The original Charlie's Angels exuded strength and intelligence at a time when powerful female role models were scarce.
The original Charlie's Angels exuded strength and intelligence at a time when powerful female role models were scarce. In the late 1970s, the exploits of Sabrina (Kate Jackson), Jill (Farrah Fawcett), and Kelly (Jacyln Smith) showed a whole generation of young girls that they could outwit men and still be feminine and glamorous. Unlike the present-day Angels trio, these gals seemed genuine. They needed their minds more than their brawn to get themselves out of a jam. Revisiting the series' first year (1976) on this five-disc set is a fun journey back to the days of predictable yet exciting TV. Though most of these episodes follow a familiar formula, the show stands the test of time: Witness the many fans who participated in the "Angels Forever" featurette on the fifth disc. It's interesting that the theme of career vs. relationships, which fans point out as one of the constant dilemmas the Angels faced, has become even more prevalent today.—JK