The world is a messy place, full of devious minds and dastardly deeds. Which is exactly how THE PROTECTORS like it. Harry Rule (Robert Vaughn) is a London private eye with an affinity for high-profile clients. The Contessa... more » di Contini owns an Italian detective agency specializing in fine art crimes. Paul Buchet is a suave young Frenchman who always seems to have the inside scoop. Working for any government, company, or individual that can afford their services, the trio jets across Europe, unraveling convoluted mysteries and thwarting international villains. Produced by Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, Space: 1999), THE PROTECTORS marked Vaughn's return to the small screen after the success of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. This DVD collection includes all 26 episodes from the first season, digitally re-mastered and presented in their original UK broadcast order.« less
Kenneth M. Pizzi | San Mateo, CA United States | 08/24/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Being a fan of Robert Vaughn from his Man From UNCLE days, I purchased this set on a whim at Tower Records over three months ago (why does Amazon say it will not be available until November?) and was pleasantly surprised. These half-hour episodes are cleverly written and entertaining. The European locales also add an extra bit of flair to these shows. The acting is good--especially Space 1999 alumnus Tony Anholt. When will the Second season be released?"
Fun surface entertainment...then, immediately and completely
paul_howard | San Ramon, CA United States | 11/01/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This wins honors for doing as much with a 30-minute segment as any retro chic secret agent thriller can. But while fast action, variegated plots and European settings are all to its credit, its improbability and inability to develop depth of any kind relegates it to something recommended primarily for aficionados of Man from UNCLE or of Robert Vaughn. Others seeking spy or crime thrillers might look to other items I have reviewed, either American or British."
L. Cabos | planet earth | 09/24/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After the cancellation of THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. and appearences in some successful films (most notably the McQueen epic BULLET), Gerry & Sylvia Anderson inticed Robert Vaughn to return to the small screen in a 30 minute action-adventure series. As Harry Rule he runs a small security service that takes on special cases. Carried in syndication in the U.S. in the early 1970's, it was a pretty decent show that was to capture in 30 minutes the excitement of shows twice as long. A difficult relationship between Vaughn and the Andersons brought this show to a close after only 2 seasons. Sadly both Nyree Dawn Porter and Tony Anholt have passed away in the intervening years. Vaughn can currently be seen in the British series HUSTLE."
Carl Mayes | Dunedin FL | 06/07/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A 30-minute detective/adventure show? It might seem lame, but it actually works.
The Protectors are an international detective agency specializing in unusual cases: everything from stolen art, finding missing persons, or providing bodyguard services to high-profile clientele. The three main 'leaders' of the organization are Harry Rule (Robert Vaughn), the Contessa Caroline di Contini (Nyree Dawn Porter) and Paul Buchet (Tony Anholt).
From a creative and technical standpoint, the direction is exceptional for its time. Excellent camera angles, top-notch editing, unique visuals and exciting music to enhance the action sequences. Many of the shows are shot on location, specifically Europe. We get to see London, Paris, Rome and Berlin as it was during the 1970s. And it's all 'for real' imagery.
During the 1970s (and before), women protagonists in television were presented as 'secondary' characters and shrinking violets. The Protectors contradicted that sterotype. The Contessa di Contini is portrayed as intellectually resourceful, financially independent and consummately adept at personal combat. She is an expert with an épée, a shotgun, a handgun, and -- if the need arises -- she can disable an opponent with physical force.
The stories are very good. For instance, one episode features the Contessa and Harry enduring a fake car accident ("Thinkback"). The villains of the piece are intent on 'tricking' the Protectors into revealing the location of a person testifying against a Mafia-like organization. They use drugs, illusions and false-doctors to extract the witness' location from the Protectors. But the Protectors are resilient. The Contessa and Harry realize the deception. They save the day. During the save-the-day sequence, the Contessa rolls under a sliding door and utilizes a movie prop-sword to halt the adversaries. So cool.
The Protectors is a show that can be viewed on many levels. 30-minutes of compressed drama and action and international intrigue. The most important part is that the Contessa is way ahead of her time. She is akin to Emma Peel and Modesty Blaise (see my other reviews).
The world is filled with strong women. "
Half-hour format hobbles international espionage series.
S. Naimpally | Dallas, TX USA | 08/13/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Generally speaking, if you enjoy British spy shows like "The Saint" and "The Avengers", you will probably enjoy this series. However, the 30 minute format of the series precludes any significant character or plot development, and ultimately results in a less than satisfying result. There are a few stories which extend to two episodes, but they are so few that they do not make up for the limited development of the other episodes in the series.
I'd suggest sticking with the one hour format shows."