The Avengers is a stylish blend of espionage,
fantasy and quasi-science fiction that appeals to those who enjoy
witty, sentimental, slightly off-beat television and don't mind
terribly dated plots. While this British production acquired quite a
global following back in the late sixties, it has until its recent
cinematic debut been nearly forgotten, kept alive as a cult favorite
by some of the baby-boomers who grew up with it. Airing in Great
Britain from January 1961 through September 1969, and comprising 161
episodes, The Avengers became one of the most popular television
series of all time, eventually reaching audiences in 120 countries.
Much of the show's international popularity was due to the eventual
pairing of Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg as super-agents John Steed
and Emma Peel.