Trivia / Charlie's Angels


For the original TV series:

  • Actor Allusion: John Bosley's name is a reference to the fact that his actor David Doyle was often mistaken for actor Tom Bosley.
  • Big Name Fan:
    • President Gerald Ford visited the set during filming, as it was one of his favorite television shows.
    • 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.
  • Hostility on the Set: Kate Jackson and Cheryl Ladd reportedly did not get along during their two seasons working together. Ladd stated in interviews there were some days Jackson would not even speak to her.
  • Money, Dear Boy:
    • 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. Money is also the reason he was never seen on-screen, claiming he'd have needed to be paid a lot to do so.
    • Jaclyn Smith was eventually given a raise from $5000 an episode to $40,000 to prevent her from leaving the show.
  • The Other Marty: The original Charlie was fired due to his drinking problems. John Forsythe was asked to do the voiceover on the midnight of the Friday before the pilot was to be broadcast. He recorded the first voiceover in his pyjamas.
  • Throw It In!: Kate Jackson suggested the name 'Charlie's Angels' after seeing a poster of angels in Aaron Spelling's office.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • The series exemplified the start of the craze for men's butts among Western women which began with the publication of photographer Christy Jenkins' photo book A Woman Looks at Men's Buns in 1980 during the fourth and fifth seasons (1979-1981). During the fourth season, Kris and Tiffany visually assessed men's buns in both the "Love Boat Angels" and "Toni's Boys" episodes; during the fifth season, Julie stared at a guy's butt in the "Mr. Galaxy" episode, while Kris is seen checking out guys' butts in both the "He Married an Angel" and "Angel on a Roll" episodes.
    • "Angel on a Roll" also shows some of the first bank automatic teller machines (ATM).
    • 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 
    • Producers originally wanted to have a Blonde, Brunette, Redhead trio as the Angels, but they abandoned this in order to have Jaclyn Smith as the third Angel. They finally got their redhead when Tanya Roberts joined in Season 5.
    • 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.
    • Kate Jackson was cast as Joanna in Kramer vs. Kramer but filming would overlap with Charlie's Angels. Despite attempts to work around Aaron Spelling's schedule, Kate had to drop out and Meryl Streep got the part instead.
  • 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:

  • California Doubling: While the series is shot in Florida, there were some places (e.g. Cuba, some of the islands near Florida) that were shot in the state.
  • Fake American: Rachael 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.

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