on July 26, 2011
Season Three of "Charlie's Angels" , which ran from 1978 to 1979, fell a little in my opinion from the previous two, perhaps in view of the fact that Kate Jackson wanted out of the show and Farrah Fawcett's guest appearances were somewhat lackluster. As great as it was to see the Angels together again, it was clear that Farrah did not want to be there. Having said that, however, there are some great episodes in this season - my favorites being the two-parter "Angels In Vegas" (featuring guest stars Dean Martin, and in his first appearance on CA, Vic Morrow), the classic "Angels In Springtime", "Haunted Angels", "Angel On My Mind", "Angels On Vacation", "Counterfeit Angels", "Angel In A Box" and "Teen Angels". While most episodes have pros and cons, and despite some good acting and guest stars, some just were duds, like "Pom Pom Angels", "Marathon Angels", "Angels Belong In Heaven" and "Terror On Skis". One previous reviewer mentioned that the writing became lazy and uninspired, perhaps due to the show's huge success going to the heads of some. But I love "Charlie's Angels" and I would gladly watch it over most of what passes as "entertainment" on television today. My favorite Angels, Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd are always a delight to watch. Having the series on DVD is a great tribute to the late Aaron Spelling, David Doyle, Farrah Fawcett and John Forsythe. While it's not necessarily Emmy-worthy storytelling by any means, it is entertaining and appealing and pure escapism. Hope the fifth and final season will be released soon.