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The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
GenreSpy fiction
Created byNorman Felton
Directed byRichard C. Bennett
John Brahm
Herschel Daugherty
E. Darrell Hallenbeck
Alf Kjellin
Mitchell Leisen
Sherman Marks
Leo Penn
Richard C. Sarafian
Joseph Sargent
Barry Shear
Jud Taylor
StarringStefanie Powers
Noel Harrison
Leo G. Carroll
Randy Kirby
Theme music composertheme composed by
Jerry Goldsmith,
arranged by
Dave Grusin
ComposersDave Grusin
Jack Marshall
Richard Shores
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes29 (list of episodes)
Executive producerNorman Felton
ProducerDouglas Benton
Running time50 minutes
Production companiesArena Productions
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 16, 1966 (1966-09-16) –
April 11, 1967 (1967-04-11)
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. is an American spy fiction TV series starring Stefanie Powers that aired on NBC for one season from September 13, 1966, to April 11, 1967. The series was a spin-off from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and used the same theme music composed by Jerry Goldsmith, in a different arrangement by Dave Grusin. The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. stars Powers as American U.N.C.L.E. agent April Dancer and Noel Harrison as her British partner, Mark Slate. Leo G. Carroll plays their superior, Alexander Waverly.

Despite attempts at cross-promotion with its parent series, the show failed to build an audience and lasted only one season. Its failure was considered a contributing factor in Man's mid-season cancellation in early 1968.[1]


Notable guest stars[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Contemporary reviews of The Girl From Uncle were mostly negative, with much of the critics' comments centered upon the lead actors, particularly Powers. A review in The Baltimore Sun noted that Powers is "prettier and shapelier than Ilya Kuryakin, of course, but she's not much of an actress and she's ill-suited to the role," but that "Harrison tends to steal scenes from Miss Powers, and [makes] an agreeable impression"[2] A review in Newsday reported that "Miss Powers, for all of her sweater appeal, is a trifle limited."[3] Kay Gardella of the New York Daily News opined that Powers "display[ed] less than undergraduate skill in the fine art of spying", with the performance of co-star Harrison being "the understatement of the new season. One suspected he was given a dose of Apathy."[4] The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette commented that "Powers [is] somewhat of a timid UNCLE agent," that Harrison "gave evidence of stealing most of the credits," and that "the series is [...] only for UNCLE fans."[5]


Backdoor pilot (1966)[edit]

The backdoor pilot, titled "The Moonglow Affair", originally aired as 52nd episode (S02E23) of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on February 25, 1966.

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
"The Moonglow Affair"Joseph SargentDean HargroveFebruary 25, 1966 (1966-02-25)
When Solo and Kuryakin are incapacitated, Waverly assigns agent April Dancer (Mary Ann Mobley) and Mark Slate (Norman Fell) to complete their mission.

Season 1 (1966–1967)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
1"The Dog-Gone Affair"Barry ShearTony BarrettSeptember 13, 1966 (1966-09-13)8622
Sarah Arini is on her way to a Greek island with a dog whose fleas contain the antidote to a drug developed by THRUSH. A man named Fromage sits next to April on the plane and, suspecting he is a THRUSH agent, she contacts Mark and attaches a parachute to the dog, throwing it from the plane. Mark is captured briefly, but the dog escapes. Later, Mark and April meet and using a dog whistle April attracts the dog. However, it escapes again and when April gives chase, she is karate-chopped on the neck, faints and is kidnapped. When she revives, she is questioned by Zakinthios, who leads the mission for THRUSH. Refusing to talk, April is quickly knocked out again. She wakes up tied to a swing over a pool of piranhas, but escapes in the nick of time, manages to retrieve the dog yet again, and Mark defeats Zakinthios in a fight. April and Mark eventually hand the dog over to the authorities to enable them to make the antidote.
2"The Prisoner of Zalamar Affair"Herschel DaughertyMax HodgeSeptember 20, 1966 (1966-09-20)8611
3"The Mother Muffin Affair"Sherman MarksJoseph CalvelliSeptember 27, 1966 (1966-09-27)8624
4"The Mata Hari Affair"Joseph SargentSamuel A. PeeplesOctober 4, 1966 (1966-10-04)8617
5"The Montori Device Affair"John BrahmBoris SobelmanOctober 11, 1966 (1966-10-11)8601
6"The Horns-of-the-Dilemma Affair"John BrahmTony BarrettOctober 18, 1966 (1966-10-18)8606
7"The Danish Blue Affair"Mitchell LeisenArthur WeingartenOctober 25, 1966 (1966-10-25)8615
8"The Garden of Evil Affair"Jud TaylorJohn O'Dea & Arthur RoweNovember 1, 1966 (1966-11-01)8607
9"The Atlantis Affair"E. Darrell HallenbeckRichard MathesonNovember 15, 1966 (1966-11-15)8609
10"The Paradise Lost Affair"Alf KjellinJohn O'Dea & Arthur RoweNovember 22, 1966 (1966-11-22)8621
11"The Lethal Eagle Affair"John BrahmRobert HillNovember 29, 1966 (1966-11-29)8626
12"The Romany Lie Affair"Richard C. SarafianTony BarrettDecember 6, 1966 (1966-12-06)8630
13"The Little John Doe Affair"Leo PennJoseph CalvelliDecember 13, 1966 (1966-12-13)8628
14"The Jewels of Topango Affair"John BrahmBerne GilerDecember 20, 1966 (1966-12-20)8614
15"The Faustus Affair"Barry ShearJerry McNeelyDecember 27, 1966 (1966-12-27)8613
16"The U.F.O. Affair"Barry ShearWarren B. DuffJanuary 3, 1967 (1967-01-03)8623
17"The Moulin Ruse Affair"Barry ShearStory by : Jay Simms
Teleplay by : Jay Simms & Fred Eggers
January 17, 1967 (1967-01-17)8610
18"The Catacomb and Dogma Affair"E. Darrell HallenbeckWarren DuffJanuary 24, 1967 (1967-01-24)8629
19"The Drublegratz Affair"Mitchell LeisenBoris SobelmanJanuary 31, 1967 (1967-01-31)8625
20"The Fountain of Youth Affair"E. Darrell HallenbeckStory by : Robert Bloch & Richard DeRoy
Teleplay by : Richard DeRoy
February 7, 1967 (1967-02-07)8605
21"The Carpathian Caper Affair"Barry ShearArthur WeingartenFebruary 14, 1967 (1967-02-14)8631
22"The Furnace Flats Affair"Barry ShearArchie TeglandFebruary 21, 1967 (1967-02-21)8603
23"The Low Blue C Affair"Barry ShearBerne GilerFebruary 28, 1967 (1967-02-28)8632
24"The Petit Prix Affair"Mitchell LeisenRobert HillMarch 7, 1967 (1967-03-07)8634
25"The Phi Beta Killer Affair"Barry ShearJackson GillisMarch 14, 1967 (1967-03-14)8619
26"The Double-O-Nothing Affair"John BrahmDean HargroveMarch 21, 1967 (1967-03-21)8638
27"The U.N.C.L.E. Samurai Affair"Alf KjellinTony BarrettMarch 28, 1967 (1967-03-28)8636
28"The High and the Deadly Affair"Dick BennettJameson BrewerApril 4, 1967 (1967-04-04)8620
29"The Kooky Spook Affair"Dick BennettJohn O'Dea & Arthur RoweApril 11, 1967 (1967-04-11)8640


Beginning in 1968, reruns of all 29 episodes of The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., including 99 of 105 of its parent series, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., were combined into a 128-episode syndication package in the United States.[6] Years later, a few more episodes were added to the package, rounding it out to 132.[7]

Home media[edit]

On August 23, 2011, Warner Bros. released the complete series in two parts on DVD in Region 1 via their Warner Archive Collection. The two 4-disc collections contain all 29 episodes of the series. These are Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) releases, available exclusively through Warner's online store and only in the United States.[8][9]


Jerry Goldsmith's theme for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was adapted for the series by Dave Grusin in an energetic variation. Of the 29 episodes, eight had complete original scores and six were partial scores, with the rest being tracked by the previously written material.[10]

Grusin wrote four complete scores ("The Dog-Gone Affair", "The Mother Muffin Affair", "The Mata Hari Affair" and "The Furnace Flats Affair"), Richard Shores — who would be the principal composer for The Man from U.N.C.L.E the following season — wrote three ("The Montori Device Affair," "The Prisoner of Zalamar Affair" and "The Danish Blue Affair") and Jack Marshall composed his only score for either U.N.C.L.E. series with "The Horns-of-the-Dilemma Affair". Jeff Alexander, also writing his only U.N.C.L.E. music, provided a partial score for "The Garden of Evil Affair", sharing "Music Score by" credit with Grusin and Shores, the latter two sharing the credit on all the other episodes, tracked and partial score alike. The opening and closing title themes and suites from the episodes "The Dog-Gone Affair", "The Prisoner of Zalamar Affair", "The Mother Muffin Affair", "The Mata Hari Affair", "The Montori Device Affair" and "The Horns-of-the-Dilemma Affair" are included on the third FSM album of music from The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Original novels[edit]

First Girl from U.N.C.L.E. novel. Pictured: Stefanie Powers as April Dancer. Note misspelling of Powers' first name.

The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. was featured in five original novels, only two of which were published in the United States:

  • The Birds of a Feather Affair by Michael Avallone
  • The Blazing Affair by Michael Avallone
  • The Global Globules Affair – Simon Latter (published in United Kingdom, and in France as L'affaire des Globules)
  • The Golden Boats of Taradata Affair – Simon Latter (published in United Kingdom only)
  • The Cornish Pixie Affair – Peter Leslie (published in United Kingdom only)

Unlike the series, the novels were quite serious, with the plot of The Birds of a Feather Affair ending in tragedy for April when the "innocent" character usually featured in the TV show dies, despite what April does to stop the villains. In addition, the prohibition on April using deadly force on the TV series (described earlier) did not apply to the novels.[11]

A The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Annual was published for three issues in the UK, which included novellas not published elsewhere.[12] Gold Key Comics also published a short-lived, five-issue comic book.[13][14]


  1. ^ Heitland, Jon (2003). Man from U.N.C.L.E. Book: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of a Television Classic. Griffin. ISBN 9780312292157.
  2. ^ Kirkley, Donald (26 September 1966). "New Attack Opened". The Baltimore Sun. Newspapers.com by Ancestry. p. 20. Retrieved 2024-01-09.
  3. ^ Delatiner, Barbara (14 September 1966). "'UNCLE' Girl is Weak Sister". Newsday (Suffolk Edition). Newspapers.com by Ancestry. p. 58. Retrieved 2024-01-09.
  4. ^ Gardella, Kay (14 September 1966). "Power Play by UNCLE". Daily News. Newspapers.com by Ancestry. p. 638. Retrieved 2024-01-09.
  5. ^ Fanning, Win (16 September 1966). "Girl from UNCLE". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Newspapers.com by Ancestry. p. 35. Retrieved 2024-01-09.
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ [2][dead link]
  8. ^ "Girl from U.N.C.L.E., The: The Complete Series Part One DVD – Warner Bros. Archive: WBshop.com – The Official Online Store of Warner Bros. Studios". WBshop.com. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
  9. ^ "Girl from U.N.C.L.E., The: The Complete Series Part Two DVD – Warner Bros. Archive: WBshop.com – The Official Online Store of Warner Bros. Studios". WBshop.com. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
  10. ^ Jon Burlingame, liner notes, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Volume 3, featuring The Girl From U.N.C.L.E., FSM Vol. 7, No. 14
  11. ^ "Television Obscurities – Bookshelf: The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. #1, "The Birds of a Feather Affair"". 2009-10-21. Retrieved 2012-12-03.
  12. ^ The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Annual
  13. ^ The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
  14. ^ Girl from U.N.C.L.E.

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