The collective name for a bevy of beautiful former police women on the detective drama CHARLIE’S ANGELS/ABC/1976-81. The “Angels” worked for mysterious Charlie Townsend (voiced by John Forsythe), the owner of the Charles Townsend Investigations.
Charlie’s Angels included Kate Jackson as Sabrina Duncan, Farrah Fawcett-Majors as Jill Munroe, Jaclyn Smith as Kelly Garrett and later Cheryl Ladd as Kris Munroe, Shelley Hack as Tiffany Welles and Tanya Roberts as Julie Rogers.
Each of Angel’s assignment began and ended in a office where the girls and the trusty John Bosley (David Doyle) sat and talked to the never seen Charlie via a conference telephone connection. The girls had the Pandora box syndrome and were always trying to figure out what he looked like from the few clues given them.
With tease shots much like in the MILLIONAIRE series, the audience got to see faint glimpses of Charlie’s hands, legs, or the back of his head. Once when one of the Angels was critically wounded by gunshot, Charlie, dressed in a surgical gown and mask, visited the operating room unbeknownst to the rest of his people, but that was the extent of his exposure.
Of course, John Forsythe did finally come back into the public’s eye when he starred as multimillionaire Blake Carrington on the highly successful prime time soap DYNASTY/ABC/1981-89.
Note: A TV cartoon version of CHARLIE’S ANGELS called THE C.B. BEARS/NBC/1977 featured three animated bears, Hustle, Dump and Boogie who solved mysteries for a faceless woman named Charlie who called them on the C. B. Radio.
The motion picture remakes Charlie’s Angels (2000) and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003) starring Drew Barrymore, Linda Liu and Cameron Diaz reincarnated Charlie Townsend, but true to form per the original series, the audience and the Angels never saw Charlie.