Trivia / Charlie's Angels

For the original TV series:

  • Absentee Actor: Charlie may not be seen (except for the Series Finale), but "Avenging Angel" is the only episode in which he also isn't heard.
  • Big Name Fan: Ayn Rand was a great fan of the show, considering the idea of beautiful women doing impossible things to be a welcome divergence from its contemporaries.
  • The Cast Showoff: Before joining the series, Cheryl Ladd was already known as a singer (she was one of the singing voices in Josie and the Pussycats and recorded an album with the group), and she used her fame on Charlie's Angels to launch a solo singing career that actually scored a few hits in the late 1970s. Not surprisingly, the series built an episode titled "Angels in the Wings" around Kris performing in a musical, allowing Ladd to sing several tunes.
  • Money, Dear Boy / Old Shame: In an "Emmy TV Legends" interview 'John Forsythe' called the show a "potboiler"; (a bad show), of deliberately poor quality, made quickly on the cheap solely to make a lot of money, which it did.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • The fact that the series often takes place in fashionable or then-modern settings makes it positively scream 1970's today.
    • The series features lots of 70's fashions, designs, hairstyles and sets that may seem either cool or cheesy today.
    • Several episodes also display the rampant discrimination against women that was still common in the era (usually in a lampshading manner as the Angels soon prove how outdated those viewpoints are).
    • It's perhaps telling that the series didn't survive very long into the 1980s.
  • Wag the Director: A lot of writers were fired from the show because the stars were always demanding better scripts.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Reportedly it was Ayn Rand's favorite show and Farrah Fawcett was her top choice for the role of Dagny Taggart if Atlas Shrugged was ever turned into a movie.note 
    • Kate Jackson originally signed on to play Kelly, being the first name the showrunners had in mind. However, when she warmed up to the role of the rather brainy Sabrina, the producers cast Jaclyn Smith as Kelly instead. This is why the pilot episode mainly focuses on Kelly.
    • At the end of the fifth season, Jaclyn Smith’s five year contract was up, and she had made it clear she was not going to return. Interestingly enough, her character apparently was going to be killed off. But when the show was cancelled instead of renewed, it was decided that Kelly should remain alive for the sake of syndication. Had there been a sixth season, Kelly would have died.
    • Kim Basinger, who appears in the episode "Angels in Chains" as an inmate, was later offered the role of Kris Munroe and turned it down because she wanted to do film.
    • Among the actresses considered for the role of Tiffany Welles were Michelle Pfeiffer and Kathie Lee Gifford.
  • Working Title: The series had two alternate titles: The Alley Cats and Harry's Angels.

For the 2000 Film series:

For the reboot TV series:

  • Fake American: Rachel Taylor as an American since she's an Australian.
  • The Pete Best or The Other Marty: Robert Wagner was set to be the voice of Charlie (replacing the late John Forsythe) but was prevented by scheduling conflicts; ultimately Victor Garber supplied Charlie's voice.