Category Archives: The Prisoner

The Prisoner: Living in Harmony

In Episode 14 of the greatest TV series ever made, Patrick MacGoohan uses an allegorical Western setting. The town needs and wants a protector; the machinations of the powerful don’t create this desire, they simply direct it. Ultimately it is … Continue reading

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Free For All

This episode of The Prisoner is the most overtly political. Number 6 is given the opportunity to run for mayor of The Village, but learns that power is larger than any one man.

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The Prisoner, Episode 1: Arrival

Possibly the greatest TV show ever made, The Prisoner stars Patrick MacGoohan as a British secret agent held in a remote village while a train of antagonists try to get the information in his head. Produced in 1967, the show … Continue reading

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Saturday Afternoon TV: In Search Of “The Prisoner”

Patrick MacGoohan’s seminal masterpiece The Prisoner resonates more than ever. A British secret agent is trapped in a world shrunk to size small; the mysterious powers-that-be thwart every escape attempt. “The village” is global, hyperconnected, and riddled with surveillance. A … Continue reading

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Saturday Afternoon TV: Free For All

Made in 1967, The Prisoner was far ahead of its time. The episode Free For All is a thought-provoking examination of authority, liberty, and the culture of electoral politics. In fact, I thought of this episode Tuesday amid all the … Continue reading

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Saturday Afternoon TV

A fairly good overview of classic TV show The Prisoner. The remake is due on AMC in November. By the way, you can click here to watch all 17 episodes of the original series for free or Click here to … Continue reading

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Morning Video

Oh. My. Gawd. As a big fan of the original Prisoner, I was not happy to learn that AMC is doing a remake. My mind didn’t even change when I heard about the casting. But now that I’ve seen this … Continue reading

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Be Seeing You, Number Six

Patrick MacGoohan, known to his fans as “Number Six,” passed away Tuesday. He was 80 years old. What terrific irony that he died one week to the day before the end of a presidency that brought his seminal TV creation … Continue reading

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