The Best Episodes of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2019
Agents Napoleon Solo (American) and Illya Kuryakin (Russian) work for U.N.C.L.E., a secret intelligence service working under the auspices of the U.N. Their immediate superior is Mr. Waverly (British), and they operate out of a secret base beneath the streets of New York City, and accesses through several cover business such as Del Floria's Tailor Shop and the Masque Club. U.N.C.L.E.'s primary nemesis was THRUSH, an organization dedicated to taking over the world. Like U.N.C.L.E., THRUSH used up-to-date spy equipment and advanced technology to complete its conquest.
#1 - The Brain-Killer Affair
Season 1 - Episode 23
Waverly is poisoned, and taken to a hospital where he is subjected to the rays of a brain-altering machine by THRUSH agent Dr, Dabree (Elsa Lanchester) designed to make him ineffective without killing him. While investigating others who have suffered the same fate, Solo finds Cecille Bergstrom (Yvonne Craig) and together they try to unravel the mystery and save Waverly.
#2 - The Gazebo in the Maze Affair
Season 1 - Episode 27
Squire G. Emory Partridge (George Sanders) kidnaps Illya and lures Solo to his manor in order to kill them off in his dungeon torture chamber in revenge for a past encounter. But Peggy Durance (Bonnie Franklin) helps them escape, with the unintended aid of Partridge's bumbling wife Edith (Jeanette Nolan).
#3 - The Candidate's Wife Affair
Season 3 - Episode 8
Solo and Illya protect Miranda Bryant, the wife of a presidential candidate, from a THRUSH plot to kidnap her, not realizing that she has already been kidnapped and replaced with a double Irina, an unwitting dupe of THRUSH. When they do catch on, the candidate, Senator Bryant and his aide Fairbanks, agree to play along but Fairbanks is the one behind the plot to put a THRUSH agent in the White House.
#4 - The Come with Me to the Casbah Affair
Season 3 - Episode 9
Solo and Illya go to Algiers to obtain a rare old book containing a THRUSH code from Pierrot La Mouche who has stolen it from his boss, Colonel Hamid. But La Mouche has a high price he wants U.N.C.L.E. to help him obtain Janine whom he is in love with.
#5 - The Alexander the Greater Affair (2)
Season 2 - Episode 2
Alexander (Rip Torn) a megalomaniac industrialist, plans to conquer the world like his namesake, Alexander the Great by breaking each of the ten commandments along the way. he has his henchman Parvix (David Sheiner) steal the army's ""will gas"" to help him do so, and Solo investigates. Solo encounters Tracey Alexander (Dorothy Provine), Alexander's ex-wife, who wants to tag along with Solo to get the money Alexander owes her. The trail leads Solo, Illya, and Tracey to a posh party at Alexander's, where Solo defeats him in a human chess game; to a tomb, where Alexander and his aide Dr. Kavon (David Opatoshu) leave Solo tied under a descending scimitar while Illya and Tracey are hanging over a bottomless pit with a candle burning their rope; To Alexander's farm in Virginia, where Illya is nearly cut in two by various farm implements.
#6 - The Odd Man Affair
Season 1 - Episode 29
Retired U.N.C.L.E. agent Albert Sully (Martin Balsam) is brought back to impersonate a crime syndicate leader, and insists on leaving Solo and Illya behind and running the operation himself. He reunites with wartime fellow agent and old flame Bryn Watson (Barbara Shelly) and tracks down a secret crime conference, with the exasperated Solo and Illya trying to keep him from being killed in the process.
#9 - The Arabian Affair
Season 2 - Episode 7
Illya goes to find Thrush's vaporizing machine, but is captured by Sophie, the headstrong daughter of the local tribal chief, Sulador. in New York Solo convinces retiring THRUSH agent David Lewin that THRUSH intends to kill him, and elicits his help. Lewin and Solo are taken to the base in the desert, just as Illya leads the band of nomads, whose confidence he has gained, in an attack on the base.
#10 - The Tigers are Coming Affair
Season 2 - Episode 8
Solo and Illya go to India to help Suzanne de Serre, a French botanist trying to find out why the jungle is dying and local natives are disappearing. Prince Panat and Drusilla Davina, along with Colonel Quillon, are systematically using a chemical to destroy the jungle and kidnapping natives to work in the jewel mines for the prince.
#11 - The Love Affair
Season 1 - Episode 26
Solo attends a revival meeting conducted by evangelist Brother Love (Eddie Albert), who is actually a THRUSH leader constructing a nuclear spaceship with the aid of a kidnapped scientist, Dr. Hradny (Robert H. Harris). College student Pearl Rolfe (Maggie Pierce) is kidnapped by Love's followers, and Solo must rescue both victims and destroy Love's plan at the same time.
#13 - The Never-Never Affair
Season 1 - Episode 25
U.N.C.L.E. Portuguese translator Mandy Stevenson (Barbara Feldon) hungers for more excitement, so Solo sends her on a fake mission to get Waverly's tobacco not realizing she has taken an important microfilm that THRUSH is after. Solo, Illya and THRUSH pursue her through the streets of Manhattan, and eventually she and Solo are captured by the THRUSH leader, Victor Gervais (Cesar Romero), and Solo has to use his skills as a marksman to escape.
#14 - The Summit-Five Affair
Season 4 - Episode 1
Visiting Berlin headquarters in preparation for a high level U.N.C.L.E. conference, ""Summit Five,"" Solo finds agent Heinz Newman (Don Chastin) mysteriously murdered. Illya goes to Berlin, as does Harry Beldon (Albert Dekker), one of Waverly's counterparts in Section 1. Beldon suspects that either Solo or Gerald Struthers (Lloyd Bochner) committed the murder, while Illya suspects Beldon's secretary Helga Deniken (Suzanne Cramer), but Beldon himself turns out to be the traitor, and he plans to kill Waverly at the conference.
#15 - The Girls of Nazarone Affair
Season 1 - Episode 28
Solo and Illya travel to the Riveria, where they search for a serum that supposedly provides great strength and even brings the dead back to life. There they meet Madame Streigau (Marian Moses), who is actually Dr. Egret of THRUSH, as well as Lucia Nazarone (Danica d'Hondt) and her bevy of beautiful blonde helpers. With the help of teacher Lavina Brown (Kipp Hamilton), they trick Mazarone into thinking they have the serum also, and become the targets of her "superwomen".
#17 - The Adriatic Express Affair
Season 2 - Episode 13
Solo and Illya board the Adriatic Express train on New Year's Eve to intercept Madame Nemirovitch, a THRUSH agent who is carrying a chemical that is capable of stopping the reproductive process. Eva, a young girl who delivers a message to Madame Nemirovitch as the train leaves, is caught on board. Throughout the evening, the THRUSH agent and Solo and Illya engage in a battle of wits as the train speeds along its route.
#18 - The Yukon Affair
Season 2 - Episode 14
Squire G. Emory Partridge returns, having acquired in Alaska a large quantity of Quadrillenium X, a very heavy metal with high magnetic powers which THRUSH wants to use to disrupt world communications. Solo and Illya are nearly killed by the local Eskimos, but are saved by the chief's daughter, Murphy. Partridge and his niece Victoria capture them, but they escape only to end up in a tavern brawl.
#19 - The Galatea Affair
Season 3 - Episode 3
In spoof of "My Fair Lady," Solo is recuperating from a fall into a Venice canal, Illya teams with Mark Slate to uncover Baroness Bibi de Chasseur, a THRUSH money courier who has contact with the treasurer of THRUSH. They recruit a barroom entertainer, Rosy Shlagenheimer, an exact double, to impersonate her. The switch is made, but in the confusion the Baroness makes another switch and poses as Rosy, then finds herself falling in love with Slate.
#20 - The Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum Affair
Season 3 - Episode 19
Investigating the shipment of a tidal-wave machine by THRUSH, Illya ends up aboard a merchant vessel run by Captain Morton. Morton is obsessed with his past disgrace in a court martial, and the crew is on the verge of a mutiny, which Illya leads just as THRUSH arrives to take possession of the device.
#21 - The Finny Foot Affair
Season 1 - Episode 10
Solo gets an unwelcome young companion (Kurt Russell), a ten year old who wants Solo to marry his widowed mother, in his efforts to find the source of a deadly chemical that killed an entire Scottish village. In a race to find the source with General Yokura (Leonard Strong), Solo eventually uses a ring on the finger of a statue to pinpoint a cave where the deadly chemical has leaked from, but has to use his wits to escape when he is trapped there by Yokura and his men.
#22 - The Project Strigas Affair
Season 1 - Episode 9
Solo and Illya devise a clever scheme to discredit a Balkan intelligence chief (Werner Klemperer) with a bogus secret gas. With the help of a bankrupt exterminator (William Shatner) and his wife, Illya poses as a fellow countryman and exploits the paranoia of the chief and his bumbling assistant (Leonard Nimoy).
#23 - The Mad, Mad, Tea Party Affair
Season 1 - Episode 18
Prior to an important conference at U.N.C.L.E. headquarters, a bizarre series of events occurs revolving around a strange man Mr. Hemmingway (Richard Haydn) who keeps appearing and disappearing at will in the building. Solo and Illya learn that he has been placed there by Waverly to test the security system, but THRUSH also has an inside agent, Riley (Peter Haskell), who plants an exploding false tabletop on the conference table at the direction of Dr. Egret (Lee Meriwether). Solo has only a few minutes, before the conference is to begin, to try and find out who the infiltrator is.
#24 - The Double Affair
Season 1 - Episode 8
THRUSH creates a double for Solo, and with the seductive aid of Serena (Senta Berger), Darius Two (Michael Evans) kidnaps Solo and substitutes the phony into U.N.C.L.E.'s efforts to transport the code to a secret new weapon. Illya and stewardess Sandy Wister (Sharon Farrell) eventually realize a switch has been made, and the real Solo escapes and in a climactic scene battles "himself".
#25 - The Deadly Games Affair
Season 1 - Episode 5
When a rare postage stamp at an auction reveals that a former SS scientist, Professor Amadeus, is still alive and experimenting with the secret of "suspended animation," Solo and Illya enlist the aid of college students Terry Brent (Brook Bundy) and Chuck Boskirk (Burt Brinckerhoff) to beat THRUSH agent Angelique (Janine Gray) to Amadeus's lab, where Solo is captured so his blood can be used to revive the suspended body of the Fuhrer.