The Charlie’s Angels Casebook
By David Hofstede and Jack Condon
Foreword by Jaclyn Smith
Softcover; 336 pages
Color and b/w photographs
According to Nielsen rating figures, 59% of all television sets in use on Wednesday nights at 10pm in 1976, were tuned in to “Charlie’s Angels.” The general wave of 1970s nostalgia that has returned disco music to the clubs and bell bottoms to the malls has made pop culture icons out of the Angels. Twenty years later, The Charlie’s Angels Casebook explores the phenomenally successful ABC-TV series (1976-81).
While critics dismissed the show as exploitation, audiences made superstars out of Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson, Cheryl Ladd, and Farrah Fawcett-Majors, whose image graced everything from beanbag chairs and bottles of deodorant, to a poster that sold more than eight million copies. Not so readily recalled is the fact that “Charlie’s Angels” earned three Emmy nominations: two for Kate Jackson, one for costar David Doyle.
The revival of the 108 episodes on the TNT network and on home video has introduced its charms to a new generation. A “Charlie’s Angels” feature film and its sequel, starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, was released in 2000 and 2003, respectively. The collectibles market is awash in Angels merchandise, and there are dozens of active fan clubs and web sites devoted to the show.
David Hofstede has written eight books, six of them on film/television history. He has contributed dozens of articles on entertainment and pop culture to a variety of national magazines.
Jack Condon is famous as the foremost collector of Charlie’s Angels memorabilia in the world. He has been profiled in People magazine, with his collection of over 8,000 items, including several rare, one-of-a-kind artifacts, 3,000 photos, and more than 50,000 newspaper clippings.
Jaclyn Smith, who wrote the foreword, starred as Kelly Garrett on all five season of “Charlie’s Angels” (1976-81). She has since appeared in dozens of films and miniseries for television.