Thursday, April 14, 2011

the Prisoner

"The Prisoner is a 17-episode British television series first broadcast in the UK from 29 September 1967 to 1 February 1968. Starring and co-created by Patrick McGoohan, it combined spy fiction with elements of science fiction, allegory, and psychological drama.

The series follows a British former secret agent who is held prisoner in a mysterious seaside village where his captors try to find out why he abruptly resigned from his job. Although sold as a thriller in the mould of McGoohan's previous series, Danger Man (called Secret Agent in its U.S. release), the show's combination of 1960s countercultural themes and surreal setting had a far-reaching effect on science fiction/fantasy programming, and on popular culture in general.

The series features striking and often surreal storylines, and themes include hypnosis, hallucinogenic drug experiences, identity theft, mind control, dream manipulation, and various forms of social indoctrination. A major theme of the show is individualism versus collectivism." (WikiPedia)

I just recently started watching this series, and I must say it's great! The plot built around the main character, number 6, is kept very consistent, each episode reveals some minor details about him, the mysterious Village and it's leaders. Even though the special effects are very outdated and often rather funny, the story is still very entertaining.

If you're into mystery-series', I definitely recommend checking out the Prisoner!


  1. It's been a while since I've seen this but I remember it being not bad.

  2. Interesting stuff, i wonder how hard it would be to track it down.

  3. I've been meaning to watch it, just never gotten a chance to. I heard the remake was terrible though.

  4. cool, i'll try to find this. :D

  5. My dad is a huge fan of this show and I watched it with him back in the day. It's pretty damned good.