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The Prisoner, in which Patrick MacGoohan is captured and transported to an unsettling quaint village as Number Six, is justifiably famous for its addiction to enigma.
The cult Sixties spy show has been often referenced and parodied, but never bettered.
The Prisoner was a series that rebelled against everything -- even itself.
The Prisoner was the best show of 1967. Watch it now, today, a half-century after it debuted. And ask yourself: Is it the best show of 2017?
Seen at a 40-year distance The Prisoner seems intelligent enough to be forgiven most of its excesses, especially if you treat the whole thing as an allegorical time capsule.
It's one of the [most] visually striking and bracingly bleak shows ever; everything from Lost and Twin Peaks to The Americans owe it a debt.
The Prisoner follows the title character's endlessly frustrated Kafka-esque attempts to escape and to learn who is keeping him captive. Stymieing escape is the show's most memorable visual flourish.
McGoohan turned the genre, and TV itself, inside out with this ingenious political allegory played as a conspiratorial mind-game of elaborate psychodramas and, though it ran a mere 17 episodes, it became an instant cult classic.
Even today such a programme would shake our senses, back in the 1960s it was astonishing.
If you crave something way beyond the normal (and then some) that forces you to think outside the box, the hop to it.
Audience Reviews for The Prisoner: Miniseries
Apr 26, 2021I had just started secondary school when this first came on TV but I managed to persuade my parents that I could stay up and watch it with them even though I was fighting to stay awake - but that was due to the lateness of the hour not boredom. And it is still just as fresh today as over 50 years ago. The opening and closing sequences are fabulous. The simple irony of the catchphrase "be seeing you". Yes sometimes the plots lost their way a bit but that is not the point of this enigmatic series. There were some great number twos including Leo McKern (the best), Mary Morris and Eric Portman. It was a one of a kind series and there has never been another one like it.
Mar 20, 2021Probably it was shocking in its time.
Nov 23, 2020An amazing series!! Its message is timeless and the commentary on society is relevant in any age. Patrick Mcgoohan gives a master's class in acting and dominates the screen. A wonderful ride down the rabbit hole. Be seeing you!
Apr 12, 2020This is the most awesome, best and finest films/movies/series ever filmed!
Dec 22, 2019Simply excellent. A fantastic story about an interesting character. A fantastic tale about society and individualism. Effective use of surrealism which doesn't distract from the story.
Sep 09, 2018The most original TV series of it's time, it influenced many future series' like Lost, X-Files, etc. Watch it.