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"The Prisoner"

The Prisoner

The Prisoner was a unique Series from the 1967 CBS Television Season that followed a former Government Secret Agent who, after resigning for reasons unknown, goes home to pack his bags and gets drugged unconscious. When he awakes, he finds himself in a village with other "prisoners", all captured and placed there from around the world like himself, all now identified with Numbers and all hiding something. Controlled by an unknown government, each week a new "Number Two" would take command of the village (from whatever other job they were doing elsewhere), to try to get "Number Six" (The Prisoner) to reveal why he resigned. Instead of simply telling them, Number Six decides instead to play mind games with each Number Two, in his attempts to either escape, take over, or wreck havoc for his captures.

The Prisoner

Lasting only 17 episodes (with a definite first and last episode), The Prisoner was an intelligent show, and not for the "Baywatch audience". It had been spoofed several times on Television, with inside jokes of it made on the series "NoWhere man" and "Babylon 5", and flat out recreated on episodes of "Pinky and the Brain" and the recent December 2000 episode of "The Simpsons", which brough back Patrick McGoohan to voice his character again when Homer builds a website, makes up stories to get people to visit, and gets captured and finds himself in "The Village" when one of his made up stories turned out to be true.



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