What makes "The Avengers" one of the most popular spy/action shows ever produced? How has the naive conception of a show, that started by two male lead actors, turned to be an outstanding, successful outlet for daring, witty, subversive and sexy aspects? All the features that contributed to this huge success are depicted in this book: the atmosphere, the beauty, the locations, the taboos of an era, the charming automobiles, the leather fetishism, the good humor, the coreographing fights, the Cold War, and why not to add, the social political symptoms of hard times that fortunately seem to have passed away. All these aspects make this book a real need. Film scholar Toby Miller reveals the details of the show by bringing fan opinions, focusing on the scripts and writers of the series, allowing us to know some interesting behind-the-scenes aspects that also contributed for the huge success of "The Avengers". This is a good book not only for the millions of fans, but also to the ones who want to understand a very controversial period of time in plain English. The author also emphasizes the Emma Peel phenomenon and the involving equilibrium of the opposite sex in the series with the explicit inversion between the male and female lead roles. Thus, this book is an appeal for anyone who, for just once, had the opportunity to see a full episode of such admirable, charming tv show.