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* {{Expy}}: The SIA for the CentralIntelligenceAgency.

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* {{Expy}}: The SIA for the CentralIntelligenceAgency.UsefulNotes/CentralIntelligenceAgency.


* AsHimself: Racing legend Mario Andretti in "The Steal Driving Man" and singing group The 5th Dimension in "To Sing a Song of Murder".

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* AsHimself: Racing legend Mario Andretti in "The Steal Driving Man" and singing group The 5th Dimension in "To Sing a Song of Murder".Man".

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* FrameUp: Happens to Al in "The Artist Is for Framing" and "Beyond a Treasonable Doubt".


** One example of this is Nick Grobbo (Ricardo Montalban), a high-class fence who shows up a couple of times. While he genuinely likes Al and would prefer that he simply stay out of his affairs, Nick threatens to kill Al if he should try to louse up one of his deals.

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** One example of this is Nick Grobbo (Ricardo Montalban), (Creator/RicardoMontalban), a high-class fence who shows up a couple of times. While he genuinely likes Al and would prefer that he simply stay out of his affairs, Nick threatens to kill Al if he should try to louse up one of his deals.

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* ClassyCatBurglar: Al is a RareMaleExample.


* YouLookFamiliar:
** Susan Saint James played an SIA agent under cover as a flight attendant in the original pilot ("Magnificent Thief"). She then made her first appearance as "Charlie" Brown in the series first episode, "It Takes One to Know One". While they're clearly different characters ([[spoiler: the SIA agent gets murdered]]), you'd think Al would ask Brown, "You have a twin sister?"
** In the pilot, Wally Cox is briefly seen as a man trying to buy an airline ticket. In the series' final episode ("Project 'X'"), an EpisodeOnAPlane, Cox plays airline passenger Professor Moses.


* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: Inevitable, given that this is SpyFiction from TheSixties. Al smuggles something or someone across the IronCurtain in several episodes.

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* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: Inevitable, given that this is SpyFiction from TheSixties. Al smuggles something or someone across the IronCurtain UsefulNotes/IronCurtain in several episodes.


Not to be confused with the [[SimilarlyNamedWorks identically-named]] RealityShow that ran on the DiscoveryChannel between 2005 and 2007. That series has [[Series/ItTakesAThief2005 its own entry]].

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Not to be confused with the [[SimilarlyNamedWorks identically-named]] RealityShow that ran on the DiscoveryChannel Creator/DiscoveryChannel between 2005 and 2007. That series has [[Series/ItTakesAThief2005 its own entry]].


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* YouLookFamiliar: Susan Saint James played an SIA agent under cover as a flight attendant in the original pilot ("Magnificent Thief"). She then made her first appearance as "Charlie" Brown in the series first episode, "It Takes One to Know One". While they're clearly different characters ([[spoiler: the SIA agent gets murdered]]), you'd think Al would ask Brown, "You have a twin sister?"

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* YouLookFamiliar: YouLookFamiliar:
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Susan Saint James played an SIA agent under cover as a flight attendant in the original pilot ("Magnificent Thief"). She then made her first appearance as "Charlie" Brown in the series first episode, "It Takes One to Know One". While they're clearly different characters ([[spoiler: the SIA agent gets murdered]]), you'd think Al would ask Brown, "You have a twin sister?"

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* YouLookFamiliar: Susan Saint James played an SIA agent under cover as a flight attendant in the original pilot ("Magnificent Thief"). She then made her first appearance as "Charlie" Brown in the series first episode, "It Takes One to Know One". While they're clearly different characters ([[spoiler: the SIA agent gets murdered]]), you'd think Al would ask Brown, "You have a twin sister?"
** In the pilot, Wally Cox is briefly seen as a man trying to buy an airline ticket. In the series' final episode ("Project 'X'"), an EpisodeOnAPlane, Cox plays airline passenger Professor Moses.


* ChessMotifs: "The Great Chess Gambit", strangely enough. The episode features Al getting into a chess match with the VillainOfTheWeek, and several comparisons are made between their chess moves and the activities of the American and Russian agents vying for that episode's McGuffin.

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* ChessMotifs: "The Great Chess Gambit", strangely enough. The episode features Al getting into a chess match with the VillainOfTheWeek, and several comparisons are made between their chess moves and the activities of the American and Russian agents vying for that episode's McGuffin.MacGuffin.


* AnimalAssassin: Al finds a scorpion in his shower in "The Scorpio Drop".

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* AnimalAssassin: Al finds a scorpion [[ScaryScorpions scorpion]] in his shower in "The Scorpio Drop".


* StockFootage: "The Steal-Driving Man", in which Al is pressed into service as a race driver, has plenty of it from actual races.

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"The Steal-Driving Man", in which Al is pressed into service as a race driver, has plenty of it from actual races.

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