History Series / ISpy

21st Aug '16 12:46:57 PM nombretomado
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A TV movie sequel, ''I Spy Returns'', was broadcast back in 1994 and a [[TheFilmOfTheSeries movie]] based on the series appeared in 2002 starring EddieMurphy and Owen Wilson. In it, Wilson plays the actual spy, while Murphy is a boxing champion taken along for the ride. It was critically lambasted and [[InNameOnly bears no resemblance at all to the original series]] (ironically, the film's dedicated to series creators Fine and Friedkin), though some still find it enjoyable. Arguably the best follow-up to ''I Spy'' was a 1999 episode of Cosby's sitcom titled, er, ''Cosby'', in which his character dreams that he is Alexander Scott and shares an adventure with Kelly Robinson - played once again by Robert Culp.

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A TV movie sequel, ''I Spy Returns'', was broadcast back in 1994 and a [[TheFilmOfTheSeries movie]] based on the series appeared in 2002 starring EddieMurphy Creator/EddieMurphy and Owen Wilson. In it, Wilson plays the actual spy, while Murphy is a boxing champion taken along for the ride. It was critically lambasted and [[InNameOnly bears no resemblance at all to the original series]] (ironically, the film's dedicated to series creators Fine and Friedkin), though some still find it enjoyable. Arguably the best follow-up to ''I Spy'' was a 1999 episode of Cosby's sitcom titled, er, ''Cosby'', in which his character dreams that he is Alexander Scott and shares an adventure with Kelly Robinson - played once again by Robert Culp.
21st May '16 7:04:31 PM legoking831
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'''Not to be confused with a popular series of books or the [[SomethingThatBeginsWithBoring annoying game]].'''

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'''Not to be confused with [[Literature/ISpy a popular series of books books]] or the [[SomethingThatBeginsWithBoring annoying game]].'''
21st May '16 1:33:59 PM Doug86
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* ComicBookAdaptation: GoldKeyComics produced several issues of an ''I Spy'' comic book.

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* ComicBookAdaptation: GoldKeyComics Creator/GoldKeyComics produced several issues of an ''I Spy'' comic book.
24th Apr '16 1:01:39 PM eroock
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* SpyCam: Parodied. Alex Scott is complaining about the size of his supposed "spy camera" (about the size of an old-school studio camera) [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything in comparison with the "sexier" pocket-sized camera of rival super-spy Carlos]].
27th Mar '16 9:40:46 AM nombretomado
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''I Spy'' is an American spy series which aired from 1965 to 1968 on {{NBC}}, shepherded by [[TheAndyGriffithShow Sheldon Leonard]] and produced by Triple F Productions (named after the show's creators/showrunners[[note]]as such people were not called back then[[/note]] Mort Fine and David Friedkin, and cinematographer Fouad Said). In the series a white tennis pro, Kelly Robinson (played by Robert Culp (''Trackdown'', ''TheGreatestAmericanHero'') and his black trainer, Alexander "Scotty" Scott (Creator/BillCosby) are really spies, saving the world approximately OnceAnEpisode.

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''I Spy'' is an American spy series which aired from 1965 to 1968 on {{NBC}}, shepherded by [[TheAndyGriffithShow [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Sheldon Leonard]] and produced by Triple F Productions (named after the show's creators/showrunners[[note]]as such people were not called back then[[/note]] Mort Fine and David Friedkin, and cinematographer Fouad Said). In the series a white tennis pro, Kelly Robinson (played by Robert Culp (''Trackdown'', ''TheGreatestAmericanHero'') and his black trainer, Alexander "Scotty" Scott (Creator/BillCosby) are really spies, saving the world approximately OnceAnEpisode.



* RecycledSoundtrack: Averted, unusually for the time but not for Sheldon Leonard - as he hated tracked-in music (he once equated it to "wearing someone else's underwear"), every episode of this and [[TheAndyGriffithShow his]] [[TheDickVanDykeShow other]] [[Series/GomerPyleUSMC shows]] had an original score written for it (Earle Hagen, who wrote the show's theme music and scored most of the episodes, won an Emmy for season three's "Laya").

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* RecycledSoundtrack: Averted, unusually for the time but not for Sheldon Leonard - as he hated tracked-in music (he once equated it to "wearing someone else's underwear"), every episode of this and [[TheAndyGriffithShow [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow his]] [[TheDickVanDykeShow [[Series/TheDickVanDykeShow other]] [[Series/GomerPyleUSMC shows]] had an original score written for it (Earle Hagen, who wrote the show's theme music and scored most of the episodes, won an Emmy for season three's "Laya").
26th Nov '15 5:52:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* BadassBoast: Scott's "ostrich egg" speech in "The Warlord".
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: "It's All Done With Mirrors"
* BrokenPedestal: "A Cup of Kindness"
* ButNotTooBlack

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* %%* BadassBoast: Scott's "ostrich egg" speech in "The Warlord".
* %%* BrainwashedAndCrazy: "It's All Done With Mirrors"
* %%* BrokenPedestal: "A Cup of Kindness"
* %%* ButNotTooBlack



* HeterosexualLifePartners: Cosby and Culp in RealLife.
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: "The Name of the Game".

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* %%* HeterosexualLifePartners: Cosby and Culp in RealLife.
* %%* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: "The Name of the Game".



* KickTheDog: The first season episode "The Loser".
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard
* {{Masquerade}}

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* ShoutOut: When Robert Culp guest starred on an episode of ''TheCosbyShow'' as an old friend of Cliff's (Cosby), his character was named Scott Kelly.
* SpyFiction: The "Stale Beer Flavored" type.

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* ShoutOut: When Robert Culp guest starred on an episode of ''TheCosbyShow'' ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' as an old friend of Cliff's (Cosby), his character was named Scott Kelly.
* %%* SpyFiction: The "Stale Beer Flavored" type.



* TheTeetotaler: Scott.
* TheyFightCrime

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* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Averted on Cosby's insistence.

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* %%* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Averted on Cosby's insistence.



* WittyBanter: One could almost drown in it with this show.

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* %%* WittyBanter: One could almost drown in it with this show.
26th Nov '15 5:50:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In "Tigers of Heaven", Scotty tries to give one to a group of anti-American would-be samurai who are about to execute him and Kelly. But he gives up in disgust when he realizes they're too fanatical to listen.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
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In "Tigers of Heaven", Scotty tries to give one to a group of anti-American would-be samurai who are about to execute him and Kelly. But he gives up in disgust when he realizes they're too fanatical to listen.
13th Jul '15 11:15:24 AM nombretomado
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Unlike just about every other spy series of the time, averted (although there was still some filming done in Hollywood, there was no "[[TheManFromUNCLE Somewhere In (Insert Foreign Country Here)]]" cheating on this show).

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* CaliforniaDoubling: Unlike just about every other spy series of the time, averted (although there was still some filming done in Hollywood, there was no "[[TheManFromUNCLE "[[Series/TheManFromUncle Somewhere In (Insert Foreign Country Here)]]" cheating on this show).
25th Jun '15 1:58:32 PM ZeroWizard
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* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: In "Tigers of Heaven", Scotty tries to give one to a group of anti-American would-be samurai who are about to execute him and Kelly. But he gives up in disgust when he realizes they're too fanatical to listen.

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* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In "Tigers of Heaven", Scotty tries to give one to a group of anti-American would-be samurai who are about to execute him and Kelly. But he gives up in disgust when he realizes they're too fanatical to listen.
28th Jan '15 7:49:38 PM KennethMorgan
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* AssholeVictim: Racist, double-crossing, obnoxious drug smuggler Danny Preston in "Danny was a Million Laughs". [[spoiler: Kelly and Scotty save him, but only so he can testify against his associates. Even then, they're tempted to let him get whacked.]]
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