I Spy (1965 TV series)

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I Spy
I Spy Title Screen.png
Developed by David Friedkin & Morton Fine
Starring Robert Culp
Bill Cosby
Theme music composer Earle Hagen
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 82 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Sheldon Leonard
Running time 50–51 minutes
Production company(s) Three F Productions
Distributor NBC Films
Republic Pictures
Peter Rodgers Organization
Original network NBC
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Mono
Original release September 15, 1965 (1965-09-15) – April 15, 1968 (1968-04-15)

I Spy is an American secret-agent television adventure series. It ran for three seasons on NBC from 1965 to 1968 and teamed US intelligence agents Kelly Robinson (Robert Culp) and Alexander "Scotty" Scott (Bill Cosby), traveling undercover as international "tennis bums". Robinson poses as an amateur with Scott as his trainer, playing against wealthy opponents in return for food and lodging. Their work involved chasing villains, spies, and beautiful women.

The creative forces behind the show were writers David Friedkin and Morton Fine and cinematographer Fouad Said. Together they formed Triple F Productions under the aegis of Desilu Productions where the show was produced. Fine and Friedkin (who previously wrote scripts for radio's Broadway Is My Beat and Crime Classics under producer/director Elliott Lewis) were co-producers and head writers, and wrote the scripts for 16 episodes, one of which Friedkin directed. Friedkin also dabbled in acting and appeared in two episodes in the first season.

Actor-producer Sheldon Leonard, known for playing gangster roles in the 1940s and 1950s, was the executive producer (receiving top billing before the title in the series' opening title sequence). He also played a gangster-villain role in two episodes and appeared in a third show as himself in a humorous cameo. In addition, he directed one episode and served as occasional second-unit director throughout the series.


Characters and settings

I Spy broke ground in that it was the first American television drama to feature a black actor (Cosby) in a lead role.[citation needed] Originally an older actor was slated to play a fatherly mentor to Culp's character. After seeing Cosby performing stand-up comedy on a talk-show, Sheldon Leonard decided to take a chance on hiring him to play opposite Culp. The concept was changed from a mentor-protégé relationship to same-age partners who were equals. It was also notable that Cosby's race was never an issue in any of the stories. Nor was his character in any way subservient to Culp's, with the exception that Culp's "Kelly Robinson" was a more experienced agent. (Culp revealed in his audio commentary on the DVD release that he and Cosby agreed early on that "Our statement is a non-statement" regarding race, and the subject was never discussed again.) As a strait-laced Rhodes Scholar fluent in many languages, Cosby's "Scotty" was really the brains of the team. His partner was the athlete and playboy who lived by his wits.

Culp as Kelly Robinson with Jeanette Nolan, 1966

I Spy was a trailblazer in its use of exotic international locations in an attempt to emulate the James Bond film series. This was unique for a television show, especially since the series actually filmed its lead actors at locations ranging from Spain to Japan, rather than relying on stock footage. (Compare with the recent series, Alias, which also utilized worldwide settings but rarely filmed outside the Los Angeles region, and I Spy's contemporaries on NBC Mission: Impossible and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which were completely filmed on the Desilu and MGM back lots.) Each season the producers would select four or five scenic locations around the world and create stories that took advantage of the local attractions. Episodes were filmed in Hong Kong, Athens, Rome, Florence, Madrid, Venice, Tokyo, Acapulco, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Morocco.

The success of the show is attributed to the chemistry between Culp and Cosby. Fans tuned in more for their hip banter than for the espionage stories, making I Spy a leader in the buddy genre. The two actors quickly developed a close friendship that mirrored their on-screen characters, a friendship that would last until Culp's death in 2010. The show also coined unique phrases that, briefly, became catchphrases, such as "wonderfulness". Wonderfulness was used as the title of one of Cosby's albums of stand-up comedy released concurrently with the series. Cosby also occasionally slipped in bits of his comic routines during his improvised badinage with Culp. (In one episode Scott, being interrogated under the influence of drugs, says his name is Fat Albert.) Many details of Cosby's life were also written into his character. Scott does not drink or smoke—while Kelly Robinson does both. There are frequent references to Scott's childhood in Philadelphia and attending Temple University (Cosby is sometimes seen wearing his own Temple sweatshirt), and in the "Cops and Robbers" episode, Scotty returns home to Philadelphia to revisit his old neighborhood.

Comedy and drama

Cosby as Alexander Scott

I Spy was a fixture in the popular secret agent genre of the 1960s—a trend that began with the James Bond films. By 1965, virtually every studio was producing secret agent TV shows, films, and spin-off merchandise. What set I Spy apart from contemporary programs such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Avengers, and The Wild Wild West was its emphasis on realism. There were no fanciful 007-style gadgets, outlandish villains or campy, tongue-in-cheek humor. Although Culp and Cosby frequently exchanged breezy, lighthearted dialog, the stories invariably focused on the gritty, ugly side of the espionage business.

Occasionally the series produced purely comedic episodes such as "Chrysanthemum," inspired by The Pink Panther, and "Mainly on the Plains" with Boris Karloff as an eccentric scientist who thinks he's Don Quixote. However, most episodes dealt with more serious subjects (e.g., heroin addiction in "The Loser") and did not shy away from ending on a somber note. It was also one of the very few American dramatic television series of the 1960s (The Twilight Zone was another) to set an episode in the then-taboo region of Vietnam. The 1966 episode was "The Tiger," written by Robert Culp, and during filming a romance ensued between Culp and Vietnamese–French guest star France Nguyen. The two were married the following year, and Nguyen went on to appear in several more episodes.


Season 1: 1965-66

No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
3 1 "So Long, Patrick Henry" Leo Penn Robert Culp September 15, 1965 (1965-09-15) 101
5 2 "A Cup of Kindness" Leo Penn Morton Fine & David Friedkin September 22, 1965 (1965-09-22) 102
2 3 "Carry Me Back to Old Tsing-Tao" Mark Rydell David Karp September 29, 1965 (1965-09-29) 103
6 4 "Chrysanthemum" David Friedkin Edward J. Lakso October 6, 1965 (1965-10-06) 104
7 5 "Dragon's Teeth" Leo Penn Gilbert Ralston October 13, 1965 (1965-10-13) 105
8 6 "The Loser" Mark Rydell Robert Culp October 20, 1965 (1965-10-20) 106
4 7 "Danny Was a Million Laughs" Mark Rydell Arthur Dales October 27, 1965 (1965-10-27) 107
10 8 "A Time of the Knife" Paul Wendkos Gilbert Ralston November 3, 1965 (1965-11-03) 108
9 9 "No Exchange on Damaged Merchandise" Leo Penn Garry Marshall & Jerry Belson November 10, 1965 (1965-11-10) 109
11 10 "Tatia" David Friedkin Robert Lewin November 17, 1965 (1965-11-17) 110
12 11 "Weight of the World" Paul Wendkos Robert Lewin December 1, 1965 (1965-12-01) 111
14 12 "Three Hours on a Sunday Night" Paul Wendkos Morton Fine & David Friedkin December 8, 1965 (1965-12-08) 112
13 13 "Tigers of Heaven" Allen Reisner Morton Fine & David Friedkin December 15, 1965 (1965-12-15) 113
1 14 "Affair in T'Sien Cha" Sheldon Leonard Morton Fine & David Friedkin December 29, 1965 (1965-12-29) 114
16 15 "The Tiger" Paul Wendkos Robert Culp January 5, 1966 (1966-01-05) 115
17 16 "The Barter" Allen Reisner Harvey Bullock & P.S. Allen January 12, 1966 (1966-01-12) 116
15 17 "Always Say Goodbye" Allen Reisner Robert C. Dennis & Earl Barret January 26, 1966 (1966-01-26) 117
18 18 "Court of the Lion" Robert Culp Robert Culp February 2, 1966 (1966-02-02) 118
19 19 "Turkish Delight" William Thomas Eric Bercovici February 9, 1966 (1966-02-09) 119
20 20 "Bet Me a Dollar" Richard Sarafian David Friedkin & Morton Fine February 16, 1966 (1966-02-16) 120
21 21 "Return to Glory" Robert Sarafian David Friedkin & Morton Fine February 23, 1966 (1966-02-23) 121
22 22 "The Conquest of Maude Murdock" Paul Wendkos Robert C. Dennis & Earl Barret March 2, 1966 (1966-03-02) 122
23 23 "A Day Called 4 Jaguar" Richard Sarafian Michael Zagor March 9, 1966 (1966-03-09) 123
25 24 "Crusade to Limbo" Richard Sarafian Teleplay by: Morton Fine & David Freidkin & Jack Turley
Story by: Jack Turley
March 23, 1966 (1966-03-23) 124
26 25 "My Mother, The Spy" Richard Benedict Harold Gast March 30, 1966 (1966-03-30) 125
27 26 "There was a Little Girl" John Rich Teleplay by: Stephen Kandel
Story by: Robert Bloch
April 6, 1966 (1966-04-06) 126
28 27 "It's All Done with Mirrors" Robert Butler Stephen Kandel April 13, 1966 (1966-04-13) 127
24 28 "One Thousand Fine" Paul Wendkos Eric Bercovici April 27, 1966 (1966-04-27) 128

Season 2: 1966-67

No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
29 1 "So Coldly Sweet" Paul Wendkos Stephen Kandel September 14, 1966 (1966-09-14) 201
30 2 "Lori" Paul Wendkos Morton Fine & David Friedkin September 21, 1966 (1966-09-21) 202
31 3 "Sophia" Robert Fine Morton Fine & David Friedkin September 28, 1966 (1966-09-28) 203
32 4 "vendetta" Alf Kjellin Marion Hargrove October 5, 1966 (1966-10-05) 204
33 5 "A Gift from Alexander" Alf Kjellin Barry Oringer October 12, 1966 (1966-10-12) 205
34 6 "Trial by Treehouse" Richard Sarafian Michael Zagor October 19, 1966 (1966-10-19) 206
35 7 "Sparrowhawk" Paul Wendkos Walter Black & Marion Hargrove October 26, 1966 (1966-10-26) 207
36 8 "Will the Real Good Guys Please Stand Up?" Richard Sarafian Rick Mittleman November 2, 1966 (1966-11-02) 208
37 9 "Bridge of Spies" Alf Kjellin Stephen Kandel November 9, 1966 (1966-11-09) 209
38 10 "One of Our Bombs Is Missing" Earl Bellamy Barry Oringer November 16, 1966 (1966-11-16) 210
39 11 "To Florence with Love: Part 1" Robert Butler Norman Borisoff November 23, 1966 (1966-11-23) 211
40 12 "To Florence with Love: Part 2" Robert Butler Norman Borisoff November 30, 1966 (1966-11-30) 212
41 13 "Lisa" Richard Sarafian Jackson Gillis December 7, 1966 (1966-12-07) 213
42 14 "Little Boy Lost" Paul Wendkos Chester Krumholz December 14, 1966 (1966-12-14) 214
43 15 "Father Abraham" Tony Leader Stephen Kandel December 21, 1966 (1966-12-21) 215
44 16 "Rome... Take Away Three" Alf Kjellin Teleplay by: Morton Fine & David Freidkin & Bill S. Ballinger
Story by: Bill S. Ballinger
December 28, 1966 (1966-12-28) 216
45 17 "Tonia" Alf Kjellin Michael Zagor January 4, 1967 (1967-01-04) 217
46 18 "Child Out of Time" Alf Kjellin Morton Fine & David Friedkin January 11, 1966 (1966-01-11) 218
47 19 "The Trouble with Temple" Tom Gries Morton Fine, & David Friedkin January 25, 1967 (1967-01-25) 219
48 20 "The War Lord" Alf Kjellin Robert Culp February 1, 1967 (1967-02-01) 220
49 21 "A Room with a Rack" David Friedkin Michael Zagor February 8, 1967 (1967-02-08) 221
50 22 "Mainly on the Plains" David Friedkin Morton Fine & David Friedkin February 22, 1967 (1967-02-22) 222
51 23 "Get Thee to a Nunnery" Alf Kjellin Teleplay by: Marion Hargrove
Story by: Barbara Merlin & Milton Merlin
March 1, 1967 (1967-03-01) 223
52 24 "Blackout" Alf Kjellin Barry Oringer March 8, 1967 (1967-03-08) 224
53 25 "Magic Mirror" Tom Gries Robert Culp March 15, 1967 (1967-03-15) 225
54 26 "Night Train to Madrid" David Friedkin Stephen Kandell March 22, 1967 (1967-03-22) 226
55 27 "Casanova from Canarsie" Hal Cooper Rick Mittleman March 29, 1967 (1967-03-29) 227
56 28 "Cops and Robbers" Christian Nyby Jerry Ludwig April 12, 1967 (1967-04-12) 228

Season 3: 1967-68

No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
57 1 "Let's Kill Karlovassi" Christian Nyby Michael Zagor September 11, 1967 (1967-09-11) 301
58 2 "The Beautiful Children" Earl Bellamy Berkely Mather September 18, 1967 (1967-09-18) 302
59 3 "Laya" Earl Bellamy Morton Fine & David Friedkin September 25, 1967 (1967-09-25) 303
60 4 "The Medarra Block" Earl Bellamy Barry Oringer October 2, 1967 (1967-10-02) 304
61 5 "Philotimo" Earl Bellamy Ernie Frankel October 9, 1967 (1967-10-09) 305
62 6 "The Honorable Assassins" Christian Nyby Les & Tina Pine October 16, 1967 (1967-10-16) 306
63 7 "Now You See Her, Now You Don't" Earl Bellamy Jerry Ludwig October 23, 1967 (1967-10-23) 307
64 8 "Red Sash of Courage" Christian Nyby Oliver Crawford October 30, 1967 (1967-10-30) 308
65 9 "The Seventh Captain" Earl Bellamy Berkely Mather November 13, 1967 (1967-11-13) 309
66 10 "Apollo" Earl Bellamy Ernest Frankel November 20, 1967 (1967-11-20) 310
67 11 "Oedipus at Colonus" Christian Nyby Marion Hargrove November 27, 1967 (1967-11-27) 311
68 12 "The Lotus Eater" Christian Nyby Elick Moll & Joseph Than December 11, 1967 (1967-12-11) 312
69 13 "An American Empress" Earl Bellamy Elick Moll & Joseph Than December 25, 1967 (1967-12-25) 313
70 14 "Home to Judgment" Richard C. Sarafian Robert Culp January 8, 1968 (1968-01-08) 314
71 15 "Anyplace I Hang Myself Is Home" Christian Nyby Michael Zagor January 15, 1968 (1968-01-15) 315
72 16 "Tag, You're It" Earl Bellamy Teleplay by: Stephen Kandel
Story by: M.J. Waggoner
January 22, 1968 (1968-01-22) 316
73 17 "A Few Miles West of Nowhere" Arthur Marks Jerry Ludwig January 29, 1968 (1968-01-29) 317
74 18 "This Guy Smith" Ralph Senensky Jackson Gillis February 5, 1968 (1968-02-05) 318
75 19 "Turnabout for Traitors" Earl Bellamy Ernest Frankel February 19, 1968 (1968-02-19) 319
76 20 "Happy Birthday Everybody" Earl Bellamy Morton Fine & David Friedkin February 26, 1968 (1968-02-26) 320
77 21 "Shana" Christian Nyby Robert Lewin March 4, 1968 (1968-03-04) 321
78 22 "The Name of the Game" Earl Bellamy Jerry Ludwig March 11, 1968 (1968-03-11) 322
79 23 "Suitable for Framing" Earl Bellamy Howard Dimsdale March 25, 1968 (1968-03-25) 323
80 24 "The Spy Business" Christian Nyby Teleplay by: Morton Fine and David Friedkin
Story by: John Shannon
April 1, 1968 (1968-04-01) 324
81 25 "Carmelita Is One of Us" Christian Nyby Earl Barret and Robert C. Dennis April 8, 1968 (1968-04-08) 325
82 26 "Pinwheel" Christian Nyby Barry Oringer April 15, 1968 (1968-04-15) 326

Culp as writer

Co-star Culp wrote the scripts for seven episodes (one of which he also directed), including the show's first broadcast episode, "So Long, Patrick Henry." Prior to joining I Spy, Culp wrote a pilot script for a proposed series in which he would have played an American character like James Bond. He took the script to his friend Carl Reiner, who recommended he meet with Sheldon Leonard, who was in the midst of creating I Spy. This script was eventually rewritten by Culp and produced as the episode "The Tiger." In the DVD audio commentary for the "Home to Judgment" episode, Culp reveals that his seven episodes were the only ones filmed exactly as written. He wrote them to establish a specific dramatic tone and level of quality for the other writers to follow. Nevertheless, Culp and Cosby were dissatisfied with the often frivolous and formulaic scripts they received and rewrote most of their dialog and improvised a great deal during filming.[citation needed]

Awards and nominations

  • First-time actor Bill Cosby won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1966, 1967 and 1968 (becoming the first African-American male actor to do so).[clarification needed] Robert Culp was also nominated in the same category for all three seasons of I Spy.
  • Eartha Kitt, who played a drug-addicted cabaret singer in "The Loser" (written by Culp), was nominated in 1966 for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama.
  • In 1967 Culp was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing Achievement in a Drama for his third-season script "Home to Judgment."
  • In addition to writing the theme music, Earle Hagen composed an original musical score for many episodes of the series, often flavored with the ethnic music of the Far East, Mexico or the Caribbean. Hagen received Emmy nominations for all three seasons of the show and won for the "Laya" episode in 1968.
  • I Spy won as "Best Dramatic Series" at the 1967 Golden Globe Awards for its 1966-1967 season.


In I Spy Returns (1994), a nostalgic television movie (and unsold pilot episode for a new series), Culp and Cosby reprised their roles as Robinson and Scott for the first time since 1968. The original opening title sequence is reused with no changes other than the addition of the word 'Returns' beneath 'I Spy' and a new arrangement of the theme music. Cosby was the executive producer. Here, Robinson has become director of the agency, while Scott has left the business. However, the aging agents have to leap into action once again, this time to keep an eye on their children, Bennett Robinson (George Newbern) and Nicole Scott (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) who are now operatives. This was shown as a "CBS Movie Special" on February 3, 1994.

Culp again reprised the role of Kelly Robinson during a dream sequence in a 1999 episode of Bill Cosby's series, Cosby, entitled "My Spy." Cosby's character falls asleep while watching I Spy on television and dreams he's caught up in an espionage adventure. With Cosby's name replaced with that of his character here, Hilton Lucas, the old title sequence was again faithfully recreated. (Culp had earlier appeared with Cosby in 1987 on The Cosby Show episode "Bald and Beautiful" as Cliff Huxtable's old friend "Scott Kelly", a merger of their I Spy characters' names.)

A movie remake, also titled I Spy, followed in 2002 with Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson. In this iteration, the character names are reversed, so Alexander Scott (Wilson) is now the white secret agent and Kelly Robinson (Murphy) the black athlete, now a boxer (It also changed the original premise of them both being agents, with Robinson being a civilian boxer who is essentially brought in to act as Scott's cover story while he carries out his mission). The film was initially a commercial and critical failure. In his 2009 Movie Guide, film critic Leonard Maltin describes the film as an "In-name-only reincarnation of the smart 1960s TV show.... An object lesson in bad screenwriting, with an incoherent story, and characters that make no sense."

The original television series and the 1994 reunion movie are both available on DVD. Episodes 1-25 of the first season of the television series are also available on Joost and all 82 episodes are available on Videosurf, from the DMGI Classics channel, and can be streamed on Hulu.

Get Smart, the spy-spoof television series, did a parody of the show in the 1968 episode titled "Die Spy". In this, agent Maxwell Smart (Don Adams) pretends to be an international table-tennis champion. The episode faithfully recreates the theme music, montage graphics, and back-and-forth banter between Robinson and Scott—with actor/comedian Stu Gilliam imitating Cosby. Robert Culp makes an uncredited cameo appearance as an inebriated Turkish waiter.


Original novels, comic books, and reference books

Bill Cosby and Robert Culp on the cover of this 1960s paperback based upon the series

A number of original novels based upon the series were published, most written in the mid-to-late 1960s by Walter Wager under the pseudonym "John Tiger." The I Spy novels were published by Popular Library:

  • I Spy (1965, no book series number on cover)
  • I SPY #2: Masterstroke (1966)
  • I SPY #3: Superkill (1967)
  • I SPY #4: Wipeout (1967)
  • I SPY #5: Countertrap (1967)
  • I SPY #6: Doomdate (1967)
  • I SPY #7: Death-Twist (1968)

The following tie-ins, not by Wager, were also published.

Gold Key Comics also published six issues of an I Spy comic book between 1966 and 1968.

  • I Spy: A History and Episode Guide to the Groundbreaking Television Series by Marc Cushman


Unlike many television series of the time, every episode of I Spy received an original score – as was the case with the other shows from Sheldon Leonard, like The Andy Griffith Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show. Earle Hagen, Leonard's regular composer, wrote the main theme and scored most of the episodes (collaborating on three with Carl Brandt; Hugo Friedhofer, Nathan Van Cleave, Robert Drasnin and Shorty Rogers also wrote music for the series).[1] During the show's run, two albums of re-recorded music composed (except where indicated) and conducted by Hagen were released.

Music from the Television Series I Spy (Warner Bros. WS-1637):

  1. I Spy (1:57)
  2. Tatia (3:00)
  3. Hi Yo Scotty (2:42)
  4. Angel (2:44)
  5. Away We Go To Tokyo (2:25)
  6. Rickshaw Ride (2:50)
  7. Away We Go To Mexico (2:18)
  8. Ah So! (2:16)
  9. The International Set (2:23)
  10. Another Kind Of Blues (2:46)
  11. Fiesta Del Sol (2:05)
  12. The Wonderfulness of You (2:23)
  13. Made In Hong Kong (2:17)

I Spy (Capitol ST-2839):

  1. I Spy (2:10)
  2. Over The Wall (2:15)
  3. Montezuma's Revenge (2:25)
  4. Islands In The Sea (3:06)
  5. The Golden Age (2:08)
  6. The Voice In The Wind (Earle Hagen and Gene Lees) (2:58)
  7. To Florence With Love (Hugo Friedhofer) (2:20)
  8. Sophia (2:40)
  9. Rots Of Ruck (2:20)
  10. There's No Escape (3:40)
  11. Domingo (2:25)
  12. The International Set (2:21)

In 2002 Film Score Monthly released a limited-edition disc of original soundtrack music from the series.

  1. "So Long Patrick Henry": The Defector/Main Title (1:05)
  2. Hong Kong/Elroy (1:25)
  3. What's the Trouble? (1:05)
  4. Keep Running/You Lose (4:10)
  5. That's My Man (1:27)
  6. Stop That Plane (2:25)
  7. The Whistle Blows (2:14)
  8. "007" (:45)
  9. End Title (:52)
  10. "The Time Of The Knife": Tokyo/Jean and Kelly/Jean's Pad/Trailing (6:19)
  11. Oops, the Troops!/Away We Go/Shiftycraft/Dead for Real (3:32)
  12. "Turkish Delight": Away We Go to Mexico/Bye Bye Scotty/Rapido/On the Road Again/Trunk Store/Chicken Hearts/Lt Hernandez (5:14)
  13. Taxi Tour (2:01)
  14. Japanese Trick/Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow/How About That/Babe, With Rocks (5:15)
  15. End Title (:38)
  16. "The Warlord": Burma/The Chase/And On and On/Of Some Value (9:14)
  17. My Lord/She Is Chinese (4:47)
  18. Prelude to Dreamsville/The General Dies (4:12)
  19. Down the River (1:55)
  20. "Mainly On The Plains": The Plaza/Main Title (3:19)
  21. Don Silvando/Blonde Gothic/Travelin'/Sighted (3:37)
  22. Don Quixote II/Attack/Upsy Daisy (4:45)
  23. My Professor, the Nut/Wild Stuff/Goodbye Crooks (3:55)
  24. Don Strikes/So Long, Don (2:41)
  25. End Title (:38)

Home video

The underlying rights to the original series are now owned by independent film company Peter Rodgers Organization, Ltd. (PRO), but original production company Triple F Productions remains the copyright holder.

Selected episodes of the series were made available on VHS in North America in the early 1990s.

Image Entertainment released the complete series on DVD in Region 1 in 2002, initially in a series of single-disc volumes (each with four episodes), which were later compiled into three box sets. The episodes were not presented in any particular order. In addition, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the 1994 reunion made-for-TV film on DVD in Region 1 on October 8, 2002. This release has been discontinued and is now out of print.

In April 2008, Image/PRO reissued the series, this time organized in order of original broadcast, in three box sets, one for each season. This includes Robert Culp's bonus audio commentary on four episodes that he wrote (originally issued in 2002 on a single DVD called The Robert Culp Collection). As of 2012, these releases have been discontinued and are now out of print.

On March 7, 2014, it was announced that Timeless Media Group had acquired the rights to the series in Region 1 and will be releasing a complete series set on June 24, 2014.[2]

In Region 4, Umbrella Entertainment has released all 3 seasons on DVD in Australia.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
Region 1 Region 4
I Spy Returns 1 October 8, 2002[3] N/A
I Spy Season 1 28 April 29, 2008 September 1, 2007[4]
I Spy Season 2 28 April 29, 2008 December 1, 2007[5]
I Spy Season 3 26 April 29, 2008 December 15, 2008[6]
The Complete Series 82 June 24, 2014


In 2011, I Spy aired twice a day, six days a week, on FamilyNet. The series also airs in the United States on broadcast television channels Retro Television Network and the Soul of the South Network. In 2015, reruns of I Spy were pulled by the Aspire and Cozi TV networks as a result of allegations of sexual assault by Cosby.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ Lukas Kendall, liner notes, I Spy: Original Television Soundtrack, FSM Vol. 5 No. 10, 2002
  2. ^ "I Spy DVD news: Box Art for I Spy - The Complete Series - TVShowsOnDVD.com". Archived from the original on 2014-03-12.
  3. ^ "I Spy Returns". 8 October 2002 – via Amazon.
  4. ^ [1] Archived July 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Umbrella Entertainment - I SPY - VOLUME TWO". Umbrellaent.com.au. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  6. ^ "Umbrella Entertainment - I SPY - VOLUME THREE". Umbrellaent.com.au. December 15, 2008. Archived from the original on March 20, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2012.

External links

  • I Spy on IMDb
  • I Spy at TV.com
  • Museum of Broadcast Communications
  • I SPY: A History to the Groundreaking Television Series, info on 2007 book
  • Sound samples of the TV series score
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