YMMV / Charlie's Angels

The original TV series:

  • Best Known for the Fanservice:
    • Pretty much the poster child of the trope, though it was perhaps not as extreme as some recall/believe. For example, Farrah donned a swimsuit only once during the series (and that was because Jill was impersonating a swimming instructor), and Kate Jackson dressed conservatively throughout her tenure (as did Shelley Hack). Jaclyn Smith tended to don bikinis more frequently, but even she often dressed conservatively for the times. Cheryl Ladd, on the other hand, was frequently called upon to wear the tiniest bikinis allowed on late-1970s network TV. Fifth season angel Tanya Roberts also brought up the fanservice in the Hawaiian episodes.
    • Though it seems that many people do in fact remember the series mainly for its fanservice, interviews with fans indicate that a significant portion of the audience instead remember it as one of the first action series with strong female leads.
    • Farrah Fawcett has commented that when the show reached #3 in the ratings, she thought it was because of their acting ability. When it reached #1, she realized it probably was because they didn't wear bras.
  • Growing the Beard: The show's Riker's Beard moment ocurred at the beginning of the second season during the "Angels In Paradise" episode when Farrah Fawcett was replaced by Cheryl Ladd.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Future James Bond Timothy Dalton guest stars in a 1979 episode. Early on, his character is described as a man of "James Bondian tastes."
    • The 1976 episode "Target: Angels" has Bosley talk about how difficult it would be to replace any of the Angels; he says this as he looks at Kate Jackson, whose departure two years later would see her replaced unsuccessfully. The same scene has Farrah Fawcett's character pipe up that Charlie can't find anyone to work as cheap as they do; this takes on irony give the circumstances surrounding her departure.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Kate Jackson left the show after the third season claiming she was simply tired of it, and that it had run its course for her. However, she originally was up for the lead role in Kramer vs. Kramer, which eventually went to (and got an Oscar for) Meryl Streep. Aaron Spelling refused to let her out of her contract. She also did not get along well with Fawcett replacement Cheryl Ladd, and after a particularly strange third season episode where the Angels infiltrate a marathon running competition, she decided it was time to quit.
    • Shelley Hack was never popular with viewers, and was dropped after the fourth season. This has made her quite the target for jokes on shows such as The Golden Girls. After an unsuccessful attempt at a followup series (the medical drama Cutter to Houston), Hack would later star in films such as The Stepfather and Troll, and in 2000, shortly before the release of the Charlie's Angels films, she hosted a week-long marathon on the Biography channel highlighting biographies of the original television show. Away from acting, however, Hack forged a successful career as a producer of televised political events in eastern Europe and as a media advisor.

The 2011 reboot:

  • Complete Monster: Nestor Rodrigo, aka Pajaro, from the pilot "Angel with a Broken Wing", is a tycoon who gained his fortune through decades of Sex Slave trading. In flashbacks, it's revealed that he lead a death squad assault on the orphanage that future Angels Eve French and Gloria Martinez were at as little girls, to abduct all the girls and have the boys and nuns shot dead. The episode opens with Gloria, along with Angels Kate Prince and Abby Sampson, rescuing a 16-year-old runaway whom Pajaro had had abducted to be sold. After that, he has Gloria killed with a car bomb both out of spite and when she finds out who he is; he tried to kill Kate, Eve and Abby by having Eve's boat shot up. When his assistant, who keeps track of all his business transactions, is abducted by the Angels and John Bosley, he tasers, beats and chokes Eve to find out where she is, and when that fails, he orders her to be shot. Later, when trying to escape, Pajaro tries to shoot at Eve and Abby in a car. Standing out as horrible in a show that didn't last long, Pajaro is undoubtedly rotten to the core.

The films:

  • Awesome Music:
    • Eric Knox has some every time he does something evil.
    • Simon Says which is a rap version of Godzilla's theme.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Admit it: You remember the scene with Cameron Diaz dancing in her undies.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • The Thin Man, aka Anthony, in the movie series.
    • The Chad is great... he's great!... The Chad is great... [climbs into the prop funnel of a ship] The Chad... is stuck.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Eric Knox and Vivian Wood are both somewhat unkempt during the first half of the film. After The Reveal, they look much more appealing and attractive.
    • Madison Lee almost inverts this, as she was seen in a bikini before she was revealed as the Big Bad and is fully clothed in all of her villain scenes - save for the buildup to the climax where she's wearing lingerie and a fur coat.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: There is a sizeable amount of Dylan/Thin Man fic on the web.
  • Foe Yay: Natalie and Madison in Full Throttle. Madison's introductory scene, after she and Natalie were surfing (and as such, they are both wet and in bikinis) has Madison leaning very closely to Natalie's face, as if she went to kiss her (Natalie seemingly has the same impression, as for a moment she seems unnerved by it). Then after Madison is revealed as the villain and she and Natalie have a fight scene, there's a moment when Madison gets the drop on Natalie, so she decides to display no sense of personal space and put her mouth against Natalie's cheek, lines of saliva clearly showing, marking point that the fanservice their tension was displaying turns into Squick.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Dylan falls into the house and finds two kids playing Final Fantasy VIII in the first movie. Then, Final Fantasy X-2 would pay tribute to Charlie's Angels in its entirety.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Madison Lee has to be one of the best in cinema history.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The Nintendo Gamecube/PS2 game was very poorly received - let JonTron show you why.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Melissa McCarthy in the first film; Shia LaBeouf in Full Throttle.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Full Throttle.
  • The Woobie: In the movies, Dylan, and also the Thin Man, a rare villainous example.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: The first film's villain lineup is rather eclectic: Sam Rockwell as the Big Bad, with Kelly Lynch and Crispin Glover(!) as his martial-arts-using henchmen.