Saturday, October 22, 2011

Charlie's Angels: 35 Years of Gorgeous Women

The 35th Year

2011 is the 35th anniversary of the landmark 1970s TV series Charlie’s Angels. For 35 years, Charlie's Angels has been featuring the some of most beautiful women on the planet. It debuted as a phenomenon in 1976 with three gorgeous women doing the "jobs that only men can do" and has since graduated to legend. The show has spawned several reboots and, of course, starred only the most stunning women in Hollywood.

The Latest Reboot

The anniversary also coincides with the debut of the updated version of the series, Charlie’s Angels 2011.

“A cat burglar, a car thief, and a dirty cop get a chance to turn their lives around; fighting crime and working for the mysterious Charlie Townsend.” This is IMDB’s description of Charlie’s Angels 2011. Rachael Taylor, Annie Ilonzeh and Minka Kelly starred as the new angels. Nadine Velazquez guest starred as a fallen angel in the 2011 pilot. The series started strong. The plot was fine, production values were breathtaking and the angels carried guns once again.

The new angels are gorgeous (Minka Kelly is Jaclyn-Smithishly beautiful.) Nadine Velazquez as soldier-turned-angel Gloria Martinez is herself stunning but, unfortunately, her character was killed in the first episode. Nadine /Gloria will now forever be remembered as one of Charlie’s most kick-ass angels.

Roll Call

In its 35-year history, 18 women became angels:

Charlie’s Angels The Original TV Series:
Kate Jackson …as Sabrina Blaylock Duncan
Farrah Fawcett (then Majors) …as Jill Munroe
Jaclyn Smith …as Kelly Garrett
Cheryl Ladd…as Kristine Munroe
Shelley Hack …as Tiffany Welles
Tanya Roberts … as Julie Rogers

Angels '88:
Karen Kopins …as Trisha Lawrence
Claire Yarlett …as Connie Bates
Sandra Canning …as Pam Ryan
Téa Leoni …as Bernie Colter

The Charlie's Angels movies:
Cameron Diaz …as Natalie Cook
Drew Barrymore …as Dylan Sanders/Helen Zaas
Lucy Liu …as Alex Munday
Demi Moore …as Madison Lee

Charlie's Angels TV Series (2011):
Rachael Taylor …as Abby Simpson
Annie Ilonzeh …as Kate Prince
Nadine Velazquez …as Gloria Martinez
Minka Kelly …as Eve French

Too Soon

The new series received scathing reviews. So what’s new? Charlie’s Angels, from the original series to the movies, had always received scathing reviews But does it really matter? It’s tongue-in-cheek not Shakespeare. And though the 2011 series started with a bang, it seems like the show faltered and has now been cancelled (too soon.)


Because of all the possible angel guestings. We all want to see Kate, Jaclyn, Cheryl or Tanya reprise their angel roles; We want to see Karen, Claire, Sandra and Téa finally get to spread their angel wings; We want to see Cameron, Drew and Lucy karate chopping those bad guys once again. We even want to see Demi miraculously returning as Charlie’s wayward angel.

But most of all, we think Tiffany has stayed back East toooooo long.
We want to see her guest in Charlie's Angels 2011.
We want to see Shelley Hack back on TV!