While derisively referred to as “jiggle television” during its five-season run, Charlie’s Angels was widely popular with viewers, becoming a cult classic favorite and spawning two feature films and a short-lived TV revival.
Beginning in 1976, the Angels worked as private investigators solving crimes for the mysterious Charlie, whose face was never actually seen. Originally starring Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith, the show would also go on to star Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts.
In addition to the cast changes, the show faced the challenge of being stuck in five different time slots over those five years, but still managed good ratings until its final season and cancellation in 1981.
“Once upon a time, there were three beautiful girls who went to the police academy, and they were each assigned very hazardous duties. But I took them away from all that, and now they work for me. My name is Charlie.”
The original Charlie’s Angels: Jaclyn Smith, Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson
The later Angels and Bosley
L to R: Cheryl Ladd, David Doyle (Bosley), Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Shelly Hack