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

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 14, 2020

Network: NBC

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 Yukon Affair

#1 - The Yukon Affair

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 24, 1965

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 8.50
4 votes
Directors: Alf Kjellin
Writers: Marc Siegel
The Candidate's Wife Affair

#2 - The Candidate's Wife Affair

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 4, 1966

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
The Arabian Affair

#3 - The Arabian Affair

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 29, 1965

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
The Brain-Killer Affair

#4 - The Brain-Killer Affair

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 8, 1965

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 8.20
10 votes
Directors: James Goldstone
Writers: Archie L. Tegland
The Summit-Five Affair

#5 - The Summit-Five Affair

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 11, 1967

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
The Finny Foot Affair

#6 - The Finny Foot Affair

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 24, 1964

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.

star 8.04
28 votes
Directors: Marc Daniels
Writers: Jack Turley, Jay Simms
The Never-Never Affair

#7 - The Never-Never Affair

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 22, 1965

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 8.00
8 votes
Directors: Joseph Sargent
Writers: Dean Hargrove
The Gazebo in the Maze Affair

#8 - The Gazebo in the Maze Affair

Season 1 - Episode 27 - Aired Apr 5, 1965

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 8.00
8 votes
Directors: Alf Kjellin
Writers: Antony Ellis, Dean Hargrove
The Foxes and Hounds Affair

#9 - The Foxes and Hounds Affair

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 8, 1965

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 8.00
10 votes
Directors: Alf Kjellin
Writers: Eric Bercovici, Peter Allan Fields
The Deadly Toys Affair

#10 - The Deadly Toys Affair

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 12, 1965

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 8.00
6 votes
Directors: John Brahm
Writers: Robert Hill
The Adriatic Express Affair

#11 - The Adriatic Express Affair

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 17, 1965

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
The Galatea Affair

#12 - The Galatea Affair

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 30, 1966

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
The Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum Affair

#13 - The Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum Affair

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 20, 1967

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
The Deadly Games Affair

#14 - The Deadly Games Affair

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 20, 1964

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 7.96
46 votes
Directors: Alvin Ganzer
Writers: Dick Nelson (I)
The Double Affair

#15 - The Double Affair

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 17, 1964

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 7.95
39 votes
Directors: John Newland
Writers: Clyde Ware
The Project Strigas Affair

#16 - The Project Strigas Affair

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 24, 1964

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 7.92
38 votes
Directors: Joseph Sargent
Writers: Henry Misrock
The Alexander the Greater Affair (2)

#17 - The Alexander the Greater Affair (2)

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 24, 1965

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 7.89
9 votes
Directors: Joseph Sargent
Writers: Dean Hargrove
The Mad, Mad, Tea Party Affair

#18 - The Mad, Mad, Tea Party Affair

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 1, 1965

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.

star 7.82
11 votes
Directors: Seymour Robbie
Writers: Dick Nelson (I)
The Nowhere Affair

#19 - The Nowhere Affair

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 4, 1966

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
Directors: Michael Ritchie
Writers: Robert Hill
The Green Opal Affair

#20 - The Green Opal Affair

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 27, 1964

In the Yucatan, THRUSH agent Walter Brach (Carroll O'Connor) brainwashes important people from many nations to be "time bombs" who will return to their jobs and do THRUSH's bidding. After eluding Brach's henchmen Chuke (Shuji J. Nozawa) and his leopards, Solo and housewife Chris Linnel (Joan O'Brien) enlist the aid of Mrs. Karda (Dovima), Brach's numerologist, to help them escape.

star 7.76
49 votes
Directors: John Peyser
Writers: Robert E. Thompson
The Four-Steps Affair

#21 - The Four-Steps Affair

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 22, 1965

Solo and Illya protect a young Himalayan prince (Michel Petit) and his nurse (Susan Seaforth) from THRUSH agents who want to kidnap him one of whom turns out to be his bodyguard.

star 7.75
8 votes
Directors: Alvin Ganzer
Writers: Joseph Calvelli, Peter Allan Fields
The Virtue Affair

#22 - The Virtue Affair

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 3, 1965

French fanatic Robespierre seeks to destroy France's vineyards in his quest for virtue, and Solo enlists the aid of scientist Raoul Dubois and his daughter Albert in combating the plan. Illya is captured by THRUSH agent Carl Voegler and, with a target painted on his back, is hunted through the woods by Voegler's archers.

star 7.75
4 votes
Directors: Jud Taylor
Writers: Henry Slesar
The Sort of Do-It-Yourself Dreadful Affair

#23 - The Sort of Do-It-Yourself Dreadful Affair

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 23, 1966

Solo is nearly killed by a superhuman, robotlike girl, Margo Hayward, one of an army of such devices invented by Dr. Pertwee for THRUSH. Illya joins up with Margo's ex-roommate, Andy Francis, and finds the laboratory, where a roomful of robots attack them.

star 7.75
4 votes
Writers: Harlan Ellison
The Gurnius Affair

#24 - The Gurnius Affair

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 27, 1967

Solo and Illya go to visit a Nazi war criminal in prison, Von Etske (Will Kulova), but find that he has escaped with the aid of a special thought controlling device. His escape was observed by photographer Terry Cook (Judy Carne). Von Erske is joining forces with Zorgon Gurnius (George Macready), a fellow former Nazi, to reactivate their wartime triumvirate. Illya intercept Nexor, and finds that he is his exact double. He decides to impersonate Nexor to foil the plan.

star 7.75
4 votes
Directors: Barry Shear
Writers: Milton S. Gelman
The King of Knaves Affair

#25 - The King of Knaves Affair

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 22, 1964

Solo and Illya investigate the disappearance of several crime figures, and the trail leads to Fasik el Pasad (Paul Stevens), a deposed ruler who is building an army of criminals to regain power. Solo poses as a black-market arms dealer and infiltrates the operation, but is hampered by well-meaning Ernestine Pepper (Diana Millay), a notary public trying to find one of Fasik's men, Angel Galley (Jan Melin).

star 7.72
18 votes
Writers: Ellis Marcus