West and Gordon's mobile headquarters.
* DeathTrap: Most episodes, especially in season one, from the classic DescendingCeiling to a glass box specially rigged to become a GasChamber if escape was attempted.
* DecoyLeader: The BigBad in the pilot, "The Night of the Inferno", uses this.
* {{Defictionalization}}: The creators of the series were apparently probed by the CIA, both because some of the gadgets in the show struck so close to actual gadgets used in espionage and because the boys at Langley ''really'' liked some of the other gadgets that ''weren't'' being used in RealLife at the time.
* DiabolicalMastermind: Dr. Miguelito Loveless.
* DramaticThunder: Especially in "The Night of a Thousand Eyes."
* ExecutiveMeddling: The show was canceled due to content, not because of declining ratings. (At the end of TheSixties, {{CBS}} executives got nervous about fictional violence after all the RealLife violence of that decade.) Also, Ross Martin was sadly never allowed to ''fully'' unleash his Master Of Disguise skills, thanks to [[ViewersAreMorons worries about "confused" viewers]].
** And the show ended up being lucky to survive its first season. After the show was picked up by the network, and placed on the fall schedule, one of the biggest television corporate bloodlettings happened, taking out nearly all of the network executives who helped develop the show. The new regime, wanting to put the past regime behind them, changed the new schedule as best as they could in the short time available to them, dropping a number of shows that were developed for the new season. ''TheWildWildWest'' survived this purge, but barely, as the new executives didn't get the show, and were concerned about the show's cost, which was expensive for a show of that era. Had the show not become a hit from the get-go, it's likely it would have been canned faster than you can say Artemus Gordon.
* ExplosionPropulsion
* EyeCatch
* FakeDefector
* FakeNationality: All over the place, particularly Pilar Seurat as a very un-Chinese-looking Chinese princess in "The Night The Dragon Screamed," Paul Wallace doing an [[FakeBrit English accent]] that isn't even good enough to be called excruciating in "The Night of the Eccentrics" and Ricardo Montalban as a Confederate Army colonel in "The Night of the Lord of Limbo." (And this being Ricardo Montalban, [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent he doesn't even bother with an accent]].)
* GiantSpider ("The Night of the Raven")
** Well, technically it's a normal-sized spider since Jim's been shrunk by Loveless. [[TheFilmOfTheSeries The movie]] ''does'', on the other hand, have a GiantSpider.
* GirlOfTheWeek: The series ''is'' inspired by the JamesBond franchise, after all.
** Exception: "The Night of the Surreal [=McCoy=]" [[spoiler: (the only episode of the series with no female characters at all)]].
* GoodOldFisticuffs: And how; Conrad has been quoted as saying it's perhaps just as well the show was canceled when it was, as making it was so physically taxing for him and the stunt crew.
** Plus, unlike many TV stars of that time (and this time), it's clearly Conrad doing most of his own stunts.
* GorgeousPeriodDress
* GrapplingHookPistol
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe ("The Night of the Flying Pie Plate")
* HardHead: The author of [[http://fanficdepot.com/writerguide.html A Writer's Guide to "The Wild Wild West"]] has calculated that in 95 episodes, Jim was knocked unconscious by blows to the head 46 times, and Artemus 29 times.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Jim and Artemus, obviously.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Every episode title begins with "The Night...".
** OddNameOut: Season one's "Night of the Casual Killer."
* IdiosyncraticWipes: The last shot of every act was freeze-framed into either a textured picture (season 1), a tinted still (early season 2) or a drawing (from mid-season 2) that took its place among the series's title design. This led to some painfully obvious posed shots (such as act 1 of "The Night of the Torture Chamber") and a tendency to advertise the upcoming freezeframes by a rapid zoom in (see any episode directed by Irving J. Moore).
* [[JamesBondage James West Bondage]]
* IncredibleShrinkingMan ("The Night of the Raven")
* KarmicDeath: The fate of many a VillainOfTheWeek.
* LatexPerfection ("The Night of the Braine")
* MacGuffinDeliveryService
* MadScientist: Dr. Loveless and many of the other villains.
* ManchurianAgent: ("The Night of the Howling Light")
* MasterOfDisguise: In many episodes Gordon appears in at least one elaborate disguise, one of the more memorable being Robert E. Lee.
** That said there are some episodes where he doesn't appear in any disguise at all, most notably "The Night of the Raven" and "The Night of the Man-Eating House."
* MixAndMatch
* TheMole: Sir Nigel Scott in ""The Night of the Bleak Island".
** Also [[spoiler: Silas Grigsby]] in The Night of the Bubbling Death".
* TheNapoleon: Dr. Loveless.
* NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont
* ObfuscatingDisability: The titular villain in "The Night of the Braine" [[hottip:*:Yes, that is the correct spelling... although the onscreen title of the episode is "The Night of the Brain"]] starts out in a steam-powered wheelchair, but it is then revealed that he uses it because he believes that literally every ounce of a person's energy should be devoted to thinking.
* PrettyInMink: A few show up, when appropriate, as in "The Night of the Whirring Death" (the opera singer episode) and "The Night of the Cossacks".
* PunnyName[=/=]EpunymousTitle: The Wild Wild...James West?
* RecycledINSPACE: It's JamesBond IN {{THE WILD WEST}}!
* RetroactivePrecognition
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Ross Martin's health problems forced him to sit out a few episodes, which led to...
** SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute[=/=]ReplacementScrappy: Jeremy Pike for Artemus Gordon- [[YourMilageMayVary for some.]]
* ReunionShow: The TV Movies ''The Wild Wild West Revisited'' and ''More Wild Wild West''.
* RomanticRunnerUp: Artemus Gordon, despite saving the day or having an equal part in saving the day as Jim, rarely gets the girl. Many episodes, especially in the first season, end with him looking on forlornly as Jim kisses the DamselInDistress GirlOfTheWeek.
** This was only really true in the first season (although even then there were exceptions - both Jim and Artie get lucky in "The Night of the Torture Chamber" and "The Night of the Glowing Corpse," and "The Night of Sudden Death" is a rare example where ''Jim'' is the RomanticRunnerUp as Artie literally walks away with '''two''' ladies!). From season two onwards neither agent was lacking in female companionship.
* ShoePhone
* SkeletonKey: Jim West carried one that seemed able to open almost any lock he encountered.
** That was a lock-pick under his lapel, but you are right in that it does seem to unlock doors as easily as a key.
* SteamPunk
* StuntDouble: Not for Conrad so much as his opponents - see "The Night of Sudden Death" and "The Night The Dragon Screamed" for particularly obvious examples.
* SuperDickery: ("The Night of the Turncoat" and "The Night of the Skulls")
* SuperSpeed ("The Night of the Burning Diamond")
* SwordCane: Sword ''pool cue'' actually.
* TenLittleMurderVictims ("The Night of the Tottering Tontine", "The Night of the Bleak Island")
** [[spoiler: In the latter, it being from the final season, only two people get killed - and one of them is the bad guy.]]
* TimeStandsStill ("The Night of the Burning Diamond")
* TheWildWest
* WigDressAccent: Artemus Gordon's disguises are generally of this variety.
* XMeetsY: James West is JamesBond meets JohnWayne.
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A light-hearted 1960's TV series which combined two then-popular genres: TheWestern and the SpyDrama, following the anachronistic adventures of two Secret Service agents roaming the western United States during the Ulysses S. Grant administration. James West (Robert Conrad) was a borderline [[TheAce Ace]], the ladykilling man of action, while his partner Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin) was a GadgeteerGenius and MasterOfDisguise. (Based on his work in this series, Martin the actor easily qualifies as a ''RealLife'' example of the latter.) The duo battled a wild assortment of [[MadScientist mad scientists]] and criminal masterminds, their most persistent foe being the evil-genius dwarf Dr. Miguelito Loveless (Michael Dunn). Depending on how exacting a person's definition of "SteamPunk" is, this series could be said to be the highest-profile example of the genre ever to appear on American live-action TV.

Following the show's cancellation, two [[ReunionShow reunion movies]] were produced in the early 1980's. In 1999 a big-budgeted [[TheFilmOfTheSeries feature film]] was released starring WillSmith as West and Kevin Kline as Gordon (see ''{{Film/Wild Wild West}}''). This film is generally considered to be very bad (or SoBadItsGood to some), except by fans of the original, who think it was much much worse.

In November 2010, CBS [[http://www.cinemaspy.com/Television-News/CBS-and-Ron-Moore-Revisiting-The-Wild-Wild-West/4783 announced plans]] for a {{revival}} to be helmed by Ronald Moore (''StarTrek'', ''BattlestarGalactica'') and Naren Shankar (''{{CSI}}'').
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!!''TheWildWildWest'' series provides examples of these tropes:
* ActingForTwo: "The Night of the Torture Chamber" (the governor is kidnapped and replaced with a double) and "The Night of the Puppeteer" [[spoiler: (the title villain turns out to be a lifesize lookalike puppet manipulated by the real (and now disfigured) thing)]]. In the tag scenes for "The Night of the Bottomless Pit" and "The Night of the Plague" the GirlOfTheWeek introduces our heroes to her fiancé, who in the former episode is played by [[spoiler: the same actor who played the episode's BigBad/her husband and was last seen sinking in quicksand]] and in the latter is played by [[spoiler: Robert Conrad with a moustache]].
* ActorAllusion: In "The Night of the Sabatini Death", West is temporarily teamed with Ned Brown, a character played by [[GilligansIsland Alan Hale Jr.]]; at the end, Brown says he's going to go spend some time on a deserted island.
* AccidentalMurder: Several times, usually on part of the villain, tragically played in "The Night of a Thousand Eyes".
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Ross Martin was a Jew who was born in Poland. (He grew up in a non-English speaking household.) Though the only hints on the show are his knowledge of Eastern European languages, a scene where he explains the Hebrew meaning of a young woman's name and the episode "The Night of the Vicious Valentine" where he disguises himself as a Jewish tailor using a perfect Yiddish accent, Artie's Jewishness is {{Fanon}}.
* AnimatedCreditsOpening
* BackwardsFiringGun: Miguelito Loveless hands James West such a pistol, but he sees through the ruse.
** Also used for one of the murders in "The Night of the Tottering Tontine".
* BondVillainStupidity: Almost every villain in the series puts Jim and/or Artemus into a death trap... and leaves the room.
* CaptainErsatz: James West to JamesBond.
* TheCastShowoff: Tough call. On the one hand, Ross Martin actually called his role "a showoff's showcase"; on the other hand, Robert Conrad really (and often literally) threw himself into the fight scenes, so much so that he was prone to splitting his pants (something not always fixed in the editing room - see "The Night of the Pistoleros").
* CattlePunk: More or less invented the genre.
* CoolTrain: The Wanderer, West and Gordon's mobile headquarters.
* DeathTrap: Most episodes, especially in season one, from the classic DescendingCeiling to a glass box specially rigged to become a GasChamber if escape was attempted.
* DecoyLeader: The BigBad in the pilot, "The Night of the Inferno", uses this.
* {{Defictionalization}}: The creators of the series were apparently probed by the CIA, both because some of the gadgets in the show struck so close to actual gadgets used in espionage and because the boys at Langley ''really'' liked some of the other gadgets that ''weren't'' being used in RealLife at the time.
* DiabolicalMastermind: Dr. Miguelito Loveless.
* DramaticThunder: Especially in "The Night of a Thousand Eyes."
* ExecutiveMeddling: The show was canceled due to content, not because of declining ratings. (At the end of TheSixties, {{CBS}} executives got nervous about fictional violence after all the RealLife violence of that decade.) Also, Ross Martin was sadly never allowed to ''fully'' unleash his Master Of Disguise skills, thanks to [[ViewersAreMorons worries about "confused" viewers]].
** And the show ended up being lucky to survive its first season. After the show was picked up by the network, and placed on the fall schedule, one of the biggest television corporate bloodlettings happened, taking out nearly all of the network executives who helped develop the show. The new regime, wanting to put the past regime behind them, changed the new schedule as best as they could in the short time available to them, dropping a number of shows that were developed for the new season. ''TheWildWildWest'' survived this purge, but barely, as the new executives didn't get the show, and were concerned about the show's cost, which was expensive for a show of that era. Had the show not become a hit from the get-go, it's likely it would have been canned faster than you can say Artemus Gordon.
* ExplosionPropulsion
* EyeCatch
* FakeDefector
* FakeNationality: All over the place, particularly Pilar Seurat as a very un-Chinese-looking Chinese princess in "The Night The Dragon Screamed," Paul Wallace doing an [[FakeBrit English accent]] that isn't even good enough to be called excruciating in "The Night of the Eccentrics" and Ricardo Montalban as a Confederate Army colonel in "The Night of the Lord of Limbo." (And this being Ricardo Montalban, [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent he doesn't even bother with an accent]].)
* GiantSpider ("The Night of the Raven")
** Well, technically it's a normal-sized spider since Jim's been shrunk by Loveless. [[TheFilmOfTheSeries The movie]] ''does'', on the other hand, have a GiantSpider.
* GirlOfTheWeek: The series ''is'' inspired by the JamesBond franchise, after all.
** Exception: "The Night of the Surreal [=McCoy=]" [[spoiler: (the only episode of the series with no female characters at all)]].
* GoodOldFisticuffs: And how; Conrad has been quoted as saying it's perhaps just as well the show was canceled when it was, as making it was so physically taxing for him and the stunt crew.
** Plus, unlike many TV stars of that time (and this time), it's clearly Conrad doing most of his own stunts.
* GorgeousPeriodDress
* GrapplingHookPistol
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe ("The Night of the Flying Pie Plate")
* HardHead: The author of [[http://fanficdepot.com/writerguide.html A Writer's Guide to "The Wild Wild West"]] has calculated that in 95 episodes, Jim was knocked unconscious by blows to the head 46 times, and Artemus 29 times.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Jim and Artemus, obviously.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Every episode title begins with "The Night...".
** OddNameOut: Season one's "Night of the Casual Killer."
* IdiosyncraticWipes: The last shot of every act was freeze-framed into either a textured picture (season 1), a tinted still (early season 2) or a drawing (from mid-season 2) that took its place among the series's title design. This led to some painfully obvious posed shots (such as act 1 of "The Night of the Torture Chamber") and a tendency to advertise the upcoming freezeframes by a rapid zoom in (see any episode directed by Irving J. Moore).
* [[JamesBondage James West Bondage]]
* IncredibleShrinkingMan ("The Night of the Raven")
* KarmicDeath: The fate of many a VillainOfTheWeek.
* LatexPerfection ("The Night of the Braine")
* MacGuffinDeliveryService
* MadScientist: Dr. Loveless and many of the other villains.
* ManchurianAgent: ("The Night of the Howling Light")
* MasterOfDisguise: In many episodes Gordon appears in at least one elaborate disguise, one of the more memorable being Robert E. Lee.
** That said there are some episodes where he doesn't appear in any disguise at all, most notably "The Night of the Raven" and "The Night of the Man-Eating House."
* MixAndMatch
* TheMole: Sir Nigel Scott in ""The Night of the Bleak Island".
** Also [[spoiler: Silas Grigsby]] in The Night of the Bubbling Death".
* TheNapoleon: Dr. Loveless.
* NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont
* ObfuscatingDisability: The titular villain in "The Night of the Braine" [[hottip:*:Yes, that is the correct spelling... although the onscreen title of the episode is "The Night of the Brain"]] starts out in a steam-powered wheelchair, but it is then revealed that he uses it because he believes that literally every ounce of a person's energy should be devoted to thinking.
* PrettyInMink: A few show up, when appropriate, as in "The Night of the Whirring Death" (the opera singer episode) and "The Night of the Cossacks".
* PunnyName[=/=]EpunymousTitle: The Wild Wild...James West?
* RecycledINSPACE: It's JamesBond IN {{THE WILD WEST}}!
* RetroactivePrecognition
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Ross Martin's health problems forced him to sit out a few episodes, which led to...
** SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute[=/=]ReplacementScrappy: Jeremy Pike for Artemus Gordon- [[YourMilageMayVary for some.]]
* ReunionShow: The TV Movies ''The Wild Wild West Revisited'' and ''More Wild Wild West''.
* RomanticRunnerUp: Artemus Gordon, despite saving the day or having an equal part in saving the day as Jim, rarely gets the girl. Many episodes, especially in the first season, end with him looking on forlornly as Jim kisses the DamselInDistress GirlOfTheWeek.
** This was only really true in the first season (although even then there were exceptions - both Jim and Artie get lucky in "The Night of the Torture Chamber" and "The Night of the Glowing Corpse," and "The Night of Sudden Death" is a rare example where ''Jim'' is the RomanticRunnerUp as Artie literally walks away with '''two''' ladies!). From season two onwards neither agent was lacking in female companionship.
* ShoePhone
* SkeletonKey: Jim West carried one that seemed able to open almost any lock he encountered.
** That was a lock-pick under his lapel, but you are right in that it does seem to unlock doors as easily as a key.
* SteamPunk
* StuntDouble: Not for Conrad so much as his opponents - see "The Night of Sudden Death" and "The Night The Dragon Screamed" for particularly obvious examples.
* SuperDickery: ("The Night of the Turncoat" and "The Night of the Skulls")
* SuperSpeed ("The Night of the Burning Diamond")
* SwordCane: Sword ''pool cue'' actually.
* TenLittleMurderVictims ("The Night of the Tottering Tontine", "The Night of the Bleak Island")
** [[spoiler: In the latter, it being from the final season, only two people get killed - and one of them is the bad guy.]]
* TimeStandsStill ("The Night of the Burning Diamond")
* TheWildWest
* WigDressAccent: Artemus Gordon's disguises are generally of this variety.
* XMeetsY: James West is JamesBond meets JohnWayne.
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12th Oct '11 9:44:56 AM dickinson
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* AmbiguouslyJewish: Ross Martin was a Jew who was born in Poland. (He grew up in a non-English speaking household.) Though the only hints on the show are his knowledge of Eastern European languages, a scene where he explains the Hebrew meaning of a young woman's name, and "The Night of the Vicious Valentine" where he disguises himself as a Jewish tailor using a perfect Yiddish accent, Artie's Jewishness is {{Fanon}}.

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* AmbiguouslyJewish: Ross Martin was a Jew who was born in Poland. (He grew up in a non-English speaking household.) Though the only hints on the show are his knowledge of Eastern European languages, a scene where he explains the Hebrew meaning of a young woman's name, name and the episode "The Night of the Vicious Valentine" where he disguises himself as a Jewish tailor using a perfect Yiddish accent, Artie's Jewishness is {{Fanon}}.
12th Oct '11 9:44:05 AM dickinson
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* AmbiguouslyJewish: Ross Martin was a Jew who was born in Poland (he grew up in a non-English speaking household).Though the only hints on the show are his knowledge of Eastern European languages and a scene from "The Night of the Vicious Valentine" where he disguises himself as a Jewish tailor using a perfect Yiddish accent, Artie's Jewishness has become {{Fanon}}.

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* AmbiguouslyJewish: Ross Martin was a Jew who was born in Poland (he Poland. (He grew up in a non-English speaking household).household.) Though the only hints on the show are his knowledge of Eastern European languages and languages, a scene from where he explains the Hebrew meaning of a young woman's name, and "The Night of the Vicious Valentine" where he disguises himself as a Jewish tailor using a perfect Yiddish accent, Artie's Jewishness has become is {{Fanon}}.
3rd Sep '11 11:26:41 AM Elblooderino
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* FanDisservice: There is a very good reason "The Night of the Two-Legged Buffalo" featured Ross Martin's only shirtless scene in the entire series. Some fans may argue [[spoiler: the very sexy Michele Carey being turned into gold and blown up in "The Night of the Feathered Fury"]] also qualifies.
* FanService: For those who like guys, a frequently shirtless Robert Conrad and his penchant for sporting ''very'' tight pants. For those who like ladies, see GirlOfTheWeek.
2nd Sep '11 1:45:38 PM Cindylover1969
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* FakeNationality: All over the place, particularly Pilar Seurat as a very un-Chinese-looking Chinese princess in "The Night The Dragon Screamed," Paul Wallace doing an [[FakeBrit English accent]] that isn't even good enough to be called excruciating in "The Night Of The Eccentrics" and Ricardo Montalban as a Confederate Army colonel in "The Night Of The Lord Of Limbo." (And this being Ricardo Montalban, [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent he doesn't even bother with an accent]].)

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* FakeNationality: All over the place, particularly Pilar Seurat as a very un-Chinese-looking Chinese princess in "The Night The Dragon Screamed," Paul Wallace doing an [[FakeBrit English accent]] that isn't even good enough to be called excruciating in "The Night Of The of the Eccentrics" and Ricardo Montalban as a Confederate Army colonel in "The Night Of The of the Lord Of of Limbo." (And this being Ricardo Montalban, [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent he doesn't even bother with an accent]].)



** Exception: "The Night of the Surreal McCoy" [[spoiler: (the only episode of the series with no female characters at all)]].

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** Exception: "The Night of the Surreal McCoy" [=McCoy=]" [[spoiler: (the only episode of the series with no female characters at all)]].



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* IdiosyncraticWipesIdiosyncraticWipes: The last shot of every act was freeze-framed into either a textured picture (season 1), a tinted still (early season 2) or a drawing (from mid-season 2) that took its place among the series's title design. This led to some painfully obvious posed shots (such as act 1 of "The Night of the Torture Chamber") and a tendency to advertise the upcoming freezeframes by a rapid zoom in (see any episode directed by Irving J. Moore).
2nd Sep '11 1:20:58 PM Cindylover1969
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* FakeNationality: All over the place, particularly Pilar Seurat as a very un-Chinese-looking Chinese princess ("The Night The Dragon Screamed") and RicardoMontalban as a Confederate Army colonel ("The Night Of The Lord Of Limbo"). And no, [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent he doesn't even bother with an accent]].

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* FakeNationality: All over the place, particularly Pilar Seurat as a very un-Chinese-looking Chinese princess ("The in "The Night The Dragon Screamed") Screamed," Paul Wallace doing an [[FakeBrit English accent]] that isn't even good enough to be called excruciating in "The Night Of The Eccentrics" and RicardoMontalban Ricardo Montalban as a Confederate Army colonel ("The in "The Night Of The Lord Of Limbo"). And no, Limbo." (And this being Ricardo Montalban, [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent he doesn't even bother with an accent]].)


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** Exception: "The Night of the Surreal McCoy" [[spoiler: (the only episode of the series with no female characters at all)]].
17th Aug '11 8:02:29 AM supergeekgirl
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* WigDressAccent: Artemus Gordon's disguises are generally of this variety.
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* ActingForTwo: "The Night of the Torture Chamber" (the governor is kidnapped and replaced with a double) and "The Night of the Puppeteer" [[spoiler: (the title villain turns out to be a lifesize lookalike puppet manipulated by the real (and now disfigured) thing)]]. In the tag scenes for "The Night of the Bottomless Pit" and "The Night of the Plague" the GirlOfTheWeek introduces our hero to her fiancé, who in the former episode is played by [[spoiler: the same actor who played the episode's BigBad/her husband and was last seen sinking in quicksand]] and in the latter is played by [[spoiler: Robert Conrad with a moustache]].

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* ActingForTwo: "The Night of the Torture Chamber" (the governor is kidnapped and replaced with a double) and "The Night of the Puppeteer" [[spoiler: (the title villain turns out to be a lifesize lookalike puppet manipulated by the real (and now disfigured) thing)]]. In the tag scenes for "The Night of the Bottomless Pit" and "The Night of the Plague" the GirlOfTheWeek introduces our hero heroes to her fiancé, who in the former episode is played by [[spoiler: the same actor who played the episode's BigBad/her husband and was last seen sinking in quicksand]] and in the latter is played by [[spoiler: Robert Conrad with a moustache]].
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