The Best Episodes of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2018

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.

The Brain-Killer Affair

#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.

star 8.57
7 votes
Writers: Archie L. Tegland
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The Foxes and Hounds Affair

#2 - The Foxes and Hounds Affair

Season 2 - Episode 4

U.N.C.L.E. and Thrush agents compete to gain possession of a mind-reading device created by a magician who has been murdered by Thrush.

star 8.50
8 votes
Directors: Alf Kjellin
Writers: Peter Allan Fields, Eric Bercovici
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The Come with Me to the Casbah Affair

#3 - 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.

star 8.50
2 votes
Writers: Danielle Brenton, Robert Hill, Norm Lenzer
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The Gazebo in the Maze Affair

#4 - 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).

star 8.50
6 votes
Directors: Alf Kjellin
Writers: Dean Hargrove, Antony Ellis
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The Candidate's Wife Affair

#5 - 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.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: George Waggner
Writers: Robert Hill
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The Alexander the Greater Affair (2)

#6 - 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.

star 8.43
7 votes
Directors: Joseph Sargent
Writers: Dean Hargrove
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The Odd Man Affair

#7 - 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.

star 8.40
5 votes
Directors: Joseph Sargent
Writers: Dick Nelson
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The Re-Collector's Affair

#8 - The Re-Collector's Affair

Season 2 - Episode 6

The 'Re-collectors' claim to be trying to locate works of art stolen by the Nazi's but all is not as it appears.

star 8.33
6 votes
Directors: Alvin Ganzer
Writers: Alan Caillou
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The Arabian Affair

#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.

star 8.25
4 votes
Writers: Peter Allan Fields
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The Tigers are Coming Affair

#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.

star 8.25
4 votes
Writers: Alan Cailou, Paul Tuckahoe
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The Deadly Toys Affair

#11 - The Deadly Toys Affair

Season 2 - Episode 9

THRUSH is so eager to get their hands on a boy genius that they murder the boy's father. But then they have to deal with the boy's madcap aunt.

star 8.20
5 votes
Directors: John Brahm
Writers: Robert Hill
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The Love Affair

#12 - 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.

star 8.20
5 votes
Directors: Marc Daniels
Writers: Albert Aley
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The Never-Never Affair

#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.

star 8.17
6 votes
Directors: Joseph Sargent
Writers: Dean Hargrove
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The Summit-Five Affair

#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.

star 8.13
8 votes
Directors: Sutton Roley
Writers: Robert E. Thompson
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The Discotheque Affair

#15 - The Discotheque Affair

Season 2 - Episode 5

Napoleon Solo is given the job of searching for Thrush security records.

star 8.00
5 votes
Directors: Tom Gries
Writers: Dean Hargrove, Leonard Stadd
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The Girls of Nazarone Affair

#16 - 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".

star 8.00
6 votes
Directors: Alvin Ganzer
Writers: Peter Allan Fields, Peter Barry
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The Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum Affair

#17 - 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.

star 8.00
3 votes
Writers: Norman Hudis
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The Adriatic Express Affair

#18 - 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.

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: Seymour Robbie
Writers: Robert Hill
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The Galatea Affair

#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.

star 8.00
2 votes
Writers: Jackson Gillis
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The Yukon Affair

#20 - 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.

star 8.00
3 votes
Directors: Alf Kjellin
Writers: Marc Siegel
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The Double Affair

#21 - 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".

star 7.96
25 votes
Directors: John Newland
Writers: Clyde Ware
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The Project Strigas Affair

#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).

star 7.88
24 votes
Directors: Joseph Sargent
Writers: Henry Misrock
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The Deadly Games Affair

#23 - 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.

star 7.81
27 votes
Directors: Alvin Ganzer
Writers: Dick Nelson
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The Nowhere Affair

#24 - The Nowhere Affair

Season 2 - Episode 24

Solo, while searching for a secret map in Nevada, swallows an amnesia capsule just before being captured. THRUSH agents Arum Tertunian and Longolius try to revive his memory with a seductive female agent, Mara, while Illya races to find him before he starts to remember.

star 7.80
5 votes
Writers: Robert Hill
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The Iowa Scuba Affair

#25 - The Iowa Scuba Affair

Season 1 - Episode 2

Solo investigates the curious death of an air force man in Iowa with scuba gear, and with the help of Jill Denison (Katherine Crawford) uncovers a plan by Clint Spinner (Slim Pickens) to steal a missile- plane from a secret base under a farm.

star 7.76
54 votes
Directors: Richard Donner
Writers: Harold Jack Bloom
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