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She Spies is an action-adventure television show that ran from July 20, 2002 until May 17, 2004 in two seasons. The show was sold into syndication but the first four episodes were premiered on the NBC network, whose syndication arm was one of the producers. Disappointing ratings during the show's second season led to its cancellation after season two ended. She Spies bore noticeable production and direction similarities with Charlie's Angels.
The main cast (left to right): Miller, Henstridge and Williams
|Created by||Vince Manze & Joe Livecchi and Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W Van Sickle|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||40 (list of episodes)|
|Producer(s)||Dennis C. Duckwall|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Reno and Osborn Productions|
(episodes 1 and 2)
Tower 18 Productions
MGM Television Entertainment
|Distributor||MGM Domestic Television Distribution|
|Original network||NBC (syndicated)|
|Original release||July 20, 2002 –|
May 17, 2004
Three female convicted felons who were incarcerated for electronic crimes ("DD"), confidence tricks ("Cassie") and battery ("Shane") are paroled from prison in exchange for work as secret operatives for the US government under 'ComCent', a branch of the ISD. In addition, they have to answer to a special agent in charge of the success of their operations and of making sure that the terms of their conditional release are consistently abided by.
She Spies had very strong comic and chick flick elements which in many instances proved even more relevant to the storytelling than the spy-related situations and gadgets themselves. The type of humor changed markedly from season one to season two, with the former containing much self-referential humor and breaking of the "fourth wall", while both these elements were removed in season two.
- Natasha Henstridge who plays Cassie wasn't really too keen to sign up for the show as she was not Interested in the same old 'three spies' story, but the makers convinced her that the show shall be planned as a 'spoof' and have lots of comedy elements and not dramatic like Charlie's Angels
- The women used martial arts and hand to hand combat as fighting skills. No guns were used as weapons for any of the seasons.
- The plot of TV series Charlie's Angels in 2011 bore heavily inspirations from She Spies.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||20||July 20, 2002||May 12, 2003|
|2||20||September 22, 2003||May 17, 2004|
She Spies: The Complete First Season was released on March 14, 2006, by MGM Home Entertainment in a 4 DVD set. There are currently no plans to release the second season. The second season was released digitally on Hulu and most of the episodes can be streamed on the site.