The Best Episodes of The Avengers

Last Updated: Nov 26, 2018

"Always keep your bowler on in time of stress, and watch out for diabolical masterminds." [Mrs Peel] The Avengers is one of the most popular and beloved television series of all time. Its outrageous blend of wit and style and its unique mix of the fantasy and spy genres, coupled with the marvellous characters of John Steed and Emma Peel make it one of television's great classics.

Death on the Slipway

#1 - Death on the Slipway

Season 1 - Episode 17

An agent has been killed at the secret dockyard where submarines are built. Steed investigates, and finds that a foreign spy has been arranging 'accidents' for him.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Peter Hammond
Writers: James Mitchell (VI)
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Double Danger

#2 - Double Danger

Season 1 - Episode 18

Keel, called to deal with a man seriously injured by an accident, quickly discovers that the man is suffering from gunshot wounds, and that he may be implicated in a recent diamond robbery.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Roger Jenkins
Writers: Gerald Verner
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Diamond Cut Diamond

#3 - Diamond Cut Diamond

Season 1 - Episode 7

Steed, attempting to break a gang of international diamond smugglers, is living in a bungalow near Heathrow Airport which was once owned by a suicide whom One-Ten suspects of involvement. Steed awakens one morning somewhat the worse for drink, when a phone call advises him to check the morning paper; the police are tracking a hit-and-run driver. Steed checks his car. It is damaged, and the front is covered with dried blood.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Peter Hammond
Writers: Max Marquis
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The Radioactive Man

#4 - The Radioactive Man

Season 1 - Episode 8

Dr Keel is asked to help in the search for a man who has picked up a radioactive isotope, not knowing that it will quickly kill him and harm anyone else he comes into contact with. But Marko, fearing that the police want to find him because of his forged passport, has already gone into hiding.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Robert Tronson
Writers: Fred Edge
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Ashes of Roses

#5 - Ashes of Roses

Season 1 - Episode 9

Steed, investigating a number of probable arson cases, is led to the hairdressing salon of Olive and Jacques Beronne. He asks Keel to let Carol investigate the salon, but after she enters, there is an explosion from within

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Don Leaver
Writers: Peter Ling, Sheilagh Ward
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Hunt the Man Down

#6 - Hunt the Man Down

Season 1 - Episode 10

Frank Preston is released from prison and is intent on reclaiming the hidden proceeds of his robbery. So is Steed, who has been ordered to follow the man. So are a couple of thugs, who kidnap Carol. So is Preston's scheming wife, eager to get her hands on the one hundred thousand pounds hidden somewhere in the sewers.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Peter Hammond
Writers: Richard Harris
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Please Don't Feed the Animals

#7 - Please Don't Feed the Animals

Season 1 - Episode 11

Steed trails a blackmailed civil servant to Brinkley House, a private zoo, only to observe the man throwing a package of money into the reptile pit. The package soon vanishes. The man is then ordered to steal a top secret file.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Dennis Vance
Writers: Dennis Spooner
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Dance with Death

#8 - Dance with Death

Season 1 - Episode 12

Dr. Keel resuscitates Elaine Bateman, the owner of a ballroom dancing school who has narrowly survived a murder attempt by gassing. When he returns to the school after dropping his scarf, he is arrested. His scarf has been used to strangle the woman.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Don Leaver
Writers: Peter Ling, Sheilagh Ward
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One for the Mortuary

#9 - One for the Mortuary

Season 1 - Episode 13

When Keel attends a health conference in Geneva he is unaware that he is carrying, in microdot form, a vital new medical formula - unaware, that is, until he is arrested for murder.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Peter Hammond
Writers: Brian Clemens
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The Springers

#10 - The Springers

Season 1 - Episode 14

Steed is trying to track down the organisers of a group who offer to spring any convict - even the dangerous ones - from prison if they're paid the right money. Keel impersonates a prisoner, and the trail seems to lead to a girl's finishing school.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Don Leaver
Writers: John Whitney, Geoffrey Bellman
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Brought to Book

#11 - Brought to Book

Season 1 - Episode 2

Steed has infiltrated a gang, led by Mason, which is implicated in Peggy's murder. Steed asks Keel to establish contact with a rival gang, and the doctor discovers that Vance's hitman, Spicer, has been sent to kill Steed.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Peter Hammond
Writers: Brian Clemens
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The Yellow Needle

#12 - The Yellow Needle

Season 1 - Episode 16

After an unsuccessful murder attempt against Sir Wilberforce Lungi, Steed asks Keel, an old friend of the pro-Western African leader, to investigate Lungi's secretary, Jacquetta Brown. Meanwhile, Steed flies to Africa to meet Lungi's tribalist rival, Shebro.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Don Leaver
Writers: Patrick Campbell
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Dragonsfield

#13 - Dragonsfield

Season 1 - Episode 26

How has a research centre developing radiation-proof material managed to irradiate one of its scientists? Once more, Steed submits himself to scientific testing.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Peter Hammond
Writers: Terence Feely
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Crescent Moon

#14 - Crescent Moon

Season 1 - Episode 5

A young girl, Carmelite Mendoza, has been kidnapped from a Caribbean island, but Steed suspects a political motive. His suspicions are confirmed when Vasco, the Mendoza family retainer, is observed killing the original kidnapper and abducting the girl himself.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: John Knight
Writers: Geoffrey Bellman, John Whitney
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Toy Trap

#15 - Toy Trap

Season 1 - Episode 19

Keel is asked by the improbably named Bunty to help her find her missing friend. What is the connection between the department store where the women work and a call-girl racket?

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Don Leaver
Writers: Bill Strutton
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The Tunnel of Fear

#16 - The Tunnel of Fear

Season 1 - Episode 20

Top-secret information is finding its way into the wrong hands, and the source seems to be a south coast fairground. Steed succeeds in getting hypnotised and winds up in the ghost-train tunnel. With frightening results, of course.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Guy Verney
Writers: John Kruse
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The Far Distant Dead

#17 - The Far Distant Dead

Season 1 - Episode 21

Dr Keel, treating the victims of a cyclone struck Mexican village, uncovers a number of food-poisonings; emergency cooking oil is, in fact, hydraulic fluid.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Peter Hammond
Writers: John Lucarotti
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Kill the King

#18 - Kill the King

Season 1 - Episode 22

A visit to London to sign an oil treaty from a monarch whose life is under threat brings Steed and Keel into the world of dissidents and assassinations.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Roger Jenkins
Writers: James Mitchell (VI)
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Dead of Winter

#19 - Dead of Winter

Season 1 - Episode 23

The discovery of the body of Schneider, a wanted Nazi war criminal, deep-frozen in a consignment of meat at London docks brings Steed and Keel into the shadowy world of Phoenix, a new and terrifying Fascist party in Britain.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Don Leaver
Writers: Eric Paice
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The Deadly Air

#20 - The Deadly Air

Season 1 - Episode 24

An experimental vaccine is stolen, and the subsequent test proves deadly. Steed and Keel, suspecting that the human 'guinea pig' did not die directly from the vaccine, volunteer to be the next subjects.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: John Knight
Writers: Lester Powell
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A Change of Bait

#21 - A Change of Bait

Season 1 - Episode 25

An unusual and sprawling tale of heart disease, industrial unrest, and a consignment of rotten bananas.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Don Leaver
Writers: Lewis Davidson
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Nightmare

#22 - Nightmare

Season 1 - Episode 4

Keel receives a 'phone call from one of his patients, and ends up assuming the identity of her missing husband, a scientist engaged in secret research. Shot in the chest, Keel needs a minor operation - but the anaesthetist has tampered with the oxygen.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Peter Hammond
Writers: Terence Feely
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Square Root of Evil

#23 - Square Root of Evil

Season 1 - Episode 3

Steed impersonates Riordan, a forger soon to be released from prison, and gains the trust of gang-leader Hooper. Things seem to be going well until Hooper's second-in-command, known as the Cardinal, announces that Riordan's girlfriend is outside waiting to see him.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Don Leaver
Writers: Richard Harris
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A Touch of Brimstone

#24 - A Touch of Brimstone

Season 4 - Episode 21

Silly tricks are being played on various VIPs in diplomatic situations. All the clues point to the beautifully wasted John Cleverly Cartney, but would even a rake like that stoop to murder by electrified opening ribbon? It's Peter Wyngarde and his Hellfire Club.

star 8.24
17 votes
Directors: James Hill
Writers: Brian Clemens
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Death at Bargain Prices

#25 - Death at Bargain Prices

Season 4 - Episode 4

When an agent is killed in the lift of Pinter's Department store, Steed and Emma get involved with King Kane, a tycoon who lives in a penthouse above the store. Why is Professor Popple, a missing atomic scientist, being held in the bargain basement?

star 8.23
22 votes
Writers: Brian Clemens
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