The BEST Episodes of The New Avengers

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Apr 4, 2021

Network: ITV1

In The New Avengers. Patrick Macnee reprises his role of John Steed of The Avengers (1961-69) but this time with two new partners, Mike Gambit (Gareth Hunt) and Purdey (Joanna Lumley). Like its predecessor, the series often featured fantastical plots with diabolical masterminds as villains, but this new version infused the franchise with a thrilling new feel. Bold colors, spectacular shooting locations, and less-ambiguous plots & characters all combined to present an exciting new series.

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The Gladiators

#1 - The Gladiators

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 25, 1977

KGB agent Karl Sminsky is recruiting criminals to train as supremely skilled fighters in order to smash Canada's security system. The Avengers find themselves up against a team of supermen.

star 9.50
32 votes
Directors: Claude Fournier
Writers: Brian Clemens

#2 - Faces

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 17, 1976

A bizarre series of deaths of high-ups in the government becomes the business of Steed and his colleagues when a personal friend of his becomes one of the deceased. However, due to suspicion from the delicate nature of the case...apparently people are being duplicated by an unscrupulous firm...Steed, Purdey, and Gambit all go off on their own and make individual progress into the case. However, it seems that the situation is too far-reaching and confusing for each alone. They must work together and figure out quickly, who's who and what's what, before they themselves become the next targets.

star 8.92
64 votes
Directors: James Hill
Writers: Brian Clemens, Dennis Spooner

#3 - Target!

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 26, 1976

In an attempt to break Steed's perfect shooting-range record, Purdey tackles the range with all her grace and skill. However, it's not enough as she misses one tiny percentage and gets hit with a mark. But other agents begin to die who have performed similarly, and Steed and Gambit start putting the clues together and find that they must work fast to save their friend and colleague before she succumbs to a nasty poison.

star 8.65
37 votes
Directors: Ray Austin
Writers: Dennis Spooner
To Catch a Rat

#4 - To Catch a Rat

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 3, 1976

A strange message alerts Steed, Purdey, and Gambit to something strange going on. While Steed does his own research, Purdey and Gambit set out to help shed some light on the situation. However, the reality of the case is that due to a seventeen-year-old open case and a bout of amnesia, the legendary traitorous White Rat has at last begun to operate again. And Purdey is in imminent danger from her own romance.

star 8.41
64 votes
Directors: James Hill
Writers: Terence Feely
Dirtier by the Dozen

#5 - Dirtier by the Dozen

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 7, 1977

Gambit tries to meet Travis, a man carrying some secret film, but he is killed before handing it over.

star 8.40
62 votes
Directors: Sidney Hayers
Writers: Brian Clemens
K Is For Kill: Tiger By The Tail (2)

#6 - K Is For Kill: Tiger By The Tail (2)

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 4, 1977

The Russian soldiers attacking in France were just the first wave. Two ""K"" agents are the true key to the plan. One ""K"" assassin is killed while assassinating a retired General. Who is the target for the second ""K"" agent and how might this start World War III? Only Steed, Gambit and Purdey can save the world.

star 8.35
60 votes
Writers: Brian Clemens

#7 - Sleeper

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 14, 1977

Having witnessed a test on a new sleeping gas called S-95 & thus made immune to its effects, the Avengers awake one Sunday morning to find the whole city of London asleep and an open house on the city's banks and jewellers.

star 8.34
91 votes
Directors: Graeme Clifford
Writers: Brian Clemens
Three Handed Game

#8 - Three Handed Game

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 21, 1977

Steed's plan to have 3 memory experts memorise a third of each of the Allied defence plans for courier purposes seems to have been a perfect success until Juvenator arrives with a machine capable of draining minds.

star 8.33
64 votes
Directors: Ray Austin
Writers: Brian Clemens, Dennis Spooner
K Is For Kill: The Tiger Awakes (1)

#9 - K Is For Kill: The Tiger Awakes (1)

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 28, 1977

In 1965, a young Russian soldier guns down a Salvation Army Band and escapes only to fall down dead and grow old. In France, in 1977, a young Russian soldier attacks men wearing uniforms. Then a Russian unit is attacking an empty home. After one of the soldiers dies, he also ages. Why are the Russians attacking old targets and then aging? Steed and company are trying to find answers.

star 8.33
61 votes
Writers: Brian Clemens
The Eagle's Nest

#10 - The Eagle's Nest

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 22, 1976

When murderous fishermen kill an agent investigating an island, Steed, Gambit, and Purdey go to investigate the man's death and the suspicious monastery there. Apparently in 1945 an airplane carrying 'Germany's Greatest Treasure' made its final stop there, and the monks turn out quite different than perhaps Steed and his crew have anticipated...

star 8.11
113 votes
Directors: Desmond Davis
Writers: Brian Clemens
Cat Amongst the Pigeons

#11 - Cat Amongst the Pigeons

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 19, 1976

The warning of a dying man tips Steed off that ecologist Rydercroft is to be killed at noon. All plans are taken to protect the man's aircraft but it still crashes. Soon the Avengers come up against a new breed of enemy.

star 8.00
67 votes
Directors: John Hough
Writers: Dennis Spooner
House of Cards

#12 - House of Cards

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 29, 1976

When Steed has a hoard of screaming teenagers rescue his intended victim, spymaster Perov seemingly commits suicide. But days later his system of sleeper agents, the House of Cards, activates, and Steed, Purdy & Gambit find themselves fighting trusted friends.

star 7.92
74 votes
Directors: Ray Austin
Writers: Brian Clemens
Angels of Death

#13 - Angels of Death

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 16, 1977

Senior civil servants, MPs, and intelligence personnel are all dying suddenly of ""natural causes,"" and there seems to be no obvious link. The only lead is the mortally-wounded agent who talks of angels of death that kill from within.

star 7.90
62 votes
Directors: Ernest Day
Writers: Brian Clemens, Terence Feely

#14 - Hostage

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 21, 1977

After Purdey is kidnapped, Steed is given the ransom of Allied attack plans. But has the whole thing been a set up to make the Ministry think Steed is a traitor?

star 7.89
62 votes
Directors: Sidney Hayers
Writers: Brian Clemens
Medium Rare

#15 - Medium Rare

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 23, 1977

Mason is the paymaster to a group of informants, but all is not what it seems: the informants are a single man. When Mason suspects this, he is murdered by Wallace, who has been lining his own pockets. Steed begins to investigate, and Wallace decides that the only option left is to frame Steed and kill him.

star 7.87
63 votes
Directors: Ray Austin
Writers: Dennis Spooner

#16 - Obsession

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 7, 1977

An old flame of Purdey's reappears when a missile goes missing from an air display. But what's the connection between that, a visiting Arab envoy, and a spy satellite photographing Buckinghamshire?

star 7.80
61 votes
Directors: Ernest Day
Writers: Brian Clemens
Dead Men Are Dangerous

#17 - Dead Men Are Dangerous

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 9, 1977

Everything Steed cares about is being destroyed or threatened, including his china, his car, and even Purdey. The trio must uncover who would bare such a long-lasting and jealous grudge against the unflappable agent.

star 7.63
90 votes
Directors: Sidney Hayers
Writers: Brian Clemens

#18 - Emily

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 17, 1977

The trio are on the trail of a mysterious agent ""The Fox."" Although he escapes, he leaves a palm print on the roof of a car owned by the aged Miss Daly and the Avengers must preserve the print to make a positive ID on their target.

star 7.58
33 votes
Directors: Don Thompson
Writers: Dennis Spooner
The Last of the Cybernauts ...??

#19 - The Last of the Cybernauts ...??

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 5, 1976

When a double agent called Kane is horribly disfigured in a chase, he vows vengeance...and calls upon the powers of a force who has tangled with Steed and his associates twice before: the Cybernauts. Creations of a misguided and imbalanced scientist, Dr Armstrong, these metallic menaces in both their attempts were stopped by the suave Steed and the inimitable Mrs Peel. However, this time they are being manipulated by an even more malignant force, and Steed and his friends enter into great danger in an attempt to stop the Cybernauts one last time.

star 7.51
71 votes
Directors: Sidney Hayers
Writers: Brian Clemens

#20 - Gnaws

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 21, 1976

2 scientists are developing a new growth drug which could end world famine. Unfortunately some of the drug has been flushed down the sink resulting in something nasty in the sewers.

star 7.14
65 votes
Directors: Ray Austin
Writers: Dennis Spooner
The Tale of the Big Why

#21 - The Tale of the Big Why

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 10, 1976

Released from prison after 9 years for spying, Burt Brandon heads straight for an abandoned well near Neverton containing unspecificed secret information. He is soon killed by 2 agents but has managed to post a package to his daughter. Steed recovers the package only to find it contains a pulp Western ""The Tale of the Big Why.""

star 7.10
63 votes
Directors: Robert Fuest
Writers: Brian Clemens
The Midas Touch

#22 - The Midas Touch

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 12, 1976

The terrific trio come up against Professor Turner, a scientist with a lust for gold, and his protege Midas, whose touch is deadly.

star 7.09
65 votes
Directors: Robert Fuest
Writers: Brian Clemens
Forward Base

#23 - Forward Base

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 18, 1977

April 1969: Typhoon Agatha rages causing a new piece of coastline suddenly to appear in Toronto. It's up to the New Avengers to uncover the truth behind it all.

star 6.94
32 votes
Directors: Don Thompson
Writers: Dennis Spooner

#24 - Trap

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 14, 1977

When the Avengers foil a drug drop arranged by a Chinese overlord, they find themselves on the run from his men, the Oriental being determined to have their heads on plates.

star 6.45
62 votes
Directors: Ray Austin
Writers: Brian Clemens
The Lion and the Unicorn

#25 - The Lion and the Unicorn

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 30, 1977

Paris: Steed captures his nemesis, the Unicorn. But when the Unicorn is accidentally killed by his own men, Steed must use all his cunning to avoid open warfare.

star 6.43
61 votes
Directors: Ray Austin
Writers: John Goldsmith